EngAGE Together Launch Day
LGNI had a very successful launch of our brand new initiative. It was nice to see the residents of Blair House meeting up again with the children from Westwinds Primary School. Everyone had a lovely afternoon, with crafts and chat over drinks and donuts.
ENGage Together Project
What is EngAGE Together?
Linking Generations Northern Ireland (LGNI) are announcing a new project to bring the generations together to challenge ageism, build an age-friendly society and have a vision of an Age-friendly Northern Ireland where all generations are respected, understood, connected and engaged together in their communities.
The EngAGE Together project, funded by Big Lottery Fund and the Public Health Agency, will build an infrastructure for intergenerational work in Northern Ireland by developing local networks, providing support for people and organisations to engage, training and small grants for activities. LGNI will set up 11 networks across Northern Ireland involving over 200 groups and organisations and engage over 3000 people in intergenerational activity over the next three years.
The project is being supported with a National Lottery grant of £200,000 from Big Lottery Fund and £105,000 from the Public Health Agency.
Joanne McKenzie Blair House Activity Coordinator said: “I feel that intergenerational engagement is a vital part of my existing activity schedule and that the support and encouragement from LGNI and taking part in training has given me confidence and the ability to sustain the links with the local primary school and make new links with another care home and a nursery.”
Joanne McDowell, Big Lottery Fund NI Director said: “Thanks to National Lottery players this project will be able to make a big difference to people of all ages across Northern Ireland.
“Linking Generations Northern Ireland are providing support to groups so they can build connections between the generations and build on the strengths that already exist, to improve peoples’ lives.”
Mary Black, Assistant Director of Public Health, Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement at the PHA, said: “It is important to recognise the benefits of shared experiences between generations and we are delighted to fund this project.
“The EngAGE Together project will close the gap on what sometimes can be seen as a division between older and younger people and in fact there is a lot that both can learn from each other. It also builds relationships which are so important for health and wellbeing”
The EngAGE Together Project is led by Linking Generations Northern Ireland and funded by the Big Lottery Fund UK Portfolio and the Public Health Agency Northern Ireland. The project will be delivered in partnership with a range of groups and organisation ranging across all sectors.