Co-ordinating Intergenerational Linking (0.6)
and Active Citizenship/Social Action for Primary Schools (0.4)
Informal drop-in to hear more about the role, ask questions and meet the team – Monday 14th October 4.45-5.30pm, Braine Room, Margaret McMillan Tower, Bradford.
The Linking Network
The Linking Network seeks to link schools and communities together and to support work on Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural (SMSC) development that can form a lever for positive whole school change. It offers
- Specialist support and training for facilitators running a local linking programme across the country in 26 localities
- Bespoke support and training for schools on ethos and culture, identity, diversity, community, belonging and equalities and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
- A wealth of tried and tested classroom resources
Our funding comes from a range of sources including Pears Foundation, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), the #iwill fund and the Dunhill Medical Trust as well as service delivery.
We are a small team that achieves big things. Working for The Linking Network requires taking on substantial responsibility, being versatile, dependable, innovative and flexible in a fast paced, busy and dynamic environment.
In all that we do we aim to be thoughtful, collaborative, creative, up to date with educational requirements, challenging where needed, evidence based and action–focussed, always striving for excellence.
Our work is rooted in social contact theory which evidences that positive meaningful interaction can reduce prejudice and fear and increase openness to difference.
Our ambition is that our work will enable thousands of children and young people to go beyond tolerance to develop mutual understanding, appreciation and a sense of belonging.
- Intergenerational Linking Programme
The programme focuses on intergenerational community engagement between children and young people aged 5-14 years, in particular from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, and older people resident in care homes.
We see youth social action/active citizenship as:
“Young people taking practical action in the service of others to create positive change. Social action might happen through a structured programme or school or workplace or might be self-generated by young people themselves.”
The programme will co-create and pilot a range of intergenerational community engagement initiatives with the purpose of developing school programmes that engage children with communities in care homes and programmes in youth organisations with communities in care homes. The ambition is to create sustainable good practice and create a long-term volunteering habit in the young and connecting the residents of care homes for older people with their communities in a way which is flexible, practically achievable and self-sustaining. We recognise that both young and older people tend to be most comfortable in the familiarity of the local communities in which they live and so we are taking a place-based approach.
The Intergenerational Linking Programme will take place over four phases:
Equitable benefits for all participants will be a key principle to the work.
In all aspects of the programme we will be encouraging a child and youth-led approach where we will listen to children and young people’s views on their experiences and ensure that reflection is an integral part of the programme.
In all aspects of the programme My Home life and TLN will be encouraging an intergenerational approach, listening to older people’s views on their experiences and ensuring these too are an integral part of the programme.
The programme will:
- empower young people to develop their leadership skills
- support more schools and community organisations serving low income communities to embed youth social action into their culture and practice
- enable more young people to tackle health inequalities within their communities (through volunteering in care homes) and help catalyse meaningful social action across the age groups so that it becomes the norm for young people and helps care homes avoid becoming “islands of the old”
- amplify the voices of young people through the design, development and evaluation of the programme.
The programme model will be developed initially in 2020 in two localities in England where the post holder will work to test and pilot creating equitable, constructive links between identified care homes and primary schools and youth organisations. Once piloted and resources developed this will then be rolled out in an additional 8 areas so that in each area there will be local intergenerational linking projects with care homes. In each locality an organisation such as a local authority or charity who works with schools will run the programme, co-ordinated by the post holder in partnership with the Development Officer at My Home Life. The My Home Life post holder is already in role and brings expertise in developing care home programmes and training.
Learning and experience from the Intergenerational Linking Programme will be embedded into The Linking Network ways of working.
The post holder will be supported by the Directors of The Linking Network and the Intergenerational Linking Programme Director and will be part of a dynamic and supportive team. Admin support will be provided, and the programme will have the support of a Communications Officer. Finance and Grant making aspects of the programme will be led by My Home Life.
The post of Advisory Teacher: Intergenerational Linking will spend 0.6 of their time on the Intergenerational Linking Programme which will be delivered by a partnership between:
My Home Life – an international initiative that promotes quality of life and delivers positive change in care homes for older people. Care Home Friends and Neighbours is an initiative designed to open doors and develop relationships with the local community. My Home Life advised on the recent Channel 4 programme which followed children and old people in a Care Home connecting over time. My Home Life has extensive connections with Care Homes and offer training and resources for the development of good practice.
The Linking Network – supports schools and communities to develop a positive, cohesive ethos by helping children, young people and adults to explore identity, celebrate diversity, promote community and champion equality. TLN currently support local schools linking programmes in 27 local authority areas to create sustainable year long, class to class links rooted in the curriculum. In each programme there is a local ‘broker’ in a local authority or educational NGO who lead the programme in their area. TLN provides teacher training and classroom resources and a website to support the work.
This part of the post is funded by a matched fund created by the Dunhill Medical Trust* and The National Lottery Community Fund, as part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s #iwill programme which has been established to work with organisations across the UK to help them in embedding support for youth social action into their culture and practice.
*The Dunhill Medical Trust – an independently endowed funder of academic and clinical research into understanding the mechanisms of ageing and treatment of age-related conditions, as well as of innovative community-based developments, which aim to improve the health and social care of older people.
- Embedding Social Action/Active Citizenship in Primary Schools Linking
The post holder will work to embed Social Action and Active Citizenship in TLN’s Primary Schools Linking Programme by incorporating Social Action and Active Citizenship into all elements of the work.
This will include developing new primary resources for classrooms. It will also include working in partnership with other organisations to develop shared resources for different areas of Active Citizenship and Social Action. It will include developing training on using the resources and sharing the learning on social media and through TLN Networks.
TLN is already working in partnership with a number of different organisations that support the development of active citizenship and social action, so this role is an exciting opportunity to develop this work further. This includes, for example, The Eden Project, the #iwill campaign, the Great Get Together, Schools of Sanctuary.
The Post Holder will be supported by the Directors of The Linking Network and the TLN team.
This post is supported by the Pears #iwill Fund, a match fund created by The National Lottery Community Fund, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and Pears Foundation.