Following a very successful review session with Open College Network (soon to become ONE Awards), we have updated our Level 1 Intergenerational Volunteering Course and developed improvements to the two level 2 courses on Working with Adults as an Intergenerational Volunteer and Working with Children as an Intergenerational Volunteer.
We will be delivering the updated courses starting April. If you would like further information about these courses please contact Caroline Evans the Intergenerational Coordinator.
Student Community Action hosted their last tea party of the term with local older people. As well as time to chat with students there was musical entertainment, a general knowledge quiz as well as lots of tea and cakes. One older person told us ‘this is wonderful, the students have been fantastic to talk to and very attentive’.
Congratulations to the 16 year 10 students who have completed the Intergenerational Volunteering Level 1 course and are now looking forward to putting their learning into practice over the coming weeks. Throughout the course the students demonstrated enthusiasm and interest in working with older people and concluded that they had really enjoyed the course.
Today (29 April) is European Day of Solidarity Between Generations. The objective of this annual day of celebration is to raise awareness of the importance of engagement across the generations and offer make the European Union more age-friendly and better adapted to our ageing population, as well as have intergenerational solidarity high on the EU agenda.
Once again the NCS asked the Intergenerational Coordinator to talk to the young people taking part in the autumn programme. The young people have to make a difference in their community and we spoke to them about older people struggling through the winter. After hearing about the difficulties many older people face in County Durham five groups of young people asked the intergenerational coordinator for support to develop their ideas. These included: Befriending and offering services to local older people, improving a garden in a care home in Chester-Le-Street, holding a coffee morning to raise funds for Age UK County… Continue reading
This Befriending project is once again running with Durham University students visiting older people who would like a weekly visit from two friendly, helpful students. Intergenerational Volunteering training has been delivered by the Intergenerational Coordinator to more than 50 student volunteers and is now finding placements for them. If you or someone you know would like to receive a visit from the students please contact Martha or Anna on 07534826327 or 07805621272.
Durham Police approached the Intergenerational Programme to support them in their Junior Neighbourhood Watch project which visits schools across County Durham to improve community wellbeing and reduce the fear of crime. As part of the programme 50+ Intergenerational Volunteers along with the Intergenerational Coordinator deliver a ‘respecting each other’ workshop that helps the two generations understand each other.
We are delighted to announce the Launch of this project which will develop intergenerational work across Mid Durham. This project evolved from demand from the Mid Durham Area Action Partnership for intergenerational work to be developed in their area. With funding from the Mid Durham AAP and the Intergenerational Programme we launched this project on the 1 October in Lanchester when we introduced Karen Gibson as the new part time Development Worker for this project. Karen will be working Tuesdays to Thursdays to create and develop sustainable intergenerational activities that will bring the two generations together across the area.
Once again on the 1 October we celebrated by bringing local young people from All Saints Primary School in Lanchester together with older people to participate in fun intergenerational activities. These included New Age Kurling, making peg dolls and creating proggy mats with the wonderful ladies from Durham Matters. At the end of the day all the young people said they had really enjoyed themselves and had learnt something new.
Beamish Museum invited two older people groups from Age UK County Durham to attend an afternoon tea with an intergenerational theme. Local older people were invited to participate in the awards presentation of local school children’s achievements as part of the Agricultural Show and see the work they had done and then enjoy afternoon tea with entertainment in the refreshments tent. The older participants said they had loved seeing the young people participate and thought the work produced was wonderful.