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 the volunteers, as it was a challenge to teach those left handed if you are not yourself!


Older peoples day Trimdon 3Volunteers really enjoyed the day. Positive comments included “The time has really flown by. It’s been lovely and I can’t wait for the next session”.

The Deputy Head Teacher remarked that “All the children have been talking about the session and we are all looking forward to the next one!”

Look out for examples of the children’s knitting at our special event during half term in ‘Trimdon Station Community Centre’ on Tuesday 27 October. 1.00-3.30pm. There will be plenty to see with examples of other new projects, including our ‘Big Draw’ postcard project!