Congratulations to all our Excellence Award Winners 2024

There were 5 categories:

  • Intergenerational work confronts age discrimination and stereotypes
  • Intergenerational work values generational diversity and inclusion
  • Intergenerational work encourages reciprocal learning
  • Intergenerational work relies on a cross-disciplinary knowledge base
  • Intergenerational work must be evaluated

Alison Clyde, CEO of Generations Working Together said: “Generation Working Together’s 2024 Excellence Awards showcase some of the best examples of intergenerational work from across Scotland. From Junior Up Helly Aa in Shetland to Vintage Vibes in Edinburgh, different projects are working in an intergenerational way, breaking down barriers and tackling ageism.”

The five category winners and highly commended in each category were as follows: 

 1. Intergenerational work confronts age discrimination and stereotypes

Winner - Menzieshill House Activity Programme Early years and Care homes – Dundee work in partnership with the Local Nursery, who are the main partners in their IG work although they also work with school children and young volunteers. Their activities are based on improving social interaction, and cognitive skills whilst reducing loneliness and isolation. They promote an intergenerational approach to eliminate ageism. The younger generation carry stereotypical labels with regards to their elders in care homes and vice versa. By bringing them together and including them in their plans they are open to an environment that tackles discrimination and stereotypes and creates inclusion. They host a variety of activities including technology use, arts and crafts, reminiscence, quiz’s, games and pet therapy.

Highly Commended - Rainbow Friends Care Home & Nursery, Stirling aim to break down the barriers of age discrimination by finding shared fun and joy through intergenerational activities and showing that age is just a number. They involve children and residents in each other’s lives to build stronger relationships with the wider community. This is mutually beneficial and purposeful, promoting respect and understanding between the nursery and the residents at Roselea court. Their goals are to continue the partnership and make it stronger, involving the wider community bringing young and older generations together for a common purpose, friendship and to challenge stereotypes. The work provides learning opportunities, care and support for young children and older adults within the same setting at the same time.

2. Intergenerational work values generational diversity and inclusion

Winner - Fa’side Women and Girls Group Young girls and women Tranent, East Lothian 

Fa’side Women and Girls Group (FWGG) work intergenerationally using a human rights-based approach to effect change in their local community and beyond. Young human rights defenders can join from age of 12 to have equal voice, share learning, develop understanding alongside women and people who ‘identify as female’. They work around priorities collectively identified AND have fun together by building relationships rooted in a sense of belonging and connection. The aim is to ensure women and girls can come together in a safe, inclusive and supportive way, recognising the need for the different age groups to connect meaningfully, to break down stereotypes and to empower through a positive feminist approach. They work to address inequalities, discrimination and human rights issues and to celebrate the impact women have on society.

Highly Commended - Methihaven Intergenerational Nursey school & Care Home & Stand Fife are the first early learning and childcare setting in Scotland which is co-located with a care home. They have been keen to develop strong reciprocal relationships between the youngest and oldest generations within their community, through regular quality learning opportunities and experiences. Children have visited their friends in the Care Home for weekly planned sessions since they have moved into the setting – and they have been able to see some beautiful friendships blossom between generations. They plan to increase their community links with additional groups who are based within the Home such as STAND and Royal Voluntary Service (Day Service).

3. Encouraging reciprocal learning

Winner - Junior Up Helly Aa 10-16 yr olds, adults 18- 72yrs Lerwick, Shetland  is a very special and unique cultural and social event to the wider community in Shetland. Historically, the interest was instilled in the young people to build their own replica Viking longship by their school teachers and parents. They have adopted an intergenerational approach to enable members of the Senior festival to work alongside young people and pass down their skills and knowledge. This will ensure our world-renowned festival continues to inspire future generations. They agree that intergenerational work is an ‘essential’ thing to do and they are building a community in which everyone is valued, and contributed to social cohesion between generations. They have increased their intergenerational work between young people and those in the community that understand the sagas (stories) of the Vikings. Furthermore, older volunteers from the festival have supported young people in passing on traditional skills including boat building, torch making and music. They want the next generation to become custodians of these stories ensuring they continue to be shared and told in future decades.

