Threeways Youth Intergenerational Project – ‘Fear of Crime’

March 10, 2014

On Friday 28th February the Threeways youth project members delivered a very impressive Intergenerational project which brought together both the young and not so young within the local area. The young people have been working on this project over this past year and have developed and delivered intergenerational workshops with the Threeways Luncheon club last summer and recently over the Halloween break.  This had lead to the young people using the same theme and opening it up to a wider audience. The event which was based on the Fear of Crime was organised and facilitated by the young people and included a range of information sessions looking at safety in the home and on the streets. A number of agencies were present including the PSNI neighbourhood team, Community Restorative Justice and The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue service who gave advice on a number of topics encompassing property and personal safety. The event also included team building games bringing together both the young and the more senior members of our community, sharing the games they enjoyed from yester year, skipping, hopscotch to the modern games of today to include Xbox. The participants also enjoyed a game of bingo which had a bit of a twist where the object was to identify areas of interest to both generations. Both age groups also shared their own fears and the stereotypes formed by each other in terms of older people and the youth of today. Older people within our communities can occasionally be intimidated by groups of young people, while young people can immediately dismiss the older generation as dull and past it. This intergenerational project offered the ideal way to bridge the gap between the two differing groups. Bringing both groups together to share learning and remove the barriers to connecting the age gap.

The Mayor of Newry and Mourne Cllr Michael Ruane commended the young people and added that, “There are lots of benefits of intergenerational work such as building self-esteem and improving health and wellbeing, but above all they promote friendship and Neighbourhood spirit, which are characteristics that are too often forgotten in society. Building friendships across generations allows both young and old to remove stereotypical perceptions of each other and can give our young people greater opportunities to be more proactive in terms of supporting our older people.”

The youth committee would like to thank all the people who supported the event and a special mention to the Threeways Community Association members, especially Padraig, Joanne and our Senior Youth Worker Sean. They would also like to thank the Mayor for taking time out of his busy schedule to come along to the event.  After such success the youth project are looking forward to the next few months to organise another event.