We wanted to share this with you as you know that Sylvia was honoured to have been invited to celebrate Older People’s Day on 1st October 2008 as the PM’s guest at Number 10. The official video footage has now been made available and we’ve included the video here so you can watch it for yourself.
At The Recycle Works we want everyone to ‘Love Your Environment’ and one of the ways we’re going to being making a difference is through our soon to be launched website www.gardeningwithchildren.co.uk, so watch this space – we’ll be launching soon!
Some of us then crossed the street to No 10 where the hospitality was more sophisticated altogether. We were allowed ‘to roam’ about the state rooms with a glass of wine, admire the pictures and meet even more older people, most of whom are doing work with children. It was a great privilege and, though Debbie was far too young to come, her image was sitting on my shoulder all day so I never felt on my own!
Children and Older people, both are a great resource, the former often needing more stimulation, the latter being under appreciated and underutilised. Intergenerational was a word spoken many times, and the point of the day was to promote the positive outcome when children and old people get together. You can be sure that there is a positive outcome in financial terms for the government too! So as the young say – It’s a win-win situation.
On our very early walk on Sunday morning we were enjoying watching some young deer, watching us, everyone keeping very still, when I noticed some plastic in the hedge. Thinking it was a grain bag that got away from the farmer I went to rescue it to find that it was a spent helium balloon wishing me a Happy 21st Birthday! Thankfully it was wrong. I really don’t want to be 21 again!