Partnership between Housing 21 and YMCA wins award

An intergenerational project at Housing 21’s Handyside Court in Derby has been recognised in a national award.

YMCA Derbyshire has been working in partnership with the court to enable and sustain intergenerational links between disadvantaged young people and the court’s residents through training in catering and care.  On Tuesday 15th November, at a special event in the House of Lords, the project was announced as winner in the first ever Awards for All Ages in the ‘Leading the way’ category.

The YMCA entry was one of thirteen winners in the awards, which are run by United for All Ages. Baroness Sally Greengross hosted the event, which was compered by broadcaster Fi Glover.

The awards recognise projects that show how older and younger people can be brought together in different ways to build stronger communities. All the young people involved in the partnership at Handyside Court have learned to value and respect those receiving services and to help them do more for themselves and each other. In a time of rising unemployment those engaged with gaining appropriate training and valuable qualifications have improved their opportunities to move from a disadvantaged start in life to worthwhile and long-term employment.

Editor's notes

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  2. Housing 21’s mission is to promote independence and choice for older people through quality care, health and housing services. It provides around 124,000 hours of community care each week and manages 18,200 sheltered and extra care apartments.
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