Students from The Petchey Academy meet the Hackney Homes Over 55 radio group

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By JulieGK | Saturday, February 02, 2013, 18:16

Students from The Petchey Academy, in Hackney, took part in a live on-air radio discussion with members of the Hackney Homes Over 55 group.

The eight strong elders joined by Rupert Tyson, Chair of the Hackney Homes Board, grabbed at the opportunity to engage with the young people.

The discussion focused on gangs and provided the opportunity for the group to pass on sound advice to the attentive young listeners.

The radio group have led on many discussions relevant to older residents in Hackney and have covered heart provoking subjects on their journey through life. The project is designed to enhance community engagement and provide a platform for this group. The project was recently shortlisted in the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) Awards for the Excellence in the Community category.

During the discussion, Over 55 group member Beverly said: "I feel that I have lost touch with the young people in society and their concerns and perspectives, since my kids and grandchildren moved away. I am so pleased we have had the chance to speak with these students. It makes me feel more connected with the young people within the community".

Emma Walsh, the Media & English Lead teacher at the academy, was approached by Hackney Homes Resident Participation team and took up the opportunity believing that both generations would benefit from the visit. This benefit was made clear from the positive comments made by the group.

14 year old Student Nisha said: "It was nice to have them listen to us and our experiences of different things, like our views on gang culture."

Murat, 15- "We learned more about our local environment and other peoples' situations."

Rupert Tyson Chair of HH Board said: "It is important that we continue to encourage meetings like this on a wider scale, creating opportunities to help older and younger people to come together and make a difference where they live."



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