Both older and younger people have valuable contributions to make to our borough. Our intergenerational projects bring the generations together to enhance the life experiences of both.
Since 2000, we have been making new friends and forging links within the local community with many local schools taking part in our intergenerational projects, linking younger and older people together. Volunteers from Age UK Oldham’s Intergenerational Project work alongside students, schools and Youth Groups recalling memories, exchanging skills and helping each other to get to know a different generation.
We’ve examine periods in history - childhood memories, including World War II. School life and employment are amongst the popular topics our volunteers are asked to share with the young people - including playground games, where together young and old have enjoyed many favourites such as 'Peggy' and 'Skipping Rhymes' from yesteryear!
Wartime cookery is also an unforgettable experience for both the young and old. Working in pairs, the new intergenerational friends produce food from the time when rationing dictated our way of life - favourites such as carrot buns, eggless sponge and powdered cheese whirls bring the plight of millions of wartime mothers and children to life.
Local history is yet another area we examine, which gives our younger people a greater sense of belonging to and pride in Oldham, with student's enhancing their commnication and ICT skills, along with their understanding of the past.
If you are interested in arranging an intergenerational project for your class or group, please contact us on the details below:
Maggie Hurley - Volunteer and Community Services Manager
Phone: 0161 622 9252 or 07557 276 518
Photos from the project
Meeting HRH Prince Charles in celebration of Intergenerational work and at Clarence House with Barbara Windsor.
"This is how we used to play" - sharing skills and making new friends
Dennis playing with interactive board.
He should have been cooking – suppose we never grow up!