Events held so far have included (or include):
The Brandling Hall Pie and Peas Supper
Young people from the Duke of Edinburgh Awards put on an evening for over 50’s to learn how to use mobile phone and the Nintendo Wii. Everybody had a pie and peas supper together and had the chance to talk to the opposite generation and breakdown some barriers.
Coffee and Computers
Events (2nd and 4th Fridays of the month; 1030-1230) at: The Gateshead Older People’s Assembly (The Assembly).
This is a chance for the under 25’s to work with the over 50’s, to demonstrate how to use the basics to more advanced levels with computers or mobile phones, in an informal environment. Tea and coffee provided free! (for those wishing to learn; you may bring your own laptops. Please bring your own mobile phones to these events.
Learn to text with Swalwell Young Fire Fighters
This was a chance for over 50’s to learn how to use their mobiles as well as getting safety information from the fire service and in many cases a free fire alarm and safety check in their homes. The young Fire-fighters were fabulous in their tuition and put on a raffle and tombola to add to the entertainment.
Photography at Gibside National Trust
A prince trust group from Gateshead decided to make their team challenge helping over 50’s learn how to use digital cameras in the beautiful setting of Gibside National Trusts grounds. 2 days of photography tuition took place and some real friendships were made between the two generations. The photos taken by the two generations are now proudly displayed in an exhibition at the Gateshead Older Peoples Assembly.
Over 50’s Jobshop
Every Wednesday from 2-4pm at the Gateshead Older Peoples Assembly a jobshop is held to teach over 50s how to apply for jobs online and upload CV’s. Young people are on hand to help with all kinds of queries and to give plenty of support. This programme is being supported by the jobcentre and Gateshead Council. The Jobshop is open to anybody over 50 that is looking for work and would like to support of both others in the same position and younger people that can give technological tuition.
Beamish History Tour
The South Tyneside Princes Trust team raised money to take a group of older people to Beamish Open Air Museum for the day to teach them digital photography. The day was a great chance for the older and younger people to talk about history and some of the older people shared memories of bygone times. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the day and the two groups got along really well.
Deckham Community Centre Craft Group
A group of young people from Zodiac training taught the Deckham community Centre craft group regulars how to use the Nintendo Wii. This sparked a competitive day with both groups doing battle on the bowling and tennis games. The day was excellent for promoting fun technology to older people and raising levels of fitness across the two groups.
Technology Exchange teamed up with eye of the fly for a regeneration project planting tree in Hexham. The older and younger people learned all about medical plants and herbs as well as how to use film making and photography to document the day.
Gateshead Together Week Learn to Text Day
This was a chance for anybody over 50 to drop in and learn how to use their mobile on an informal basis with young people on hand from the Gateshead youth Assembly and NEETA.
Wii are Happy!
This event is to introduce Older People to the Nintendo Wii. Younger People will be on hand to show them how it works – and have fun at the same time) through various Older People Homes in Gateshead.
Events (between Monday-Friday; 1100-1500) within the borough of Gateshead, and at Older People’s Homes/Sheltered Housing or Short Stay Units. This will be for the under 25’s to work with the over 50’s; using the Nintendo Wii to help over 50’s improve their health – both body and mind – and have fun doing so!
(Every Tuesday, from 7th September, 1400-1600 at ‘The Sage’ Gateshead: No experience needed) free pick up/drop off.
The Choir sings everything from pop to jazz, folk and classical music. It’s fun, free and there are no auditions. A bus service and refreshments are included. Participants can also get involved in theatre trips, concert performances, work placements and other exciting projects like open mic nights. This will be another chance for the under 25’s to get involved, by showing the over 50’s how to use technology, such as microphones, but also, to document the event by taking digital images and downloading to computer (Rockcorps/GT Websites).
Healthy Heritage Walks
In conjunction with Ray Wildsmith. Following paths of interest regarding Gateshead historical places. Starting on Friday 17th September, 1000-1200am, then once a month thereafter; same time, Friday 15th October, Friday 19th November, Friday 21st January and Friday 18th February. Under 25’s will accompany over 50’s and show them how to use pedometers, enabling them to gauge distance walked, gain knowledge of relevant places – and help them to improve their health too!
1 into 4 does Go!
A Mental Health Project, using photography and peer mentoring, in conjunction with the ‘Time to Change’ (see photo’s taken) National Campaign). This project will enable younger and older people to work together, using photography, which may enable them to show how they feel inside – or how they may wish to feel. But by also talking to like-minded people, who can share ideas/concerns etc which they can then be sign-posted towards expert AIG.
My Generation is a drop in event for the whole community, which will encapsulate many aspects of our lives; from the present day to past era’s. There will be dancers, actors, poetry recitals and stalls, to include: Beamish Museum, Gateshead Health Trainers, Computer/Mobile Phone demonstrations, Beauty Treatments, British Forces etc. The Mayor will be coming along to open the event, and Councillor Mole (Older and Younger Persons Champion) will also be there. The event is to be at: St Josephs Hall (Opposite Gateshead Interchange Metro/Bus Station) on Saturday 22nd January 2011, from 1100 to 1500. The event is free, but donations will be greatly accepted.
In the New Year…
Technology Exchange will be visiting older people’s centres and a community groups with a Bingo event. They will also launch the start of their When I Was Younger memory boxes campaign within the community.
This Saturday, on 22 January 2011, feel free to come and join us at St. Joseph’s Church near Gateshead Metro Station.