Jo backs Abbeyfield week’s AGEnda: a generational skills swap


Abbeyfield Week

Paul Allen, Jo Swinson and Geoffrey Palmer

Jo has lent her support to Abbeyfield Week 2011, 10th-19th June.

Abbeyfield, who have over 700 sheltered houses across the UK, including in Lenzie and Bearsden, are putting on ‘AGEnda’ skills swaps at local residential homes to encourage and improve understanding between generations.

Jo was joined by actor and Abbeyfield patron Geoffrey Palmer to raise awareness of the innovative scheme, which will see the young and elderly having fun and swapping skills current unknown to each other.

Commenting, Jo said:

“I am pleased to be able to support Abbeyfield’s AGEnda scheme, as the organisation’s East Dunbartonshire homes really make a difference to elderly residents’ independence and quality of life. This year’s Abbeyfield Week skills swap is a great opportunity for the generations to get together and discuss the differences in their lifestyles, as well as learning new skills such as IT, cooking and reading.”

Paul Allen, Chief Executive of Abbeyfield said:

“We are delighted that Jo Swinson MP is supporting this year’s Abbeyfield Week – AGEnda: A generational skills swap. We would like to see more of these generational skills swaps in areas across the country to enable better understanding between different generations. Schemes such as this not only help alleviate loneliness amongst older people, but also teach younger generations skills that they might otherwise have missed.”

Notes

For more information, contact Rebecca Warbrick on r.warbrick@abbeyfield.com or 01727 734168.

Abbeyfield is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making the lives of older people easier and more fulfilling. Abbeyfield helps people to live independently by providing a range of services, all of which are linked to the local community.


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