Older people and younger people were full of festive and community spirit recently as Age NI and Belfast’s Model School for Girls came together for a Christmas tea party as part of Get Set for Community Action, an intergenerational programme inspired by the Olympic values.
Pupils were joined by around 30 older people from Age NI day centres in East Belfast and Dunmurry for a Christmas dinner followed by presentations of four Get Set community projects which included the creation of a memory calendar, memory game and 'Decades in Belfast' book. The party was topped off with Christmas hats, games and songs.
Principal Mr Wright said, 'Get Set for Community Action is an exciting volunteer programme that aims to strengthen relationships between younger people and older people in their local communities through the Olympic values of friendship, excellence and respect and the Paralympic Values of courage, determination, equality and inspiration.
'The Christmas tea party event was a great opportunity to bring young and old together to reflect the values and spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and to congratulate children on living the values through a celebration of festive fun, song and music. This was the second Get Set for Community Action event at the school this year, following on from a successful link up around sport and the Olympics in June.'
Linda Robinson, Age NI Chief Executive, commented, 'We're delighted at how successful the Get Set programme has been in providing opportunities for older people and younger people to get involved in shaping their local communities and for inspiring a happier, healthier and more active lifestyle.
'The community spirit shown by pupils at Belfast’s Model School for Girls has been wonderful. They have developed strong connections with older people who attend our day centres by increasing their participation and engagement throughout the year at various sporting events and projects which will make a positive difference in their lives.'
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