Case Studies: Volunteering & Community

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    Arbroath Intergenerational Games Project

    Breaking down barriers through play.

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    Back to Life

    Back to Life brings seven children each week from Newbyres Nursery to visit residents at Newbyres Village Care Home. Since September 2016 they have undertaken a wide range of activities which include indoor sports, baking, crafts and songs. There are also weekly visits to the Village and plans to do outdoor activities during the summer.

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    Befriending Caithness intergenerational link

    Approached by the local hospital and care home, Befriending Caithness was asked if they could fill the gap that currently exists within the community. More and more older people are being kept in hospital or a care home, and whilst in residence their relatives find it difficult to visit due to lack of transport, mobility or their own ill health. The longer the elderly person stays in the hospital the more isolated and lonely they become.

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    Befriending, Orkney: 'Get together for a Yarn'

    Breaking down barriers through crafts, games and ‘yarning’.

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    Billie's Playpark

    Improving the well-being of people of all ages in Torry through an Intergenerational Playpark.

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    Bonnets and Baseball Caps

    Breaking down barriers of misunderstanding.

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    Celebrating Age

    Linking Generations Northern Ireland aims to reach out to groups and organisations across Northern Ireland to encourage them to bring generations together in their own individual settings. Our interest is to raise awareness of intergenerational practice, inspiring and supporting others to join us in bringing generations together and in tackling loneliness and social isolation of older people.

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    Connecting Generations (Playbusters)

    Challenging negative perceptions to create mutual respect and a more cohesive community.

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    Cool Computing for Couthie Customers

    Senior pupils assist older learners to use digital technology.

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    Craft Cafe - Edinburgh

    Craft Café is a creative solution to reducing isolation and loneliness amongst older people aged 60+.

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    Cum Ageen dus Welcome

    Actively linking older and younger people through an intergenerational project.

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    Cumnock and Doon Valley Credit Union

    A credit union offers a safe place to save money at the heart of a community.

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    Deaf Awareness Project

    Exploring the impact on people’s lifestyles as a result of being hard of hearing.

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    Doors Open

    Bringing together younger and older people to share their stories and memories.

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    Edinburgh Garden Share Scheme

    Edinburgh Garden Share Scheme [EGSS] matches people who have gardens to share with people who are keen on gardening, especially fruit and vegetable growing.

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    En-R-G

    Challenges the view that young people are to be feared in the community, through the medium of radio broadcasting.

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    Eyemouth Rowing Project

    Reviving the tradition of coastal rowing.

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    Football Memories

    Football Memories aims to provide companionship, mutual support and a sense of belonging to men with Dementia.

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    Gardening Project

    Working together to stop vandalism.

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    Gen-UP

    Dispelling some of the misconceptions held by younger and older people about each other.

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    Glasgow Intergenerational Mentoring Network

    This project focused on young people living in the most disadvantaged ares of Glasgow who were interested in entering higher education but who may not have had access to the necessary knowledge and advice in order to realise there aspiration.

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    Happy2Help

    Happy2Help aims to break down barriers between generations through the understanding of age-based issues.

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    HUG (Help Unite Generations)

    Ayr College social care students have been involved in joint projects with residents of Morrison Gardens sheltered housing complex.

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    Intergenerational Cook Book

    The development of an Intergenerational Cook Book.

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    Intergenerational North Lanarkshire Projects

    A strategic approach to increasing intergenerational practice in six secondary schools.

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    Kibble Volunteering

    Strengthening community roots and involvement.

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    Knitting Mania

    An intergenerational arts initiative.

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    Learn Together Cymru

    Children in Wales are not performing as well as other UK children and are, on average, poorer. Poverty is linked with poor literacy which in children is linked with reduced economic, social and health outcomes in later life.

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    North Edinburgh Intergenerational Project

    Lessening conflict between younger people and older adults through building skills in dealing with conflict positively.

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    Old School, Oxford Academy

    There are significant issues faced by adolescents and the senior members of the community and many of these are common to both groups. The Oxfordshire health inequalities commission report from October 2016 states wards in our local area (Blackbird Leys, Rose Hill) are in the top 10% most deprived in the country despite overall prosperity in the county. There is also a significant issue with loneliness affecting older people within urban areas of the county.

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    Old’s Cool

    It was important to run this project due to the high number of young people leaving school in the local Leith area without a positive destination in employment, education or training. Tensions in the local community between both young and older people encouraged us to take an intergenerational approach.

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    Place, Work, Folk: Our Legacy Their Future

    Young people are an audience that has traditionally been neglected by the planning system and in the development of places in general. In the focus areas of our project, generally areas of high unemployment and poverty, traditional cultural/heritage issues in particular have often seen as at best irrelevant and at worst dismissive and detrimental to the needs and wishes of local communities and their own culture/heritage.

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    Powis Gardeners

    Intergenerational gardening.

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    Renfrew Gala Day

    A community-led event with free cultural and sporting activities for everyone.

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    Retired Engineers Inspiring the Next Generation

    A recent report from the Royal Academy of Engineering has highlighted a shortage in engineers, with an estimated 1 million new engineers and technicians needed by 2020.

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    Risk Factory

    Recognising potential dangers and knowing the actions to take to reduce or avoid risks.

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    Schools Volunteer Programme

    Volunteers help young people in local primary schools in a range of school activities.

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    Silver Games 2016

    Improving the quality of life in our community and proving that four generations can work together successfully and without fear.

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    South Perth Community Partnership and Perth High School IT Project

    The aim was to bring together Perth High School pupils and members of the South Perth community to engage in a project and share relevant skills. School pupils shared knowledge relating to new technologies, social media and IT whilst the community members shared skills in baking and craft making.

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    Spanning the Ages by Brighter Bervie

    In Autumn 2018 children and older people came together to plant bulbs in Bervie, creating intergenerational friendships and linking the community in the process.

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    Strive Wellbeing – Intergenerational Project

    To develop volunteering services that support older people in care settings to remain socially and physically active to improve their wellbeing

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    Supported Befriending

    Young people working as volunteer befrienders.

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    SWAYED ECO project

    Breaking down barriers through the ECO project.T

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    T in the Street

    Organisers from a pilot project called 'T in the Street', witnessed and evidenced the positive impact that the project had on both the young and older people involved.

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    Tea Dances

    An intergenerational tea dance.

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    We Love Our Grandmas!

    The project in Sandfield Close Primary School, Leicester involved a group of ladies who met at the school regularly. With Food for Life Funding and The Big Lottery, an intergenerational project was developed around healthy eating and food.

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    xl Club

    Working together to achieve goals.

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    YOBS, Youths On Bikes Scheme

    A home delivery scheme for older villagers and the housebound.