GWT's Virtual Conference 2021

Welcome to our National Intergenerational Virtual Conference taking place from the 8th - 12th March 2021

Day 1 - Monday 8th March 2021

Graham Hewitson, GWT's Chair welcomed everyone to the virtual conference which took place between Monday 8th to Friday 12th March 2021. Although slightly different to the normal conference GWT was delighted to open the conference with a recorded message from the Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd.

Webinar 1 – Intergenerational Faith Communities

Speaker: Darren Philip, Youth & Children’s Development Worker, Livingston United Parish Church, Intergenerational Faith Communities

From gathered assemblies in the Hebrew scriptures to the house groups of the earliest churches, ancient faith practices were inherently intergenerational. By blending theory and theology with examples of current intergenerational practice in Scotland, this webinar explored how core spiritual practices such as community, hospitality, learning, story-sharing, prayer, music and worship can shape communities of faith into intergenerational families of belonging.

Intergenerational faith communities slides from Alison Clyde

The Befriender’s Project ran by Claremont Parish Church and Calderglen High School has been established for over 10 years. During the pandemic they have managed to keep their intergenerational project going via telephone. Anna and Ellie share their experiences below of how the project has made a real impact to them and to others in the local community.

Film: Introducing: Ellie Stewart (Calderglen High School), Gordon Palmer (Minister) & Anna Corlett (Clarmont Parish Church)

Excellence Award Presentation – Creative ways to connect after Covid-19 

Congratulations to our award winner Inspiring Generations: Macs Intergenerational Legacy (Renfrewshire) and to our highly commended project, McLaren High School (Stirling) for their Intergenerational Leadership Project. 

Webinar 2 – Places for intergenerational encounters and connections

Speaker: Jennifer Challinor, Project Officer, Building the Case for a Care Campus and Ageing Society

We looked at what makes for good intergenerational spaces and places, briefly exploring some inspiring examples from our recent study trip to the Netherlands and Denmark and also how places and projects are developing in Dumfries & Galloway. All of which are about intergenerational connections. We shared a brief which we developed for architects that involved community members of all ages as active partners in designing new spaces and in the repurposing of old ones.

Places for intergenerational encounters and connections from Alison Clyde


Day 2 - Wednesday 10th March 2021

Webinar 3 – Let’s get rid of Ageism

Speaker: Jordan Giberson, Marketing Consultant, Guild Housing & Luke Price, Centre for Ageing Better

Ageism effects all of us – whether we are young, old, or somewhere in between. Ageism is a broad issue throughout the UK that exists in many different areas in society. In this webinar we discussed this issue and the different areas of ageism that exist within our society including:

  • Language – Tackling everyday ageist language used to talk about older and younger people.
  • Cities – Making our cities more accessible and age-friendly.
  • Services – Promote independence by making financial and technology services easier, safer and fairer to use.

Let's get rid of Ageism from Alison Clyde

An age old problem from Alison Clyde

Excellence Award Presentation - Tackling Ageism

Congratulations to our award winner Tarbolton Primary School (South Ayrshire) and to our highly commended project - Every Voice, Every Generation (Aberdeen)

Webinar 4 - Food and Relationships

Speakers: Tilly Robinson-Miles (Eat Well Age Well), Donna Borokinni (Food for Life Get Togethers Scotland), Alison McKinnie & Ylva (Zero Waste Scotland)

This webinar included speakers from three organisations all of whom are connected via the environment. They shared their experiences around recycling and good food for all generations and how connecting in our communities between generations is all encompassing across the life course and important in our communities to help improve social isolation, loneliness and health and wellbeing as well as looking after the environment. It's about sharing and caring whilst growing and cooking and cutting down on waste.

The Food Train (Eat Well Age Well) from Alison Clyde

Food for Life get Togethers from Alison Clyde

Food Waste Recycling - Zero Waste Scotland from Alison Clyde

Zero Waste Scotland - solving the problem of food waste from Alison Clyde
Excellence Awards Presentation - Innovation in the Community Award
Congratulations to our award winner The Friendship Cabin goes Digital (Fife) and to our highly commended project Dunbar Grammar School Pen Pals and Dinner (East Lothian).

Day 3 - Friday 12th March 2021 (The section below will be updated Friday afternoon with presentations and films)

Webinar 5 – Innovation

Reaching out with Radio - Speaker: Jason Blyth, Principal Teacher of Music, Bertha Park High School, Perth

The pupils and staff at Bertha Park High School in Perth believe no one should feel lonely or isolated, so they have in partnership with Generations Working Together established an online radio station playing music, taking requests, shout-outs and mentions, aimed specifically at older people in the community. The aim is to establish a truly intergenerational experience, including and engaging people of all ages as the station grows and develops. 

Online radio station goes live at Bertha Park High School from Alison Clyde

Kinections – Creative Approaches to Strengthening Connections Speaker: Edel Roddy, Project Coordinator, Generations Working Together

This webinar showcased a range of free online resources which have been designed to stimulate fresh, energising and insightful conversations between people. These resources were created as part of a project called Kinections which explored enhancing community in care homes, they are fundamentally about bringing people together and cherishing our shared humanity as humans across ages, settings and social circumstance.

Creative approaches to strengthening connections from Alison Clyde

GWT Excellence Award - Digital Innovation

Congratulations to our joint winners North Argyll Carers Centre and HenPower.

Webinar 6 – Research, Innovation

Speaker: Dr Louise A. Brown Nicholls, Senior Lecturer, Director, Strathclyde Ageing Network, University of Strathclyde

This research addressed the potential for community-based intergenerational engagement to benefit older adults’ health and wellbeing. Louise shared key findings from a systematic review which synthesises the available evidence on the health and wellbeing outcomes for older adults participating in a variety of community-based intergenerational engagement activities. An overview of the primary school-based intergenerational engagement programme is shared. This includes key findings from the pilot randomised, controlled trial of the health outcomes for the older adult volunteers, as well as additional insights from qualitative research involving the older adult volunteers, pupils, and school staff.

Community based intergenerational engagement - University of Strathclyde from Alison Clyde

Speakers: Anneke Fitzgerald, PHD/Professor Emeritus, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia & Greg Cronan, Researcher/Program Director at Intergenerational Learning Australia

Intergenerational learning using video conferencing

Coming from a technology design and implementation background, Greg Cronan has applied unified communications and telehealth solutions into an ‘intergenerational learning using video conferencing’ program. After completing studies and research about intergenerational learning at Griffith University Greg – in conjunction with Professor Anneke Fitzgerald – have developed and implemented this program over the past 18 months.

Intergenerational learning using video conferencing (Final version) from Alison Clyde

GWT Excellence Celebration Award 

A special recognition award was given to five care homes who have shown an outstanding contribution towards keeping their residents connected with different generations during the Covid pandemic.

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