‘IT’S never too late to learn’.
Testament to that statement is the work by members of the Friend to Friend group now on show to everyone.
This sociable group was formed for older people in the Valleys to challenge the stereotype of older people being too old to learn new skills.
Take a look at their art work now on show at the North Light Gallery, Armitage Bridge, and you’ll surely agree they have learned a thing or two.
An exhibition of work produced by members of the activity groups based in Holmfirth, Honley, Netherton and Marsden runs at the gallery until June 16.
Called We All Have A Story to Tell, their stories are contained within their work.
Artist Anna Todd assisted members with a series of unique mosaic pictures, reflecting their life stories.
Anna said: “I have been amazed at what they have achieved and the talent they have between them.
“The average age of the older people I have been working with is 83 but to them age is just a number, not a barrier.”
The exhibition was funded through Kirklees Council’s Art in the Neighbourhood grant, with support from the North Light Gallery.
The exhibition is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.
Friend to Friend has been running for more than 15 years now with the aim of enabling older people to enjoy a healthier, more active and less lonely old age.
The group provides a range of art and craft groups, armchair exercise, a walking group, history group, social group, lunch group and a men’s group – all in accessible community venues.
Door-to-door transport is provided when possible for members living in the catchment area, with about 300 members supported by 50 volunteers. Ring 01484 687773.