Grey Matters at Keele


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Posted on 01 November 2011
“The older generation have a lot to offer in terms of experience in sustainability and a key feature of the project is intergenerational exchange of experience and knowledge."

A new group for the older community in North Staffordshire, Shropshire and South Cheshire is holding an open day at the new Keele University Sustainability Hub on Thursday, 24 November.

Project ‘Grey Matters’ at Keele is a new outreach initiative at Keele aimed primarily towards the ‘ageing’ (55+) local community. The project provides a meeting facility and access to education programmes for the ‘older’ community, where they can engage in various educational activities and be actively involved in the Keele Campus Community.

Domonique Birks, Business Development Manager for Active Ageing at Keele, said: “The older generation have a lot to offer in terms of experience in sustainability and a key feature of the project is intergenerational exchange of experience and knowledge.

“Grey Matters will give members a social space where they can meet and exchange ideas and share their skills in such things as  card making, gardening, photography, anything that an individual can bring to the group.”

The open day starts at 9.30 am, includes a number of presentations and gives attendees the opportunity to become a member of the group.

Events and activities involving students, staff and Grey Matters members are planned around the following strands:

The Gardening Club – a series of talks, invited speakers from the student and academic community, local community and the group itself to share tips, experiences and skills on growing food, composting, etc. Physical, outdoor activities will based in the new sustainability hub courtyard, campus grounds and gardens and allotment developments on campus.

Sustainable Living – a series of invited talks from the academic and local community on how to reduce waste, energy use and energy bills.

The Changing Planet – a series of talks, slide shows and activities on subjects ranging from biodiversity and pollution, to new technology and space.

The interdisciplinary project is based at Keele’s new Sustainability Hub and brings together expertise from across the University. The project is managed by the Active Ageing team within the Institute of Life Course Studies and members of the School of Physical and Geographical Sciences within the Faculty of Natural Sciences.


For more information about the project and the open day on the 24th November contact Domonique  Birks on 01782 733830


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