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Intergenerational Practice in Communities

“I think all old people have a wee phobia of young people.” Young person, Inverclyde

“They [older people] see you in the street and they try and walk the other way. They phone the police and they’re always angry. They think we waste our time.” Young person, Tullibody

“We’ve reached out to all those who will listen, but we cannae reach those who don’t want to listen to us.” Young person, North Edinburgh

“Cus when they [other young people] came here there wasnae any heat. They thought it was gonna be pure amazing and they came here and it was tiny.” Young person, Inverclyde

“I think it was good to meet here [at the museum] because if we had met at the school… it would have been the same awkwardness on our part because we’re not exactly at our most comfortable when we’re at school and with them [the older people] there as well… we’d have been more nervous.” Young person, Dunoon

“We want the PODs to be open on Sundays because we’ve got nothing to do.” Young person, Inverclyde

“One of the main things that first drew me to the initial meeting was the fact that I got into photography. I was wanting to do more and try to improve. I thought it would be quite interesting to meet different people, but that was less important cus we kinda knew everyone.” Young person, Dunoon

“I hate when you have someone just talking at you, it’s really boring. It’s better when you’re doing stuff like, pure interacting, playing wee games, that’s fun.” Young person, North Edinburgh

“At first I was really shy and quite nervous – I didn’t really talk very much. But now it’s like… you can pretty much just talk, share your views and be comfortable to do it.” Young Person, Dunoon

“I communicate with a lot more older people now than we did before. Because we’ve actually spoke to older people.” Young person, North Edinburgh

“You don’t want to just walk up to a somebody like a parent or that in case they think you’re going to cause trouble or something like that. But it’s easier when you work right outside and they come and speak to you and you come in and you’re alright with them.” Young person, Tullibody

“I thought they were going to be stuck in the past slightly more… out of touch. But I learned that I really shouldn’t put people in a box before you’ve met them.” Young person, Dunoon

“There was one of them I was talking to and she sounded wilder than me! She said that when she was my age she was in Germany nightclubbing – she was cooler than I was!” Young person, Dunoon

“You still get the odd one that looks at you different because you wear a tracksuit. It’s never going to change. But some folk like the mums here [at Tullibody Families] that saw us doing that, they’re going to look at us different because they’re going to know we’re not troublemakers.” Young person, Tullibody

“If the younger folk and the older folk get on it’s going to be easier. Like walking down the street and that, you’re not going to be cheeky, you’re going to be nice to them. If they give you a dirty look you’re just going to turn around and give them cheek or start shouting and swearing at them but if you get to know them and you walk down the street you’re going to say ‘Hiya’, you’re not going to be cheeky and they’re not going to look at you like you’re scum.” Young person, Tullibody

“The tea dance was actually very good. I never thought that I’d enjoy it as much as I did. It’s nice to see that not all grown ups think of us like the way we think they do. People say that they see us as wee hooligans but then some think we’re very sound, like when we were there they were happy to invite us back.” Young person, North Edinburgh

“The PODs help us get off the street and out of trouble.” Young person, Inverclyde

“See like before we started on this, if I came into Alloa or something and I see one of them [indicate other young people in the room] I’d maybe start fighting with them and they’d maybe start fighting with me. But when we went to that work thing and actually got to ken each other we didn’t want to any more.” Young person, Tullibody

“I think it’s definitely been successful in terms of intergenerational work but not really the youth offending because there really isn’t much in the way of crime and violence. I don’t think it really touched on it because to begin with there was only three of us and none of us were really the ones that were going to get in trouble.” Young person, Dunoon

“Now I’m not paranoid to walk about the streets or that so that’s easier, because you get the younger ones, you get the older ones…I’ve stayed here for 3 years this March coming and I never used to walk about up until I started this and had to walk about because I had to come over every day or I wouldn’t get paid.” Young person, Tullibody

“We learn it as we go, like to go and speak to old people, that’s like learning a new skill, the tea dance, like, we learnt how to use a camera and all that.” Young person, North Edinburgh

“We can rely on getting a job now that we’ve got all the knowledge and that, that we need. It’s made it a better life for us.”Young person, Tullibody

“I’m more confident, like to talk in front of people. I was less confident before. It makes me happy that I can change stuff over here because of [the project].” Young person, North Edinburgh

“I don’t think I’m dramatically different in any way, but I feel more comfortable. I feel more confident at expressing my ideas and just talking with older people. Not just these older people, but others as well.” Young person, Dunoon

“Confidence as well, I’m more confident, from seeing them coming and meeting all the parents. Like when I met [older person], I met them and you get more confidence speaking to them and that..” Young person, Tullibody

“It really bothered me when that happened. I just got so mad. I thought they had no right to take our work down. They should have thought, ‘it’s their work, it’s their view, and maybe we should try and help them combat it.” Young person, Dunoon

“I’m trying to get a job with social work. It starts in the next couple of weeks. It’s in a care home and working with a care worker from social work… I was in care when I was 15 and since then I’ve always wanted to work with children. See like working here [at the Tullibody Family Centre] and having him as well [the young person’s child]? It makes you want to do more so I got the opportunity from my social worker.” Young person, Tullibody

“I’d probably like the project to inspire more young people to get more involved in their community. Like reach out to the younger people.” Young person, North Edinburgh