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School of Life

The next three years will see a set of exciting opportunities across the county of Northamptonshire

Thanks again to the Big Lottery Fund for supporting and recognising the projects previous successes.

School of life is a unique project which celebrates the skills, knowledge and experiences of all generations by engaging them in a wide range of activities that are new, fun and above all enjoyable.

The aim is to

  • Challenge stereotypes about young and older people
  • Create fabulous opportunities for exchanging skills
  • Create new networks and friendships
  • Encourage social inclusion and reduce isolation
  • Support groups to set up their own intergenerational projects

Activities that have proved to be a success in previous years such as fishing, cookery, arts and crafts, are just the tip of the iceberg. We are looking for many new ideas in addition to these favourites!

SNVB is working in partnership with Nene Valley Community Action and Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire to deliver the school of life project across large areas of the county.

Recent School of Life intergenerational activities

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On 10th July 2017 the School of Life project was involved in a project organised in partnership with Sponne School and Youth Worker, Laura Patterson.

The project involved a group of Year 7 students spending time with older local residents who had brought in their laptops, tablets and phones. The students showed them how to use their technology more effectively and learn new technological skills. 

It was a proactive morning with lots of interaction, giving the students a great opportunity to share some of their skills, such as moving and creating folders, installing apps and organising photos into albums. The feedback from the visitors was extremely positive and they all felt they had benefitted from attending.  They were very impressed by the politeness and helpfulness they received from the students.

The project created a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved to exchange skills relating to the latest technology.


Mini Mayors in Brackley

The School of Life project, in partnership with Bracken Leas School in Brackley, the Town Hall project and the Town Mayor (Cllr Fiona Baker), has concluded a project called Mini Mayors.

As the Brackley Town Hall closed, there were lots to move out and put into storage. One thing that they didn’t want hidden was the Mayor’s Chair. This is a large elaborate throne donated to the Town by the Mayor in 1898. Consequently the chair is ‘on tour’ accompanied by The Mayor!

During School of Life activity, the Mayor spoke to the children about what it’s like to be a mayor, what happens when you are elected and a bit about the history of the Town Hall and the council.  She also asked the children what they would do if they were Mayor for the day. Suggestions included opening a Bowling Alley and a Hotel, building enough houses for all the homeless people and making sure there is enough food for everyone.



The last session of the year took place on 13th December at Costa Coffee in Towcester.

The regular members were pleased to welcome some familiar faces to join them in the party atmosphere.  Members knitted squares for their ever increasing amount of multi-coloured blankets. The current total of 30 blankets will be finding new homes in January 2017 - to be decided upon by group members.

Knit& Natter will be meeting in the New Year on the following dates:

January 17th & 31st

February 14th & 28th

March 14th & 28th

The group meets from 10am – 12.15pm in the rear of Costa Coffee on Towcester High Street.

Knit&Natter is supported by snvb School of Life project, South Northants Homes and Costa Coffee

Success for “A Quiz with a Difference”

A Quiz with a Difference was exactly what the organisers were hoping for at a packed Towcester Town Hall on Friday 18th December 2016.

Teams entered in to the spirit of the evening sharing their knowledge with all the ages from 8-82 years of age.

During the interval whilst refreshments were being served there was entertainment from a solo performer - Robyn from Towcester Rock School - and the audience were very appreciative.

The organisers would like to thank both Towcester Town mayor David Tarbun and Cllr Martin Johns for supporting this intergenerational quiz evening. They each kindly read a round of questions during the evening.

Prizes were given to first place team – “Numskulls”, second place team – “Hopeful Heroes” and third place team “Christmas is coming Fa la la la”.  

A total of 14 teams entered.

Donations received on the evening will go to this year’s Children in Need.

Organisers snvb - School of Life and Towcester Youth Strategy Group would like to thank all those involved in making this a special event.

Knit & Natter on tour

Group members visited Leeson Court in Towcester recently to introduce themselves to the residents.

It was an opportunity for members to involve those who were interested in joining in a knitting session whilst others shared conversation and stories over a hot drink and a mince pie.

What's happening in 2017?

School of life is very much looking forward to working with others in partnership across South Northamptonshire in 2017 - following on from a successful 2016.

Activities and events have been varied, challenging and above all fun and enjoyable for those participating.   Ages have ranged from 5 years to 101 years. Activities have taken place week days evenings and weekends.

We are pleased to be engaging with Stoke Bruerne Church of England Primary School working together with Animation Station. This will be our second creative arts project following a successful collaboration in 2016 connected with the Queen’s 90th birthday.

This will be an after school club with a difference.

Children and community members will be coming together to share ideas during four sessions to create a piece of art work that represents the importance of values such as mutual respect, tolerance and democracy and how we as individuals can reflect those values in our daily lives.

There will be a celebration event at the end of the project to thank all those involved and to unveil the artwork which will be on display in school.

3 School of Life staff have been appointed to drive the projects forward in their respective areas one full time and two part time.

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We would welcome ideas for new activities.

If you have a hobby or a specific interest please get in touch, or if you like what you have read and want to be involved or know more please contact Karen Bricknell 01327 358264, mobile 07857 313 051, email

Download our Spring 2017 Newsletter


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