Sara Burton has been the Blackburn Children’s University Manager since 2009. Since she launched Blackburn Children’s University in 2010, membership has grown to 630 members across 7 primary schools in Blackburn.
Sara has worked very closely with the University Centre, Blackburn College for a number of years. Her role in the project is to liaise with head teachers across the schools to facilitate children’s participation in the activities. In her spare time, Sara plays netball and runs a Brownie group, as well as organising events and activities. Sara is looking forward to seeing the children take part in the project. She hopes the project will help to teach school children about the impact of World War 2, and to hear stories about what it was like for children back then. She is keen to ensure the stories endure to create a lasting legacy for generations to come. 
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Joanie Gleeson, Activities Co-ordinator, EACHSTEP Care Home, Blackburn
This partnership project has provided a wonderful opportunity for our residents to get involved in a variety of activities and events based on the theme of WWII childhoods.  EACHSTEP recognise the value of community-focused projects and the potential they have for improving the wellbeing of care home residents.  The project involves participating in a year- long programme of inter-generational events that EACHSTEP believe offer residents the chance to share their stories of growing up in Lancashire with members of the local community.  The project will allow residents to share stories with children from the local community, take part in craft making activities, be interviewed and commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE day at a party hosted by the University Centre at Blackburn College in May, 2020.  Residents have a great opportunity to contribute to the creation of a digital archive providing a valuable legacy of   local WWII childhood stories and memories.
EachStep Care Home, Blackburn is a pioneering £5m specialist dementia care service that opened in May 2016 and was named ‘best dementia care home’ at the National Dementia Awards in November 2016. The award-winning home is part of the national health care charity Community Integrated Care. It offers respite, residential, nursing and end of life care for up to 64 people. The home is committed to creating exciting partnerships and involving residents in local community activities and care charities. We provide specialist r older and people dementia within our 18 care homes within North West, North East and Scotland.