Friendships Formed Between Refugees and Older People During Park Visits

Damasq organised visits to Meanwood and Middleton park for refugees and older residents of Leeds. The older residents shared their experiences of Leeds, and how they have seen parks change and evolve over time. The participants developed their knowledge of plants and trees and compared Leeds wildlife to that present in their home country. This project was funded by Love Leeds Parks’ community grants programme.

During lockdown the project moved online, with virtual park visits being conducted on Zoom. Tablets were given to those who did not already have internet access. This gave the older residents an opportunity to develop IT skills, which they were able to utilise to keep in touch with friends and family during the pandemic. 

The project strengthened relationships between refugees and older people. It also enabled refugees to develop their English vocabulary and learn more about Leeds. 

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