A project which brings together young and older people to increase understanding between the generations has once again been hailed a success by all participants.
Residents living at our Derwentdale Court scheme in Blackhill, Consett and students from Consett Academy have been forming friendships and sharing stories and experiences for the last 10 weeks. They have been discussing topics such as money, jobs, housing, relationships, food and technology.
This latest programme follows successful Ageless Projects delivered by Karbon Homes at other schemes across the Derwentside area including Haven House in Leadgate and Lynwood House in Lanchester.
Residents and students were joined by members of the local community to discuss and learn a wide range of topics to increase the understanding between the generations, to challenge each other's preconceptions, increase their knowledge and establish friendships that will hopefully continue beyond the project.
The Ageless Project is funded by MGM Ltd as part of Karbon Homes' Unlocking Social Value Project and was delivered by Continuum CIC. The initiative encourages Karbon's contractors to contribute time and money to the local area where they are working. MGM are working across the Derwentside area to carry out structural work to some of Karbon Homes' properties and have been a keen supporter of the project to give something back to the local community.
Mrs Holman, a resident at Derwentdale Court, said: "It was nice to meet the young people and listen to their views and share our opinions and stories. We now have a better understanding of each other and feel that the generation gap has closed a little. It was a lovely group, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would welcome them back anytime."
Year 12 student Summer Gilhespy, who took part in the project, said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed the project. I have developed a clearer understanding of life for the older generation today, and it has given me a greater appreciation for their lives, with all the stories they have to tell."
Michelle Graham, Employment Initiatives Officer at Karbon Homes, said: "This was the third Ageless Project we have delivered and once again, it has proved to be a huge success. It's lovely to see how both generations come together and share their experiences and knowledge, but more importantly, how new friendships are formed.
"We couldn't have been able to deliver this project without the support of MGM Ltd and the participation of residents and students from Consett Academy. The project provides a real insight into what it is like to live now compared to past decades. Believe it or not, despite the differences between the generations, they are surprised to learn how much they have in common.
"I hope the friendships that have been formed will continue after the project and they can share these experiences with their extended family and friends."
The residents and students were presented with certificates at a celebration event held at Derwentdale Court. The event gave them time to reflect on what they had learned and discuss how they were going to continue to keep in touch now the project is finished.