The Hairy Bikers, Dave Myers and Si King, have a big new challenge ahead of them. At a struggling school in Oxford, they are taking two groups in society often marginalised, at odds and with a range of different challenges – pensioners and teenage pupils – and pairing them up for a term to see if 12 unlikely couples spending time together as equals can transform their difficult lives. The scheme, inspired by projects in the US and Japan, aims to tackle loneliness and promote understanding between the generations.
As series co-producer (in partnership with the BBC), we've collated a range of resources on intergenerational practice, misconceptions about age and mentoring/volunteering. You may like to:
- Have your say - head over to our debate on how older and younger generations can work together.
- Watch some exclusive clips with the Hairy Bikers - find out what Si and Dave think of the project.
- Bust stereotypes around age - explore ageing misconceptions with some clips from the cast and the Hairy Bikers.
- Hear from young offenders' mentors - watch our videos to find out what it takes to mentor young offenders.
- Get volunteering - discover our Do Something Great page to see how you can help out in your community.
- Try our free courses - we have a range of units such as working with young people.
- Take it further - look at our modules and qualifications we offer at The Open University.
- View the trailer and episode guides for Old School With The Hairy Bikers.
The first episode of Old School with the Hairy Bikers will be broadcast on BBC Two on Tuesday 10th May 2016 at 21.00. Full broadcast details, and watch again links, can be found on BBC.co.uk.