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Sixth formers make new friends across the generation gap

Published on 01/02/19

Students at Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form have been enjoying fun and games with some new friends from an older generation.  

As part of the Befriender scheme run by the organisation Young People Of The Year, several Year 12 students spend a few hours a week with the residents at a nearby care home.

They build friendships with the residents through conversation, games, and trips, fuelled by a steady supply of tea and biscuits.

The Befriender programme was launched in 2013 to combat loneliness among older people and promote the positive role that young people can play in the community, by encouraging sixth formers across the country to get to know their elderly neighbours.

Sir Isaac Newton careers co-ordinator Richard Champeney said: “The students gain skills useful to them in future careers and, more importantly, new friends.”