02 February 2011

Proposed funding reductions by Northamptonshire County Council will be under the spotlight of an innovative scheme that aims to break boundaries between older and young people in Northamptonshire.

Using interactive voting, the School of Life intergenerational debate will take place on Thursday 3rd February to assess the potential community impact of key funding reductions on both generation sets and to assess if these reductions could be approached in a different way.

Councillor David Mackintosh, county council cabinet member for strategy, communications and external relations said: “This event represents an important element in the budget consultation process, bringing together different generations so they can examine the effects of the proposed funding reduction on their own and other age groups as well as within communities,

“The debate is further evidence of the success of the School of Life project in bringing together older and younger people to work together and get more involved in their communities by sharing skills and breaking down the barriers between generations.”

In 2009, Northamptonshire was chosen as just one of only 12 counties to receive £400,000 government funding to run the School of Life scheme which helps older and young people to share their experiences and skills with each other.

Since being awarded the funding, Northamptonshire County Council has been delivering School of Life projects in Northampton, South Northamptonshire and Wellingborough in partnership with the Northampton Volunteering Centre, Nene Valley Community Action and South Northants Volunteer Bureau.

School of Life aims to increase participation in volunteering and to create opportunities for the generations to share skills and to embed intergenerational work across the county. Young people up to the age of 25 and older people aged 50 and over are given the opportunity to create contacts and friendships outside of their normal networks.

School of Life runs until 31st March 2011.