Flashback was a program that aimed to provide a platform for elderly members of society to share their experiences and explore their creativity, with a possible opportunity to publish their stories in the future. It created an avenue for social interaction and promotes inter-generational understanding between local seniors and aspiring writers from The University of Sydney.
How did it work?
The proposed arrangement was for up to ten seniors (per group) to gather once a week for two hours, over a ten-week period. Students from The University of Sydney facilitated these sessions and were provided with writing templates, organised by Enactus. The possible program locations included local cafes, library rooms, or community centres, and Enactus was responsible for securing a location for the duration of the program. The pilot programme however, was hosted at the The Brighton Retirement Village in Croydon.
The sessions were broken up into parts; the first 20 minutes included a short lecture covering some stylistic and writing skills, the second part of the program, lasting for approximately 50 minutes allowed the seniors to share their experiences through a group discussion, with various weekly themes. The remaining time provided them with the opportunity to write their stories. This was where the facilitator oversaw the process, assisting the seniors with transforming their ideas into a written medium.
Over the course of the ten weeks, the seniors aimed to produce 1-2 pieces of work (short memoir essays, short stories, poems and various other creative pieces), which were edited and published by Enactus. Publication of stories wasentirely optional, and there wasno pressure to write or publish. For those seniors who were not physically capable of writing their stories or had no interest in doing so, the facilitator took on this responsibility. The works were to be sold to the general public, university organisations, schools and other interested parties through physical copies and online distribution. All profits from sales were reinvested into developing the writing club.
What was the cost of the program?
Our ten-week program differed to other existing programs based on our primary focus of promoting social interaction and sharing wisdom amongst the community of seniors. Hence, we did not focused on charging high prices for the program. Our pilot program was designed to be entirely free for seniors to join. Enactus provided some basic writing equipment like pen and paper, but seniors were encouraged to bring their own items to the weekly meetings if they wish to do so.
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