Partnership aims to join generations
A new partnership in Northumberland between Leading Link and “Johnnie” Johnson Housing Trust, is aiming to bring two generations together.
The two organisations began a series of inter-generational activities with an ‘Easter Extravaganza’ afternoon at Bedlington Community Centre.
The event, which was organised and delivered by volunteers from the Youth Ambassadors™ and National Citizen Service (NCS), was designed to introduce young people from the area with some of the tenants that they will be working with from the housing association’s schemes in Blyth, Bedlington, Cramlington and Morpeth.
The afternoon, which was funded through the “Johnnie” Johnson community sustainability fund, included a free buffet, an Easter raffle and tombola (with prizes generously donated by local retailers) , bingo and entertainment from talented young performers in the area.
There are now a number of further activities currently being planned, including pie and peas supper evenings in each of the housing schemes in June and July and interactive trips to Beamish in County Durham and Eden Camp in Malton, North Yorkshire over the summer holidays.
Lyn Horton, manager of Leading Link, said: “A group of young people organised an inter-generational tea dance in Bedlington just before Christmas, funded through The Key.”
“From this taster session, together with “Johnnie” Johnson Housing Trust we identified an opportunity to work together to organise a series of events and activities to try and bridge the gap that sometimes exists between the younger and older generations of Northumberland.”
“The ‘Easter Extravaganza’ event was a huge success – the whole afternoon had an amazing feel to it and the reaction from everyone who attended was incredible.”
“We can only see this partnership continuing to blossom over the coming months.”
Catriona Wood, Housing Manager “Johnnie” Johnson Housing, said: “ We are delighted to be working with Leading link."
"I am confident that through our partnership, the young people and our sheltered housing tenants will benefit greatly from this initiative in the coming months, and hopefully, years ahead.”
The inter-generational project is also being filmed and the final documentary will be showcased later in the year.
Photos by Emily Lester.