Connecting Generations

Vision

Linking Generations is a community charity which, since 2008, has worked to build age-friendly communities where people of all ages respect each other, have a voice and are able to play a part. By 2032 there will be 61% more people over the age of 65 in the UK; Linking Generations are dedicated to ‘making a future for all ages’. Linking Generations seek to achieve this through a combination of working directly with people, partnering with other organisations, and providing evidence and advice to government.

Action

Linking Generations take action through a range of support and projects, including: The Digital Age project, which facilitates the sharing of digital skills; Generation Art, in which children and older people came together to create collaborative artworks; Having a Yarn, in which ‘knit and knatter’ groups create yarn art to decorate public spaces; and the All Ages April programme promoting intergenerational activity across NI during April from drumming circles in Poyntzpass, life stories in Bangor, Rangoli rice craft in Ballymena and boxing in Banbridge.

Participation

Since 2008, Linking Generations has engaged over 5000 participants through projects and worked with over 250 organisations to do this. At the heart of Linking Generation’s work is a commitment to enabling participation of people of all ages as a catalyst for change.

During the two and-a-half hours I felt joy, and like I was an adopted granny

Older Participant

I learnt that older people aren’t that different from me; the only thing that really is different is the age gap

Younger participant

Impact

As a result of Linking Generations projects, 95% of participants felt that they had changed their opinions of other age groups, 95% said that they felt more included in their community, and 93% felt more connected to their neighbours.

More information

For more information, resources and guidance, please visit the Linking Generations website: http://linkinggenerationsni.com/category/resources/ 

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