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Citizenship - Helping Bridge the Generation Gap

Providing a safe, non-judgmental environment in which young people and older volunteers can engage in open topical discussions. Allows inter-generational people to explore their role and place in society. Reducing social stereotypes or barriers which helps each party to better understand each other

January 2014 - October 2014

Charity information: Age UK Enfield

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  • Need


    By engaging young people with older people, helps bridge the generation gaps and reduces stereotyping. By exploring topics inc: anti-social behavior, crime, racism, community issues, goals and aspirations allows open free communication. Some young people do not have a key adult figure to turn to, where they can openly talk to about any fears or anxiety. Some older people may not have younger siblings to interact with. Bringing together young people and older people helps join up society.


    Working together between the generations allows individuals to communicate freely. Older volunteers have a real purpose in offering a listening ear, support, help and/or advice and young people who engage with older mentors, feel their views are valued and listened to. By inspiring younger people to become significant worthy individuals who contributes positively to society gives them new life goals and ambitions, which may help reduce anti-social behavior and crime figures.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Involve young and older people in the design, planning and execution of key projects


    » We wish to design, promote and sell goods (art/literature) from the topics discussed to motivate young people into positive change for a better life

    What success will look like

    By creating positive learning environments and influences for young people to expand their skills and development, ensuring recognition and fulfilment for tasks completed

    Aim 2

    Reduce fear, anxiety, anti social behavior and increase empathy within society and generations


    » By understanding fears in an open non-judgmental environment allows for topics to be explored, learning and positive change to take place

    What success will look like

    Motivating young people to enjoy a better life for themselves and how they can create positive change by understanding society and community values

  • Impact


    By changing long term opinions for participants involved by enabling free learning to take place within a non judgmental group allows new understanding to take place. The Parker Dementia Day Care Centre would welcome groups of young people to visit and discuss with staff and service users, dementia, causes and affects upon family, so young people can better understand and cope, especially if they experience someone with dementia.


    Sessions can be chaotic with last minute requests or under subscribed groups. Pre-planned dates with number of attendees, ensures groups have experienced volunteer mentors at regular dates, ensuring more young people have access to free, positive 6 week discussion groups. Under-funding for printing materials or refreshments at exhibitions in schools, dementia or community centres, would reduce the ability to allow young people to showcase their own work and learn. School donations would help


    Certain sessions would be allocated each month to provide written and oral feedback and videos and/or pictures showing the most reflective way donor's income has been allocated and the impact it has had on the young and older people. Feedback this way each month allows for a dynamic format.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £21,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £16,100 Staff Wages Project Manager and volunteer expenses £100
      £5,400 Art & Marketing Art production/framing/postcards/printing/venue refreshments x 4 events,PR//youtube
  • Background


    Enfield, North London


    Young vulnerable people, young people with special needs, young offenders, expelled pupils, about to be expelled pupils, young people showing anti-social behavoiur, school governors, youth workers, social services, older volunteers and parents

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We created a unique quality service. We know of no other free impartial organisation who provides the same service. Feedback reports from parents, users, schools show a reduction in anti-social behaviour, improvements in young people with special needs and long term change in attitudes which improves the community as a whole. Reducing the number of pupils about to be expelled or those showing signs of anti-social behaviour reported via schools, pupil referral units or youth offenders service

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Suzannah Yianni - Project Worker

    An experienced and qualified community youth worker spanning 13 years. Qualified Price 2 practitioner. Has passion to work with a diverse age range

    Service Volunteers

    Different range of skills, backgrounds and experience offering their free time to young people. Helping to motivate and inspire young individuals.

“It was very interesting and fun and I would like to do it again.”