Manor Park centre brings together young and old

A youth group joined a women’s club for an afternoon of activities during an inter generational event to help break down barriers.

Members of the Manor Park Ladies Club, who meet every Monday, joined the Froud Centre’s youth project members for lunch and a chance to get to know each other.

The event, which took place at the centre in Toronto Avenue, Manor Park, was funded by a small grant of £500 from the Jack Petchey Foundation and echoed the success of a similar occasion which took place during the 2012 Olympics.

Dawn Ballinger, Froud Youth Work Manager, said: “These events bring generations together to learn from each other, and break down the stereotypes that exist between them. The young people are also keen to publicise this project so that a ‘good news story’ will go out into the community.”

The group shared stories and topical discussions over a roast dinner at the centre, where the young people waited on their elders and gave them handmade presents including homemade cakes, fruit baskets and hand-decorated bags.

The youth group members, many of whom are 16 or 17-years-old, received advice from the older generation about their prospective futures. A group of young people then put on a break dance show.

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