Events

What's happening during #IntergenerationalWeek across the UK

Check the links below to see the range of events happening across the four nations during #IntergenerationalWeek from Monday 8th - Sunday 14th March 2021.

England 

Join the Beth Johnson Foundation for a virtual Zoom meeting on how to  develop intergenerational communities. The session will take place on Tuesday 9th March 2021 from 2 - 3.30pm.

The Jo Cox Foundation - The Power of Intergenerational Connection 

The way different generations experience life and the world around them often feels starkly different. Some fear that intergenerational divides are widening. At the same time, evidence shows the incredible benefits of intergenerational connections, for improving wellbeing among young and old, reducing loneliness and countering age-based prejudice. Join us in the Common Room on Tuesday 9th March at 7pm to hear from The Cares Family and others about the benefits of connecting across the generations, and explore practical ways to foster intergenerational connections within your community. Sign up here.

Lorraine George, Torbay Council (GWT IDIL Tutor) and Generations Working Together will be hosting a session called Restarting intergenerational activities in care on Thursday 11th of March at 10 am. Lorraine is the author of  Growing Together: 50 inspiring ideas for intergenerational learning and an award-winning intergenerational project leader with over 20 years of experience in the childcare sector. Click here to register.

To celebrate National Intergenerational Week, The Together Project is inviting parents/guardians of 0-4 year olds to a FREE Virtual Songs & Smiles session. The joy-filled sessions will spread cheer, reduce loneliness and make heart-warming multi-age connections across the UK. Residents from care homes all over the UK are signed up to take part. Help us bring a smile to their faces. If you are a care home and want to get involved, please email. 

Northern Ireland (NI)

Linking Generations NI will be hosting three free webinars (see below) via Zoom from the 8 - 14th March 2021, open to all attendees from across the UK and worldwide.

  1. Intergenerational Approaches to Age-Friendly, Tuesday 9th March 2021 from 10.30am to 12noon - This webinar will higlight the applicability and impact of intergenerational approaches to building Age-Friendly Communitities in Northern Ireland and beyond. Join us to hear from Age-Friendly practitioners, thier successes with intergemerational approaches and an opportunity for discussion. Book your free place here.
  2. Intergenerational Approaches within Education, Thursday 11th March, 10.30am  to 12noon - This webinar will explore the educational outcomes of intergenerational work in schools and colleges, including an overview of recent research, stories from educators and an opportunity for discussion. Book your fee place here.
  3. Growing your Care Home Connections, Friday 12th March from 10.30am to 12noon - This webinar will highlight some successful examples of intergeneratioan l connections with care homes. Join LGNI, Royal Voluntary Servive and Food for Life get Together to explore how you can grow your care home connections. Book your free place here.

They will also be running a CPD accredited Intergenerational practice training programme on Wednesday 10th March. For more details and to book visit Linking Generations Northern Ireland's website. 

COPNI / NICCY Intergenerational Project – The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland (COPNI) and Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY), are planning a joint project to recognise Intergenerational Week. The aim is to facilitate conversations between younger and older people on their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Is there anything that can be learned from listening to those at the other end of the age spectrum? We are looking for five older people to take part in paired conversations with a young person from the same geographical area. COPNI and NICCY will work together to match you with a young person, and will be on hand to facilitate discussion around the challenges and positives brought about over the past year, and determine any common ground. We will use the information to develop key messages for our social media to share during Intergenerational Week. To express interest in taking part, please contact eimear.cassidy@copni.org or call 028 9089 0885 by Thursday 18 February 2021.

Age as the new class war? Contemporary representations of intergenerational equity with Prof Susan Pickard (University of Liverpool) Join Ark, a joint initiative between Queens University Belfast and Ulster University for a webinar on Friday 12th March 2021, from 2pm - 3pm. 

Scotland

Generations Working Together is offering six webinars, spread over three days, each lasting one and a half hours. These will cover a wide range of topics which will be made available online through Zoom. Delegates will have the choice of two webinars each day, some of which will include a presentation announcing this year's Excellence Awards winners.

  • Day 1 - Monday 8th March (1) Intergenerational Faith Communities (2) Excellence Award (Creative ways to connect after Covid-19) (3) Places for Encounters and Connections 
  • Day 2 - Wednesday 10th March (1) Let's get rid of Ageism (2) Excellence Award (Tackling Ageism) (3) Food and Relationships (4) Excellence Award (Innovation in the Community)
  • Day 3 - Friday 12th March (1) Innovation (2) Research and Innovation (3) Excellence Award (Digital Innovation) (4) Celebration Award (This special award will be announced on the day)

The webinar synopsis provides further details of the individual sessions, click here to view.

Speaker biographies can be viewed here.

  • Lorraine George, Torbay Council (GWT IDIL Tutor), and Generations Working Together will be hosting a session called Restarting intergenerational activities in care on Thursday 11th of March at 10 am. Lorraine is the author of  Growing Together: 50 inspiring ideas for intergenerational learning and an award-winning intergenerational project leader with over 20 years of experience in the childcare sector. Click here to register. 

Wales

A Welsh Intergenerational Summit / Uwchgynhadledd rhwng Cenedlaethau Cymru will take place virtually on Monday 8th March 2021 from 2 - 4pm. The summit will discuss the recommendations contained in the review of key mechanisms in intergenerational practices, and their effectiveness at reducing loneliness and social isolation. Click here to register.

Bydd yr uwchgynhadledd yn trafod yr argymhellion a gynhwysir yn yr adolygiad o fecanweithiau allweddol mewn arferion rhwng cenedlaethau, a’u heffeithiolrwydd o ran lleihau unigrwydd ac arwahanrwydd cymdeithasol.