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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.

Recently 3 School of life staff have been appointed to drive the projects forward in their respective areas one full time and two part time.

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The project is poised and ready to make an impact across South Northamptonshire with the support of previous volunteers, partners and participants. 


School of Life intergenerational activities summer/autumn 2016


The Towcester Knit & Natter group started in the autumn of 2015 as a Partnership project between snvb School of Life and South Northants Homes.  It has attracted members from far and wide across the district.

The group has met fortnightly at Costa Coffee in Towcester ever since it was formed.

Membership of the group has remained buoyant  with new people joining on a regular basis.

The group now have links with Charity Crafts, a well-established local group that meets on a regular basis at the Volunteer Centre and has just celebrated its 10 years anniversary.

Both groups have and continue to make jumpers and hats for “fish& chip” babies in Africa. (See here for a more in-depth story).

During their meetings and time in between Knit & Natter members have made numerous colourful blankets; these will be given away to a local group yet to be announced and confirmed in the autumn.

As a summer event, members of the group had a lovely afternoon sharing a picnic and knitting squares for blankets at Caldecote Lake.

Autumn dates - meet at Costa Coffee in Towcester between 10.00 and 12.00.
13th Dec 2016

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.

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




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