Students from a Dublin school have launched a video designed to foster care and interaction among young people and senior citizens.

The students from St Joseph’s College in Lucan today launched a two minute video entitled United Age. The video, produced in tandem with Localise, the community and youth development organisation,   features the school students interacting and exchanging stories with members of the local active retirement group.

The two minute video is going to be distributed nationally to all schools in an effort to foster greater awareness among young people of the need to engage with local senior citizens and retirement groups.

Localise director Derek Cleary said: “We endeavour to get young people to give back to their community. The Lucan Localise group decided on the video after engaging with the local retirement group. They wanted to generate respect and a caring, positive relationships fostering learning across all ages.The video sends out the message nationally that young and old can unite and care for each other in the community.”

Deputy Principal Bernadette Fitzgerald “The school is delighted with this Localise project – it is education in its truest form and it reaches out into our community. We want every school across the country to get involved with Age United

Student Suk Wei Wan: “This campaign means so much to us. We have been working with Localise for some time now and we are delighted to meet with our new elderly friends. We can learn from them.”

Last year, Localise engaged over 1,070 youth volunteers in over 80,000 volunteering hours for 240 community service projects which generated the equivalent of €1.75m worth of community service work.

Localise is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Department of Justice and Equality.

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