Supervised weekend clubs for young people involving older people

Supervised local clubs that are free to young people, especially at weekends and holidays also after school and evenings to include gymnastics, music, chess, robotics, technology sessions, intergenerational work, various sports,intergenerational visits to museums, digital inclusion techy tea parties/tea toast and t'internet sessions in day centres and sheltered housing with young people helping older people get to grips with accessing internet, youtube etc also 
Sheltered housing and day centres residents to be provided with gadgets and devices. "Good Deed" weekends by young people would help the needy and the isolated.  Topics would be tailored to each person. Continuity would be important - a local face in a local place.

As well as a book borrowing service, use should be made to maximise the use of libraries as intergenerational community hubs at all free hours, see above examples. 

Why the contribution is important

A wider philosophy of age-inclusion. It is important that the young and older people meet as equals rather than as the "helper" and the "helped" - partnership working  with local groups for an age-inclusive way of looking at the world.  A way of living our lives.   Ideally people of different ages would meet and get to know each other in their daily lives.  Participative activities are a great vehicle for building empathy and understanding.  Teaming up with organisations in the neighbourhood for a local face in a local place.

by phnhinfodesk on November 17, 2017 at 07:12PM

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  • Posted by maggiemendy November 24, 2017 at 14:24

    It would be great to see a bit more intergenerational work going on in the borough
  • Posted by sheilahayman December 31, 2017 at 11:11

    I think it's really important to support young people to do things that involve physical and motor activity, as the world becomes increasingly virtualised and their lives shrink to the margins of a screen. A vast amount of the crime committed by young people stems from boredom and a lack of direction from older generations.
  • Posted by Rae_E January 16, 2018 at 14:41

    Great ideas. Also to find ways to enable everyone to be creative - in the ways they themselves want to be - at whatever age. More flexible community spaces that are affordable and easily shared and accessed.
  • Posted by sheilahayman January 20, 2018 at 14:09

    I really hope this idea gets some traction; both the idea of generations nurturing each other, and the benign combination of humanity and technology, are really important examples to establish.
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