Youngsters given insight into the next generation

Youngsters from St Thomas More RC Academy take part in an adventure to Brathway in the Lake District as part of an inter-generational project.
Youngsters from St Thomas More RC Academy take part in an adventure to Brathway in the Lake District as part of an inter-generational project.

A GROUP of North Shields teenagers headed to the hills for an inter-generational project aiming to challenge any perceptions of each other.

The inter generational residential was organised by Gateshead-based charity Regional Youth Work Unit North East and saw seven youngsters aged 14 and 15 spend the weekend with a group of nine older people aged between 48 and 82.

The youngsters, all from St Thomas More RC Academy in North Shields, and the older volunteers, from Newcastle Elders Council and the North Tyneside Inter generational Project, ventured to Brathay, situated on the banks of Lake Windermere in Cumbria.

The weekend consisted of a series of outdoor activity challenges.

These included rope games, hill walking, rowing across the lake, and arts and crafts activities – and problem solving games to get the generations interacting and working together.

And in a bid to dismiss any misconceptions about each generation, the youngsters and older group were mixed up.

Claire Troman, manager of Truth About Youth in the North East, said: “Both younger and older people are often stereotyped in a negative way, either in the media or wider society, and often have misconceptions about one another.

“This weekend has brought older and younger people together to challenge some of those perceptions, and encouraged them to share their experiences and hopes and aspirations for the future.

“Both generations completed the weekend with an increased understanding about one another and a higher level or respect for the other generation.”

Kieran Palmer, 15, from North Tyneside, added: “It was a thoroughly enjoyable time for everybody involved.

“I learnt a lot about the different generations and thought the weekend was lots of fun.”