LGNI had a fantastic opportunity to deliver two EngAGE projects in partnership/ collaboration with PCSP, PSNI, Nendrum College, Glastry College and local older peoples groups.
The project is kicked off mid January and aspired to challenge anti-social behaviour issues and influence community safety in the local area. Both younger and older people will be directly involved in the design and planning of the project activities ensuring the project is locally driven.
The PCSP wants to build more cohesive and safer communities; this project will break down barriers between generations and promote better understanding of one another. To achieve these outcomes a key element is increasing the contact across generations in Ards and North Down community as this increases confidence and connection within the community and respect between the generations.
There were 20 young people and 20 older people involved in the two projects. The project sessions included:
Session 2: Get to know you session and planning of activities – wish list for 6 sessions
Sessions 3 – 8: Activities suggested by participants’ e.g. digital work, trips out, physical activity, art etc.
Evidence and research has shown that intergenerational engagement can have multiple benefits and outcomes; previous research has shown that participants in intergenerational activity have said:
We also wish to inspire personal responsibility and involvement; which will address community issues, tackling loneliness and isolation amongst all ages and for everyone to have a sense of belonging and involvement in their area. We want to capitalise on the positive attributes that both generations have to offer the other. It will be an opportunity for everyone to engage, learn and share skills, develop confidence and communication skills and have fun!
This project implemented best practice through working alongside the PSNI and schools to build capacity; using intergenerational methods to build more positive perceptions of young and old people in the community, which reduces levels of fear of crime and antisocial behaviour through tackling community safety by developing intergenerational relationships.
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