Intergenerational links can strengthen community

Posted in: News on October 31, 2012

To highlight the positive contribution people of all ages can make to their local communities, a new guide has been launched to help strengthen relationships across the generations in Wales. The ‘Bringing Generations Together in Wales’ guidance has been developed by the WLGA, in partnership with the Beth Johnson foundation, to support practitioners who work with people across the generations to help to build communities for all ages. In bringing the generations together to improve relationships, intergenerational activities are based on challenging misconceptions and increasing people’s understanding of the challenges different generations face now and in the future, as well as demonstrating the positive contribution the generations can make when they work together. Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn (Ceredigion), WLGA Spokesperson for Equalities and Active ageing said: “From the development of combined youth and older people forums, to storytelling events within the community, local government and the third sector in Wales have already been instrumental in encouraging a wide range of intergenerational activity. In doing so we help ensure that our local communities continue to grow and develop in a way that promotes understanding and mutual respect. Intergenerational activities are about encouraging old and young people to meet, learn and do things together. These activities play a vital role in challenging stereotypes and encouraging people to recognise the huge contribution that different generations can and do make to their local community.” Alan Hatton-Yeo, Chief Executive for the Beth Johnson Foundation added: “By bringing people together we help build on the positive resources that the younger and older generations have to offer each other. It’s about sharing skills, experiences and viewpoints that collectively can help reduce exclusion, aid people’s understanding and bring local communities closer together. The ‘Bringing Generations Together in Wales’ document offers best practice guidance on intergenerational activity, and provides an insight into how these activities can have a real benefit not only for those involved but also the wider community.” The launch of ‘Bringing Generations Together in Wales’ coincides with the ‘European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity Between Generations 2012’, a pan-European campaign that encourages people to get more out of life as they get older, at home, at work and within their community. A full version of the ‘Bringing Generations Together in Wales’ document is available at: For more information contact: Stuart Hodges or Alan Hatton-Yeo

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