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Success of Ullapool workshop about local lives

Issued: 23 Jun 2010

Two generations came together in Ullapool's Macphail Centre this month to look at the changing faces of where they live.

Young and older people participated in an arts workshop to discuss and work together on their experiences of their local area and present it in a series of picture postcards. The series of workshops in ten Scottish communities has been funded by Generations Working Together, the Scottish Centre for Intergenerational Practice, a Scottish Government supported initiative. The Ullapool workshop was also supported by The Highland Council's Education, Culture and Sport Service.

Artist Tessa Dunlop said: "I have had such a brilliant time meeting so many different groups across Scotland, I think this is my best job ever!"

Brian McKechnie, Director of Generations Working Together said "This was a wonderful opportunity for people to come together to discuss the history and the developments in their local area in an enjoyable setting."

Macphail Centre Coordinators Chris Brotherston and Fran Harrison were delighted on how well the event had gone. Chris said: "Each person brought in a personal item and talked about what it meant to them and how they felt about living in Ullapool. There was a lot of chat and laughter! Thanks to Serve Our Seniors and Youth Officer Yvonne Boa for bringing people together."

An exhibition of all the groups' work will take place later this year in the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh.

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