“Only Connect!” – An International Community Symposium

27/07/22 to 29/07/22
9.30am - 3.00pm
Falmouth University - Falmouth Campus, Woodlane, Falmouth TR11 4RH, UK
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About the Event

“I didn’t know that I could die of loneliness until I almost did” – Trevor Synge Perrin, Ambassador for Sensory Trust speaking at “Only Connect!” 2019

Three years ago The Photobook Project brought together people from across the system to create a unique space for connection and to challenge the barriers that face our communities. With a focus on intergenerational practice and research, the conference gave people living with dementia, care commissioners, creative practitioners, young people, national organisations, international representatives in intergenerational projects, the opportunity to really connect and interrogate and celebrate creative solutions to widespread disconnection and isolation across our communities.

“Intergenerational practice is the beginning of an inclusive society” – Peter Daniels, Humanitas Deventer

Three years – and a global pandemic – later, this Symposium is about coming together, in person, to connect on a deeper level. To be vulnerable, to be exposed and engaged in new creative approaches to these complex community challenges. Compounded by living our lives in and out of lockdowns, with services stretched like never before and the postcode lottery being an increasing reality,  the Symposium will reflect on these last three years, celebrating the power of creativity to connect, rejuvenate, empower and give voice to those who need it most at a time when they need it most.

This three day conference will expose and connect people at all levels of the system to the work one another are doing. The Symposium will involve you in this process, giving you the experience of these projects for yourself, so you can truly understand through your own participation and connection why they are essential to the fabric and future of our society.

We believe that moments like these are when systemic change can happen and how we can, more than ever, be in a position to scale up this essential, important and groundbreaking work.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Alison Clyde CEO of Generations Working Together (Scotland)
  • Haize Trueba Co-Founder and COO of KUVU (Bilbao, Spain)
  • Rich Bell Head of Campaigns at The Cares Family (London)
  • Peter Daniels, Former Executive Director of Happiness at Humanitas Deventer (Holland)
  • Sensory Trust’s Care Home Friends and Neighbours Advisory Group (Cornwall)
  • Sensory Trust’s Ambassadors of the Creative Spaces Project (Cornwall)
  • Ronald Amanze, Ambassador of The Photobook Project, Trustee at Arts 4 Dementia, Founder of Talk Dementia (London)

…and many many more!

The “Only Connect!” feast at Potager will be brought to you by local cook Toots. Toots’ food is led by community and the magic and joy that gathering around the table can conjure. She celebrates colour and seasonal flavours with an emphasis on local ingredients creating inventive and considered plates that will leave you feeling nourished and creatively charged!

This event is in partnership with: The Photobook Project, Sensory Trust, Cornwall Museum Partnership, Tate St Ives, University of Exeter, Grays Wharf Art Space, Cornwall Memory Cafes Network, The Cares Family, Falmouth University and Humanitas Deventer.


Wednesday 27th July

9.30am – 4.30pm: Talks and workshops at Falmouth University

6.30pm: Dinner at Potager Garden (ticketed)

Thursday 28th July

9.30am -2pm: Talks and workshops at Falmouth University

3.00pm – 4:30pm: Coach to St Ives

4:30 – 6pm: Meeting the Wednesday Wanderers with the Leach Pottery, Porthkidney

6 – 9pm: Creative conversations at Tate St Ives featuring Dementia and Dub session with Ronald Amanze. Buffet provided.

Friday 29th July

9.30am – 3pm: Talks and workshops at Falmouth University


How to Book

Register via Eventbrite –

£45 for individual; £55 organisation; additional costs for dinner & transport as required

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