STRATEGIC REVIEW JANUARY 2017

FG2G Plans New Way Forward

The Board of From Generation 2 Generation met to review the work of the charity over the past five years. Over two days, with the help of one of its advisers, Steffen Rufenach of R.A.T.E. in Germany.

The Board identified that a significant amount of knowledge had been gathered over that time. With the help of critical friends from a wide range of organisations, the Board went on to look at optimal ways for the charity to focus its work for the next 5 years.

SHARING KNOWLEDGE AND BUILDING AN EVIDENCE BASE

It was agreed that the primary work of From Generation2 Generation is to be sharing its knowledge with other organisations and people who want to explore the benefit of an intergenerational approach,  to local community based activities, helping  them to carry out their projects using an intergenerational approach.

 Along with this would go the development of a systematic evidence base of the efficacy and limitations and problems of the intergenerational approach to be  identified by research.  All the research is to be carried out in partnership with universities who are prepared to develop new measures and identify existing ones which will explore the outcomes for all stakeholders and the cost of running the activities in this way as well as a cost benefit analysis of this approach, to solving the problems that face children, young people and old people in local communities.

The primary goals of FROM GENERATION 2 GENERATION are

  • To share with local people and organisations our expertise and understanding of how to bring older people (aged 60+) together with children & young people, and how to access the contexts in which it is possible for them to do this, so they can have fun, and learn from each other in local settings and reap the benefits of their coming together, meeting the needs of both groups, as well as producing positive outcomes for the communities of which they are members.
  • To work with local people and organisations to demonstrate that bringing children and young people together with older people in their local community, in a sustainable way, addresses in one go their separate problems, assisting in solving these and help communities become stronger, healthier and safer places.

1 – We work from a values base.

  • We respect and support the efforts of local people to create sustainable healthy and fun loving diverse communities in which older and younger people can see ways of helping each other
  • We ensure that both children and young people and older people  have our respect
  • Our approach is founded on the evidence that children and young people and older people learn to respect each other, when they come together, and see that they each have something to contribute to the solution of matters of importance to them.
  • Working together they can help solve each other’s problems and together promote healthy communities, have fun and break down ageist stereotypes.
  • We know that there are many context and settings in local communities which can be of use to support local people and that ideas can grow, slowly and sustainably in such settings
  • We are committed to generating ways to access useful evidence of the process and outcomes of bringing older people together with children and younger people to achieve their goals. This can be and should be collected in ways which are feasible and respect the limits of local organisations to collect complex data
  • We are committed therefore to work with academic departments in universities whose expertise will enable us to address these matters and generate simple and useable process and outcome measures

2 – Intergenerational work can be sustainable, capable of improvement and growth and replicable in other communities with an evidence base to demonstrate both its feasibility, cost, value and benefice outcomes for both younger and older members of local communities.Our evidence base stems from 15 years of work in a variety of local communities in greater Manchester and in inner and outer boroughs of London, along with evidence from work carried out with and by colleagues in Europe, mainly but not exclusively in secondary and primary school settings

3 – Supporting and enabling the development and sustainability of Intergenerational work enables the problems of older people and those of young people to be addressed simultaneously in the context of a programme, activity or organisation in their neighbourhoods. The under-used knowledge and skills of older people can be tapped to create positive outcomes for them in their local communities at the same time as contributing to the enrichment of the lives of younger people, who for their part can bring to older people the benefits of their time, energy and contemporary knowledge. Together they can have fun and share positive experiences.

4 – The problems of older people are defined as: loneliness, isolation, need to give something back to their community and feel valued.

5 – The problems of children and young people are defined as: underperformance at school, lack of self-worth, lack of older role models with time to talk to them about their needs and a negative stereotype held of them by older people and other members of their local community, alongside the harsh realities of competition and unemployment.

6 – The problems shared by both groups are defined as: the lack of fun and friendly and supportive communities where both groups of people can feel comfortable and unthreatened and share time together in local settings.

7 – We have offers which are existing models e.g. the school programme, the University programme, the intergenerational film festival and its related video competition.

8 – We propose too, to work at grass roots level with groups of either older or younger people and ask them if they would like the other group to join them in whatever is their endeavour or current project, and find ways to make this possible.  We call this stream of our work From Generation to Generation out and about  (FG2G).

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