Leicestershire Police supports event to bring generations together

Issued on 18/3/17 at 4:00 p.m.

More than 100 people attended an event held at Leicestershire Police headquarters earlier today (Saturday 18 March), to celebrate relationships across different generations.

The ‘Bridging the years’ event was hosted by the Leicestershire Older People’s Engagement Network and officially opened by Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach.

The event, for anyone aged 12 years and over, ran in partnership with Leicestershire Police, Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland and Voluntary Action South Leicestershire.

The Leicestershire Older People’s Engagement Network, known as "OPEN" is the County’s network and collective voice of older people.

Lucy Smith, Chair of OPEN, said:

Today we held our third successful intergenerational day to ‘Bridge the years’, bringing together the young and older people by sharing activities, learning together, connecting with each other and having fun together.

As an older person I believe in the value of interaction between the young and the old and the contribution we all can make to break down any existing negative attitudes between each other."

The event, held between 9.15am and 2.15pm, brought together people of all ages to get involved in a day of workshops, information stalls, and fun activities including arts and crafts, laughter yoga, Sikh music, Bollyfit and singing.

Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, The Prince's Trust, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and Leicestershire Police held information stalls at the event and people were also able to pick up information on carer’s support and wellbeing, assistive technology, mental health, alcohol and drugs support.

There were also performances from the Carers Choir and Leicestershire Police showed the short film, Kayleigh’s Love Story, to highlight the dangers of young people speaking online to people they don’t know. The film shows how quick and easy it can be for children to be groomed online without them or those around them knowing it is happening.

Lynne Woodward, Head of Equality and Human Rights for Leicestershire Police, added:

This is our third intergenerational event in partnership with the Older People’s Engagement Network and I am really pleased at the turnout today.

This year we have concentrated on the theme of protecting yourself from online scams and grooming, which is particularly relevant following the production of Kayleigh’s Love Story.

This is a really important event for us as it brings together a number of younger and older people to work and have fun together. We also identify issues which are common to both of us for future work.

We hope that everyone enjoyed the day and came away with information that they found useful.”

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