GWT's Virtual Conference 2022

Building an Intergenerational Nation

Thank you for joining us at GWT’s Intergenerational Conference this year. We would like to hear from you about how you found this year’s conference so we can make it even better in 2023, where we hope to have a face-to-face conference.

Recordings of the conference can be viewed on our Vimeo showcase.

We have a few options for how you can provide your evaluation. 

You can download the conference materials from the following links:


Day 1 - Monday 7th March - Enabling Inclusive Communities

Graham Hewitson, GWT's Chair welcomed everyone to the virtual conference which takes place between Monday 7th - Thursday 10th March 2022. Graham introduced the Minister for Equalities and Older People, Christina McKelvie who opened the conference with her prerecorded message of encouragment and praise to the audience. 

Linking the Generations in Singapore
Key note speaker: Associate Professor Thang Leng Leng, Next Age Institute, National University of Singapore. Download slides 

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Webinar 1 - Young People at the heart of intergenerational work

Speakers: Wanda McKay, Highlife Highland & Fraser Thomson, Cromarty Youth Cafe shared the impact of building intergenerational relationships between secondary pupils and the community, improving health, physical and mental well-being.

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Webinar 2 - Keeping people at the heart

Speakers: Amanda Jackson & Maxine Dinnes, Leonard Cheshire shares their intergenerational project with supportive living, sharing ideas on how to increase intergenerational connections with participants. Download slides

Speakers: Janis McDonald, Alliance shared her experience of raising awareness to the importance of communication, inclusiveness exploring different forms of communication that we as intergenerational practitioners should consider and be more aware of when connecting generations. Download slides

Speakers: Ruth Hart and Adam Lodge, Deafblind Scotland shared information on how their Touching Lives project, where deafblind people deliver training to increase awareness of how to recognise and support dual sensory impairment, encouraging inclusive communitities and partnership working. Download slides

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Webinar 3 - Professional development: the intergenerational pathway building on from good practice

Speaker: Lorraine George, GWT Learning & Development Officer and Winston Churchill Fellow explored the journey from developing intergenerational practice and embedding quality standards to becoming a recognised intergenerational practitioner within your field through an exciting new development. Download slides

Speaker: Judith Ish-Horowicz MBE, Co-founder and Director of Apples and Honey Nighingale CIC. Download slides


Day 2 - Tuesday 8th March - Celebrating International Women's Day

Key note speakers: Kaubab Stewart MSP and Zarah Al Hilaly, UN Women Consultant


Day 3 - Wednesday 9th March - Research & practice

Speaker: Matt Kaplan PHD Professor Intergenerational Programmes and Ageing, The Pennsylvania State University shared examples of a multi platform strategy for tapping into the potential of older adult volunteers for helping to drive the process of intergenerational programme planning and development. Download slides

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Webinar 4 - Project Goald (Generating Older Active Lives Digitally)

Speaker: Professor Catherine Hennessy, Chair in Ageing, University of Stirling shared details of a new exciting project which examines the feasibility and impact of bringing older and younger people together to inform and support the design of digital applications for healthy ageing. Download slides

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Webinar 5 - Practice that transforms intergenerational programmes: A model of theory and evidence - informed principles

Speaker: Dr Shannon Jarrott, Professor of Social Work, Ohio State University, USA presents a model of intergenerational practice informed by theory and tested over decades of community-based collaborative research with intergenerational practitioners, participants, and scholars. The model builds on Jarrott's and others' research and includes tools for program planning and evaluation.

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Webinar 6 - Ageism, intergenerational tension and solidarity: Future directions to a world for all age

Speaker: Professor Liat Ayalon, Bar IIan University, Israel discusses the manifestation of ageism in varied contexts and it's impact on young and older members of society. Download slides


Day 4 - Thursday 10th March - Changing the narrative around intergenerational work

Key note speaker: Eunice Lin Nichols, Vice President, Encore. Download slides

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Webinar 7 - Shared sites developing in Scotland

Speakers: Kevin Smith, CEIS and Alan Lindsay, Knightswood Community SCIO share their story on how a community enterprise is working to stimulate the development of a shared site. Download slides

Speaker: Judy Crabb share their journey on how a community could use a redundant Victorian building (Victoria Primary School). Hear about the Community Asset Transfer process, how we accessed funding from Scottish Land Fund to buy the building and our plans for the opening of 'The Heart' as an intergenerational hub. Download slides

Speakers: Robbie Crockatt, City of Edinburgh Council & Carl Baker, Collective Architecture share the Powderhall proposals in Edinburgh which will be one of the first in Scotland. They include an intergenerational, Passivhaus facility that combines an Early Learning and Childcare Centre for 128 children with 27 older person’s independent-living homes above. Download slides

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Webinar 8 - Tackling climate change using an intergenerational approach

Speaker: Jon Molyneus, Scottish Green Councillor talks talk about climate change through community action and sharing the direction and goals of Glasgow City Council’s climate change plan and discuss the need for an intergenerational approach. Download slides

Speaker: Emily Bird, Magic Me. Download slides

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Webinar 9 - It's never too early to bring generations together: learning is lifelong!

Speakers: Lorraine George, Learning and Development Officer at GWT and a Winston Churchill Fellow & Judith Ish-Horowicz MBE Co-founder and Director of Apples and Honey Nightingale CIC. Calling all early year’s practitioners and social care staff to join us whilst we explore the specific benefits that come from bringing early years children and older adults in residential care together through intergenerational learning opportunities. Download slides