Lunch bridges the gap

THE generation gap was bridged over lunch on the Forches Estate in Barnstaple on Thursday.

Five young people from the estate spent the day cooking and serving up lunch for members of the over-50s club and carers’ group at the Whiddon Valley Community Centre.

The event was aimed at encouraging young people and older members of the community to engage with each other and build stronger relationships and understanding.

It was part of a Lottery-funded community project which has already helped to cut crime in the area by 58 per cent.

The Future of Forches project is helping to make the estate a better place to live by engaging people of all ages in various activities to improve health, well-being, educational attainment and work skills.

This has included establishing a youth club to get young people off the streets and taking part in ‘feel-good’ activities.

Andie Scilly, lead youth work at Forches Community Association, said: “Many of the young people on the estate are misunderstood and have a reputation they do not deserve. This is their opportunity to give something back and start to build some bridges with the older community.”

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Diner Ted Da’vals said that since the community project started things had improved dramatically with the young people in the area.

His wife Ann said: “To be invited out and for the children to cook for us and come and sit with us, it’s lovely.”

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