Intergen creates opportunities for older people to work with young people in schools. Older volunteers go into schools to help with reading, specific skills and classes with the aim of improving aspirations and attainment of the children they are mentoring.
Initially based in Sale, there are now clusters in Stockport, Tyldesley, Chorleton and Tower Hamlets.
To make it all happen Intergen recruits and appoints an older person to be the coordinator for the cluster of three schools. Co-ordinators are responsible for recruiting older people living locally to become volunteers in the Intergen schools, organising a social event and a business meeting once a term.
The programme is unusual in that independent academic evaluation has been done since 2000, with the latest reports by Manchester Metropolitan University available online.
For more information see: http://www.intergen.org.uk/
The Ransackers Association’s gives older students who have not previously had the opportunity of higher education, the chance to engage in college life.
People aged 50 plus apply to a local college with the backing of The Ransackers Association, to undertake a research project of their own choosing. Tutorial, IT and study skills support are provided to enable older students to participate fully in academic study.
The Ransackers Association is backed by Baroness Sally Greengross and is now running at four adult educational residential colleges, Ruskin in Oxford, Fircroft in Birmingham, Northern near Barnsley, South Yorkshire and Hillcroft (women only) in Surrey.
Students can attend the University of Brighton and University of Strathclyde Glasgow as day students, and ‘taster’ courses are being offered by Queen Margaret University Edinburgh and Coleg Harlech in Wales. LINKS TO ALL
For more information see https://sites.google.com/site/ransackersassociation/
Learning for the Fourth Age provides one-to-one learning opportunities to older people living in care settings in Leicester and Leicestershire using a network of younger volunteers.
Activities have included learning languages and instruments, arts and crafts activities, computing and technologies, literature, social history, making lifestory videos, knitting and keeping up to date with current affairs.
This intergenerational project boosts confidence and sociability for everyone and creates new relationships between generations. It has also been linked to reduced medication and increased job prospects for older people.
Supported by the Nominet Trust and care home fees, Learning for the Fourth Age is also piloting domiciliary visits with a grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
For more information see: http://www.l4a.org.uk/