It is widely recognised that: “[Younger and older people] are more likely than other groups to lack social capital least likely to access resources, and services, and also lack political representation to participate in public life”. This is particularly true in more deprived areas with few amenities where the population can feel disengaged, trapped and frustrated. The lack of communication and understanding across the younger and older generations has meant that relations between these two groups can be particularly confrontational. These intergenerational conflicts are increasingly being publicised in the media.
There has been increasing global interest in activities and projects that address this ‘intergenerational gulf’ and help create more cohesive communities.
This report details the journey of four intergenerational pilot projects in Scotland. The evaluation of the pilots explores the benefits of intergenerational practice within a youth work setting and the challenges and opportunities for effective intergenerational practice. It aims to raise awareness of intergenerational practice in Scotland and to provide food for thought for those working in Scotland’s communities who may consider using intergenerational practice as part of their work with young people.