The innovative Intergeneration Project in Port William has seen the younger and older gerations in the village learn skills from each other.
This new project is a further development of the Machars Youth Cluster. Five communities enjoy youth work provision and this is yet another area of that work.
Older members of each community are being encouraged to come forward and show the youngsters a new skill such as sewing, knitting, cooking, baking and woodwork. Recently it was making soup Beth Docherty.
In return, the older members of the community learn a technological skill which seems to be second nature to the youth club members. This will be something that the older people have not tried before – it may be making full use of a mobile phone or a laptop, for instance. And the youngsters returned the favour by showing how to have fun playing on a Wii at the youth centre.
The organisers hope that one spin-off from this project will be a better understanding between the generations.
D&G Leader has made this project possible by funding the Machars Youth Cluster’s two youth workers – Emma and Rebecca – for which they are very grateful. Port William Community Development Trust runs the cluster.