“Intergenerational practice aims to bring people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities promoting greater understanding and respect between generations, and contributing to building more cohesive communities.” (The Beth Johnson Foundation, Centre for Intergenerational Practice)
As intergenerational practise gains a higher profile within the voluntary and public sector, and is linked to several policy areas within the Scottish Government, The University of Strathclyde is currently undertaking a range of activity to be a leader in this area.
Intergenerational Mentoring Network
The Intergenerational Mentoring Network was set up in 2006 and focuses on young people living in the most disadvantaged areas of Scotland who have an interest in entering Higher Education but may not have the access to the necessary knowledge and advice in order to realise this. The Network recruits volunteer older adult mentors to offer one-to-one support to challenge and inspire young people to plan their futures.
Sharing Childhoods 2 (SACHI2)
From 2016 - 2018 The Centre for Lifelong Learning was a partner in an Erasmus + project, Sharing Childhoods 2 (SACHI2) which aimed to increase the active participation of over 50s in local communities through knowledge and experience sharing with primary school children aged 10-12 years old.
Generation for Generation
The research team from the School of Psychological Sciences and Health will soon be launching a school-based intergenerational research project “Generation for Generation” in the West Lothian area. This programme was designed to promote health and wellbeing in adults aged 60 and above and to improve children’s success in school. It also aims to bring the generations together and build stronger and better-connected communities. The researchers are currently looking for volunteers aged 60-85 years who are interested in helping young children in primary schools (P1-P4) with their reading, writing, numeracy, and other school activities. The volunteers would be asked to help in a local school for up to 5 hours over 3 school days, for 6 months. It is anticipated that this programme may bring health and wellbeing benefits for the adult volunteers, as well as help the children and schools involved. For more information about the study or to take part, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 07376468498.
The Children's University
Glasgow Children's University is managed by the University of Strathclyde in partnership with Glasgow City Council, member schools and other organisations. The Children's University recognises achievement and celebrates learning that takes place out with normal school hours: before and after school and at lunchtimes, weekends and during school holidays. Children aged 5 to 14 gain credits for taking part in activities such as after-school clubs, drama groups, sports teams or learning experiences at museums, parks and community centres. The aim of the project is to raise aspirations, boost achievement and encourage a love of learning.