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Big Lottery supports intergenerational project in Northamptonshire with £390,000 funding

Northampton, 12 May 2015 – Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire, South Northants Volunteer Bureau and Nene Valley Community Action have been awarded funding for three years from the Big Lottery Fund. The fund will provide areas of Northamptonshire with a range of intergenerational activities, workshops and skills exchange sessions to bring different generations together. Activity will commence in July 2015.

The project known as The School of Life will help to break down barriers between people of different generations to reduce social isolation in communities. The project will enable individuals to support each other in learning new skills or working on joint projects together. Sessions will take place in a welcoming setting with activities such as arts, crafts, knitting, African drumming, graffiti, singing, basket weaving, cookery, social networking and IT skills.

The funds will provide a range of activities and learning opportunities to bring all generations of people together from across Northampton, Wellingborough, East Northants and South Northants. The activities will take place as one-off sessions and longer four to six week programmes to enable a mix of people to access the programme and get the most out of The School of Life. Each organisation involved will reach out to the county’s communities to link young people with isolated older people where they can support each other and challenge existing stereotypes. The programme will offer other training and support for existing community groups to be able to develop their own intergenerational activities which can be delivered at a really local level.

“We are really pleased to have been awarded this funding. The School of Life project is a tried and tested model which creates a real connection between the two generations”, said Rob Tracey, Chief Executive, SNVB. “The money will help to continue the project’s success and help reduce community social isolation.”