Proof that granny DOES know best: Company sells 20-a-go classes from the over-50s so youth can learn from the older generation
17:53 GMT, 14 November 2012
'The old ways are the best' so the saying goes but many skills from crochet to home-cooking are being lost by the younger generation who can rely on technology and often prefer convenience over make-do-and-mend.
But a company is trying to buck the trend by getting the over fifties to share their wisdom via tours, workshops and courses.
The Amazings has been set up so the older generation can pass on their knowledge and skills. There are currently more than 120 workshops on offer in the London area with plans to roll it out across the country in 2013.
Make do and mend: Bernadette Taylor supplements her pension by teaching at a croquet workshop
The classes start at 20 for one lesson to 120 for a course. Anything and everything can be taught from perfume and jewellery making to journalism and tango dancing.
To become 'an Amazing' you have to be over 50 years old. You can offer your services via their website, www.theamazings.com, or family and friends can nominate an over fifty to get involved.
The classes are then advertised via the website and people can sign up if they want to join in. Current courses on offer include 'History of Rock n' Roll 1954-62 with Rex', 'Ancient Craft of Felt Making with Meike' and 'Lead Light Glass Construction with Helen'.
Passing skills on: Another 'Amazing' Judith teaches sewing via workshops organised by the website
The online community votes for the ones they would like to learn, and the most popular suggestions are turned into classes and courses for people to book and attend.
As well as providing an opportunity for younger people to learn new skills, the website also offers a new lease of life to the over fifties who may feel pushed out of the employment market, want to earn money without holding down a full-time job or want to keep active in retirement.
Once a workshop has been organised, the website does the promotion and sells the tickets and the teacher then gets 70 per cent of all income.
Learn a new skill: Dennis runs a workshop in glass cutting
Bernadette Taylor, 66, a retired nurse, runs a introduction to croquet course through the website.
'A lot of people who come to my classes are students or young professionals. They want to try something different and because money is tight, people want to learn how to make things for themselves,' she said.
While Bernadette's students learn skills that she herself was once taught at school and go on to make their own hats and blankets, the work also gives her the opportunity to meet new people and earn money to supplement her pension.
The founders hope the website gives over fifties the chance to do something they enjoy while ensuring old traditions and skills don't die out.
Old ways are the best: The founders say it's easier to pick up a new skill when you are taught by experts with a lifetime of experience
In the run up to Christmas, they are suggest buying the gift of a course for a loved one so they can learn something new in 2013.
Amazings co-founder Adil Abrar said: 'There’s nothing better than learning from someone who has a lifetime of experience, sharing shortcuts that you won't find in most books or websites, and dropping in little stories that make the learning experience really special.'
For more information visit www.theamazings.com