‘GrandMakers needed’ for upcoming festival

Turner House, Midhurst, a McCarthy and Stone building
Turner House, Midhurst, a McCarthy and Stone building

Older people in Midhurst are being asked to share their skills at an upcoming festival.

Accomplished craftspeople have been invited to apply to be a ‘GrandMaker’ at the Royal Voluntary Service’s GrandFest event.

As part of its 40th year celebrations, retirement housebuilder McCarthy and Stone. has joined forces with the Royal Voluntary Service to support the charity’s annual GrandFest event. Both parties have issued a final call for potential GrandMakers to apply to be part of the one-day festival, which will take place in central London on Sunday, June 18.

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 10. The application process has been designed to be as quick and easy as possible, and can be completed online at grandfest.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/apply/.

GrandFest celebrates older people and the heritage skills they can pass on to the younger generation. Applicants aged 70 plus will be invited to volunteer to teach alongside other GrandMakers at a GrandFest skills workshop, while those aged 60 plus will get the opportunity to take part in a GrandFest event at their local McCarthy and Stone development. Here they will get the opportunity to share, teach, or brush up on their own practical skills.

Julie Ward, regional sales and marketing director for McCarthy and Stone South East, said: “GrandFest is a truly inspiring event which recognises the wonderful diversity of traditional skills older people have and the importance of passing these on through the generations.

“I would urge people in Midhurst to make the most of this exciting opportunity to apply to be part of GrandFest or to register their interest in playing an active role in a series of regional events that will follow in McCarthy and Stone developments across the county.”

TV and radio personality, Gloria Hunniford, is lending her support to McCarthy and Stone and Royal Voluntary Service in their search for GrandMakers.

She said: “Being a grandparent is a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience and passing on practical skills and sharing experience which made my own childhood special has to be one of the most satisfying and enjoyable aspects of spending time with my grandchildren.

“So many people of my generation would make perfect GrandMakers. We all have different interests, knowledge and skills which have given us great pleasure over the years. GrandFest is a fantastic opportunity to share this expertise with younger people and to inspire the next generation to enjoy these hobbies and experiences.”

To apply to be a GrandMaker and for more information, visit https://grandfest.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk.

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