The Gen2Gen project is all about improving lives by bringing together young people and older residents for their mutual benefit.
Share the knowledge
Working with an older person on a one-to-one basis, using an iPad, your digital knowledge can help to improve other people’s lives and can help you to appreciate the value of older people's experiences.
Many older people have never used the internet – they are baffled when they hear the words Facebook or Twitter and have no idea what an App or a QR code is! Maybe you could be someone to sit patiently and explain how to ‘google’ something – or even how to connect with friends and relations through Skype?
While doing this, you’ll be spending time with someone who remembers the Second World War, the Queen’s coronation (not just the Jubilee!) and the 1948 London Olympics!
How I think of old people has changed – I didn’t realise how funny and interesting they are! Som, volunteer, Herts.
Grab the opportunity
We welcome anyone aged 15-25, who is able to attend a training day and willing to commit to a 12-week volunteering placement of 1 hour a week. Time and day are flexible. The project is working with Abbeyfield residential homes around the country – see below for a list of areas where we are looking for volunteers.
At the end of 12 weeks you’ll have an accredited certificate and all volunteers will be supported by UK Youth and Abbeyfield. Gen2Gen will bring people together in the real and virtual world!
Feel the benefits
As a volunteer with Gen2Gen, you will:
- gain experience of working with older people within the care services;
- take part in training on age awareness;
- use an activity pack with tips and advice on using technology to help others;
- receive support throughout the experience, including an online forum to share stories, ideas and questions;
- build your confidence and skills, including communication, working with others, planning and organisation;
Volunteering is also a great way to gain valuable work experience, showing potential employers that you are proactive and can take the initiative.
We are particularly looking for volunteers who can help out in the following areas: Bedford; Banbury; Kettering; Coventry; Wallington (Surrey); Purley; Ipswich; Locks Heath (Southampton); and Nottingham.
Abbeyfield is a charity, providing housing, support and care to enhance the quality of life for older people.
Click here for more about Gen2Gen.
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