Posted on Wednesday 20th September, 2017
Deep Roots New Shoots is aimed at
mobilising the time and talents of older people and is the first time a visitor
attraction is putting on targeted sessions to support grandparents.
Through storytelling, outdoor play,
craft activities and exploring the site, Eden is hosting the nature-based
activities to allow grandparents, grandchildren and volunteers to connect with
Eden and each other.
The unique programme is supported
by the innovation charity Nesta and the Government’s Department for Digital,
Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) through the Second Half Fund.
Sessions are devised by Eden’s education team and designed specifically for
grandparents and under-fives so they can get ideas
for outdoor and imaginary play and meet other grandparents with their
Eden is looking for volunteers aged over 50 who can offer their time to support
the drop-in activities.
All the Deep Roots New Shoots
sessions are included in the general admission charge and take place at 11am
and 3pm from Tuesdays to Fridays during school term-time.
Anyone with a background in
education or working with children would be particularly suitable for the
voluntary roles which involve narrating, facilitating play and working with
project coordinator for Deep Roots New Shoots, said: "We recognise the
important role grandparents play in supporting their extended and
working families and we’re thrilled that they are coming here and using
Eden to support their childcare. Now we want to support grandparents better
with specific, targeted activities and celebrate what a brilliant job they are
“Through Deep Roots
New Shoots we are providing a safe and inspiring space where grandparents and
their grandchildren can come, feel welcome, play, engage and meet others. This
programme for grandparents is unique and could lead the way for other visitor attractions
across the country to put on more activities specifically for this important
Laura Martin who volunteers for the programme said: “I have loved every minute,
met some very lovely people and look forward to being here each time I come.
“I would definitely
encourage anyone who has been thinking of volunteering. It keeps you active and
you get to enjoy the benefits of being in this beautiful place. "
In addition to the drop-in
activities Eden is running a series of six weekly sessions for grandparents in
fields and woodland on its wider estate.
Little Eden for Grandparents is
also funded through Nesta and DCMS and is designed to help grandparents who
regularly look after their under-fives play and learn together through outdoor
games, quests and treasure hunts, making and creating things and even campfire
All the sessions take place outside
(weather permitting) at Little Carne Farm which is equipped with a tent,
sheltered fire pit and portable toilet.
Places are currently available for the next
six-week block starting on September 21 and which will run every Thursday from
1pm to 2.30pm until October 26.
Little Eden for Grandparents is free and no
admission to Eden is needed but booking is required.
Sheila Mollard, who has enjoyed Little Eden for
Grandparents with her five-year-old grandson Michael,
said: “Little Eden was outdoor fun, fantasy and education for Michael. He had
supervision and guidance from the well-prepared leaders which enabled me to
enjoy the tranquil setting and time to relax with other grandparents.
“It was a great opportunity to
have hands-on outdoor fun with Michael and a wonderful jog down memory lane of
playing outdoors as a child myself.”
For more information on volunteering
or taking part in Deep Roots New Shoots or Little Eden for Grandparents go to http://www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/activities-for-grandparents or email email@example.com
See full details of ticket prices on http://www.edenproject.com