Intergenerational Volunteers

Intergen volunteersWe are always looking for new volunteers to help us make a difference by bringing older and younger people together! Whether you are aged 16-24 or 50+ we have a wide range of opportunities for you to develop new skills, make new friends and have fun with another generation.

If you would like to learn more please contact Caroline Evans our  Intergenerational Coordinator on 0191 374 6561 or email

Intergenerational Coffee Mornings at Mid Durham Libraries (May 2014)

So far we have held two successful coffee mornings at Brandon and Lanchester where young and older people played with our traditional toys. They talked together about playing games now and, (for the older people), then when they were younger.

Our next two library events coming up are at Esh Winning, 2.30 – 4.00pm on the 3 June and Langley Park, 10.00 – 12.00 on the 21 June.

Intergenerational Fun Day (May 2014)

Brandon dayKaren, our development worker, organised a fantastic day that encouraged local older and younger people to ‘Join in and enjoy yourself’ and that is exactly what they did.

Through partnership with local groups, activities in the day included table tennis, boccia, traditional toys and games and dancing as well as lots yummy home bakes and cakes made by Brandon Youth Club and delicious healthy snacks provided by the local Slimming World group.

Everyone had a great day being in the company of someone from another generation as well as trying something different.

Accredited Training at Bishop Auckland College (March 2014)

P100022019 students and teachers have started the Level 1 Intergenerational Volunteering Course today. Over the next few weeks the students will learn about organising intergenerational activities and the skills needed to work with older people.

 Good luck to them all and I look forward to working with you all.

National Citizen Service (April 2014)

The Intergenerational Coordinator has once again supported Durham’s National Citizen Service during the Easter holidays. This included a presentation to  the young people about Age UK County Durham and considerations needed when working with older people. The young people are very enthusiastic about working in their communities to make a difference and the Intergenerational Programme continues to support them in working with older people.

Awards night (April 2014)

Award winners 2014A very successful awards ceremony was held to celebrate the excellent intergenerational practice that is happening around County Durham. The awards included a High Commended award and a winner for each of the categories for Intergenerational Volunteer, Intergenerational Project and Intergenerational Organisation.

Our winners and highly Commended included: Durham Community Business College, Trimdon Community Garden project, Durham Matters and Brandon and Byshottles Table Tennis Club. The Volunteer winners were from Trinity School in Durham and Beamish Museum.  Congratulations to all our Winners and Highly Commended.

Browney School (April 2014)

Year 5 and 6 pupils from Browney Academy in Durham worked with the Intergenerational Coordinator around issues for older people and isolation as part of their ‘Go Givers’ project. They researched the problems faced in todays society and talked these through in a workshop with Age UK County Durham and then presented their project to other young people.

Respect Workshop (March 2014)

64 year five students from Bluecoat Primary School in Newton Hall took part in workshops delivered by Intergenerational Volunteers around respecting each other’s generation. Activities included working together to identify what things younger and older people enjoy doing and thinking about what they will be like when they are older people.  The students loved talking with the older volunteers and finding out what interests they shared.

Knitting for Duke of Edinburgh ( March 2014)

After-School-Knitting-ClubKesley, a young person from Durham has successfully completed her volunteering section of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. She knitted over 50 Smoothie hats for Age UK County Durham to use in the next campaign to raise money for local older people.