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Young Social Innovator Project
This year, Transition Year students from Presentation and St. Patricks Secondary Schools are focusing their Young Social Innovators project on Elderly Isolation. They are following in the footsteps of last year’s successful project which reached the All Ireland stage based on Mental Health. In this year’s project, the students have shown a great interest in innovation and have really made a great effort coming up with fantastic ideas to help the Elderly in our community to combat elderly isolation.
The title they have chosen is ‘A Chat a Day Keeps Elderly Isolation at Bay’. The students visit Glebe Lodge and the Active Retirement Group every Thursday and Friday evening where they sing, play music and chat. All students are visiting elderly people in their area and each student has taken a selfie with an elderly person which they have called Intergenerational Selfies. These selfies are on display on their YSI notice board where they inform students about their project and update them with information on how they can help give elderly people a sense of purpose. Students are also looking forward to a new programme that is being set up for a few weeks in the school whereby students will teach some elders in their community something about technology and in turn they will teach the students something.
They have being interviewed by Mary Fagan from Horizons on Radio Kerry recently and the interview will be on Radio Kerry for the local community and the surrounding areas to hear about. They have asked all elderly people in the area for any stories about long ago, pictures, poems or songs to be included in a book that the TY students will be launching. They plan on also having a special launch night for this book where they will invite all the elderly people involved in making it a success.
This is giving elderly people a sense of purpose which is one of the aims of their project. Their involvement with the parish is evident to all as they are also liaising with our local Priest, Mgsr Riordan, who is allowing them to read the stories they have gathered on the local parish radio. Ideas for a play based on this topic have also being generated and students hope to rise to the challenge. Students are now looking ahead towards their public Speak-out in March and the submission of their typed project also. Plenty more will be happening in the months ahead so watch this space.
Project Goal: Our Goal is to fully incorporate the elderly into our lives and to show that age doesn’t matter. We want to eliminate elderly isolation in our area and develop long-term relationships with the elderly in our area. We want to create a connection in particular in our area between the young and the old. Our goal is to set an example for the whole of society so that everyone is looking out for the elderly and supporting them through life. We also want to focus on giving them a sense of purpose so that they feel they are being valued and appreciated. We want them to see that life is so worthwhile for them on an everyday basis through activites that we will arrange for them to teach young people in our area. We also wish to teach them about technology for example so that this would prevent isolation for them if they could access the internet, skype, text and ring people.
Issue of Social Concern: Statistics show that there are 50,000 elderly people isolated in Ireland. We want to eliminate this social concern in Castleisland and the surrounding area. We understand the problems for elderly people living alone. Lack of socialisation can have many bad effects on the elderly. We want to set up a program that will allow us to visit local elders and keep in touch with them. We want to give the elderly a sense of purpose in their communities.