Intergenerational Reading

07 February, 2024

Young and older people have enjoyed sharing stories together in many of our Bradford Intergenerational Links and this has been a very powerful activity for all involved.

Year 1 children from Shipley CE Primary School and older adults at Anchor – Peaselands have spent time reading and sharing books together. Although children were a little shy at first, they quickly gained confidence and enjoyed chatting with the older adults as well as reading! This is a wonderful example of the joy of intergenerational connections and is a unique way for promoting a reading for pleasure culture in school. Older people were delighted to have younger children visiting and were also pleased to be able to chat with them and learn from each other. One older lady said, “I’ve learnt all about going to a mosque from my partner and that is something I’ve always wondered about.”

Children at Wilsden Primary have also visited Laurel Bank Nursing Home to read with the residents there. Children chose to bring Christmas-themed stories and spent some time in school the day before practising. The residents thoroughly enjoyed the children’s visit, “Oh yes, I’ve loved it, I love seeing them here,” and one resident was impressed by the quality of children’s reading, “Oh you wouldn’t be able to read like that in my time. They’re great!”

These intergenerational links in Shipley and Wilsden are part of our Bradford-wide Intergenerational Linking programme which links together young people in schools with older people in care homes, independent living schemes and community groups. We aim to facilitate and support, long-term, meaningful links which bring mutual benefits through intergenerational experiences such as crafts, exercise, games, poetry, music and much more. TLN currently supports 60 intergenerational links in Bradford and has a wealth of resources to support intergenerational practice.

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