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Intergenerational work in Calderdale recognised

Intergenerational work in Calderdale recognised

Staff from two Together Housing Association Housing with Care schemes in Calderdale have been recognised for the work they do in bringing young and older people together.  

Our _Stars _Awards

Carly Buckley, Extra Care Scheme Manager at Mytholm Meadows, and Paula Lord, Extra Care Scheme Manager at Clement Court, who work in partnership with Calderdale Council’s Care Team, were named as finalists in Calderdale Council’s Our Stars Awards.  

The team at Mytholm Meadows in Hebden Bridge won the Collaborative Working Award for the work they do with Hebden Royd Primary School as part of a partnership with Soil Association Food for Life’s Better Care programme. 

The Better Care programme is about harnessing the power of food to improve health and wellbeing. Not only can growing and cooking your own food stimulate the senses, improve dexterity and boost strength but cooking and eating together is also a great way of connecting older and younger people. 

The team at Clement Court in Halifax were also shortlisted for the Enterprising Award for the work they do with Beech Hill Primary School to improve the health and wellbeing of older people, bringing the community together and helping to reduce loneliness. 

Over the last 18 months, year 5 school children have visited Clement Court every month to read with the tenants. This has encouraged tenants to reminisce about their own childhoods and instigated conversations about historical events which the children can learn about first hand. 

Sue Lewis, Head of Supported Housing at Together Housing said: “Housing with Care schemes offer so much more than just great housing with the help needed to continue living independently. It’s also about opportunities to keep enjoying life, whatever your age or abilities, to socialise and keep in touch with the wider community.  

“Bringing generations together to do things together is fabulous as it’s fun, keeps everyone active and enables different generations to learn from each other. Activities such as gardening, cooking and reading together are a great way to do just that as well as fostering greater understanding and respect between generations.  

“We are so proud of Paula and Carly and our colleagues of Calderdale Council’s Care service who work together as one team in our schemes and make a real difference to the lives of our customers.”  

Carly Buckley added: “It’s great to be nominated for the work that has gone on and I’m very proud of Mytholm Meadows. However, none of this would have been possible without the incredible support of Beth Morgan from Rooting and Fruiting, the school staff and Kerry Page from the Better Care programme.”  

Calderdale Council’s Chief Executive, Robin Tuddenham, said: “Congratulations to everyone at Mytholm Meadows and Clement Court, and to the Council teams who work in partnership with them to help local people live independently.  

“It’s always wonderful to recognise the outstanding efforts of staff across Calderdale, and their amazing commitment to the Vision2024 for Calderdale. I’d also like to thank our sponsors for helping make the event possible.” 

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