Care Centre-School Programs provide the opportunity for students in Jr and High schools and seniors in care centres to participate together in a one-hour intergenerational program at a care facility. The intention is to connect students and seniors in a spirit of cooperation where each generation benefits through shared experiences, skills, and knowledge. It is not uncommon for long-term friendships to develop!
Schools and care centres are paired based on mutual cooperation and geographical distance. Pre-planned and organized programs are facilitated by volunteers or LINKages’ staff with the support of school liaisons and care centre staff. Two students are partnered with one senior friend throughout the program term (Oct-May). Each strengths-based activity is intentional, interactive, and fun, designed to help foster mutually beneficial intergenerational connections.
In September each year, the Care Centre-School Program Coordinator facilitates an information meeting in collaboration with an invested school liaison where students can sign up to volunteer in this program. An additional meeting to provide Sensitivity Training occurs for students who are confirmed in the program. This training walks through how to communicate with someone who may have impaired hearing, basic knowledge of dementia, and how to adjust tone and pace of speaking in order to communicate well with an aging population. Prior to the first program session with their senior friend, the students are given an orientation and tour of the facility.
Whether you are an employee in a care centre for seniors or a student or teacher in a Jr or High school, Care Centre-School Programs is a welcome opportunity for you to participate in building up intergenerational connections. To learn more, send LINKages an email by clicking on the blue button further down this page. We will work with you based on your availability, needs, budget, and willingness to participate.
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Interested in learning how you can partner to build up intergenerational community in your school or care centre? Send LINKages an email below!