Generations Connect Program

Leigh Place is excited to announce a new pilot project: “Generations Connect”, an initiative provided in partnership with Canterbury Bankstown Council and a local High School. This program aims to build strong connections between our seniors and local youth. Run across a six-week period,  students and residents will participate in an intergenerational program that aims to reduce barriers, address social isolation, and create deeper connections across the community.

Program Themes and Objectives:

  • Intergenerational Engagement: Encouraging interactions between seniors and young people to foster mutual respect and understanding.
  • Breaking Down Barriers: Challenging stereotypes and misconceptions that different generations may hold about each other.
  • Reducing Isolation: Providing companionship and stimulating activities to help diminish feelings of loneliness among our residents.
  • Community Service: Integrating the program into the school curriculum to enhance students’ learning experiences with real-world community service.
  • Meaningful Connections: Creating opportunities for young people to make a positive impact on the lives of seniors.

Participating students will gain invaluable life skills and experiences through their involvement in Generations Connect, including:

  • Rapport Building: Developing strong relationships.
  • Wellbeing and Self-Worth: Understanding the importance of wellbeing and feeling valued through community engagement.
  • Leadership and Ownership: Taking charge of a program, fostering leadership, and a sense of responsibility.
  • Empathy and Understanding: Cultivating empathy and a deeper understanding of different life experiences.
  • Community Development Insight: Learning about the impact of community services and the importance of giving back.
  • Confidence Building: Gaining confidence through meaningful social interactions and contributions.
  • Social Cohesion: Strengthening bonds within the community by working together towards common goals.

Leigh Place is excited to participate in this program, noting the real benefits to our residents and program participants. We look forward to this being the catalyst for a more inclusive, understanding, and thriving local community.