My name is Lorraine George and I am a Childminding Development Worker, based within the Early Years Advisory Team working for Torbay Local Authority. I have worked in Early Years ie working with under fives for over twenty years. Although I primarily train and support registered Childminders I also develop projects which link early years settings/Childminders with other community organisations and then source funding for them by writing bids to charities and Trusts.
After watching ‘Present Perfect’ (now called the Growing Season) it inspired me to find out more about intergenerational learning and the benefits that come from bringing the very old and the very young together and to think about developing similar intergenerational learning projects within Torbay.
In 2017 I was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to travel to the US to research intergenerational co-location; my report can be found here. This incredible opportunity started my passion for intergenerational work.
In 2018 I delivered an intergenerational project called ‘Making Bridges with Music’ which was researched by Plymouth University.
In 2019 I became an online Tutor for the International Certificate in Intergenerational Learning (ICIL) a qualification written by the University of Granada in partnership with Generations working Together (GWT) , a Scottish charity.
In 2020 I was commissioned to write an intergenerational activities book called ‘Growing Together: 50 inspiring ideas for intergenerational learning’, available at Yellow Door