The project that keeps on winning

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On Wednesday 2nd March at the Generations Working Together 2016 conference at Strathclyde University, recognised Clement Park Care Home and Harris Academy for its success in delivering the innovative intergenerational project.

Following on from the success at the 2015 Scottish care awards, members of the team delivered a powerful presentation at the conference. Attended by over 60 care and education professionals, the presentation showcased the project and aimed to inspire others to take part in similar intergenerational initiatives.

The hard work was later rewarded during an award ceremony which recognised the partnership with the Established Intergeneration Project award.

Cheryl Banks, Participation Partner at Balhousie Care Group said: ‘We were thrilled to be awarded with this recognition from Generations Working Together. There’s been lots of hard work over the past 18 months to establish the strong relationship between the care home and the teachers and students of Harris Academy.’

‘The project is now established within Clement Park with volunteers from a new year group regularly attending the home to work with elderly residents. This is a great measurement of success as it highlights the sustainability of the project.’

During the presentation, 17 year old Jordon Cord from Harris Academy delivered a heart-warming speech that brought the audience close to tears. Jordon spoke openly of the confidence, acceptance and career direction the project has given him.

Banks continued: ‘The outcomes have exceeded our expectation. I’d really encourage others to take part in similar initiatives, the mutual benefits are richly rewarding.’

Read more about the project here.