Intergenerational win at YouthLink Scotland Awards

Development Officer Charlie Murphy presents the New Spin team with their award for Best Intergenerational Youth Worker of the Year.

Development Officer Charlie Murphy (left) presents the New Spin team with their award for Best Intergenerational Youth Worker of the Year.

Promoting intergenerational work is a cornerstone of Age Scotland’s remit across Scotland, as it gives local communities the opportunity to span generations and bring them together.

Youthlink Scotland is the national agency for youth work in Scotland, and last night at the fifth annual YouthLink Scotland Awards in Glasgow, the award for Best Intergenerational Youth Worker of the Year went to the New Spin Project Team in Edinburgh.

The team is part of the Citadel Youth Centre based in Leith, Edinburgh, and works closely with the older people of the Age Scotland member group, the Pilmeny Development Project.

Many of the older and younger people who take part in New Spin come from disadvantaged areas and the relationships they have developed through the project have contributed to a general feeling of community wellbeing and pride.

Some of the major highlights from recent New Spin activity include:

  • Over 150 individuals participating in over 100 activities, with over 1500 separate attendances to date
  • 77% of older people surveyed reported an increased feeling of confidence and better understanding of young people
  • New Spin won a City of Edinburgh ‘Get Up and Go’ Award in 2010 for innovative work in a community

The award was announced by Age Scotland Development Officer West, Charlie Murphy and presented by Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Children and Young People.

Age Scotland’s Charlie Murphy said: “Intergenerational work is good for young and old people alike and is essential for communities. I am really happy to see that the New Spin team has come first in the YouthLink Scotland National Awards and hope that this example of older and younger people working together will be replicated in many other communities across Scotland.”

If you would like to learn more information about the New Spin project in Leith, Edinburgh, contact Andy Skea on 0131 554 0510 or email him at andyskea@citadelyouthcentre.org.uk.

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