Exciting opportunity to be a part of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Community Time Machine Project

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
dlr County
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New Inter-generational Community Archive project launching as part of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Festival of Inclusion and is seeking volunteers to help facilitate the project in their area!

The Community Time Machine initiative is an age-friendly cross-generational community archive project designed to connect young people with their older neighbours through a series of facilitated interviews, art projects and photography. It is a simple and fun way to have a positive impact and strengthen your community connections.

Neighbourhood Network is delighted to be launching this initiative in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown this autumn in partnership with The Creative Ireland Programme, Age Friendly Ireland, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Community members across Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown are now invited to come on board as organisers for this exciting project. The role of community organisers is to gather 5-6 young people, aged 12 – 18, to interview senior members of their community over the phone. The interviews give both participants a valuable opportunity to learn from each other and connect with their community.

Each group that takes part will be given €100 towards a charity/group of their choice and a time capsule to store their project in. A professional portrait photographer will visit each of the seniors involved in the project to take their portrait. The seniors will then receive their printed photo and all of the participants will have their work displayed on the national time machine gallery website.

An Cathoirleach Cllr Lettie McCarty said:

I am delighted that dlr Age Friendly programme, in conjunction with Neighbourhood Networks, will be taking part in the Community Time Machine project.  This project will enable younger and older people in our Community to engage with each other, share stories and create art works and images.  The benefits of such interaction should be immeasurable, and I wish this intergenerational project every success.” 

If this sounds like a project you would like to see come to life in your area, visit to get involved! We would also love to hear from any youth groups, schools or clubs who might be interested in taking part.