High Life Highland’s youth development team wins accolade for intergenerational work on Black Isle

Wanda Mackay, Youth Development Manager, High Life Highland, with Ethan Paterson at a Fortrose Academy baking event.

The INTERGENERATIONAL work carried out on the Black Island played a major role in a distinction awarded to a team of young people.

High Life Highland’s Youth Development Team has been named the winner of the Enabling Inclusive Communities Award in the Generations Working Together Excellence Awards 2022.

HLH won the prize for its continuous approach to young people at the heart of its intergenerational work on the Black Island in particular.

The Generations Working Together (GWT) Awards of Excellence recognize that intergenerational relationships have an important contribution to make in rebuilding our communities.

Second, the awards help raise awareness of the impact of these relationships on improving the health, physical and mental well-being of older and younger people and reducing ageism.

The GWT Awards of Excellence provide individuals and groups with the opportunity to celebrate their learning and success in building relationships between young and older generations. The award recognizes projects and initiatives that have made special efforts to address ageism and promote age-friendly diversity and inclusion in communities.

Alison Clyde, Managing Director of Generations Working Together, said: “We are delighted to recognize the outstanding best practices that Wanda and her team have incorporated into their intergenerational work within the community. They clearly understood and showed the huge benefit that comes from bringing people of different generations together. The impact is powerful, brings joy and happiness and clearly means a lot to everyone involved. Congratulations to all, we hope your success and your story will help inspire many others to follow suit.

Wanda Mackay, Youth Development Manager at High Life Highland, said: “It is a great appreciation for the work we have been doing for over 11 years now, in our intergenerational journey, encouraging and supporting contact between young and old in our communities. Here at Black Isle, our youth, seniors and partners are thrilled with the news of the award and the endorsement of the valuable work that has been undertaken in our community.

Steve Walsh, Managing Director of High Life Highland, said: “I am delighted that the excellent work undertaken by Wanda and the Black Isle Youth Development Team has been recognized by GWT. Helping all generations come together is so important to us, and even more so as we recover from the impact of the pandemic.

More information about GWT and their work is available at www.generationsworkingtogether.org, including details of an upcoming event.

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