Generations Together – Horsforth Live at Home Scheme

Intergenerational Case Study 

Guest Blogger: Tracy Brierley

About your organisation / your service users

Horsforth Live at Home Scheme is a Neighbourhood Network Scheme which works within geographical boundaries to provide primary and social care services which help older people to maintain their independence. The scheme is managed by a committee of local people and a staff team and volunteers, including older people. The scheme offers a range of services promoting well being and social inclusion for both physical and mental health benefits, these activities include exercise classes, dancing, walks, day trips, holidays, shopping, swimming, lunch clubs, weekly food bank, shop and advice and information.

Who are the partners involved in our intergenerational work?

  • Horsforth Schools are the main partners involved.

About our intergenerational projects

This year our scheme joined with Horsforth School in the summer to celebrate the Jubilee .This involved a tea party hosted by pupils for our members who shared with school students their memories and memorabilia of past jubilee events. We are due to hold an event to celebrate IDOP on 7th Nov again at Horsforth School, the theme this time will be the Olympics.

There will be a quiz, with teams made up of pupils and our members and refreshments provided by the School. Other intergen work planned in December 2012  will be Live at Home Manager  delivering presentation/ talks to local primary schools to educate children about older people, the issues in living alone and how our scheme can help.

As a new Manager at the scheme, I am planning to develop more intergen type activities in 2013; these will be around technology and introducing members to new ways of communication, with the aim of the older generation learning from the young.

What resources are needed e.g funding, staff skills, facilities?

As a Manager I am actively seeking funding to deliver activities to our members. I am currently waiting on an application for equipment to develop mobile phone workshops which younger people would be key in helping to deliver to our members.

For intergenerational events I feel staff skills require the ability to risk assess all activities involving younger people or volunteers, including ensuring CRB checks for staff are up to date.

The facilities and premises also need to be risk assessed for suitability for disabled members and meet health and safety requirements.  Schools are great venues if they are on offer but the times of any events need to be planned to coincide with school terms etc.

Transport is also important as many members’ sign up to intergen events if there is transport to and from the event.

What are the benefits for: older people, the staff / organisation, children and/or young people, the local community?

The benefits of intergenerational work are that both generations come together through an event that educates both generations and  aims to  change attitudes or stereotypes to be more positive about the young and the old.

At the same time the scheme reaches out to the wider community and informs others about what we do and why we do it.

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