We work with Worle Community School to bring generations together

04 March 2014

We've joined forces with Worle Community School to bring young and old together in debate and discussion, as part of Parliament Week 2013.

We arranged a question and answer session between students aged 11-16 from the School Council, and older residents from our sheltered schemes and Knightstone Board Members.

The purpose was to discuss democracy and parliament, and in particular, women in democracy, which was the main theme of Parliament Week 2013.

Our staff visited the school in advance of the session, to speak to the students about Parliament Week and work collaboratively with them to formulate questions.

The session took place on Friday 6 December 2013 at Knightstone Place, a sheltered scheme in Worle. The students asked the residents and Board members their questions and in turn had the opportunity to share their opinions about democracy.

Stella Milsom, our Resident Involvement Manager, said ‘Everyone involved found this session really valuable, particularly the discussion about the age of voting. One participant had her first vote at the age of 21, whereas the young people in the room will be able to vote from the age of 16. This really captures the different experiences of generations.’

The session was filmed in full, with students getting the chance to take part in the filming themselves. A collaborative editing session then took place at Worle Community School on Wednesday 12 February. Students learnt editing skills and created music for the film. At the end of the session adults and students discussed what the experience had taught them.

The final cut can watched here

Parliament Week, which ran from 15-21 November 2013, is an annual programme of events that aim to inspire people to engage with Parliament and democracy, and let them know how they can make their voices heard. We'll continue to be a Parliament Week partner and are already planning our activities for 2014.

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