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Old School with The Hairy Bikers. Hairy Bikers standing with school

Old School with the Hairy Bikers

Teenagers and pensioners are the most marginalised age groups in society. Can the Hairy Bikers transform their lives with a radical project?

About this programme

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.

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Dave Myers, the Hairy Bikers

Speaking with the Hairy Bikers

In these exclusive interviews we talk to the Hairy Bikers about loneliness, mentoring, and their views on the project.

Hairy Biker, Dave Myers, looks at how the shared benefits of 'Old School' are unlike any other mentoring project.

1 min 27

Si King, the Hairy Bikers

Hairy Biker, Si King, touches on how loneliness is combated in an intergenerational project like 'Old School'.

Who worked on this?

Dr Tyrell GoldingDeputy Associate Dean Curriculum - Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language StudiesVIEW FULL PROFILE
Dr Tyrell GoldingDeputy Associate Dean Curriculum - Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies

Tyrrell is currently Associate Head of School (Programmes) for the School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sports with responsibility for the development and maintenance of the School’s curriculum and developing and setting curriculum strategy and plans for the school. She was previously Head of Qualifications (Undergraduate) Childhood and Youth at The Open University, which included the BA (Hons) in Youth Work with JNC and BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies. She has been a full-time academic at The Open University since March 2011.

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