L’Arche introduces new pilot project

Sharing Side By Side gets seniors involved

  • Dec. 2, 2015 8:00 a.m.

L’Arche Comox Valley announced last week, the launch of an exciting new pilot project: Sharing Side by Side.

Bringing together seniors – with and without developmental disabilities – participants will be invited to share life stories, memories, joys and achievements. Storytellers will then decide if they want their stories to be recorded as a legacy or private keepsake: written in book form, through a photo presentation, audio, scrapbook, artwork, collage, poetry or a short movie.

A recent Canadian Community Health Survey has determined a link between social networks and health outcomes – social isolation tends to be detrimental to health, while social engagement and attachment are associated with positive health outcomes.

Sharing Side by Side will offer participants the experience  of community involvement, friendship-building, plus the pride of producing a unique, lasting keepsake to share with others.

The project runs from November 2015 to April 2016 and has been met with such enthusiasm that there is already a waiting list.

If you or someone you know would enjoy participating, contact the L’Arche CV office before the week is out.

For more information  to become involved in similar future projects, contact  the L’Arche Outreach Centre at 250-871-6288 or email orc@larchecomoxvalley.

L’Arche Comox Valley is a community of people with and without developmental disabilities sharing life together and celebrating the unique value of each person.

 

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