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IntergenerACTION in Cork and across Europe


intergenerational. In the same vein, the community came together for a clean-up of ten streets that won support from Store Street Garda Station and Dublin City Council. The project also recently organised a poster competition on not leaving dog foul after you, and an essay competition titled ‘Why I love being from East Wall.’ The project has also engaged in intergenerational art work.

Intergenerational work defined: Intergenerational work: • Brings older and younger people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities • Breaks down barriers that exist between younger and older people in disadvantaged communities • Builds respectful and cohesive communities which reduce social exclusion. - Viv Sadd, Mahon CDP.

has been designated as the ‘European year on Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity’, WRITES VIV SADD. This means working towards connecting and bringing together younger and older people in their communities and their daily lives. As a preparatory step, Mahon CDP has this year been playing a lead role in developing, organising and delivering a creative and interactive five-day residential training course to explore and develop new community-based intergenerational actions and activities. This course was aimed at youth workers who work with younger people with fewer opportunities. It helped them generate new ideas and develop concrete action plans about how

and what youth workers in community contexts can do at local and European level to develop current intergenerational practice. The training happened in Ireland in May and involved 26 participants from Ireland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Holland and Sweden. Mahon CDP linked up with trainers from across Europe to jointly develop and deliver the training course. Funding was secured through Leargas , under the European ‘Youth in Action’ programme. Mahon CDP has a strong track record in developing and supporting intergenerational projects. Its most recent initiative was a digital photography programme involving four younger and four older people.

Camera tips for history lessons

Pat Horgan and Dean Murphy both live in Mahon and neither had any social contact with each other’s age group. Dean has really good photo skills and experience with cameras and works in a local camera shop in Mahon Point. Now, he’s shown Pat how to take the best shots. In exchange Pat has taught Dean some great local history. Mahon CDP brought the men together as part of its local intergenerational work.

Co-op surveys on LCDP


survey by the Community Worker’s Co-op of views on the Local and Community Development Programme found a majority of respondents wanted to see a commitment to community work “woven throughout the work.” The Co-op carried out two surveys and the results – available at www.cwc. ie - provide suggestions for how community


work can be strengthened in the LCDP. By and large those who responded via questionnaires were highly critical of the Programme. Anastasia Crickley, head of the Department of Applied Social Studies at NUI Maynooth, was among those to congratulate the Co-op for carrying out the surveys.

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The national magazine of the Local Community Development Programme - Inside this issue; Community Resilience, Mary Robinson, the Dalai Lama...


The national magazine of the Local Community Development Programme - Inside this issue; Community Resilience, Mary Robinson, the Dalai Lama...