Award for generation activities

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COUNCIL chiefs have received national recognition for work in bringing generations together.

North Tyneside Council has been awarded the Approved Provider Standard (APS) by the Centre for Intergenerational Practice (CIP) for its work in encouraging young and older people to work together.

The APS is the benchmark for organisations providing intergenerational programmes, developed by the CIP to provide a basis for assessing practices.

The council achieved the standard after organising around 50 events over the last 12 months.

It has involved more than 100 older volunteers – aged between 60 and 92 – working with ten schools and 2,770 young people.

Coun Glynis Barrie, cabinet member for leisure, culture, tourism and safer communities, said: “North Tyneside Council has a proud tradition of promoting mutual understanding and learning between generations.

“We want young and older people to support, understand and respect one another through joint activities and shared learning, and the achievement of the APS is an endorsement of the quality of that work in the borough.”

The APS gives organisations a quality management framework that is needed to monitor and improve on the delivery of intergenerational programmes of work.

The council’s programme was judged on its aims and objectives; participation and engagement with participants; selection, screening and training of volunteers; operation, organisation and support structures; and monitoring and evaluation.