THORNBURY residents are being given the unique opportunity to learn a new skill from someone older and wiser at a special exhibition next month.

Alive, the UK’s leading charity enriching the lives of older people in care and training their carers, are hosting an exhibition giving residents a chance to find out about the incredible elderly people living in and around the town.

Part of the charity’s ‘Making Pals’ project, which connects care homes with their communities across the South Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, and North Somerset area,

The project helps to build long-lasting and meaningful relationships within communities and opportunities for older people to engage in their favourite pastimes, and has spent a year talking to over 150 care home residents about what activities they’d like to take part in with their community, as well as what skills they’d like to offer.

The exhibition, which takes place at the Chantry from July 19-23, marks the second year of Making Pals, which is being launched to public to encourage people to visit them in their care home and share their interests and skills over a cup of tea.

Centring around a ‘pledge box’, it will feature a display of the wishes, skills and pearls of wisdom from the many residents who have been involved in the project, as well as a chance to talk to the project staff about Making Pals and the option to pledge a visit to care home.