NUI GALWAY – COMMUNITY KNOWLEDGE INITIATIVE HEAD PRESENTS CERTIFICATES TO YOUNG AND OLD AT THE NEWLY NAMED MAUREEN O’CONNELL RESOURCE CENTRE.
Lorraine McIIrath, NUI Galway, Community Knowledge Initiative presented certificates to students of the Living Scenes programme developed by NUI Galway, in collaboration with The Maureen O’Connell Resource Centre, St Vincent de Paul and Galway Community College. This model of “Living Scenes” is a new community model of Intergenerational Learning, adapting the University’s current Living Scenes Intergenerational Programme, which has been operating in Irish Secondary Schools for the last ten years.
The Living Scenes Community Programme is a collaborative education initiative which targets teenagers and retired older adults. This model was based in Maureen O’Connell Resource Centre formally Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre, participants took part in a weekly structured curriculum over a 26 week period. The programme focused on positively impacting on the lives of both groups through empowering, enabling and relationship building in a specifically designed learning environment which allowed both groups to develop, bond and form new relationships and friendships.
Commenting on the programme Loretta Needham, Centre Manager, Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre, said: “This new programme, assisted by the Maureen O’Connell Fund of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, offered an exciting opportunity for us to link with NUI Galway and Galway Community College to be involved in piloting a community model of Intergenerational Learning which will benefit a wide spectrum of our participants both young and old throughout Galway City and County and further afield. Living Scenes participants have completed art, music, drama and creative writing modules and even appeared on stage at Galway Community College. The drama module was delivered by Alá Forum Theatre and funded by the Community Foundation of Ireland.”
Maria Moore, Galway Community College and Coordinator of Living Scenes explains; “It has been a pleasure and privilege to have facilitated living Scenes in the Maureen O’Connell Resource Centre. Over the year I have observed the bonds of trust and friendship which have grown between the transition years and the “recycled teenagers”. They have embraced the challenge of tackling modules in Art, Drama and creative writing with gusto, helping one another along the way. To have the use of the beautiful surroundings of Maureen O’Connell Resource Centre has proved a source of inspiration. I wish the Transition years all the very best as they continue in education and look forward to working with the “recycled teenagers” again.”