Sheltered housing residents enjoyed an intergenerational event including afternoon tea, Easter egg hunt, bingo, a raffle and games from ‘days gone by’ such as shove ’alf penny.
The event was organised and run by young people from the Epping Forest Youth Council for residents of Buckhurst Court in Buckhurst Hill on Tuesday 31 March 2015.
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One “100 year young” resident said she didn’t usually stay out late but she had enjoyed herself so much that she didn’t want to go home! Another resident said that she had lived at Buckhurst Court for over 20 years and this was the first time the youngsters had come into to organise an afternoon tea. She thought that the Youth Councillors were smashing and were doing a fantastic job in the community.
Residents were asked if there was a generation gap, the majority said yes. They said that older people did not have enough contact with young people and that older people talk down to young people. They said a lot of older people do not associate their own grand children with the wider young generation that older people have a different way at looking at things and that times have changed, older people think differently and older people communicate differently to young people.
Overall the majority of the older people said their perceptions of young people were positive; this was based on their own experience and what they read in the press. When asked how much contact they had with young people, the majority said they had regular contact, mostly with their relatives and neighbours. They thought young people could learn from the older generation such as respect for others, manners and history. When asked what the older generation could learn from young people, they thought older people should be more open minded towards young people and technology such as the internet.
Several residents admired the work of the Youth Councillors and said that they hadn’t done anything like this when they were their age.
Louis Walton, the Council’s Youth Engagement Assistant and former Apprentice from Epping Forest District Council said he was so inspired by the day that he would like to volunteer at a sheltered housing project.
The Youth Councillors would like to thank all the shops and local business’s for their generous donations for the raffle and afternoon tea, they include
- Epping Flower Shop
- Loughton Book Shop
- Morrisons’ Loughton
- Sainsbury’s Loughton
- Shiv News Epping
- Tesco Epping
- Tesco Theydon Bois
- Tesco Waltham Abbey
- WH Smiths Epping