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This story was first published on May 28th, 2009.

Talkin' 'Bout My Generation – Intergenerational Local History Project

Are you aged 55 or over? Would you like to become a Volunteer and help today’s children understand what life was like when you were growing up? Now is your chance to do just that.

Ballymun Whitehall Area Partnership piloted an Intergenerational Project in one of the local Primary Schools in Ballymun in May 2009, involving Older People (aged 55 and over) partnering school teachers in working with children and young people on a Local History Project which compliments the Primary School Curriculum.

Phyllis Talbot  tells her story to the Students. Ellen Reddin talks about the past with great passion.
Phyllis Talbot tells her story to the Students. Ellen Reddin talks about the past with great passion.

The purpose of this Intergenerational Local History Project is to develop positive relationships between older people and the younger generation, enriching both groups lives and experiences. The Project involves the older person giving a short presentation based on their own lived experience, on topics like Education, Games and Pastimes, Homes and Buildings. This is followed by a walking tour around the area. Training is provided.

Mary Mohan answers questions about the past. Phyllis Keeps the children's attention.
Mary Mohan answers questions about the past. Phyllis Keeps the children's attention.

A BIG THANKS to the People who volunteered for the Pilot Project. Phyllis Talbot, a Volunteer of this Project states, “I found it very beneficial; I enjoyed it and the children enjoyed it” If we get enough Volunteers, we can offer this Project to all schools in the area from October 2009.

Ellen describes what life was like as she grew up. The Children listen attentively to Mary's Stories.
Ellen describes what life was like as she grew up. The Children listen attentively to Mary's Stories.

If you would like to hear more about the Intergenerational Local History Project or would like to get involved by becoming a Volunteer, please contact Ballymun Whitehall Area Partnership on (01)8423612

 


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