Intergenerational Card SwapIntergenerational and social connections between older people and younger people
Benefit of intergenerational projects
Intergenerational projects provide opportunities for bringing older and younger people together, and building relationships and understanding between those who live and learn in the same community. Intergenerational practice aims to bring people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities such as sharing skills, memories and ideas between the different generations which promote greater understanding and respect between generations and contributes to building more cohesive communities. The beauty of intergenerational events is that the benefits go both ways. Studies show that children who participate in activities with older adults tend to have improved reading scores, communication skills, problem-solving skills and a positive attitude toward community service.
Wythenshawe (Brooklands & Crossacres)
Crossacres Age UK
St Aidan’s Primary School
To connect generations with card making activities with positive messages
Diane Walker, Nursery Teacher at St Aidan’s said, “It’s been a pleasure to be involved in this project. The children really enjoyed writing and decorating the cards and they were helped by their wonderful teaching assistants.”
Zoe Mitchell, Age UK Day Care Centre in Crossacres said, “Our ladies really enjoyed making and receiving the cards”
The project was a success and the people involved enjoyed the experience. The sessions also received some excellent feedback from those who joined in the fun. Further intergenerational activities between those involved can be organised creating long lasting relationships between Early Years and older people organisations within Wythenshawe.
Strategic links to local/national policies
Increased mental wellbeing
Helping child development
Lessen isolation and loneliness
Phil Tomlinson - Neighbourhood Health Worker
T: 07557 677 969
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