Intergenerational IT project between Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School students and residents of The Green Nursing Home in conjunction with First Taste Charitable Trust
10 Year 9 students from Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School have become teachers to residents of The Green Nursing Home, Dronfield. The students are teaching residents how to use iPads by helping them search for music and old photographs, as well as learning how to Skype, FaceTime and email friends and relatives.
This is a joint project involving Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School, The Green Nursing Home, First Taste Charitable Trust and Dronfield 2gether. First Taste has provided the tutor and the IT equipment in conjunction with Derbyshire County Council, with the school providing the students and accompanying staff and the nursing home the elderly residents. Rosalind Hobson from Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School told us, “We wanted to set up this project to build community cohesion between young and old and to try to allay any misconceptions the two groups may have of each other. We are truly overwhelmed by the success of this project and the wholly positive outcomes for all concerned. I feel very privileged to have been able to be a part of this.”
The students were featured on BBC Radio Sheffield’s Toby Foster Bigger at Breakfast Show on Thursday 26th February 2015 and celebrated the success of the project on Friday 24th April 2015 with a presentation by First Taste’s Patron, Baroness Estelle Morris of Yardley. Baroness Morris commented on the importance of lifelong learning both for the young and old and the need to educate the ‘whole person’ by providing all students with real work and life experiences through volunteering. Also in attendance were Sue Allsop, Dronfield Mayor and Natascha Engel, MP.
This is the first project of this type run by the school and we are delighted with the outcomes, both for the students and the elderly people. It has helped break down barriers between the young and old and gone some way to combatting stereotypical prejudices they may have of each other.
We are planning to build on this initial project with First Taste and hope to include more students in future intergenerational projects.