Excellence Awards 2024

Nominations are now closed.

The Awards winners will be announced on Tuesday 11th June 2024, (5-8pm) at a reception in the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood, Edinburgh. 

Recognising individuals and groups for the quality of their intergenerational work enables GWT to challenge the perception that intergenerational work is just a ‘nice’ thing to do rather than an ‘essential’ thing to do. 

An online session was delivered on Thursday 1st February 2024 which launched the awards and gave  practical tips on completing your nomination form. Click here to watch the session and the slides can be viewed here. 

The awards provide an opportunity for individuals and groups to celebrate their learning and success in building relationships between younger and older generations and highlight the impact that this important work has within communities.

The categories for 2024 remain linked to the standards allowing practitioners opportunities to continue to discuss and embed them within the work they do. Each award provides individuals, groups and organisations an opportunity to showcase their work, creativity and innovation, detailing how they were able to connect different generations together through using an intergenerational approach. 

  1. Intergenerational work confronts age discrimination and stereotypes
  2. Intergenerational work values generational diversity and inclusion
  3. Intergenerational work encourages reciprocal learning
  4. Intergenerational work relies on a cross-disciplinary knowledge base
  5. Intergenerational work must be evaluated
  6. International

 

For inspiration check out our 2023 winners and highly commended projects below:

1. Tackling Age Discrimination And Stereotypes 

Generations Working Together believes that tackling age discrimination and stereotypes is vital to creating inclusive communities for people of all ages. This award recognises projects and initiatives that challenge negative stereotypes and promote positive, intergenerational relationships. These projects are making a real difference in breaking down barriers and building understanding between generations:

 

Highly Commended: Menzieshill House Activity Programme and Active Stirling’s Generations Active Together

2.  Building on Wider Knowledge  
Generations Working Together recognises the value of intergenerational knowledge exchange in promoting lifelong learning and creating stronger communities. The Building on Wider Knowledge award celebrates projects that promote learning and development across different age groups, with a particular focus on enhancing skills:

Highly Commended: St Columba’s Early Years

3. Encouraging Reciprocal Learning

Generations Working Together recognises that reciprocal learning is a vital part of creating meaningful intergenerational relationships. The Encouraging Reciprocal Learning award celebrates projects that foster a two-way exchange of knowledge and skills between different age groups. 

Highly Commended: Jewish Care Scotland & Calderwood Lodge Primary School 

4. Valuing Generational Diversity 

Generations Working Together believes that valuing generational diversity is key to creating stronger and more inclusive communities. The Valuing Generational Diversity award recognises projects that actively promote intergenerational understanding and respect, and celebrate the unique contributions that different age groups can make. 

 

5. Evaluating Impact 

Generations Working Together understands the importance of evaluating the impact of intergenerational projects and initiatives in order to create evidence-based policies and programmes. The Evaluating Impact award recognises projects that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to evaluating the effectiveness of their work.  

 

6. International Award  

At Generations Working Together, we believe that intergenerational connection and collaboration can transcend borders and make a difference on a global scale. Our International award recognises projects and initiatives that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to promoting intergenerational connection.

 

Check out the celebrations from the Belong Nursery here.