An innovative intergenerational project, which aims to make local communities safer, was recently celebrated at the Seagoe Hotel.
Organised by Craigavon Policing & Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), the project brought together pupils from Ballyoran Primary School and residents of Rosemount Care Home to take part in unique workshops tackling subjects such as anti-social behaviour and fear of crime.
The workshops were delivered over a six week period by a wide range of external organisations including the local PSNI, Linking Generations NI, Craigavon Borough Council’s Sports Development Unit and Arts Development Team. The workshops set out to help build trust, confidence and respect between older and younger generations, as well as looking at how young and older people view each other.
The celebration event provided an insight into the work that happened between the two generations, and highlighted topics which had been covered over the course of the project, including Sports Development, Arts Development and Linking Generations perception challenge.
“This initiative provided a rare opportunity for engagement between older and younger generations, building trust and confidence between the two age groups,” commented Councillor Kenneth Twyble, Chair of the PCSP.
“The work showcased at the Celebration event highlighted the excellent work undertaken by all, providing reassurance and peace of mind for those in our community who need it most.
“As part of Craigavon PCSP’s Action Plan, one of the aims is to promote positive citizenship and community responsibility. The programme was very successful, helping to highlight the perceptions of young people and older people towards each other, to break down barriers and provide a better understanding of each generation to the other.”