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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 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.
27th Sept, 11th Oct, 25th Oct, 8th Nov, 22nd Nov, 6th Dec and 13th Dec 2016

School of Life Joint celebrations and activities with partners to mark the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth ll ( May, June and July 2016)

Memory books – Yardley Gobion

School of Life in partnership with the Yardley Gobion Cubs/Scouts and the organising committee of the Very Royal Street Party, met and interviewed nonagenarians living in the village.

On the day of the Very Royal Street Party personalised memory books were presented to the special guest’s themselves.


Decades of the Queen - Towcester C of E Primary School

The whole school embraced this memorable event which involved all the pupils and staff. During the summer term pupils and staff spent time researching the decades during Queen Elizabeth’s reign.

  • Each year group learnt a song from an era
  • Learn how to play a game from an era
  • Prepared decorations using colour techniques that were popular from an era
  • Preparation of food to be prepared for guests on the celebration event
  • Research clothes worn in the era and prepare an outfit at home for the day of the party

On the day of the party the whole school and guests were treated to performances by each year group. It was a very special party celebrating the efforts and contributions made by all concerned.

What was good about the "Decades of the Queen"

The children said.....

"..different dances, songs and food..."

"We learnt the history of our Queen in creative ways"

"I discovered that food was different in the 1970's"

"I enjoyed working with other children from different year groups, doing the same thing"

The Golden Year’s project – Stoke Bruerne

Pupils of Stoke Bruerne Church of England Primary School produced an animated film which they researched and created by themselves.  This was all done in partnership with SoL, elderly people from the village and Animation Station Films.

Pupils and staff spent time in class researching and creating stories from real life recollections of older people’s memories during the Queen’s reign.

Celebration at Stanwick Lakes

SOL celebrated its first year at Stanwick Lakes.  Groups from South Northamptonshire, Wellingbough, Rushden and Northampton took part in a day of fun filled activities from treasure hunts to team games.  Participant’s from Age UK,  The Princes Trust and South Northants Homes were also involved.

Certificates and medals for all rounded off a very good day at Stanwick Lakes and a year of SoL activities across the county.

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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