Projects & Partnerships

Transform: Intergenerational Befriending

This project involves small groups of young people attending local sheltered housing with a youth coordinator, to run activity sessions with residents. The aim is to reduce social isolation and improve health and wellbeing among the residents. For young people, the project offers the opportunity to build social skills, confidence and experience of work in a health and social care setting. 

Want to get involved?

Weekly sessions are two hours long and activities include arts and crafts, quizzes, bingo, music, board games and indoor sports. Volunteers help to deliver the activities whilst getting to know the residents. The activities are chosen to suit everyone involved. For example, there might be a bowling activity followed by a quiz, bingo or sharing of favourite pop songs from ‘then and now’.

This is a fully supported volunteering opportunity for young people aged 14 to 20. Our intergenerational befriending project was paused in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however weekly sessions are currently operating online throughout Midlothian. Face-to-face contact will resume when it is safe to do so.

Please contact Harry (Youth Support Coordinator) on 07938193253 for more information.