Younger and older people are the two groups most affected by ageist attitudes and marginalisation in our society. The evidence shows that they feel they are widely portrayed in a negative light by the media.
Intergenerational approaches can positively contribute across a whole range of areas affecting your community by
All of these can contribute to the development of a sustainable community.
Step 1. Identify the issue(s) that you want to address in your community. For example this could be young people hanging out in the streets, older people isolated in their homes, anti-social behaviour, litter, negative media reporting etc.
Step 2. Check out how intergenerational practice can help and what can be achieved through taking an intergenerational approach. Vist the Guide to Intergenerational Practice at www.centreforip.org.uk/res/documents/page/BJFGuidetoIPV2%20%2028%20Mar%202011.pdf.
Step 3. Use your networks to support partnership working across an area.
Step 4. Define and design your intergenerational project, use the project planning in Creating Connections, Breaking Down Barriers toolkit, pages 7-9. Visit the toolkit here www.centreforip.org.uk/res/documents/page/ManchesterIPToolkit1.pdf.
Step 5. Plan how you will prepare the different age-groups separately before bringing them together, making sure that you have planned ice-breakers and activities to ensure that the groups mix; a range of toolkits are available to help with this aspect on the Centre’s website www.centreforip.org.uk/resources/toolkits-and-guides
Enable both older and younger people to be involved in the design and delivery of projects/activities so that there is shared ownership and buy-in from both generations.
Step 6. Always assess what you have done, find simple ways to evaluate, to ensure that you learn from experiences so that you can improve your work on an ongoing basis. Information on evaluating intergenerational projects can be found in the resources section of the Centre for Intergenerational Practice website at www.centreforip.org.uk/resources.
Some suggested activities for you to focus on could include:
Visit some of the other factsheets in this toolkit to help you develop your projects.
The Centre for Intergenerational Practice reviews funding and reports on potential funding areas for intergenerational projects/activities through its quarterly newsletter and via e-bulletins. Newsletters can be accessed on the website at www.centreforip.org.uk/resources/newsletters and you can join the network to receive updates at www.centreforip.org.uk/join-cip.
For information on funding your activities, please visit the ‘Fundraising‘ factsheet which outlines key funding practices, and the Directory which provides up to date information on current funding opportunities. Don’t forget to speak to your funding advisor at your local development agencies. Full contacts details for all locla development agencies can be found in the Directory.
The Centre for Intergenerational Practice website has a variety of free resources that can support you in planning and delivering your intergenerational projects and activities:
All information and contact details can be found on their website www.centreforip.org.uk.
The information in this factsheet has been kindly written by the Centre for Intergenerational Practice, who aim to support the development and promotion of intergenerational practice as a catalyst for social change. The Centre is an initiative of the Beth Johnson Foundation, www.bjf.org.uk.
This factsheet is part of the Brighter Futures Together toolkit and provides a general overview of the different ways to get involved in your community. It is not a comprehensive guide or legal advice document. Please seek further advice and appropriate consent before commencing any projects.
The material in the factsheet is not copyrighted however we ask that you acknowledge the Brighter Futures Together toolkit when you use them. www.brighterfuturestogether.co.uk