Back to the future project is a success

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An intergenerational North Tyneside project has been invited to take part in a prestigious event in London.

As a partnership between North Tyneside VODA and North Tyneside Adult Learning Alliance, the ‘Back to the Future’ project will join the Westminster celebration of the Community Learning Innovation Fund (CLIF).

It is one of only nine national projects to have been invited to London from the successful applicants.

The project was set up to deliver digital skills to residents of North Tyneside, mainly the older generation.

So far more than 100 people have taken part in 12 events and training sessions with further events planned.

The team has created a short video of interviews with local residents of all ages discussing the question ‘what do you think technology will be like in five years time?’, which will be played at the event along with several animations made at Back to the Future workshops.

Project manager Jane Nesbitt said: “Back to the Future has made some really big differences so far.

“Our learners have been given training and gained confidence in using new technologies which they might otherwise have struggled with and we’ve also brought people of all ages together to share their knowledge, skills and memories.”

The project will be documented and buried in a time capsule in Northumberland Square, North Shields, on Wednesday, July 24.