School of Life
The next three years will see a set of exciting opportunities across the county of Northamptonshire
Thanks again to the Big Lottery Fund for supporting and recognising the projects previous successes.
School of life is a unique project which celebrates the skills, knowledge and experiences of all generations by engaging them in a wide range of activities that are new, fun and above all enjoyable.
The aim is to
- Challenge stereotypes about young and older people
- Create fabulous opportunities for exchanging skills
- Create new networks and friendships
- Encourage social inclusion and reduce isolation
- Support groups to set up their own intergenerational projects
Activities that have proved to be a success in previous years such as fishing, cookery, arts and crafts, are just the tip of the iceberg. We are looking for many new ideas in addition to these favourites!
SNVB is working in partnership with Nene Valley Community Action and Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire to deliver the school of life project across large areas of the county.
School of Life intergenerational activities - autumn 2016
The last session of the year took place on 13th December at Costa Coffee in Towcester.
The regular members were pleased to welcome some familiar faces to join them in the party atmosphere. Members knitted squares for their ever increasing amount of multi-coloured blankets. The current total of 30 blankets will be finding new homes in January 2017 - to be decided upon by group members.
Knit& Natter will be meeting in the New Year on the following dates:
January 17th & 31st
February 14th & 28th
March 14th & 28th
The group meets from 10am – 12.15pm in the rear of Costa Coffee on Towcester High Street.
Knit&Natter is supported by snvb School of Life project, South Northants Homes and Costa Coffee
Success for “A Quiz with a Difference”
A Quiz with a Difference was exactly what the organisers were hoping for at a packed Towcester Town Hall on Friday 18th December 2016.
Teams entered in to the spirit of the evening sharing their knowledge with all the ages from 8-82 years of age.
During the interval whilst refreshments were being served there was entertainment from a solo performer - Robyn from Towcester Rock School - and the audience were very appreciative.
The organisers would like to thank both Towcester Town mayor David Tarbun and Cllr Martin Johns for supporting this intergenerational quiz evening. They each kindly read a round of questions during the evening.
Prizes were given to first place team – “Numskulls”, second place team – “Hopeful Heroes” and third place team “Christmas is coming Fa la la la”.
A total of 14 teams entered.
Donations received on the evening will go to this year’s Children in Need.
Organisers snvb - School of Life and Towcester Youth Strategy Group would like to thank all those involved in making this a special event.
Knit & Natter on tour
Group members visited Leeson Court in Towcester recently to introduce themselves to the residents.
It was an opportunity for members to involve those who were interested in joining in a knitting session whilst others shared conversation and stories over a hot drink and a mince pie.
What's happening in 2017?
School of life is very much looking forward to working with others in partnership across South Northamptonshire in 2017 - following on from a successful 2016.
Activities and events have been varied, challenging and above all fun and enjoyable for those participating. Ages have ranged from 5 years to 101 years. Activities have taken place week days evenings and weekends.
We are looking forward to be working with one of our new SoL partners (Brackley Town Council Heritage project) early in the new year.
We are also pleased to be engaging with Stoke Bruerne Church of England Primary School working together with Animation Station. This will be our second creative arts project following a successful collaboration in 2016 connected with the Queen’s 90th birthday. This latest activity will also involve community members and will take place during January and February.
We would welcome ideas for new activities.
If you have a hobby or a specific interest please get in touch, or if you like what you have read and want to be involved or know more please contact Karen Bricknell 01327 358264, mobile 07857 313 051, email Karen@snvb.org.uk