Primary Schools Programme

Young Friends of the Elderly

‘Bringing young and old together’

Friends of the Elderly invite Primary School teachers to open up communication between the young and older members of our community by introducing children to the Friends of the Elderly Primary School Programme.

How the students can help:

The Friendship Card  – The Friends of the Elderly friendship card project is a fun way for students to help to bring joy to some of our most isolated members . Each week we send out large numbers of cards to our older friends to celebrate their birthday, wish them well or celebrate a special occasion. Every card is designed and created by students. Often this card is the only one they  receive.

The Older person Biography- Children are asked to speak to an older friend ie. a Grandparent or neighbour and compile a brief biography. After the children are finished this project they are asked if their view of older people has changed and what they have learned from their older friend.

The ‘In My Day’ school visit – The teacher invites an older person from the community to speak to the children about what life was like for them when they were young and share their stories and experiences with the students.

Certificates of merit signed by Dr. Ronnie Delany our ambassador will be issued by Friends of the Elderly on completion of the programme.

If you and your class are interested in participating in our Young Friends of the Elderly Schools activities please contact

  ” I have been a member of Friends of the Elderly for 10 years and every card I have received I have kept and I have them displayed on my wall”-John