Building intergenerational links

Last week, a team of young people were lucky enough to be invited to the Brenner Centre in Stamford Hill to get to know local senior citizens and build intergenerational relations.

The students, who are from Clapton Girls Academy, decided to focus on this issue after interviewing local people in Hackney and hearing that stereotypes around young and older people were a problem.

At the Centre, which is run by the charity Jewish Care, the students were made to feel very welcome, getting involved in activities including singing and a lively discussion about the East End in the 1930s. They were even challenged to a game of indoor bowls!  The team also shared lunch with the members, chatting about a range of different topics including different faiths and festivals. The students are now making a film about their experience to spread the message that younger and older people can get on.

It's great to have the opportunity to break down barriers and let people have a laugh together, across different backgrounds and ages.

Frank Crocker, Activities Organiser at the Brenner Centre.

Many thanks to the Salters’ Charitable Foundation, whose support is enabling Envision to work with 5 teams of teenagers tackling local issues in Hackney this year.