MP joins TV star to back scheme

Pictured (from L-R): Paul Allen, Iain Wright MP, Geoffrey Palmer with two people taking part in the project
Pictured (from L-R): Paul Allen, Iain Wright MP, Geoffrey Palmer with two people taking part in the project
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AN MP has put his backing behind a scheme that aims to get young and old to work together.

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright joined TV and stage actor Geoffrey Palmer to take part in a generational skills swap in Parliament for an event held by Abbeyfield.

The not-for-profit organisation, which has more than 700 houses and 80 care homes across the UK, holds an annual awareness week which this year has the theme AGEnda to encourage and improve greater understanding between generations.

Mr Wright, who is the shadow minister for young people, said: “Too often in modern life we overlook the need for different generations to get together and learn new skills such as IT, cooking, and reading.

“It also provides an excellent opportunity for generations to discuss the differences in their lifestyles to encourage better understanding.”

Mr Palmer, who starred in As Time Goes By, is the patron of Abbeyfield and is supporting the awareness week that starts on June 10.

Paul Allen, chief executive of the firm, said: “Schemes such as this not only help alleviate loneliness amongst older people, but also teach younger generations skills that they might otherwise have missed.”