As announced at the morning tea on Monday 5 February, we’re excited to let everyone know we will be trialling a new program this year which will help to bridge the gap between young people and seniors in our community. It will also empower Whittlesea U3A members to mentor and share their skills, knowledge and experience with young people in the municipality.
It’s called The Field Trip and it starts Sunday May 6th.
The Field Trip has been running for two years and is known for running community projects which encourage intergenerational exchange. They’ve built cubby houses with mens sheds, run weekend retreats for seniors and worked with kids to build businesses utilising the skills and experience of older business buddies.
This year, The Field Trip will run three term projects, starting from May (10-12 weeks each):
In their shoes (term two), which will help young people in the area see life through the eyes of some of our members, sharing our perspectives and stories.
The Gran Plan (term three), which will see kids cooking with grandmothers and grandfathers
Roots (term four), which will involve kids discovering the history of their families and communities, with our participation, capturing our stories and experience
What we need from you
We need young people (aged 9-17) to participate in this program, so please ask your children and grandchildren to sign up. You can read more about the program here:www.thefieldtrip.co
Whittlesea U3A is sponsoring the first term to get the program started so it will be free for all children in The City of Whittlesea. The program will start Sunday 6 May and will run from 11am – 1pm at the Peter Lalor Vocational College: 35 Duncan Road, Lalor.
REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN
Please sign up here: http://www.thefieldtrip.co/lalor
Later in the year, we will run a weekend retreat for seniors and young people and will have more information about that soon. In the meantime, please get your grandkids signed up and involved with this great partnership between Whittlesea U3A and The Field Trip (Lalor).