10 March 2010

People aged either between eight to 25 or older than 50 are invited to join a series of intergenerational events taking place in March.

Northamptonshire County Council is working to help bring generations together with it’s recently launched School of Life project.

Northamptonshire was one of only 12 local authorities in the country to have successfully secured £400,000 government funding to take part in this pilot scheme which aims to generate a wider interest in intergenerational work, increase numbers of volunteers within the community and above all to bring generations together to have some fun.

Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage, county council cabinet member for customers and communities said: “Breaking the stereotypes of younger and older people is crucial if generations are to live happily together in our communities.

“Northamptonshire is a diverse county with both rural and town communities and we recognise that in the rural areas both young and old can become isolated, so these projects will go a long way in helping them to make new friends and get involved in their communities.”

Details of the events are as follows:

On 13th March at Brackley library (10:00 am to 12:00 pm) and at Towcester Library (2:00 pm to 4:00 pm) there will be an intergenerational poetry workshop with professional poet Steve Smallman. After a short performance of his own, Steve Smallman will be delivering a workshop encouraging participants to write poems about each other. There is a free goody bag for people to take home, including a £5 Waterstone’s voucher. To book a place people should contact the libraries directly.

On 20th March at Weston Favell library (10:00 am to 12:00 pm) and Wellingborough library (2:00 pm to 4:00 pm) a similar intergenerational poetry workshop will take place with professional poet David Harmer. Again, to book a place people should contact the libraries directly.