Bringing older and younger people together – New leaflet

Cover of project leafletWe are thrilled to have a new leaflet to tell everyone about our work in County Durham. Click here to download a copy of our new leaflet.

A big thanks to the volunteer who shared her enjoyment at being part of our work to bring younger and older people together. She told us

“I help the children each week in my local primary school. We have a lovely time chatting and making cards. Now when I walk down the street the young people say “Hello” and talk to me. I live on my own but I feel much more a… Continue reading

Older People’s Day 2015 celebrated in WW2 style

2 older volunteer ladies teaching children to knitIntergenerational volunteers and Janet Watson our new Age UK County Durham Intergenerational Programme Co-ordinator celebrated ‘International Older People’s Day 2015’ at Deaf Hill Primary school in Trimdon Station.

The volunteers came to help year 6 children learn how to knit as part of the school’s ‘Make do and mend’ project which is exploring how people coped with rationing during World War 2.

This was a wonderful start to what is to be a regular weekly activity. All the children taking part learnt how to ‘cast on’ and some have started to knit. They all did very well, including… Continue reading

Castleside Carnival (July 2014)

Linda and Jessica CastlesideWith all the fun of the fair everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves at Castleside Carnival on Saturday 12 July. Karen our Intergenerational Development Worker attended with intergenerational activities and information about intergenerational opportunities.  The traditional toys and games were particularly popular with younger and older generations playing together.  We hope to be working in the area in the future so keep a look out for more information.

Respect Workshop (July 2014)

St hilds respectIntergenerational Volunteers worked with students at St Hilds College Primary School  in Gilesgate to look at understanding each other’s generation.  The Respect workshop includes activities that identified the activities both generations can share and what it can be like being older. The students really enjoyed the session and working with the older volunteers.

Exciting News. Please vote for Come Eat Together

Age UK County Durham are delighted that their innovative Come Eat Together project which has recently been awarded a flagship grant from the Big Lottery Fund is a finalist in The National Lottery Awards.

The awards are an annual search to find the UKs favourite lottery funded projects and celebrate and recognise the difference that those projects have made to people, places and communities.

Come Eat Together is competing against 6 other projects for the title of Best Health Project.

Winning this award will significantly raise the profile of Come Eat Together as they roll it out across County Durham,… Continue reading

Respect Workshop (June 2014)

31 year five and six students from St Joseph’s Primary School in Gilesgate took part in a workshop delivered by Intergenerational Volunteers that looks at respecting each other’s generation.  They enjoyed activities that identified the activities both generations can share and what it will be like being older. The students really enjoyed the session and working with the older volunteers.

Waterhouses Summer Fair (June 2014)

We thoroughly enjoyed attending Waterhouses Summer Fair, held in the Village Hall. Younger and older people found us through the crowds by our Age UK banner and watched our great film on Intergenerational activities, had a go with the traditional toys and talked to Karen Gibson our Development Worker, and Mike Cooper our volunteer in the area, about Intergenerational activities and volunteering. If you missed us there, check out the events pages to see where we will be next, watch the films on our media pages or call Karen on 0191 374 6562 if you would like to find out more.

National Citizen Service (June 2014)

dancingWe are gearing up for another summer packed with National Citizen Service activities. Young people from across County Durham will soon be gathering and planning how they will make an impact on their communities with many projects working towards an intergenerational approach and working to benefit local older people.


Last year we worked with various groups of young people to organise a 1940’s Tea Party, build raised beds in a care home garden and plant vegetables and flowers with the residents, raise funds for a local residential home and host a community event for local older and young people.… Continue reading

Bringing the generations together with food

Bishop Auckland CollegeAge UK County Durham is using our knowledge to embed intergenerational work into other activities to benefit older people and young people.

Bishop Auckland College provides a monthly lunch club in term time where the Catering & Hospitality students cook the food and serve the older people. Catch up with this lunch club here and find out more about the project at

Here to help (May 2014)

Intergen team photoIf you are interested in Intergenerational activities and would like some support in organising an event or starting a project then we can help! 

Caroline Evans is the Intergenerational Coordinator and Karen Gibson is our Intergenerational Development Worker for Mid Durham.  Please use our contact us page to find out how to get in touch.