Pupils go back in time to help tackle loneliness

Pupils from Selsey have taken a trip back in time to help tackle the problem of loneliness. The group from Seal Primary Academy took a group of older residents from Selsey to visit The Novium Museum and delve into the district's rich history and make new friends.

As part of the council's 'Ideas into Action' project, year 5 pupils have worked with the council's Youth Engagement team to create their own political parties to help tackle local issues that bother them.

One group of pupils have formed the 'Community Party' to address the problem of loneliness in older people. They decided to lead the way by teaming up with members from various lunch clubs for older people around Selsey. With help from the Learning team at The Novium Museum, pupils spent several months planning an interactive tour of the museum.

The group, ranging from ages 9-91, sat down and enjoyed a lunch together in the museum café in order to get to know each other. They then explored the museum together, with the pupils sharing interesting facts they had learnt about their favourite exhibits and passing around artefacts for the group to look at.

"It's wonderful to see young people identifying and wanting to address such a growing problem within our society" says Councillor Eileen Lintill, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Chichester District Council. "The Novium Museum is the perfect location to visit because it has something to engage and interest people of all ages.

"Hopefully this will encourage others to think about any older friends, family or even neighbours that they could reach out to."

The Novium Museum also offers dementia friendly workshops throughout the year or can organise sessions for care homes and community groups. More information can be found by visiting their website