Founded in 2004, Global Generation is an educational charity, which works together with local children and young people, businesses, residents and families in Camden, Islington and Southwark to create healthy, integrated and environmentally responsible communities. They offer practical experiences and employment pathways to young people, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, and give them the social, emotional and practical skills to make a difference in the world. Ecology, education and enterprise are at the heart of everything they do, and they have developed a wide range of educational programmes, all of which reflect our core value of I, We and the Planet. Nicole van den Eijnde, Director of Global Generation, explains how their latest project and how Age Unlimited have helped.
THE SKIP GARDEN
The Skip Garden, which is our homebase, is the largest of the 26 community and commercial gardens that we have co-created with local businesses, restaurants, schools and young people in and around the King’s Cross Development site. Here we grow fruit and vegetables alongside our thriving café, where we serve nutritious, seasonal food. The café also offers work experience and employability programmes to those often marginalised by society, such as young people with special needs, the elderly and refugees. Our community outreach and development projects bring together local school children and business employees, vulnerable families living in the area and local volunteers. All of this helps to nurture a close-knit and collaborative community, which cares about its environment - and about the planet as a whole.
To date we have created over 10,000 opportunities for local children and young people, 150 young people have graduated from our Youth Leadership programme and 100 young people have achieved our Horticulture and Businesses BTECs. We have also started a new collaboration in Canada Water, where we are helping to involve the local community in co-creating the public realm of this new British Land Development.
THE CREATE PROJECT & WISDOM & BEAUTY THROUGH THE AGES
In 2017, Age Unlimited kindly funded a Literacy Project which we called the Create Project. We loved running this project, seeing the value in each session and welcoming the appreciation of the young people and tutors who accompanied them. So a huge thank you to Age Unlimited to making this new addition to our work possible.
The intergenerational project, Wisdom and Beauty Across the Ages, which Age Unlimited also kindly funded, continues to run successfully. The project has been running since July 2017 and was designed to widen young people’s perspectives, connecting them to different generations and inviting them to embrace the unknown and the surprise that might come out from being together with people of different ages. The programme aims to give young people some of the tools that can help them create a positive community and see the connection between younger and older people as a resource for a better future.