01 October, 2021

New intergenerational wellbeing programme launches in Dublin 8

Fostering positive mental health and connections

Fostering positive mental health and connections

Walk in My Shoes (WIMS) is delighted to launch a pilot project, Ways to Wellbeing, which encourages students in Dublin 8 to learn about mental health and wellbeing from older people in their community.

Building local connections

Launching on 1 October to mark the International Day for Older Persons, Ways to Wellbeing is a collaboration with Smart D8 and is tailored towards primary and secondary school. It aims to foster local connections and to promote positive wellbeing and learning by enabling meaningful and rewarding conversations between young and older people in the community.

By participating, students will engage directly with older persons and seek to learn:

  • Ways to build and maintain wellbeing
  • How to build resilience
  • An important lesson that made a positive difference to their life.

306 students will take part in the pilot project, based in the schools below:

  • Scoil Treasa Naofa,Donore Avenue
  • Griffith Barracks Multidenominational School, South Circular Road
  • Scoil Mhuire gan Smál , Inchicore
  • St Enda's Primary School, Whitefriar Street
  • Presentation Secondary School, Warrenmount
  • Christian Brothers Secondary School, Synge Street.

Learn more about the project here

Learning from older people

Learning from older people

Some of the ways that students can engage with older people include interviewing family members in Dublin 8; writing letters to people in day centres or nursing homes in the community; and more. Students will then create projects, using different forms such as podcasts, written stories, film or photography, to showcase the connections between young and old and what they have learned.  

To help them get started with their projects, all students and their teachers received a Ways to Wellbeing project information pack outlining all the various approaches they can take.

At the end of the pilot, all students’ projects will be added to our School Portal, an online platform that enables school staff to highlight and share what they are doing in their schools, classrooms and communities to promote positive mental health. A number of winning projects will then be selected and displayed in an exhibition in St Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin 8 over January and February 2022.

Following on from the roll-out of the pilot project in Dublin 8, it is hoped that the initiative will launch in schools across Ireland from early in 2022.

Supporting inclusion

Supporting inclusion

Amanda McArdle, WIMS Campaign Manager, said: “WIMS is delighted to collaborate with Smart D8 to launch this exciting and innovative new project on a pilot basis across schools in the Dublin 8 community. Ways to Wellbeing is an opportunity for younger people to learn about wellbeing and resilience from the diverse experience and expertise of older people, while also promoting positive mental health in the older population through connectivity and inclusion.”

Orla Veale, Lead at Smart D8, said: “Smart D8 is proud to partner with WIMS and St Patrick’s Mental Health Services on the Ways to Wellbeing project. We are excited to see how this intergenerational initiative will impact positive mental health and wellbeing within the local community.”

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