During 2019 we have continued to bring people together from across generations to enjoy special celebrations and spend time learning from each other, hundreds of people from babies and toddlers to people in their eighties have benefitted from the small grants programme we have been running with the Ballinger Charitable Trust.

On Shrove Tuesday the St John Paul II Pastoral Centre had a pancake party in their café, following the success of last year. People of all generations were invited to come along and enjoy pancakes with a variety of delicious toppings. There was a great buzz in the café with people chatting about their pancake related memories.

“One older gentleman had taken a table with a couple of other men. He wanted to thank everyone for a great morning and added that ‘the pancakes were lovely’ and that they had ‘reminded me of my Mother’. He stated they had brought back memories of the pancakes his Mum had made as they tasted so much like her recipe. I left the men talking about their memories of old.”

Mother’s Day was celebrated in style at Holy Trinity Church, North Ormesby, where Family Fridays hosted an intergenerational afternoon tea to celebrate all who we love and cherish. A cultural dance group opened the event and then with mobile phones turned off everyone enjoyed spending time talking to each other, with family members aged 8 months to 80+ years from eight different countries sharing time together,

The Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum organised a pop-up mining experience at Boosbeck, Village Hall including a wonderful intergenerational session with the children of Lockwood Primary School. Everyone had great fun and really enjoyed learning together.

Finally, St Barnabas Church, Linthorpe hosted a Dementia Friendly afternoon tea with musical entertainment, which was enjoyed by around 50 people including carers.

Carers commented on how welcoming and caring everyone was, and how kind people were to have gone to the trouble of organising the event for them.

Bringing people together across the generations helps to strengthen families and communities and reduces loneliness and isolation. We look forward to more intergenerational events throughout the year.