New guidebook on Intergenerational Centers

This is the first guidebook published in Spain focused on explaining the concept, the models of intergenerational centers and the keys to take into account for the creation of one of these spaces dedicated to cultivate and promote relationships between generations. This guidebook has collected information through a questionnaire from 11 intergenerational centers – of which four are located in Spain –, one in England, one in Scotland, one in France, three in the USA, and one (actually a network of centers) in Germany. Furthermore, a few international experts have provided comments and tips, and Generations United has been involved closely while developing its new toolkit on intergenerational shared sites.

The guidebook pays special attention to the work being carried out at the Macrosad Intergenerational Reference Center. The University of Granada has partnered with Macrosad, a social cooperative running a local shared site, to support the development and evaluation of this new shared site. This center opened its doors in September 2018 with the aim of providing and fostering opportunities for interaction mainly between children from 0 to 3 years old, older adults and staff. It houses a Nursery School and an Adult Day Center in the same building. Its designation as a “reference center” means that the intergenerational practices carried out are evidence-informed and validated through ongoing research led by the Macrosad Chair in Intergenerational Studies.

This document is the second in series by this Chair, after the publication, in 2020, of the Guidebook for intergenerational work in the first cycle of Early Childhood Education. The new guidebook is downloadable through this link.

For more information, get in touch with the Macrosad Chair in Intergenerational Studies