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Active Across Ages

by Youth Sport Trust International
Active Across Ages

Summary

This intergenerational project brings together younger and older people through physical activity to tackle social isolation and loneliness, issues faced by young and old alike. Drawing on our global experience and expertise of using the power of sport to unite people from different backgrounds through carefully designed interventions, we aim to reduce loneliness in both age groups; promote regular interaction between young and old; reduce ageism; and increase physical activity by older people.

$97,776
total goal
$97,565
remaining
9
donors
0
monthly donors
1
year

Challenge

The challenges are threefold. Social isolation is an issue for young and old- 11% of 10-15 year olds report often feeling lonely; 1/4 of people over 50 report being lonely often /some of the time, loneliness can increase the risk of premature death and is linked to the social and emotional development in children, including academic attainment. Regular interactions between old and young are in steep decline. Physical activity declines with age and with it, functionality and independence.

Solution

Working across 5 lead schools we will deliver a discrete action-based research project in each area. Each lead school will identify a local partner school to create a paired research approach and both schools will each identify and work with an older people network or organisation. The projects will involve young people committing to 20 hours of volunteering each term for sporting and social activities and mutually beneficial intergenerational skill exchanges.

Long-Term Impact

Active Across Ages will use the power of physical activity and sport to create opportunities for intergenerational activity to: - facilitate social mixing and promote social wellbeing - enhance physical and mental wellbeing - boost social action and social capital - establish credible and impactful models of intergenerational activity for future use both in the UK and internationally.

Resources

https:/​/​www.youthsporttrust.org
https:/​/​www.youthsporttrust.org/​about-us
https:/​/​www.youthsporttrust.org/​international
http:/​/​impact.youthsporttrust.org/​
https:/​/​assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/​governme

Organization Information

Youth Sport Trust International

Location: Loughborough, Leicestershire - United Kingdom
Website:
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Twitter: @YouthSportTrust
Project Leader:
Helen Vost
Loughborough, Leicestershire United Kingdom
$211 raised of $97,776 goal
 
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