Here’s some good news for Sunny Colch: the Warm and Toasty Club Memory Afternoon is one of five finalists that could win £50,000 of National Lottery funding to support the work.
Memory Afternoons are the magical gatherings held together by the charm of Colchester based artist Johnno Casson.
Conversation is key.
Johnno describes the occasions as:
“Charming befriending and conversation sessions for older people with live entertainment.”
The sessions that The Chronic has attended have included more laughter than conversation. Plus a little song and dance.
Over 1,000 organisations applied for the Lottery funding. The Warm and Toasty’s Memory Afternoon is the only finalist from Essex.
The winner will be decided by a public vote.
If you appreciate happiness and smiles then you should probably Vote Memory Afternoons.
If you’re still not convinced then you can learn a little more about the project on 19th April. Johnno will feature on ITV Anglia News during the 6pm update.
“We are delighted to have made it to the final. This is a really exciting opportunity to raise awareness and support for our work and, with your help, to secure further much-needed funding.
Winning this funding would give us a massive opportunity to make a positive difference to our Colchester communities, particularly our older population and younger aspiring artists and it would allow us to move towards a permanent base where older folk can attend weekly to chat, laugh and have fun, we can only do it.”
The other four finalists are all very worthy.
You can find out a little more over here.
But we like to always talk up the local.
Which is what Johnno does during the Memory Afternoons.
Imagine how much weekly happiness could be spread with this funding.