Wyre Senior Challenge 2012

The Wyre Senior Forum invites all Wyre schools to join us in celebrating UK Older Peoples Day on Monday the 1st of October, 2012 coinciding with the UN International Day of Older Persons. This will be the sixth year the day has been celebrated in the UK and the second of the Wyre Senior Challenge.

The main aim for the day is to be a national celebration of the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and to the economy and through this start to tackle negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes.

There are no better examples for celebration than projects or activities that span the generations. We are sure that you currently have examples of both and if not would welcome an opportunity to undertake a project involving pupils, older relatives and friends from the community.

We are pleased to report that St John’s Primary in Poulton and Millfield High School have already agreed to join the Challenge.

In the week leading up to 1stof October, 2011 seven Wyre schools focussed on current schemes or held special events to engage with older people.

During the course of this week around 300 pupils and 150 older residents took part in joint activities together.

They demonstrated how older volunteers regularly contribute to primary school life by helping with reading, cooking, gardening, personal history, model making, knitting, embroidery and sports.
Many schools hold regular annual lunches, coffee mornings and afternoon teas for older volunteers and grandparents with their children.

In two projects, groups of school children visit older residents in sheltered accommodation. There they provide entertainment, play games, serve food and generally get to know each other.
You can read about some of them here.
The forum are again offering to donate prizes totalling £400 to the schools judged to be the best in celebrating this day. This can be done by staging a special event associated with a current project or developing a special intergenerational activity to coincide with Older Peoples Day.

We appreciate that both staff and pupils have a very busy timetable; there will be scope for the event to be held any time during the week leading up to and after Monday the 1stof October.
If you are a parent or a governer please ask your school if they have heard of the Challenge and what they are planning to do. Last year showed how effective the Challenge was in helping grand parents and older residents to meet and spend time with pupils.

We hope that together we can recognise and publicise the valuable intergenerational work being carried out in the schools of Wyre.

For more information on the Challenge please contact Tony Ward on 01253 855966 or tonykrysiaward@hotmail.co.uk.