Brantford will be launching the Let’s Learn Together spring programming though April, May and June, 2023.
These free monthly programs are designed to encourage youth and older adults to build new skills and develop personal connections with each other. The activities planned for the spring include gardening, pottery, and traditional Indigenous games.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnerships with the local community to deliver exciting intergenerational programming that will provide an opportunity for children, youth, and older adults to form new social connections and learn new skills,” said Kevin Davis, Mayor for the City of Brantford. “These events will bring together different generations to enjoy fun, hands-on learning.”
Participation in intergenerational programs and meaningful cross-age relationships may decrease social isolation and increase older adults’ sense of belonging, self-esteem, and well-being, while also improving social and emotional skills of children and youth participants.
Let’s Learn Gardening Together,offered in partnership with Equal Grounds Community Gardens, will take place on Saturday, April 15 at Doug Snooks Community Centre, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Accompanied children, youth, and older adults (50+) are invited to learn about plant care and the community gardens that are overseen by Equal Grounds Community Gardens. Participants will plant seedlings to take home and there will be garden-themed colouring activities for younger participants. Registration is required by calling 519-761-9467 or by completing online registration at bit.ly/LetsGardenTogether.
Let’s Learn Pottery Together, offered in partnership with Smak Dab Pottery, invites accompanied children, youth, and older adults (50+) to collaborate on a pottery project. The first session will take place on Thursday, May 11 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and is open to youth aged 9 to 18, as well as older adults aged 50+. The second session will take place on Saturday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to children ages 4 to 8, accompanied by their grandparent or older adult guardian. Both sessions will take place at Smak Dab Pottery (432 Colborne St.). Lunch or dinner will be provided. Registration is required by calling 519-759-4150 ext. 6407 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s Learn Indigenous Games Together, offered in partnership with Onkwehonwe Games, invites accompanied children (5+), youth, and older along with adults aged 50+ to learn about the history and culture of the Six Nations of the Grand River through traditional Indigenous games. This event will take place on Saturday, June 17 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at TB Costain Community Centre (16 Morell St.). Registration is required by calling 519-759-4150 ext. 6407 or emailing email@example.com.
Limited space is available for each program and registration is required. To learn more, visit Brantford.ca/LearnTogether or give our Customer Service team a call at 519-759-4150. You can also follow the City’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for more information.