Let's get ready for Global Intergenerational Week

Our Global Intergenerational Week campaign is gearing up to see an incredible week of events laid on by our colleagues from across the globe. This year we see eleven countries taking part: Australia, America, Canada, England, Ireland, Mexico City, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, and Wales. For more information on the week check out our supporters pack, and don’t worry there is still time to sign up as a supporter.

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Here are a few tasters to give you a flavour of the types of events taking place in each of the countries:

Australia

  • Australian Institute for Intergenerational Practice (AIIP) Symposium, Wednesday 27th April, – 9am – 5.30pm (AEST)

The AIIP is delighted to host the 2022 Intergenerational Symposium at Neuroscience Research Australia in Sydney concurrent with COHORT in Gold Coast, QLD, and online. The symposium will present an opportunity to hear about the most recent developments in the field, build connections and share knowledge.

America

  • Keeping the Spark of Activism Alive, Thursday 28th April – 3pm (ET)

Join Generations United for Keeping the Spark of Activism Alive, a virtual dialogue facilitated by author and journalist Juan Williams. This virtual event will elevate the impact of connecting elders and youth in conversation around the Civil Rights Movement, current social justice movements, the future of racial justice, and the role of intergenerational relationships in the fight for racial equity. This conversation will also discuss how programs that bring older and younger people together can preserve the history and spirit of marginalized communities.

Canada

  • UK & Canadian Virtual Forum – Wednesday 27th April, 8.30-10am (Alberta Time)

A panel of 5 intergenerational experts will join up to host a virtual meeting to share the true impact of intergenerational work across countries encouraging conversation, sharing and joined up working. More detail to follow shortly.

England

  • Inter(GEN)net meeting – Lets celebrate intergenerational spaces, Monday 25th April, 2pm-3.30pm

Inter(GEN)net is a new UK collaborative network in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, UK., designed to enable and develop improved intergenerational contact, innovation, practice, and support. Led by the Beth Johnson Foundation, it is modelled on previous experiences of the Linking Generational Projects in Northern Ireland, led by Vicky Titterington. Inter(GEN)net aims to identify and support the needs of organisations and communities who seek to work in a way that promotes intergenerational practice as a positive and beneficial social solution.

  • Let’s Celebrate Intergenerational Research in the UK!, Monday 25th April, 12noon -1:30pm (virtual)

As part of the first GLOBAL intergenerational week (April 25th-May 1st 2022) a group of Researchers from across Wales and England are showcasing previous and ongoing research in this increasingly important area of development.
Intergenerational initiatives join together different generations for the benefit of all. This is an upcoming area particularly in social care in the UK and this webinar will focus on how far we have come in researching this area, and what more needs to be done. There will be discussion around the key elements for success and sustainability and how this can be translated into practice. Bring your lunch, all welcome! Please register online now.

Ireland

  • Ageism in the Workplace – Online webinar at 1pm (GMT)

During this online webinar, Dr. Alfredo Salomao, Dr. Tanja Tillmanns, and Dr Trudy Corrigan will present their solutions to address ageism and ageist attitudes in the workplace. One of which is promoting greater development of intergenerational policy and practices in the workplace, the presenters will provide practical examples of how workplaces can adapt opportunities for intergenerational engagement between older and younger workers.

Mexico City

Events to follow shortly.

Northern Ireland

  • Global Intergenerational Week Funding Forum, Monday 25th April, 4-5.20pm (UK time) (Virtual)

Alison Clyde (GWT CEO) and Vicki Titterington (LGNI Director) will be joined by Chelsea Mason, Director of External Relations at The Eisner Foundation in Los Angeles, who will discuss their foundation’s journey to becoming the only U.S. foundation exclusively supporting intergenerational programming, and how other funders can maximise their impact by considering intergenerational efforts in their own work.

  • Celebrating Intergenerational Champions! Thursday 28th April, 10.30-12pm (UK time) (Virtual)

You will find out about the amazing achievements and inspiring stories of how these groups and individuals have collectively made a difference in their community at a time when we all needed it most.

Scotland

  • New Toolkit launch – Play and Storytelling the Intergenerational Way, Friday 29th April, 10:00am – 12:00pm on Zoom

Join Generations Working Together and Play Scotland as we launch our new toolkit. The session is open to everyone interested in growing relationships through a better understanding of play and it’s multiple formats intertwined with the gifts of storytelling as these encompass limitless ways of enriching lives, forging and supporting connections and respecting the rights of individuals

  • Building an intergenerational Board of Trustees, Friday 29th April, 12noon – 1pm (Virtual)

GWT is hosting a conversation identifying why we should be recruiting people of all ages to sit on governance boards. How do you create an intergenerational board? Our speakers will include the chair of GWT, Graham Hewitson, Alison Clyde, CEO and Elena and Parween from The Empower Project.Elena and Parween will share info on how they are recruiting and training young people to become board trustees. A conversation not to miss!

Spain

Events to follow shortly.

Sweden

Events to follow shortly.

Wales

  • Intergenerational Photo Competition (Time TBC) Monday 25th April

On the first day of the week Dr. Catrin Hedd Jones (Bangor University), Michelle Lewis (Older People’s Commissioner Office), and Stephanie Green (Swansea University Ph.D. Researcher) are launching a Wales wide photo competition with CADR. We are calling all Intergenerational projects across Wales to submit their pictures and the pictures that are considered the best from our panel which includes all three commissioners and an MS from each political party will be showcased at the Welsh Senedd in September/October before traveling around Wales with the Wales National Museum.

  • Sharing Skills and Intergenerational Repair Cafes (TBC) Thursday 28th April

We will learn from various enterprises across Wales that are doing Intergenerational work within communities with repair cafes.

End notes

Please remember to click on the country hyperlink to find out what other events they are sharing, this is only a sample of what will be available. The pages will be updated on a regular basis right up to the actual day.

If you have an event to share celebrating the week please get in touch here and we’ll share your news.

We are so excited and can’t wait to take part, we hope that you will join us, sharing and enjoying the wide breadth of stories, experiences and expert knowledge being shared freely during the week. Remember this campaign will take place across a variety of social media outlets so please keep an eye on your preferred platform using our hashtag #IntergenerationalWeek