Research Network

Our aim is to connect practitioners, policy makers, academics and researchers who are actively or interested in investigating the impact of intergenerational work/relationships on both younger and older aged participants to come together to discuss and explore the following:

  • An overview of research studies conducted to date- and the strengths and weaknesses of this work (identifying gaps in the knowledge produced to date).
  • Where demand for new research is coming from – the public sector and policy makers, consumers, practitioners, investors? Are there specific fields within intergenerational research that should be prioritised?
  • Potential for research project development at multiple sites across the UK and collaboration further afield.
  • Discussion of methodologies and potential project ideas – is there an appetite to attempt to run a multi-site intergenerational impact assessment project? If so, what might that look like?

GWT is gathering a library of academic evidence to share with members who would otherwise be unable to obtain copies of publications and professional articles. The library will provide affirmation from the field and will be easy accessible for members to increase their knowledge and understanding of intergenerational practice providing evidence to assist in developing new, improving and sustaining projects for longer periods. The library and network meetings will provide much needed evidence which will assist individuals in future planning of projects, funding applications and for strategic players looking to embed intergenerational approaches into policy and strategic reports.

Future meetings

Monday 31st October 2022, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Generations Working Together research network is hosting another session in 2022 looking at how research strengthens intergenerational work and informs us what works and what we could do to improve our own practice.
We know that intergenerational collaboration can help us make our communities stronger and friendlier places by breaking down stereotypes and building positive relationships but we do need Public policy to meet our needs and as we work towards ensuring that resources are used wisely to serve our communities we recognise the need for more research to strengthen what we already know.

Guest speaker: Lois Peach, Doctor of Philosophy, School for Policy Studies, Bristol Doctoral College to talk about ‘Rebuilding Bridges’ an intergenerational, an eight-week intergenerational music and song-writing project, led by Hugh Nankivell of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, where pre-school children and their childminders visited residents of three local care homes for weekly music, singing and percussion groups from September to November 2021. Lois will offer an insight into her research of the project.

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