Cardiff Council in partnership with Cardiff’s Older Person’s Forum and Cardiff’s Ethnic Minority Elders Group is marking Older Person’s Day on Monday 1st October with a number of events to help people think differently about older people, in particular, to challenge stereotypes and to share skills and experience.
The first of the activities, an intergenerational street dance session arranged in partnership with Sport Cardiff, takes place during lunchtime on Friday 28th September at Fitzalan High School in Cardiff. The session aims to highlight how different generations can learn from each other by getting younger people to teach older people to street dance.
On Monday 1st October, an event will take place at Peter Lea Primary School to celebrate an Intergenerational Project in which older people shared stories from their own lives with pupils at both Peter Lea Primary School and Ysgol Gyfun Plasmawr – many focusing on World War Two and other events that happened when they were children themselves. Older volunteers worked with pupils on creative projects to retell their stories through music, art and drama. The result of their efforts will be shown at the celebratory event and attended by Cardiff West Assembly Member, Mark Drakeford, and Cardiff Council Cabinet Member, Luke Holland
A session at Cardiff’s International White Water Rafting Centre takes place on Thursday 4th October when 10 lucky volunteers who attend will be able to experience the thrills of rafting at Cardiff’s award winning centre. The event is free with all equipment supplied by the centre and experts on hand to offer advice and assistance.
The final event is an opportunity for members to attend a Tea Dance hosted by Stan Stennett at St David’s Hall on Friday 5th October from 1.30pm.
The benefits of the activities can be significant for all involved. They:
* encourage older people to remain active as they age, remaining engaged with society and feeling valued. This in turn can help tackle the increasing isolation and loneliness experienced by many older people
* encourage children and young people to become active and involved citizens. Working across generations can address the negativity felt by adults towards young people and produce better motivated and more successful young people
* bring the young and the old together to learn from and about each other. By sharing skills and experiences, we can increase understanding and respect between younger and older generations.”
Cardiff Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health & Wellbeing, Councillor Luke Holland, said: “Older people make an enormous contribution to our society and I am keen to promote positive initiatives to combat stereotyping and age discrimination. In addition, community safety is a key concern for many older people. Therefore, projects that make people feel safer are increasingly important. People get to know each other better so they are less fearful. Also, by working together, young and older people’s groups are able to plan how their neighbourhoods can become safer and reduce the risk of the young offending.”