Lead Contact for Scotland: Generations Working Together

Generations Working Together (GWT) is the nationally recognised centre of excellence supporting the development and integration of intergenerational work across Scotland. As well as leading the Executive Team, GWT will be organising the Scottish campaign during Global Intergenerational Week.

If you have any questions or would like to get involved in some way, contact Ruairidh Smith.

Plans for #GIW24 from Generations Working Together

Day 1 - 24/04 Grant-makers Symposium

This event provided charitable funders, in Scotland, the UK and the rest of the world, with a picture of where funding intergenerational work is, worldwide, and the reasons grant-makers elsewhere fund this approach and continue to fund it.

Day 2 - 25/04 Generational Misunderstandings

This session began with 4 ‘case studies’ of generational misunderstandings that have occurred (e.g., inadvertent racism and racial profiling, sexism), followed by a presentation of ongoing work to overcome the generational misunderstanding.

Day 3 - 26/04

Ayrshire Roadshow

Our second roadshow for 2024 will celebrate intergenerational work and its positive benefits, not only for the participants engaging in the programme but also for the support staff/and or volunteers, and the community. One of the most wonderful things about intergenerational work is that it never stays contained in the space in which it takes place, the connections and relationships that are made follow people home. This event is designed for people and organisations new to intergenerational working. If you would like further information, contact Bella Kerr.


Day 4 - 27/04

Lives Well Lived Virtual Screening and Virtual Q&A session with filmmaker, Sky Bergman

Join us during Global Intergenerational Week (April 24th - 30th, 2024) for a special virtual screening of Sky Bergman's film, Lives Well Lived. Dive into this experience from the comfort of your own home and seize the chance to engage directly with the creative minds behind the film. Watch the trailor here.

Mark your calendars for an interactive Q&A session with filmmaker Sky Bergman and GWT's CEO, Alison Clyde, on Saturday, April 27th, at 4 pm (GMT). Don't worry if you haven't watched the film yet; this session welcomes all and promises a delightful way to spend your Saturday afternoon. For more information and to register please click here.


Day 6 - 29/04

Creating Intergenerational Communities (CIC): Raising the Quality of Intergenerational Practice

Time: 14:00 - 15:30pm

Where: Online - Register here

Are you involved in the Intergenerational field – planning, delivering and sustaining projects? Have you ever wondered if what you’re doing is of good quality? Would you like to have a better understanding of the benefits and principles of IG practice? If you answered yes to any of the above, then this is the event for you!

University of Glasgow: Intergenerational connection to support health and wellbeing - Agenda setting workshop

Time: 9.30 for 10:00 start – 16:00
Venue: Ferguson Room, One The Square, University of Glasgow

Register here

Please join us in this free workshop to meet with others interested in intergenerational connections to promote health and wellbeing. Over the day we will work together to develop a research agenda to evaluate innovation and best practice in this area.


Day 7 - 30/04

The benefits of applying an intergenerational approach to the workplace - 12:00pm - 1.30pm

With multiple generations in the workplace for the first time, the need for employers to understand and capitalise on their intergenerational workforce is greater than ever.

  • What changes should we make within the workplace to enable generational diversity to be seen as an opportunity rather than a threat?
  • How can we apply an intergenerational approach to the workplace that recognises and supports the exchange of complementary generational knowledge and skills?

Hear from our Singaporean partners at GenLab, Vivek Iyyani, our friends from the MERGE team at Bayer Pharmaceuticals and Marci Alboher & Duncan Magidson from CoGenerate, and find out what intergenerational workplace training is available from GWT. Speakers details and presentation focus.  Join us in this discussion, as we explore the benefits which come from building an intergenerational workplace.

The importance of intergenerational training: Putting knowledge into practice - 2:00pm - 3.30pm

Facilitator: Lorraine George, Learning and Development Officer, GWT

As an emerging field, the principles and practice which underlie intergenerational work are constantly evolving and changing, as they take into account new research and a growth in grassroots international programmes and practice. It can be hard to know quite where to start in terms of building knowledge, to ensure that the intergenerational sessions you may be planning are of good quality, and meet the core principles of intergenerational work and practice. This webinar will explore the various types of training that is available from leading intergenerational organisations AHN Education & Training, Generations Working Together and Linking Generations NI, and will provide an opportunity to hear from people who have taken part. If you have questions with regard to your own continuous professional development in the field of intergenerational work, come and join us, you can register here.


See what our partners at Black Isle Youth Services & Cromarty Youth Café are up to, HERE.


What we got up to in 2023:

Monday 24th April

09.00 - 10.30 - Opening Ceremony

Join us at this session to celebrate the official first day of Global Intergenerational Week 2023! We’ll have live music, interactive activities, as well as information about the week and how you can get involved.
We’re excited to welcome all of our partners from: England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Israel, Singapore and Australia, who will all be sharing their plans for the week.10.00 - 1200 - Celebrating intergenerational learning in care homes

What is it about intergenerational learning that makes it fit so well within adult residential care? There are many benefits that come from embedding intergenerational activities into existing routines, rather than developing it as an additional piece of work; improved engagement for residents and staff, and sustainability are just two of them. This session will explore the benefits and challenges in taking this approach.

12.30 - 14.00 - Intergenerational Q&A

Join our Learning & Development Officer, Lorraine George for an open Q&A on intergenerational practice! Whether you are brand new and would like to learn about the fundamentals, or are more advanced and have specific queries, Lorraine will be free during this time to answer your questions. 

Tuesday 25th April

11.00 - 13.00 - Welsh Partnership Seminar

Join Wales' Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR) in exploring the need for effective and strategic intergenerational partnerships. Expect to hear from a range of experts and practitioners in the field.

Video Coming Soon...

1500 - 1630 - How can we apply an intergenerational approach to the workplace?

We are excited to announce that Dr. Megan Gerhardt from Gentelligence Academy will be leading this discussion during Global Intergenerational Week.
With five generations in the workplace for the first time, the need for employers to understand and capitalise on their intergenerational workforce is greater than ever and a growing number of employers are searching for ways in which to do this. Come and join the conversation as to how an intergenerational approach can be applied within the workplace, and the benefits that can come from this approach.

“You don’t change culture through emails and memos. You change it through relationships…one conversation at a time.”

Wednesday 26th April

10.00-16.00 - Intergenerational Workplace Training (Dundee)

Thursday 27th April 

15.00-16.30 - This is no marathon! Together we are travelling faster and further

To celebrate Global Intergenerational Week, three expert intergenerational leaders from Northern Ireland, England and Scotland come together with their new team project leads to share their journey and experiences.

Video Coming Soon...

10.00-16.00 - Intergenerational Workplace Training (Aberdeen)

Friday 28th April 

12.00 - 14.00 - Scottish / Hungarian / Singaporian Mix and Mingle (postponed)

GWT will be joining up with Eotovos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary and the National University of Singapore, to arrange an online intergenerational Mix and Mingle. Students from different universities will mix with older adults, to share their experiences of intergenerational practice and will take part in a fun language activity. 

Saturday 29th April


Sunday 30th April

17.00 - 18.00 - Closing Ceremony

Join us as we close out the week by inviting an intergenerational Jazz/Blues ensemble to perform. We'll then hear from our European country leads and our partners from USA, Canada, and Mexico City, hearing about their week highlights, before rounding off for another year!