Young and old test their knowledge

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Youngsters from East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and North Ayrshire put their heads together with their elders last week to strategise for a national quiz event.

Calderwood Lodge and Uplawmoor primaries and Eastwood and Barrhead high schools are among the contestants aged 11 to over 80, with mixed teams competing to be crowned champions.

In the weeks leading up to the play-off and finals, young and old will be sharing their knowledge and skills in the hope of knocking their opponents out.

An East Ren Council spokeswoman said: “The intergenerational competition has been set up to challenge negative stereotypes surrounding age and give young and old the opportunity to work together.

“The relationships built up in previous years during preparations for the quiz has fostered links between the generations which have continued.

“The quiz enables older people to become part of their community and helps to break down barriers by getting younger and older people to work together — this has many benefits including reducing isolation, improving mental health and providing structure to an older person’s week.”

The East Ren team will battle it out with Renfrewshire and North Ayrshire later this year, taking part in a series of mental and physical challenges.

Councillor Alan Lafferty, convener for social work and health, said: “There are many benefits to intergenerational working.

“This project is a positive way to provide a structure and sense of purpose to the older people’s life, and provides a unique social outlet for older and younger generations to mix.”