Roberta today (25th August) visited County Durham Age UK along with James Turner, Head of Region, Big Lottery Fund, Claire Hutchinson, Regional Officer, Outreach North East and Harriet Gibbon, Chief Executive of Age UK to see how projects funded by the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) are benefiting the local community.
Roberta celebrated the success of the Intergenerational Programme which has been aided by BIG funding and brings together older and younger people in a positive exchange of skills, experiences and friendship. Through this exchange, the Programme seeks to challenge generational divides and aims to encourage social inclusion.
"I was delighted to visit County Durham Age UK to celebrate the success of their Intergenerational Programme. I particularly enjoyed seeing the wonderful new wall hanging, produced by members of the Programme."
"It was fantastic to see how such a valuable exchange of skills between older and younger members of the community has been facilitated and has become such a resounding success."
"Together, younger and older people can learn vital skills from each other and I very much enjoyed discussing the numerous future projects planned by the Programme, including IT classes taught by younger people and gardening lessons overseen by older people."
"Also in the pipeline is a tool kit providing advice to communities on how to organise intergenerational events, such as games nights and knitting classes, in their communities. The tool kit will be available in a few weeks time and I will put a link to it on my website."