In July 2020, The Linking Network launched our Intergenerational Linking project in Bradford, in which schools and youth organisations have been linked with a local care home for older people. Intergenerational Linking enables generations to connect together, sharing stories and bringing mutual benefit for all.
In the Autumn Term, staff from the linked school and care home came together in a virtual meeting to find out a little more about each other and each other’s setting and to plan the first phase of the link.
Back in the classroom, teachers introduced the project to their classes supported by resources from The Linking Network, which help children to explore what a care home is and who might live or work there. Children then began to think about their own identity and their stories before creating cards and messages to introduce themselves to the care home residents. Care home staff also worked with the residents of the care home to create messages for the children at the linked school. Children enjoyed receiving the messages from the care home and were excited to find out the stories of each of the residents. One class were amazed to learn that Margaret, from their linked care home, went to the same school when she was a child! We wonder if things have changed much!
This term, schools and care homes are hoping to keep connecting virtually whilst remote learning and as children and young people begin to find out more about the residents of their linked care home, they will be encouraged to take ownership of the next activities in the project.
We hope that children and older people will be able to meet in person before too long!
Year 2 were really excited to receive a letter from the residents of Wingfield Nursing Home! Their letters and photos are ready to be dropped off too! Teacher Beckfoot Priestthorpe Primary
We received the lovely photos and messages about themselves from the year 2’s before Christmas. They brought much joy to the residents! The photos have been placed into a special scrapbook for us to look at regularly. Activity Coordinator, Bingley Wingfield Nursing Home
If you would like your school or class to take part in Intergenerational Linking, please contact Amy Lock (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This project is part of Care Home Friends and Neighbours: Intergenerational Linking – a national initiative from My Home Life England and The Linking Network, linking young people from schools and youth organisations with older people living in care homes across England.
The project is funded through the #iwill Fund. The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport are each investing £25 million seed funding to create the #iwill Fund. The Dunhill Medical Trust is acting as a match funder and awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund.