16 Jan 2015
A piece in The Express newspaper about Anchor’s Life Histories campaign has again highlighted our recent survey findings that almost half of older people think the younger generation is simply not interested in what they have to say.
Asking readers to think about how much they known about their own grandparents, the piece, printed on 15 January, highlighted Anchor’s findings that despite four in five older people saying they have advice they would like to share with younger generations, more than three quarters think their life experiences won't be passed on
Anchor launched our nationwide Life Histories initiative with actor Bernard Cribbins last October. The campaign includes the creation of resource packs for teachers suited to the new curriculum and the establishement of meaningful links with schools across the country encouraging children to find out more about the older people in their communities, including those in Anchor’s care homes and retirement housing.
Bernard Cribbins says: "Everybody has a story to tell, and children love to listen to stories. It's so important to encourage new generations to spend time speaking to their seniors. It's not just sitting with your Gran for 10 minutes at Christmas time; it's about building more contact with older people into everyday lives."
Read about how local children have been spending time with residents at Anchor’s Tolson Grange care home in Huddlesfield as a result of Life Histories.