iPals is an intergenerational project bringing together younger and older people through touchscreen technology.
We are firm believers in using technology to support older people's engagement in society. We also know first hand the benefits of intergenerational activity to improve the mental health and wellbeing of older people.
By linking up a school and care home, iPals brings together the community and allows different generations to communicate, learn how to use new technology and learn more about each other. The year long project introduces the children and residents to each other via the creation of picture collages featuring likes, hobbies and interests. The pupils then come in to visit their iPals and together they learn more about each other by using creative apps and producing a collage together.
Moving forward, residents will learn how to search for their favourite song or film, use Skype to connect with loved ones and much more, while continuing to meet up with the children. Over the project, the children will come and meet their iPals a minimum of 3 times plus meetings via skype.
iPals also enables the care staff to learn new skills and use what they have learnt and collate life stories with other residents in between the sessions so all the residents will be able to benefit.
We are currently running two iPals projects and and we will be expanding the programme in September 2016.
If you are interested, please contact the Alive! office and we can see if a pairing is viable in your area call 0117 3774756 or