Intergenerational work

Introduction

For many years, Camden Council has collaborated with local organisations across the borough to develop and promote intergenerational and age-friendly ways of working and to support a wide range of projects that bring people together across the generations.

What is intergenerational work?

Intergenerational initiatives include any activities or projects which allow older and younger people, who would not otherwise meet, get to know each other and share activities in a creative and safe environment.

Projects and activities might include

  • arts and crafts
  • drama
  • dance
  • music making
  • gardening
  • cooking and eating
  • debate
  • reminiscence activities
  • crime prevention and community building initiatives
  • sharing cultural traditions
  • creative writing and storytelling
  • healthy living and healthy eating projects
  • photography
  • computers and digital technology
  • joint learning

Why do intergenerational work?

Older and younger people live, work, learn and play side-by-side. They may have common interests and concerns, live in the same block of flats, pass each other in the street, shop in the same shops but may never meet each other.

The result is sometimes distrust, misunderstanding, hostility and fear of each other.

Intergenerational work can be difficult but exciting because it challenges many of the stereotypes, institutions and segregations on which modern life is built, which lead to these divisions between people.

What are the benefits?

Intergenerational activities can:

  • foster real understanding between people of different ages and backgrounds
  • encourage community involvement and strengthen communities
  • enable joint learning and the exchange of experience, skills and knowledge
  • between older and younger people
  • promote social inclusion, equality and mutual respect
  • intergenerational activities can also be great fun

How can I get involved?

Join the Camden Intergenerational Network - Membership is free.

London Intergenerational Network


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