Friday, 30 April 2010

Young and old come together on green theme

A week-long series of events is currently taking place in Leeds, bringing people of different generations together to promote relationships and learn from each other.

The Green Generations Festival opened at Leeds Central Library on Monday, and was also the launch of the first cross-generation strategy for Leeds, ‘Bringing Generations Together: Leeds Intergenerational Approach’.

The event featured the Leeds-based ‘Citizen’s Orchestra’ – an orchestra for older people - supported by the ‘I Love West Leeds Festival’, alongside numerous examples of innovative projects for young and old people across Leeds.

The aim of the Green Generations Festival is to provide a focus on the environment and community involvement, and celebrate young and old people volunteering together. Events taking place ranged from a recycled clothes fashion night, to planting trees and flowers and making herb boxes.

Changes in society, such as the breakdown of family relationships and increasing numbers of people moving from area to area can lead to more tension between generations, and sometimes cause misunderstandings and negative stereotyping. Yet, people of all ages have valuable experiences and positive things to offer to help make our communities vibrant and sustainable.

Councillor Richard Brett, joint leader and executive board member with responsibility for the 2010 Leeds Year of Volunteering said:
"Leeds is a diverse and vibrant city and is home to people of all ages and backgrounds.

"We have a long history of bringing people of different generations together for joint activities in Leeds, with many successful and innovative projects and programmes across the city which aim to bridge the gap between people of different ages.

"There are lots of volunteering opportunities for both young and older people to get involved in where they can share their knowledge and experiences with people who may need some support or just a bit of company. The events that took place during the Green Generations Festival are excellent examples of this."

If you would like more information about volunteering across the generations, or any other kind of volunteering, please call into Volunteer Centre Leeds, Enterprise House, 12b St Paul’s Street, Leeds, telephone Leeds 395 0405, or see our website www.leedsyearofvolunteering.co.uk

Additional information
'Bringing Generations Together: Leeds Intergenerational Approach' is a strategy that aims to identify where working with young and old people can help Leeds City Council and its partners ensure that people of all ages and backgrounds can thrive.

For more information about the Citizen’s Orchestra, contact ilovewestleeds@googlemail.com

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