The Benefits of Intergenerational Projects

The Benefits of Intergenerational Projects – Bringing old and young together

 

Projects from the communities globally have trialled different intergenerational cross over ideas, from local primary schools sharing lunches with elderly luncheon clubs to teenagers teaching retired people using digital platforms. 

In Bracknell Forest, Little Owls Community Pre-school in Sandhurst, led by Sharon Green, has started an on going programme with Pinehurst Care Centre (an elderly residential home) supported by the head of activities Victoria Pembroke, the first visit in June 2017 has proven to be a great success.

They have trialled activities together at the Care home e.g. blowing bubbles, sing song sessions and snack time.

Sharon said ‘the language explosion on the mini bus has been phenomenal and the children, with the support of staff and the parent volunteers, have already developed further ideas, for example, the children learning some nostalgic songs to sing with the residents.’

From the Care home’s prospective, the residents enjoyed the visit tremendously. Feedback was that residents felt as though family members were visiting, even residents with dementia lit up at the sight of children engaging with them.

Research evidence highlighted that there are huge benefits of such cross over activities:-

  • Elder generations hold tremendous recourse for the younger generation  
  • Further mutual understanding and to enhance community growth
  • Help to reduce social isolations across generations i.e. new families in the neighbourhood and the elderly
  • Help with cognitive developments for both generations          

    Further links for more ideas relating to the project:- 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/get-inspired/39872130

https://britishgymnasticsfoundation.org/love-to-move-booklet

http://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/nursery-world/news/1160195/intergenerational-care-bringing-old-and-young-together

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-cambridgeshire-39276588/toddler-group-joins-forces-with-cambridge-care-home

 

If you have further ideas, the Bracknell Forest Public Health Team would like to hear from you Public.Health@bracknell-forest.gov.uk