The Growing Together Seniors & Youth Conversation Group

Mar 12 2018

The Growing Together Seniors & Youth Conversation Group

The Growing Together Seniors & Youth Conversation Group should definitely be front page. All the info you need can be found in the attached poster. It’s the Word version so you can copy and paste as you wish, including the image which is just a stock photo.  You could also follow the basics from the poster with the following background info, making it more of a news item.

Growing Together: Conversations with Seniors & Youth is a project of Nelson CARES Society’s Kootenay Seniors Program; it is funded by the Government of Canada through the New Horizons for Seniors grant program. The project will bring together 8-10 seniors and 8-10 youth for a series of guided conversations. It will provide seniors and teens with a chance not just to meet each other but to have deep and meaningful conversations together, share stories and potentially form enduring friendships. The process is designed to honour the experiences and challenges of both generations and allow them to find common ground and offer mutual support and caring. The participants’ experiences will be memorialized in a beautiful book that will allow us to share these experiences with the community at large and with other youth and seniors. The book will also be useful for community agencies and post-secondary schools wishing to better understand youth-senior relationships, even serving as a model of future inter-generational initiatives.

The conversation groups are open to any senior (60+) who meet the following criteria:

1) Able to speak and understand English

2) Mentally alert enough to be comfortable engaging in group discussions

3) Physically fit enough to handle a 1 – 2 hour session

4) Able to give your consent to participate in this project OR have the consent of a guardian

5) Participate voluntarily and freely 

Seniors may attend all of the conversation group gatherings or as few as two or three. The project runs from February 2018 to January 2019. The conversation groups run for eight weeks beginning in mid-March 2018. The book will be launched in the fall of 2018.