Over the River and Through the (Autumn) Woods

An Ins and Outs of Planning Your IG Program workshop at Wheelock

An Ins and Outs of Planning Your IG Program workshop at Wheelock

Although we didn’t make a stop at Grandmother’s house, this has been a record week for Bridges Together in terms of connecting with colleagues interested in intergenerational programming! Even better, these connections – which had us traversing Massachusetts – occurred during this wonderful time of the year in New England when so many trees are showing off their gorgeous colors.

Last Friday, we gathered at Wheelock College with educators and librarians from the Boston area – and beyond – to teach them the Ins and Outs of Planning Your Intergenerational Program. Many left this full-day workshop with concrete plans for their own organizations.

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Board and staff donning their thinking caps for Bridges Together’s retreat

On Saturday, our board and staff gathered for a retreat at the Wayside Inn in Sudbury. Facilitator Barrie Atkin had us put on our thinking caps (literally!), as we laid out our strategic plan and set to work in subcommittees.

On Monday, Andrea presented at the annual conference of the New England Library Association in Manchester, NH to more than 100 librarians who were eager to learn about ways they can bring bookend generations together.

On Tuesday, we gathered for a Coffee Connections with senior center and school staff from the Berkshires at the Williamstown Senior Center to discuss their intergenerational efforts.

Coffee Connections in Norwell

Coffee Connections in Norwell

On Thursday, we split up in the morning. Some staff went to the Norwell Senior Center to meet with a wide variety of professionals on the South Shore who are doing wonderful intergenerational programming. We shared some of our programming pages and ideas on how to carry out new intergenerational initiatives. Other staff networked with local nonprofits at the Sudbury Foundation’s “coffee and conversation” meetup.

In the afternoon, we all gathered back at The Inn to welcome Bridges Together supporter Evelyn Reading who wanted us to share with a group of friends about the startling changing demographics and the impending problems: In 2025, there will be more adults over the age of 65 than children under the age of 13. We also discussed Bridges Together’s solutions and our contract with the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging to train professionals. It is this contract that made the events at Wheelock, Williamstown and Norwell (as well as upcoming events) possible – all free of charge!

During the same week, we’ve had more than 500 “cyber-visitors” to our website as well as connected with Facebook friends and amped up our presence in the Twitterverse. Come “meet” us virtually and join the intergenerational conversation!

It’s been a week full of loads of good “connecting,” and we look forward to connecting with YOU at one of our upcoming professional development events. If you are interested in having Andrea speak at an event or having the team come to your organization, please contact Debbie at DebbieATBridgesTogether.org or call her at 978-793-9650.

Wishing you and yours a restful weekend full of lots of beautiful fall foliage!

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