Active Across AgesYST Active Across Ages
Intergenerational projects are increasing in popularity with the recognition that bringing young people and older adults together in purposeful activity brings considerable health and social benefits to both.
Funded by YST International and Sir John Beckwith Charitable Trust, Active Across Ages is a YST innovation project involving 10 primary, secondary and special schools working in partnership with 10 older people’s settings including care homes, community groups and day centres.
The project aims to improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of participants, provide volunteering opportunities, develop employability skills and confidence to be physically active. It is also providing opportunities to support primary to secondary transition and enhance local community relationships.
Following a teacher briefing and young leader (Activity Buddy) training, the Activity Buddies (pictured) will work with their older people’s partner to understand what physical activities their older adults would like to do and plan a programme of activities which both old and young will enjoy together. The young people are encouraged to include activities for themselves and their older adults to lead – to share ideas and raise self-esteem.
Activity Buddies are expected to volunteer their time for 20 hours and as well as receiving an initial one-day workshop, will also take part in a local networking day and final celebration event.
As a YST innovation project Active Across Ages is underpinned by a literature review of best practice, is being intensively evaluated and will be peer reviewed. We are working with an advisory group of intergenerational experts and following the 2019 pilot will produce an impact report which will be shared on this site in February 2020.
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