Highly Commended - Hunterhill Care Home and Todholm ELCC Paisley  aims to develop a wide range of activities that related to the Early Years Curriculum for Excellence and the Care Inspectorate Quality Framework for Care Homes to develop reciprocal learning through relationship-based practice, with a consistent programme where children, families and residents build attachments, and support each other’s learning experiences. All stakeholders were involved in discussions to gather their views on what experiences they would like to engage in, ensuring that children and residents were at the heart of the planning. They host weekly sessions together alternating between the Care Home and ELCC and initially used the Early Year Dolly Parton Imagination Library with children sharing stories and their passion for reading, and expanded this across generations.

4. Evaluating impact

Winner - Vintage Vibes Volunteers 17+ Older people 60+ Edinburgh tackles isolation in older people across Edinburgh through intergenerational friendships, groups, events, and constant listening and learning. Their work is led by the voices of their community – and key pieces of feedback at the start showed that older people lacked relationships that felt mutual, long term, and unrecognised for their skills/interests/value as individuals. Vintage Vibes recognised that an intergenerational approach was the only way to truly combat these three issues and tackle ageism. They create an innovative approach where VIPs are more able to make meaningful connections, more able to participate, and regain and build confidence, due to the depth and quality of the interactions, conversations and skills sharing with their friends of different generations. Their focus is on who the people are at their core, not their age difference, and so individuals are matched based on their quirks, values, interests and what really makes them shine as people.

5. International

Winner - CINTER Early years, school and university age and older people Granada – Spain in Albolote (Spain) is both a service and an intergenerational space designed to promote intergenerational coexistence, growth, learning and well-being among children and toddlers, older people, staff, families, caregivers and the local community. CINTER houses in the same building a nursery and a day centre for older people. Intergenerational interactions (scheduled and spontaneous) take place on a daily basis, combining pasts, presents and futures under one roof. CINTER has become an innovative space and place at the forefront of the intergenerational field in Spain.

The initial rationale and motivation for creating this space has been to meet the existing demand in the community for greater intergenerational connections, as well as take advantage of CINTER’s unique features to facilitate best possible contact and relationships between different familial and non-familial generations. Its underlying permanent rationale is to be able to show firstly in Spain and then internationally, how an evidence-informed space where INTERGENERATIONAL LIFE (not just some activities and projects) can be practised on a daily basis may look like. CINTER considers itself as an experimental space — a kind of living lab — showing how our lives might be if intergenerationality was, at its maximum, became the axis of our personal and social lives. CINTER is not just another intergenerational centre but a trailblazing initiative to illustrate how a family-centred society like Spain may use its substantial intergenerational family capital.

Highly Commended - Rancho Chico Madrid Spain project is an Intergenerational Home-Schools Chain offering accommodation, food and Beverages, education and other services for older adults (+55), children (-14), staff and for the community. It is a place where social cohesion takes place, where generations create affective bonds, mutual support and enthusiasm.  The project opens opportunities to learn new skills, knowledge and values from each other, increases social skills, creates feelings of unity and belonging, and establishes communities where all generations live and learn from each other. Education provided is based on a curriculum tailored to the emotional needs of Rancho Members. It is about accompanying the beneficiaries in their emotional maturity, i.e. interpreting, expressing and managing emotions or feelings such as loneliness, abandonment, and depression; as well as creating successful emotional relationships between the two generations. Several intergenerational interactions occur at almost every moment in the Rancho members’ lives. It can be done spontaneously through common daily routines as eating breakfast, lunch or dinner or via a planned activity such as “the Clothing Line activity” where they share common goals .e.g. match members´ black and white pictures with their owner or on a reading activity, or even a mixed situation (half planned and half spontaneous) during the flea market of craftwork.

All the winners' films are now available to view on our website.