Friendships forged in celebration of International Older People’s Day

Young Meets Old - Getting together to celebrate Older People's Day are Year 8 students from Tadcaster Grammar School and residents from Popple Well Springs in Tadcaster. (s)
Young Meets Old - Getting together to celebrate Older People's Day are Year 8 students from Tadcaster Grammar School and residents from Popple Well Springs in Tadcaster. (s)
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Young and old swapped life stories and shared experiences in Tadcaster.

Year eight pupils from the town’s Grammar School recently visited pensioners at Popple Well Springs complex to strengthen links and challenge stereotypes during Older People’s Day.

School spokesman Amanda Crossley said: “Our students thoroughly enjoyed the day and the opportunity to talk to residents at Popple Well Springs about their experiences in life and we all had a lovely afternoon.”

The International Day of Older Persons was created to recognise and celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to society.

And it also helped to support the campaign to challenge negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes, explained Ms Crossley.

“Talking to the students afterwards made me realise what an invaluable experience this was with such comments as: ‘I have enjoyed my visit and learnt many valuable lessons in life’, ‘I have learnt about the past and shared the present’, ‘The cake was good; however, the company was so much better.’

“Also we had: ‘We need to value the older generation; if you give them a minute they will give you a lifetime of experiences’, ‘I learnt about all the different items they had when they were young, one of which included an amazing medal from the war’.”

Ms Crossley, who is the partnership development manager at Tadcaster Grammar School, added that photo boards have been created which will live at the school and at Popple Well Springs.

The school also hopes to continue links through work experience, visits from the Big Band and through other opportunities.

Alison Owens, interim estate manager for the Leeds Road-based Hanover owned site, said she had invited the school along to share the Older People’s Day with residents.

“It was a really enjoyable afternoon and the young people were really interested in the residents’ lives.”

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