During February half term (12-16 February), four students from health, care and early years presented their intergenerational project, 'The Gift' to a conference for carers at Goldsmiths University, London.
The one day conference was organised for practitioners and researchers to share their stories and experiences about their own intergenerational action projects. The students were able to add a new dimension to the discussions about new innovation in care practices, beyond that of working with the elderly and children , but also incorporating a new generation of young carers.
The students were praised by members of the audience for the bringing the project to new audiences as well as their confidence in presenting their findings front of such a large audience. Following the event the students and staff from Activate Learning have been asked by other colleges for advice about starting their own intergenerational project.
'The Gift' is an exciting new inter-generational project, inspired by the Channel 4 TV programme “Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds”. The successful TV show explored the health and wellbeing benefits that both pre-schoolers and the older generation can benefit from by spending time together. The programme also highlighted what can be gained when different generations mix, share and learn together.
Early years and health and social care students and staff from Activate Learning, joined together with local care homes and nurseries, with the first successful sessions running at the Banbury campus and Reading campus in January 2018. With nursery age children and residents from care homes enjoying fun games, reading, crafts and singing together.
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