Intergenerational Projects?

What are Intergenerational projects?


Drama workers engage with a primary school class and a group of older members of the local community to create a performance piece based upon the lives and experiences of the older people.  This is performed by the young people at the school at an appropriate venue in the community.

The older residents might be an existing community or 'Third Age' group or an ad hoc group of local people brought together for the project.  


To foster a new link between two existing service providers

To bring together older and younger people from the same community

To offer an outlet to the older people’s stories and life experience.

To provide a new and stimulating activity for the older people

To encourage mutual understanding between generations

To help boost the young people’s self esteem and confidence through drama and performance

To create and perform a new piece of community theatre

To link with the curriculum to help teach recent history through first hand accounts

To provoke thought and debate amongst the young people

To celebrate the diversity of the local community through community access to project

Benefits to Older People

Sharing and validating life experiences with peers and young people

Provides stimulation through participation in a new activity

Introduction to peers and young people

An outlet to be listened to and respected

An opportunity to record a valuable archive

Benefits to Young People  

Learning about older people’s experiences

Greater communication with and understanding of older people

Experience of the creative drama process

Opportunity to develop communication skills

Opportunity to work collaboratively on a common task

Help increase young people’s confidence through public performance

Benefits to Community

Bringing together two separate groups or institutions

Helping increase dialogue and respect between generations

Providing a performance for local community

Where are these Intergenerational Projects?

In the past 5 years, there have been projects in Coldingham, Coldstream, Duns (twice), Eccles, Kirkhope, Lilliesleaf, Reston (twice), Swinton, Yarrow and Yetholm involving almost 400 young people and over 100 older residents


This site contains information relating to Borders Youth Theatre Intergenerational Projects and activities specific to David J Bisset and djbtechnical.  

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I Mind O' That

Welcome to the DUNS 

Intergenerational Project


Our latest Intergenerational Project will involve the Primary 5 pupils at Duns school and members of the local and surrounding communities in the Duns area.

It will run from September to November 2018.


Two drama workers from Borders Youth Theatre (BYT) will work with the pupils at the primary school and older residents from the community.


It will end with a grand presentation in Duns


The pupils in Primary 5 at Duns Primary School will be taking part in the project.  They will have lots to do.


We need older residents from the surrounding community.  If you were at school in the 1950s or 1960s, we would love to hear your experiences and stories.  We will be meeting in Duns Primary School on Tuesday mornings, between 10 and 11 ish, starting 18th September.  Please come and join us.  There will even be tea and biscuits!


Who else can take part?


There are several ways in which you can take part:


Were you at school in the 1960s, 1950s or earlier?

If so, we would love for you to tell us what life was like.


You may be too young but you may have an older local relative or friend who would be willing to take part.


You can discuss the project with young people and help them research life 50 or 60 years ago.


You can complete our on-line survey - it only takes a few minutes.  Just click HERE.


Come on, give it a go


You can help the young people with their research.


You can send us your stories of life when you were young.


You can send us pictures (or lend us pictures which we can copy).


You can send us your stories and pictures to 


This project was supported by a grant from the Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund organised through Foundation Scotland.  We are very grateful for their support.


In the Intergenerational Projects we collect memories and stories from the past to let young people understand a little of life then.

We also hope that the older people will learn a bit about life as a young person in 2018.



Watch this space



This space is reserved for all your memories, stories and pictures.


You send them to


and we'll post them here.

How much do you know about the 1950s and 1960s?

Test yourself with these short quizzes.

Just click on the link


1950s Quiz


1960s Quiz


Hope you are having fun with the quizzes


We have had a number of people completing the on-line survey - thanks.  We'd love to have lots more.


Here are some of the comments people have made.


Favourite school memories:

doing Art at lunchtime


learning about History and English

having school concerts and jumble sales


Favourite food as a child:

Gypsy tart

Mars Bar

Toffee Balls

Chicken, Milk and Smarties (not all together!)


Biggest change:

having food and being warm

more opportunities

school looks much more fun

communication much easier



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