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Walk in our shoes


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Walk in our shoes

  1. 1. “WALK IN OUR SHOES” TO BUILDING COMMUNITY BRIDGES Intergenerational work with communities
  2. 2. Utilising the Age Scotland Pack • Intergenerational working. • Time Bank • Connecting Communities. • Replicate across the Argyll. • Discuss areas of concern. • Allow the generations to understand the differences faced by each other.
  3. 3. Area surrounding this sheltered housing complex in Dunoon, concerns raised: • Traffic, around complex. • Road signs highlighting elderly crossing. • On main road, to access promenade. • Bus shelter seating. • Seats on housing side of road.
  4. 4. There were several issues of concern raised in Helensburgh: • Uneven surfaces and pot holes. • Broken and wobbly paving stones. • Obstructions on pavements. • Dog fouling. • Weeds, which as well as being unsightly can be a slip hazard when wet. • Misuse of disabled parking bays
  5. 5. Building Community Bridges • Based on the experience and success of “walk in Our Shoes” • BCB is an intergenerational project. Its overreaching aim is to : • “Connect generations and support young people to engage with, volunteer and assist older people whilst building their skills, knowledge and respect as valued members of their communities”
  6. 6. Aims of Project • Young people value, respect and support older people strengthening community life and understanding • Young people gain skills to help them play an active part in community life • Generations work together and have a voice influencing community planning and delivery
  7. 7. Examples ……. T in the Pot • tea, sandwiches, cake, board games and musical entertainment • This was a one off and a starting point and an opportunity for older and younger people to get together and just enjoy being in each others company • It also offered the opportunity to see what could happen next…
  8. 8. Munch Bunch • A fortnightly café for young and old, pool competition, some literacy and spelling help from games like scrabble, as well as some learning around phones, laptops and other gadgets • The café encouraged learning from both generations as well as healthy competition • It increased confidence that each age group had something to contribute
  9. 9. Fashion Show • A successful “Fashion Show”, hosted by their local “M & Co” with the young people (mostly Saltire) making the models up and photographed them. The audience ranged from 7 months old up to 90 years of age. This was a good example of generations working together to raise funds and strengthening community life and understanding • It provided every age group with a chance to participate
  10. 10. The Shed, stitch and knit and lunch clubs • learning and sharing of skills like woodworking, enamelling and working with clay • Sharing traditional skills, as well as learning social skills • Confidence and self esteem in skills like planning events, menus as well as breaking down barriers
  11. 11. Referendum Debate • Generations came together both as panel members and audience participants during a series of debates regarding the forthcoming Scottish referendum • Both young and retired people voiced their concerns and their opinions regarding an independent Scotland.
  12. 12. Referendum debate cont. • The animated discussions between the young and old of one side and the young and old of the other often showed mature, well informed stances from the young people, which impressed the older members of the panel and the audience.
  13. 13. ` Volunteering with the young people keeps me young, its lovely they spend time with us and I feel I still have something to offer` Grace, 81
  14. 14. Argyll Young Entrepreneurs: Social Media pop up Cafés • To provide social media support to everyone but focusing encouraging older and more vulnerable people to attend • Across Argyll and Bute – Oban, Helenburgh, Lochgilphead, Dunoon, Campbeltown, Rothesay, Islay and Mull • There have been 93 cafes and 230 people have attended
  15. 15. Social Media pop up Cafés cont. • Designed as a drop in for people • Topics: basic computing internet email Facebook Twitter Skype
  16. 16. Making it happen……. • Recognise the people power within a community • Listen and think about the views of all ages • Think about the language • Consider what the benefits could be
  17. 17. Gwen Harrison Community Resilience officer AVA, Dunoon