Rotary club and college join up community

C130819-2 Chi Bridging generations  phot kate''Helping to bridge generations by having a discussion group at Chichester College  From left:  Cathryn Barty, student, Lisa Humphries, community liaison manager at the college, Mike Harvey, from the Rotary club of Chichester Priory, Ernest Bradley, and Justine Cowell, activity co-ordinator at Marriott Lodge.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130819-2
C130819-2 Chi Bridging generations phot kate''Helping to bridge generations by having a discussion group at Chichester College From left: Cathryn Barty, student, Lisa Humphries, community liaison manager at the college, Mike Harvey, from the Rotary club of Chichester Priory, Ernest Bradley, and Justine Cowell, activity co-ordinator at Marriott Lodge.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130819-2

A PROJECT aiming to bridge the generation gap has been taking place at Chichester College in recent months.

Conceived by the Rotary Club of Chichester Priory, club member Mike Harvey said he felt the project could help bring together two disparate generations – elderly people who were often isolated in the community and students who could learn and respond.

From left: Cathryn Barty, Lisa Humphries, Mike Harvey, Ernest Bradley and Justine Cowell Picture by Kate Shemilt C130819-1

From left: Cathryn Barty, Lisa Humphries, Mike Harvey, Ernest Bradley and Justine Cowell Picture by Kate Shemilt C130819-1

He said after bringing the groups together the aim was simply to let the conversation flow.

The Bridging Generations project has seen a group meeting every few weeks at Chichester College to chat and socialise.

The project has been progressing since March 10 and the first meeting was attended by ten students and 12 seniors.

Lisa Humphries, student experience manager at the college, helped move the project forward from the college’s perspective.

“It’s been a really good opportunity for our students to learn things they didn’t know and also help ease fears of some of the elderly people in the community,” she said.

She added the first session went a lot smoother than had been anticipated they were now looking forward to hosting more sessions in the future.

To take part in the sessions, which will continue when the new school year starts in September, contact Alan Wells, secretary of the club on 07813 137837.