We see at first hand the difference that intergenerational activities have across our services. Many of our care homes have forged links with local schools in their area and have regular visits from pupils (pre-Covid) or, more recently, receive arts and crafts and enjoy virtual interactions.
The exchange of information and knowledge works both ways, from talking about the war to advice about using digital technology, both generations can discover so much from each other. The time they spend together is also very fulfilling and can have huge physical and mental benefits.
Philippe Demougin, one of our research and innovation specialists and Margaret Harris, Interim Care Operations Lead both contribute to this important area of policy work through their involvement with the Senedd’s cross-party group for intergenerational solidarity.
Set up last November, the group was established to promote solidarity and understanding between generations and to explore evidence and develop policy proposals that would benefit both younger and older generations.The group will also identify and promote projects and good practice that bring younger and older generations together to support the wider roll-out of successful intergenerational initiatives throughout Wales.
Whether it’s caring, lifelong learning, skills sharing or tackling social isolation and loneliness, all generations have a role to play and can help strengthen the intergenerational connections throughout society.
Last week as part of Intergenerational Week, the group called on the next Welsh Government to take action to strengthen the bonds between generations and promote opportunities for intergenerational activities.
The group, chaired by Plaid Cymru MS Delyth Jewell, has published a set of recommendations for the next Welsh Government, including:
- providing funding for a national programme to support, promote and coordinate intergenerational developments
- establishing a national grant fund for community groups to run intergenerational projects
- ensuring consideration of intergenerational solidarity is at the heart of policy plans for recovery and reconstruction from the Covid-19 pandemic
- hosting a citizen’s assembly on strengthening intergenerational solidarity
The group has also set out the four priority areas it will be focusing on in its forward work: tackling loneliness and isolation; opportunities for lifelong learning; tackling ageism; and skills and the economy.
To read more about the group’s recommendations and priorities, click here.