GWT's Excellence Awards 2021

Congratulations to the following winners and highly commended projects nominated for this year's Excellence Awards in Intergenerational Work. 

There will be a special GWT thank you heading to all our winners via the post over the next week and we shall be organising delivery of the awards and certificates over the next few weeks and when it is safe to do so.

Award - Tackling Ageism 

- recognising projects and initiatives that have made particular efforts to challenge ageism over a very difficult period in our lives and communitites.

Winner: Tarbolton Primary School (South Ayrshire)

Highly Commended: Every Voice, Every Generation (Aberdeen)

Award - Creative ways to connect after Covid-19 

- recognising projects with ideas for re-establishing connections between the different generations. 

Winner: Inspiring Generations: Macs Intergenerational Legacy (Renfrewshire)

Highly Commended: McLaren High School (Stirling) for their Intergenerational Leadership Project

Award - Digital Innovation

- recognising projects that have embraced digital technologies and used them creatively to connect all ages together in mutually beneficial activities, building and strengthening intergenerational relationships.

Joint Winners: North Argyll Carers Centre and HenPower

Award - Innovation in the Community 

- recognising projects which have found new and creative ways to sustain and develop thier intergenerational relationships over the period of the pandemic.

Winner: The Friendship Cabin goes Digital (Fife)

Highly Commended: Dunbar Grammar School's projects Pen Pals and Dinner

GWT Excellence Celebration Award

A special recognition award was given to five care homes who's staff have shown an outstanding contribution and dedication towards keeping their residents connected with different generations during the Covid pandemic. Congratulations to everyone involved.

  • Durnhythe Care Home, Portsoy, Banffshire
  • Barchester Four Hills Care Home, Glasgow
  • The Argyll Care Centre, Helenburgh
  • Carrondale Care Home, Falkirk
  • Forthbank Nursing Home, Stirling

Background to this year's awards

This year due to the pandemic we updated the categories to reflect the changes and developments made across Scotland. The emphasis on physical and social distancing as the principal tool for limiting the spread of Covid-19 has limited our contact with family and friends and forced us all to find new ways of sustaining and developing our social relationships.

This has had a major impact on the shape of intergenerational practice which has positive and purposeful relationships between generations at its heart. When the pandemic first struck, a great deal of intergenerational work came to an abrupt halt because it relied on face-to-face interactions and involved vulnerable people. Over time, people began to develop innovative and creative responses to the changed circumstances, creating new ways of connecting people at a distance, enabling them to support each other through a very challenging time.

As the country learns to live with Covid-19, the challenge continues. Intergenerational relationships have an even more important contribution to give to our communities now. However, these need to be developed and managed in safe and sustainable ways.