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2016 Intergenerational Network Awards


In February, we celebrated intergenerational activities at Ramside Hall in County Durham at our 2016 Intergenerational Network Awards event.

It was very well attended and highlighted the excellent Intergenerational work taking place throughout the county.

Although our shortlisted nominees are all unique, they do have a couple of things in common, they bring older and younger people together to increase understanding of each other’s generations, resulting in increased social inclusion and through meaningful activities young people increase their self-confidence and learn new skills.

The awards were presented by Age UK County Durham’s Chief Executive Harriet Gibbon and David Haw, Chair… Continue reading

New short film – Working in Trimdon Station

We have made a film about our Intergenerational Programme activities in Trimdon. Have a look and tell us what you think.
If you think you would like to be a volunteer or have a similar project in your area, please contact our Intergenerational Programme Coordinator Janet on 0191 374 6561 or


Intergenerational volunteers receive recognition

Intergenerational volunteersPictured are some of our Intergenerational volunteers who attended accredited training in May 2016. They were nominated for The County Durham Chairman’s Medal and are pictured with their certificates of recognition. Some of them had attended the Area Action Partnership meeting in May to collect the certificates.

Two groups were nominated- our volunteers who support ‘Respect between generations’ sessions we deliver in schools throughout County Durham. The other volunteers are our ‘Make do and Mend’ group exploring activities from World War Two with children from Deaf Hill Primary school. They have been teaching them to knit, bake and now grow… Continue reading

Queen’s birthday Tea party at St Chad’s College, Durham University

Older and young people having teaAs part of our Intergenerational programme we have been working with Durham University students from St Chads College. The students have enthusiastically committed themselves as Intergenerational Champions to help bridge the generation gap between young and older people.

They are planning to work with older people from St. Aidan’s Kitchen in Framwellgate Moor on a local History project. Many of the students are History undergraduates and plan to chat to the older residents of the area to record their memories of growing up there.

The students were keen to get to know the older people they are going to work… Continue reading

Older people arent just old and grumpy!

Older volunteer and a pupil baking togetherWe are always delighted with the amount of positive feedback from younger participants in our County Durham Intergenerational Programme. Here are some comments to share with you related to a programme we have developed with a Primary School.

We have learnt a lot, like knitting which I didn’t have a clue about; now we are baking. I’ve learnt one more thing as well – old people aren’t just old and grumpy! We got to know the ladies and it was amazing!”

“I have really enjoyed knitting and learning how to do it. The ladies have helped me realise that the… Continue reading

Promoting respect between generations

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older volunteer working with children on a Respect sessionOn 20 October 2015 the Intergenerational Programme Coordinator, Janet and six intergenerational volunteers visited Deaf Hill Primary School to deliver a ‘Respect Between Generations’ session with the Year 6 class.

This was a great session enjoyed by all, the young people were all very engaged in discussions and contributed valid and thoughtful comments. Some of the young people remarked at the end that they now realised that older people were just like them and shared many of the same interests.

One of our volunteers Bert who is the ‘World Champion spoon player’ gave an impromptu rendition of his skills to everyone’s… Continue reading

Supporting Dementia Friends in Mid Durham

Brandon adn Byshottles Parish Council are Dementia FriendsMid Durham Area Action Partnership want to create dementia friendly communities, helping their community become a place more understanding towards those with Dementia and those who care for them.

The Mid Durham Intergenerational Project is supporting this initiative and can deliver Dementia Friends sessions to groups. The sessions are free and those who attend receive the special pin badge that shows you care. Today we delivered a session to members of Brandon and Byshottles Parish Council.

Over the next few weeks the team from Age UK County Durham will be working with young people and older people across the… Continue reading

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