Working in Partnership to Bring Generations Together

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales and the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales have worked together to launch a new set of resources to support communities across Wales in establishing intergenerational groups that bring younger and older people together.

The resources include a series of videos in which younger and older people highlight the benefits of being part of an intergenerational group based on their own experiences, a lesson plan to help schoolchildren think about how they could develop an intergenerational group in their school and an online resources hub that provides a wide range of information on how to set up an intergenerational group.

Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, said:

“A divisive narrative has emerged in recent years that has pitted our younger and older generations against each other, something that can create mistrust and misunderstanding.

“The reality is that our younger and older generations have a huge amount to offer each other through sharing their knowledge and experiences, learning from one other and providing each other with support.

“I have seen for myself the positive benefits that intergenerational projects bring to individuals and to our communities and it is vital that even more younger and older people across Wales have opportunities to spend time together doing intergenerational activities.

“That’s why Sally and I have worked in partnership to bring together a range of easily accessible resources to support those who may be looking to set up an intergenerational project in their school or community.”

The resources will be launched at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr in Cardiff, where pupils and older people who attend a local day centre will come together for an intergenerational session led by the Commissioners, which will be broadcast live so that stakeholders across Wales could get involved. The groups will discuss stereotypes around age, consider the benefits of intergenerational projects and explore intergenerational activities they could do together in the future.

Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Sally Holland, said:

“Negative stereotypes can build real barriers in communities; intergenerational groups can provide a fun and easy way to break these barriers.

“For school pupils, it’s also a great opportunity to boost communication skills, to learn new talents, and to grow into confident and valued members of society, attributes that will stand them in good stead for life.

“I would encourage all schools to explore the possibility of starting their own intergenerational projects; the positive effect they had on the schools we met whilst making this resource was clear.

“I’m very pleased to have been able to work with the Older Person’s Commissioner on this resource, and I hope it provides inspiration to groups of older and younger people across Wales.’