Bringing generations together

A new resource full of good practice examples has been launched to give care services ideas on how to bring generations together in a variety of care settings in a way that improves the quality of their lives.

It boasts examples from across the country of how people of different age groups can develop meaningful relationships and enjoy a rich variety of experiences.

Peter Macleod, chief executive of the Care Inspectorate said: “Intergenerational practice is not a new concept.

“People of different ages often speak of the enjoyment and the benefits of being together, getting to know one another, learning from each other and having fun.

“Age often doesn’t mean a thing when they get together. We know that spending time with other generations also has a wider impact. It helps us to strengthen and regenerate our communities by promoting inclusion and understanding.

“This, in turn, helps us to make our communities happier and more vibrant places to live and work.”

“This resource highlights some of the different ways people from across the generations have been brought together which you may wish to think about.

“It gives good practice stories of older and younger people from a variety of settings coming together to get to know one another, to learn from one another and develop caring, sustainable friendships.

“We hope that these stories will encourage care services to explore opportunities to connect with people across generations and bring them together to develop intergenerational relationships.”

The resource is available here: http://bit.ly/BringingGenerationsTogether