This October Making Connections are challenging you to give your extra hour to celebrate the valuable contribution of older people. Just one hour can help us tackle stereotyping, isolation and loneliness – and inspire others to connect the generations. It’s fun and simple. All you have to do is follow these steps;
Contact an older person (friend or family) who you know but don’t normally have time for.
BOTH agree to share an hour with each other – at home, a café, a walk, anywhere that suits you both.
EXCHANGE something interesting or fun with each other A story, skill, activity, wisdom or simply some laughter.
Share a photo and a few lines on Making Connections Facebook depicting what you BOTH have gained. Can be the two of you (make sure you get consent) or something showing what you shared together.
Tweet your photo including “#GHGH @connections_ie” Your photo will help us INSPIRE OTHERS to make a connection.
“Hi! I’m involved with Making Connections a local non-profit organisation – they’re launching an exciting new campaign, Give an Hour Gain an Hour when the clocks go back in October. The aim is to connect the generations and inspire others to do the same by showing the mutual benefits of these connections. To spread this wonderful idea, I’d love to share my extra hour with you. All we have to do is share an hour together and post a photo, (which you don’t have to be in) and story about what we both gained from our experience. It’s fun and simple. Would you like to do this with me?”
Making Connections 2017’s GHGH Campaign will see a large presence over social media during the last weekend in October encouraging you to ‘Give an hour, Gain an hour’ with an older person in your life. In addition to the campaign’s aim of inspiring wider social awareness and change, we hope to gain a wealth of stories, testimonials and pictures (to protect the identity of the person you share your hour with, please submit an imaginative photo!) from those who have taken part – these in turn will be shared in the hopes of alleviating generational stereotypes and inspiring the wider community to volunteer or give their time.
If you can’t give an hour of your time this year, we would ask that you give an hour of your pay if you can! A small ask like this can really make a huge difference to some of the most vulnerable people in society. You can donate here!
If you can’t do either, we would love if you could share our campaign online and amongst your friends, this campaign is about more than raising funds, we want to spread the important message that older people can offer so much value to our lives and our community as a whole.
Below is a very short video outlining the message!