Community, Intergenerational

Meeting Life, an intergenerational project


Intergenerational activities aim to bring people together from different generations. For example young people and those in later life. Connecting people in a purposeful and mutually beneficial way. To promote greater understanding and respect between generations and to learn from each other experiences.

Listening, learning and respecting, through these types of projects, can help society and communities become more cohesive.

Our Meeting Life project

Learning from an individual’s experience of life is invaluable. Particularly when it involves young people hearing the stories of older adults and benefiting from their wisdom. Comprehending the vivid difference between life in the past and today can be enlightening for young people.

Our 94-year-old resident, Philip Smith at Bartlett’s, tells his story of one family’s exodus from France in the summer of 1940, evacuating Paris and embarking on a 600-mile plus cycle trek and an onward trip to London.

Pupils from Dunmow St Mary’s Primary school, in Great Dunmow Essex, have been learning about the history of the second world war. We brought Philip and the schoolchildren together on a call allowing them to ask questions that their class had raised, after watching Philip’s story. Enabling these young people in society, to learn from those with first-hand experience of historic events.

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