Golden Lives is a project in development that will help build generational bridges between young people and the older generation.
Students attending secondary schools, at any age prior to taking GCSE’s (12-15), complete a biography on the life of an elderly person-aged 60 plus. The biography could be about a grandparent, a family friend or someone else that is known to them, or a person who is in a home and would benefit from a visitor. It will be a project that documents the life of this person in order to gain insight into their “golden life”. The biography could be written, filmed, made into an exhibition, put onto a web site, or presented in front of the class.
Golden Lives has many dimensions. For young people, it gives the opportunity to learn that older people still have a life and that their past is full of “skills, experiences, opinions, views and memories” that can teach valuable lessons and that the core themes of relationship expectations, family, and friends are relevant whatever age you are.
This project will also create an opportunity for older people to feel empowered and valued by having their voices, history and stories heard by a younger generation. And the students will learn to understand and respect that elderly people have much to offer young people by way of their life experiences. By educating a generation of children to understand and respect the role of elderly people, we will help protect our elderly society from being abused.
The project could also be run as a national competition.
This project needs volunteers to assist in its development. Please just say yes to Karen if you are able to help