National Citizen Service (August to September 2013)

The Intergenerational Coordinator supported six groups of young people who had signed up to take part in the National Citizen Service to deliver intergenerational activities and increase awareness of Age UK County Durham. These activities included: In Easington Cakes on Wheel group raised funds for Age UK County Durham by selling cakes and providing intergenerational activities at three events.

A group of budding gardeners made raised beds for the residents of a care home in Billy Row. Two groups hosted Intergenerational activity days in Bishop Auckland College and Pelton Community centre where members of the local care homes and community… Continue reading

Big Skill Share (October 2012 to May 2013)

bakingThe big skill share project was launched on International Older Peoples day on the 1 October 2012 with the first of 12 road shows that would take place across County Durham over the next seven months. The range of activities that took place included knitting, spoon playing, singing, baking, traditional toy and games, craft making, cake decoration, exercise, dancing, New Age Kurling, fashion through the ages and gardening.

At the end of the project over 1,200 people had taken part in road shows and events that shared skills and experiences with the other generation.

Community art project (5th April 2013)

Moorside Community Association received funding for a mural to be displayed within the local community garden. The association worked with the Intergenerational Programme and involved local young people and an older people’s art group based at the Phoenix Centre in Moorside.

They also brought in RT Projects to facilitate the art work creation. The project took place over three days during the Easter Holiday period and the group worked collaboratively in designing each element of the mural, how it would look, including flowers and animals.

Each member of the group was encouraged to contribute at least one design item, even… Continue reading

School Gardening Project

School-Gardening-ProjectCatchgate School wanted to start a gardening project within school and worked with the Intergenerational Programme to identify older volunteers from the local area with an interest in gardening and sharing their knowledge and skills with young people.

Funding was provided by the Intergenerational programme to support the development of the project and classes took turns to help and learn with the older volunteers about gardening and growing vegetables and plants.

Two years on and the project is still going strong with new students introduced to the garden project and the older volunteers each year where often a strong and… Continue reading