Everyone has something to give and gain, and those of us who have been around longest have plenty of valuable skills and life experience to share. Even if we can’t always see the value of our own ‘lived experience’, we guarantee there’s someone out there who will!
Are you aged 50 or over, and have skills or experience you could share to help someone younger? Or are you a younger person who has a skill you could share with someone older? The Intergenerational Skill Swap links people of different ages together, to share a skill and learn something new.
This is an intergenerational programme, open to people of any age. Maybe you’ve had your own garden in the past, and could pass on some green-fingered tips to someone starting out in their first home? Maybe you’re a retired lecturer who could help build a student’s confidence in presenting, or help with their English? Or maybe you’re a student who could, in return, teach someone how to play the guitar or use Skype to talk to their grandkids?
This project is about showing or teaching anyone to do something that they didn’t know how to do before – from growing your own veg, to using digital technology to make contact with others.
“I wanted to join the Intergenerational Skill Swap where skills can be given and taken. I personally would like someone to show me their skills in cooking. I used to have lots of experience in it but not anymore as cooking for one person is not as easy as cooking for a family. I hope this project help me to get my skills back”.
Edna Woodman, age 89, Skills Swap participant