Thematic networks

Ageism Network

Wednesday 22nd September, 10am - 12noon

Ageism is something that can happen to anyone of any age young or old. We are hosting this network event on Ageism and how it can be harmful and we want to hold a conversation with you to look at this and how we can combat ageism through #intergenerational interventions and using educational activities.

  • Including guests from the Youth Parliament, Scottish Older People's Assembly and U3A

Register your place here.

Tuesday 2nd November, 10am - 11.30am

On 18th March WHO launched the first Global Report on Ageism and kicked off a global conversation on #Ageism in the hope that everyone joins. Ageism leads to poorer health, social isolation, earlier deaths and cost economies billions: report calls for swift action to implement effective anti-ageism strategies. The response to control the COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled just how widespread ageism is – older and younger people have been stereotyped in public discourse and on social media. In some contexts, age has been used as the sole criterion for access to medical care, lifesaving therapies and for physical isolation.

Everyone can start a conversation about ageism, no matter where they are. Ageism is something that can be unconscious, but we all act in some way towards others according to age, whether that is at work or play. Ageism affects our health and well being and coming together to talk about it and start that conversation, can help us to look at ageism through an intergenerational lens, and see the stereotypes and perceptions that we may have internalised around our thoughts on age. 

  • Guest speaker - Dr Vania de la Fuente-Nunez, World Health Organisation

Register your place here.


Intergenerational Housing, Places and Spaces Network

This new network for 2021, will meet on the 30th August for the second time. Our plan is to meet via Zoom 3-4 times per year to share the latest information and resources from the field, facilitate peer learning, and grow the community of intergenerational housing, places and spaces.

There is increased interest in designing and building housing developments with intergenerational elements being at its core whether its co housing, multigenerational housing, colocated/shared sites etc. Housing has been increasingly segregated between generations with many different types of specialist housing for older people and new housing being designed and marketed towards specific groups of people.

We spend a considerable amount of our time in and around the immediate environments of where we live. These spaces have great opportunities for enabling purposeful and mutually beneficial intergenerational relationships to form which enhance our understanding and respect for people of different generations. Everyone has unique experiences, skills and knowledge, the sharing of these can help us build more cohesive communities.

We will be inviting a range of experts to share an overview of ideas and real life examples of intergenerational housing and shared sites and how the future of looking at housing and spaces can change to fit everyone’s needs. 

Future meetings:

Monday 30th August 2021, 10am - 11.30am

  • Rowena Statt, Anderson Bell Christie and Tina Morrow, Scotland’s Homeshare will be sharing their experiences and plans from the Gannochy Trust Housing Development in Perth and from the recent launch of Homeshare in Scotland.

Register your place here.

Monday 8th November 2021, 2.30-4.30pm

  • Intergenerational Programming  for Housing - Dr Nancy Henkin, Generations United Fellow, USA
  • Designing to meet needs - Zoe Phillips, BA Hons, Interior and Environmental Design Graduate and winner of the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Award, Interior Educators.

Further details to follow.


Research Network

Monday 13th September 2021, 2.30pm - 4.30pm

GWT is excited to launch an intergenerational research network which meets for the first time on the 13th September. The idea behind the network is to share academic research with our membership attracting new partners and colleagues to share ideas and spark creativity and more accessible evidence for our membership who are keen to develop and grow the field of intergenerational practice. GWT invites academics from universities and colleges to get in touch who would like to share their news, plans and evidence about past, existing and future research pilots and programmes. 

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 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. Evidence will assist with funding applications and strategic players when making decisions at top levels of how to connect all generations in the community.

Speakers will be announced shortly.