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‘Spring and Autumn’ in Hopeman

Press Release   •   Jan 21, 2016 10:51 GMT

A new community project involving pupils from Hopeman Primary School and members of the local Be Active Life Long (BALL) group starts tomorrow.

Called ‘Golden Time’, it is an inter-generational project introducing pupils to new games and activities such as indoor curling, French bowls and botcha whilst they indirectly experience knowledge and guidance from the older generations taking part.

The sessions take place during the pupil’s free time on a Friday afternoon as an additional option to their regular choices.The first session will take place with P1 year group this Friday 22nd January and will be facilitated by Moray Council’s Older People’s Development Team.

The benefits of intergeneration projects are that both age groups gain a greater understanding of one another and new friendships can be formed as not everyone youngster has a grandparent in their lives, and vice versa.The interaction helps youngsters to develop soft skills such as team work, conversation and social skills.The older generation can gain a sense of value whilst being part of the wider school and local community, reducing social isolation and increasing their mental and physical wellbeing.

Moray has an extensive network of BALL groups that promote healthy activity within local communities through gentle exercise, hosting activities and speakers and coffee and chat.

The local BALL group in Hopeman has over 40 active members and operates out of the town’s memorial hall every Tuesday morning. The school community is looking for volunteers who would want to show the pupils how to knit, sewing, play table tennis, story-tell about days gone by, or share any knowledge that could be useful to the younger generation.

If you would like to know more about intergenerational projects, BALL groups or volunteering please contact the teams.

If you have any question’s pleases contact:Older People’s Development Team on 01343 567093, or by email at or

Hopeman Primary School on01343 830281 /

Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 92,500 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.

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