“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.
- The Glasgow 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.
- The Centre for Lifelong Learning is currently a partner in an Erasmus + project, Sharing Childhoods 2 (SACHI2) which aims 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. The 2 year project began in September 2016.
- The School of Psychology will be commencing an intergenerational research project in Primary Schools in late 2017/18 with the aim of positively contributing both to teaching provision and child attainment in the schools involved. The project will place older adult volunteers within schools to help with learning and teaching activities. By assessing the older adults before, during, and after their placements, the project will explore whether they might experience benefits in their health and wellbeing due to their volunteering. If you are interested to find out more about the project, or to express interest, please email Dr Louise Brown.
- 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.