Learning for Life Together

The aim of this project is to empower those older people who are isolated and who have lost confidence by encouraging and supporting them to share their stories, skills or experiences with younger people within a learning environment.

We now live in a society with very little sustained contact between older people and younger children, beyond contact between grandparents and their grandchildren. There a number of great intergenerational initiatives already in Bristol aiming to bring together younger and older people in order to improve respect and understanding between generations.

The primary focus of this project is on the benefit to and empowerment of older people, although there will also be a  benefit to young people as they come to recognise the role older people can play in their learning, dispelling negative stereotypes associated with ageing and older people.

We are working with Bristol City Council on Bristol Learning City where we work in partnership to create and promote learning opportunities for everyone, of all ages and from all communities, in all parts of the city. 

Learning has the power to change lives. It can open doors, help people get jobs, make friends and new connections. Statistics show that learning something new makes people feel more positive. It increases well-being and can help people live longer, healthier lives.

However, it is also clear that Bristol is a city of contrasts and not everyone has the same opportunity to learn and prosper. Our Learning for Life Together project fits with one of themes of “Learning for Life” that is looking at ways of including all ages and backgrounds in learning.

We have already:

  • Funded 3 organisations to deliver 12-month pilot projects
  • Organised an Intergenerational Network meeting for the Learning for Life Together project teams and others to share learning on such projects 

  • Supporting the delivery of pilot projects and gathering learning from them

  • Comissioned several new services through our 'Building Blocks for Wellbeing' commissioning

Learning for Life Together Pilots

Delivery Partner

Description of Activity

Contract Duration

Wyldwood Arts

Arts-based 'Proud to be me' sessions with young people

Sept 2016 - Aug 2017

Windmill Hill City Farm

Activity sessions with young people at the farm / local area

Sept 2016 - Aug 2017

Volunteering Matters

Local history sessions in schools followed by activities on Dundry Slopes

Sept 2016 - Aug 2017


Supporting the delivery of these pilot projects and gathering learning from them


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