SPRING TERM 2012
Our coordinators have been very busy recruiting volunteers in all four of our national pilot sites. We are heading for our 100th volunteer.
If you live in Bethnal Green contact Maggie Hewitt and come and enjoy being part of Intergen in one of our three schools in that community.She can be reached at Maggie.Hewitt@intergen.org.uk or 07508 844529
Do you live in Astley or Tyldesley? There are lots of opportunities in the three schools there to share your talents with. Contact Eric Edwards who is the coordinator for these schools. Eric can be reached at Eric.Edwards@intergen.org.uk or 07774 103597
Are you a resident in Stockport and want to give back something to your community? Then speak to Maureen Crane the Intergen coordinator in Stockport. You can contact her at Maureen.Crane@intergen.org.uk or 07946 427860..
In Chorlton, Intergen is very busy , involving many people in its second year of partnership with the three schools there. We are delighted that Estelle Longmore continues in her role as Intergen coordinator for the three Chorlton schools. Contact her at Estelle.Longmore@intergen.org.uk or 07946 761785 if you want more information about how you can join Intergen in Chorlton.
We are grateful to the City of Manchester for the help we have received through a neighbourhood grant to get the Chorlton cluster of schools up and running and involving so many people.
We are busy recruiting new clusters of schools. We will announce their names on the website and in our newsletter in the Autumn term. It is very clear that our Intergen family is growing.
This summer we will be writing the final report on the HAHA project: Health and Humour through the Arts for Seniors funded by the Grundtvig programme.
All our coordinators have been involved in the workshops and some of our Intergeners. We have been to Paris and Frankfurt and hosted a wonderful week in Manchester with the help of cartoonists, Tim Sander and Jim Medway and the RNCM. With the help of the guru Robin Graham we have learnt a great deal about laughter and its benefits as well as about each other’s countries. Our partners were from Frankfurt and Paris. We will be updating our HAHA-europe.eu. Website this summer so you can find out more about what we learned.
We have all indentified something we learnt that we can apply to our daily and work lives. We will reveal this in the next edition of the newsletter. Suffice it to say that all nitrogen events now will begin with the HO HO HA HA HA chant accompanied by hand clapping!!
INTERGEN BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Intergen Community Interest Company (CIC) has a Board of Directors. They bring a wealth of experience to Intergen.
Take a look at their biographies here.
The Directors are:
• Bill Howie
• Professor Carolyn Kagan
• Professor Norma Raynes
• Mr Mike Simon
• Dr. George Wilkinson
Intergen’s directors meet every two months. Their role is to set the strategic direction of Intergen CIC, monitor its progress and ensure its probity.
ADVISORS FOR INTERGEN
Intergen CIC is fortunate also in the Advisors it has.
• Sir Bill Moorcroft - Principal of Trafford College
• Murray Grant –Senior Partner Actis
• Debbie Vrlec - Head Teacher Victoria Park Infant School
DEVELOPING OUR ORGANISATION-HOW CAN YOUR SCHOOL GET INVOLVED IN AN INTERGEN PARTNERSHIP?
Following the completion of our national pilot year, Intergen is planning to increase the number of its partnerships with schools
If you want to know how your school can become part of an Intergen partnership, Please contact email@example.com
The pupils in all of our schools were invited to design a cartoon or a graphic depicting what Intergen means to them. Cartoonists Tim Sanders from London, and Jim Medway from Manchester judged the entries. After much deliberation they decided on one winner along with three runners up.
The winning entry came from Cerys Hardman from Chorlton C of E.
Tim: This image is very strong, colourful with lots of energy and shows the generations coming together in a really positive way!
Jim: simple and to the point, communicating what Intergen does nicely and colourfully
The runners up were:
Callum Mann from Stockport Academy
Tim: This picture is clear and funny and conveys the upbeat fun approach which Intergen takes to its activities. Being black and white makes for a strong graphic image which has immediate impact on the viewer.
Jim: Just a great face with lots of character - I'd love to see him animated or in his own comic strip!
Katy from Chorlton C of E
Tim: This one is very jolly and very clever in the way it combines the different generations in one image. I like the use of colour and the way everything is contained within the circle of the face.
Jim: simple and effective, nice design and makes a great logo
Dora Scott from Chorlton C of E
Tim: This image is very inventive in its use of illustrations as letters. I like that the word Intergen is the main focus of the cartoon.
Jim: Great lettering and creative use of images as letters - nice stuff
Our sixth National Newsletter will be available at the end of this Summer term. If you are not on our mailing list and would like a copy please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. There are three editions of this news letter, one for each school term .To get your own copy make sure you are on our mailing list. Phone 020 8981 5522 or 07985 356772 or email Ben Bolt at email@example.com.
THE IMPACT OF INTERGEN
We continue to learn and find out what difference Intergen makes in the lives of our volunteers, the pupils in our schools and the teachers there. We have been piloting new ways of finding out what they all think is the value of Intergen for them. Watch out for our first reports on their views. The Spring term newsletter carried some reports on Intergen Impact. We are working this term to put together an end of term report for our head teachers. This will enable them to see who are the Intergen volunteers , the ‘Intergeners’ their schools and what why are doing to help enrich the learning environment of the pupils in their schools.
We will review with the Head teachers the value of Intergen to their school after they have reviewed these end of term reports.