The ExtraDons project, an intergenerational collaboration
between The ExtraCare Charitable Trust and the Milton Keynes Dons
Sport and Education Trust, was recognised in the Milton Keynes
Council's Golden Wonder awards. The group of residents and students
were presented with a trophy by the Mayor of Milton Keynes.
As part of the project, Lovat Fields residents have formed a
gardening club with young people from Oakgrove School, which runs
every two weeks. Residents also advise the students on how to best
keep their school vegetable patch going smoothly.
The retirement village in Willen also hosts a weekly IT clinic
for older people, where residents can drop in and get advice from
the students on all of their computer issues, right from the very
basics up to learning about blogging and using social media to keep
The day after the award was presented, the Oakgrove pupils came
in for their last IT session before the Christmas holidays, and
residents all said how much they would miss them.
Many of the students say that coming to Lovat Fields on a
regular basis has given them an interest in volunteering and they
intend to continue even after the project finishes.
When Shenley Wood Village opens in February, residents there
will also get involved with the local schools as part of the
The ExtraDons project is funded by Comic Relief and is run by
Cathryn O'Reilly, the Education Officer at the Milton Keynes Dons
Sport and Education Trust.
Visit the ExtraDons website!
Picture: The Lovat Fields residents who have taken
part in the project.
See more ExtraDons pictures on Flickr!
Have you taken part in the project? Let us know what you thought
For further information, please contact:
Lucy Henson, ExtraCare's PR officer
0789 105 3062
Cathryn O'Reilly, Education Officer at the Milton Keynes Dons
Sport and Education Trust