I truly have no idea where this year has gone and can’t believe that we are now in July. I thought it might be useful to use this half year point to share some intergenerational updates with everyone.
Firstly, I want to take the opportunity to promote the online intergenerational course that is now available with Generations Working Together -GWT. The six week online course is the ‘International Certificate in Intergenerational Learning’ and the next course runs on Tuesday 5th November, which will be here before we know it. I completed the course myself last year and found the information and guidance very useful in planning intergenerational programmes and evaluating them effectively. In fact I liked the course so much that I am going to be one of the Tutors when the course starts in November!
The growth of intergenerational practice particularly in early years has been pleasing to read about, as more and more early years practitioners start to develop an intergenerational element to their practice. We continue to build on our intergenerational development in Torbay planning our next projects and supporting care homes with their intergenerational offer to early years practitioners. In a few weeks time one of our care homes is holding an intergenerational sports day for local Childminders and their children, which I’m sure will be a lot of fun for everyone.
There is a slight delay on the opening of the new intergenerational room at Warberries Care Home in Torquay which will enable Childminders and children to visit every day. This amazing resource will now be launched in September and I have a long list of Childminders wanting to use the space, to make a difference for their children. Look out for my blogs about this.
I am also excited by the thought of revisiting one of the intergenerational co-located settings I went to in Kansas as part of my Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2017. My husband and I are returning to the US for a road trip in September and Kansas is on our list of states along with many others.
Lastly, just a quick mention that applications are now open to apply for a Winston Churchill Fellowship…what have you got to lose?