Ford announces almost £100,000 to develop intergenerational projects
Stormont Executive press release - Department of Justice
Justice Minister David Ford is funding an initiative to help build trust, confidence and respect between the older and younger generations.
The funding will enable Linking Generations Northern Ireland (LGNI), an organisation dedicated to promoting the benefits of intergenerational practices, to work with Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSPs) to develop innovative ideas in order for the two generations to gain a greater understanding of one another.
The initiative is an approach outlined in the Department’s Community Safety Strategy to tackle crime, the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour. The Department of Justice approved a financial contribution of £99,600, over two years, towards LGNI’s Intergenerational Safer Communities Project.
Speaking at an event hosted jointly by Linking Generations and the Belfast PCSP, David Ford said: “Whilst crime rates and anti-social behaviour incidents across Northern Ireland continue to fall, attitudes and perceptions around crime are often harder to tackle.
“This project will look at how young and older people view each other and will promote and develop practical measures, reassurance and peace of mind for those in our community who need it most.
“Linking Generations, who have much experience and knowledge in this area, will work with PCSPs across Northern Ireland to provide training and guidance.
“Our Community Safety Strategy recognises the importance of working across generations. This funding will allow us to address issues in a sustainable way that makes a difference to everyday living.”
David Ford concluded: “I have had the pleasure of visiting an intergenerational project in Moneymore where young people keep allotments and grow produce to give to elderly residents in the area. I can clearly see the benefits this type of engagement can bring in reducing crime and the fear of crime.”
Notes to editors:
1. The Department of Justice Community Safety Strategy, published in 2012, sets out the commitment to reducing fear of crime and helping older people and vulnerable people feel safer.
2. Linking Generations Northern Ireland (LGNI) is the intergenerational initiative managed by the Beth Johnson Foundation which creates opportunities for older and younger people to meet and learn from each other.
3. Find out more about PCSPs at http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/policing-and-community-safety-partnerships
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