Playing the generation game

Students from East Durham College with residents on the East Durham Trust inter-generational scheme.

Students from East Durham College with residents on the East Durham Trust inter-generational scheme.

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THE generation gap is being closed thanks to a range of activities aimed at improving mutual respect and understanding between younger and older people.

The East Durham Trust-led project has seen elderly people benefit from demonstrations and treatments from hair and beauty students at East Durham College, in Peterlee, as well as getting a taste of the efforts of young caterers.

Funded by the Lloyds TSB Foundation, the project will also see older people being shown how to shop online by young people in Shotton and residents of Horden having property repairs carried out by young apprentices.

Trust chief executive Malcolm Fallow said: “The projects aim to bring the young and old together in a way that will break down barriers.

“We are finding that any negative feelings theses age groups have about each other is often based on ignorance.

“Once you get them together in a positive environment the barriers can disappear.”

Mr Fallow added that the sessions have been running for three weeks, and there has been some excellent feedback from both younger and older people involved.