20 April 2012>
How to cope in tough times, the importance of family, and living through war, there are so many life lessons and experiences we can learn from older generations.
In 9 schools across Caerphilly county borough, pupils are getting the opportunity to spend time with the elders in their communities. The Intergenerational Clubs promote respect and understanding through interaction across the generations.
Clubs meet on a weekly or monthly basis, with older people participating in activities such as dance, reading, sport or board games. They are then joined by the pupils, accompanied by teachers, for refreshments and conversation.
The clubs allow both generations to become more aware of the issues each other face, and importantly how to overcome them.
John Poyner, Community Focussed Schools Co-Ordinator said, "I have seen the positive impact that these meetings and discussions have on young people. They acquire greater respect for their elders, which contributes to their sense of well-being."
The Intergenerational Clubs have received funding from the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership, and are running at, Graig Y Rhacca Primary, Glyngaer Primary School, Gelligaer, Lewis School, Pengam, Nant Y Parc Primary School, Senghenydd, Phillipstown Primary School, Plasyfelin Primary School, Caerphilly, St Gwladys Primary School, Bargoed, Twyn Primary School, Caerphilly and Ty Newydd Primary School, Newbridge.
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