Generations share wisdom in Moonee Valley

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Moonee Valley’s young and old have joined forces in Council’s new intergenerational pilot program Generation Wiser.

Seniors members of the Knit and Knatter group have mentored prep students from Flemington Primary School, meeting weekly to complete a series of arts and craft projects.

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr Narelle Sharpe said Generation Wiser is giving seniors an opportunity to continue to share their skills and knowledge with the community.

“Valuing the contribution our senior residents make to the community is really important to Council and this wonderful new program gives us the opportunity to engage all members of the community in a meaningful way,” Cr Sharpe said.

“We’re thrilled to see this program already successful with senior participants reporting their enjoyment in working with the children and passing on their love of creating to the next generation.”

Cr Sharpe said Council is committed to supporting senior residents to remain active and engaged in Moonee Valley.

“Intergenerational programs are well-supported by research to have long-term positive impacts on social wellbeing.

“This program is a great example of how Council is supporting initiatives that help our community to thrive as part of the MV2040 Strategic Plan.”

The program is anticipated to continue in 2019, seniors groups and schools can get involved by contacting Council’s community strengthening team on 9243 8888.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 11:59 PM