What is Intergenerational Practice?
Generations Working Together defines intergenerational practice as: “An approach that aims to bring people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities which promote greater understanding and respect between generations and contributes to building more cohesive communities. Intergenerational practice is inclusive, building on the positive resources that the younger and older have to offer each other and those around them.” (Beth Johnson Foundation, 2009)
Passionate about this approach to practice, learning and care, Liz and Sue discuss why they believe this approach is so important for child development in the early years.
“Living lives together”
Liz and Sue explain that although still a relatively new approach in current practice, intergenerational practice is a way of learning that dates to many years ago, where we regularly had communities and generations of all ages interacting with each other. Liz explains that this type of collaboration (one they often refer to as Living Lives Together) creates a sense of community and belonging, with also improved wellbeing and development across all parties involved and throughout this episode, Sue and Liz share examples of this in practice.
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