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Age and Youth

Age and Youth

Staywell works with people of all ages, purposefully bringing together older and younger generations to promote greater understanding between them.

We do this in a variety of ways, both formal and informal.  Over the past couple of years we have formed a partnership with postgraduate leadership programme, Year Here, with two of its fellows working on frontline work placements at The Bradbury, leading to a variety of initiatives including social events, a re-vamped garden and an art exhibition.  We also work regularly with young people from Challenge UK and Kingston University.

‘When one reaches retirement, as you can imagine, it’s a huge change in one’s life.  The two biggest effects are obviously money and the other is company.  When you have spent so many years working every day with people of different generations one’s lack of conversation and interaction with others becomes a nightmare.

Last evening at The Bradbury we had a chance to get together with other people again, and for people like myself it was a lovely experience. That evening was worth far more than any medicine I could ever get from my GP. ‘

Mrs D Bryant, member of The Bradbury

As Age Concern Kingston upon Thames we pioneered intergenerational practice, achieving national recognition for work which less than a decade ago was ground-breaking, including:

  • in 2006 being invited to explain the benefits of intergenerational work to a joint meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Ageing and on Children, at the House of Lords
  • in 2007 being invited to give the keynote address at the Centre for Intergenerational Practice’s third major Conference at the University of Manchester
  • in 2007 being invited to meet Prince Charles to celebrate ‘Joining Generations’ at Clarence House
  • in 2007 winning The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Voluntary Service for our Age and Youth School-Based Project
  • in 2008 receiving the Approved Provider Status(APS) for organisations providing intergenerational projects from the Centre for Intergenerational Practice.

Over the years our intergenerational work has included:

  • Age and Youth school-based projects at both primary and secondary level
  • Age and Youth partnerships through which older people taught craft skills to children
  • intergenerational discussion groups between older people and sixth-formers
  • home visiting programmes
  • ‘Friendship Hour’ – older meeting with fifth and sixth-formers and exchanging life experiences over a cup of tea
  • healthy eating project
  • ‘A Significant Other’: a mentoring project funded by Comic Relief.

Contact us to find out more about working with us.

Stories

Good times at The Bradbury

Good times at The Bradbury

Stewart Hyde is well known at The Bradbury..