About Intergenerational England
Intergenerational England (IE) is dedicated to bridging the divide between generations and fostering collaboration. Recognising the pressing need for support and advocacy in this area, IE takes an outward-facing approach, forging meaningful relationships and partnerships across diverse sectors and prominent organisations. These sectors encompass crucial aspects of society, such as the NHS, housing, transport, education, and other governmental and non-governmental bodies. With a steadfast commitment to facilitating intergenerational collaboration, IE strives to create a more harmonious and interconnected future for all.
Age Segregation In England
Britain is one of the most age-segregated countries in the world with lack of intergenerational connection contributing to some of the greatest challenges we face as a nation, from loneliness and anxiety to poor health, ageism and even the housing crises.
With one in three older people experiencing ageism, our rapidly ageing population being at the heart of many of the challenges England is facing, and more than 1 million children needing treatment for serious mental health problems, action is needed now to turn the tide on alarming statistics and headlines.
Inspired by the pioneering work of Intergenerational Music Making (IMM) a group has come together from public, voluntary, and private sectors to develop Intergenerational England - a new initiative that will drive more cross-generational activity and help bridge the age gap to tackle our health and headlines:
Half of the UK’s adult population have experienced loneliness
Loneliness may be as dangerous to our health as smoking
More than 1 million children need treatment for serious mental health problems
Ageing population amongst the top three contributions to the pressures on the NHS
1.9 million job vacancies and 36% of 50–69-year-olds experiencing age discrimination
Housing Britain’s rapidly expanding ageing population is an unmet challenge
Intergenerational England takes up the challenge set by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration in 2019.
“Intergenerational connection is at once a deeply personal and political issue. Building a society in which different generations enjoy stronger, more meaningful connections with one another will reduce loneliness and enhance wellbeing across the age spectrum, while building the social foundations for a better, more understanding politics. Many of the biggest challenges our society currently faces - whether the conflicts over Brexit, the hidden epidemic of loneliness or the housing crisis – have a strong intergenerational element. By bringing generations closer together in our schools, care homes and workplaces, in our community centres and social clubs, in our neighbourhoods, towns and cities, and on our apps and mobile phones, we will all be able to face up to these challenges in a much more confident and united manner.”
The impact of the Covid 19 pandemic has made the promotion of intergenerational activity even more of a priority.
Intergenerational England's Approach
Intergenerational England will bring together expertise and resources from key organisations working to support the health, education, wellbeing, and housing needs of people of all ages across England.
Its vision is to provide the foundation that enables everyone, whatever their circumstances, to benefit from intergenerational experiences. Intergenerational England will champion people and organisations to become more intergenerational.
The new group met for the first time at The Royal Albert Hall on 21st July when a Toolkit was launched to promote intergenerational activity.
Intergenerational England is the first national body to share best practices, research, and innovation in intergenerational practice. It will:
Help create stronger more connected societies
Reduce isolation, improve self-esteem, and bring people of all ages together to improve their personal wellbeing and the wellbeing of communities across England.
Strive to transform the expertise of those working across all sectors into policies that address the challenges and opportunities faced by our society.
Public enthusiasm for more intergenerational activity was demonstrated at a pilot event held at London Waterloo in May this year. Footfall during the event reached 171,928 people and the #TalkingGenerations social campaign reached over 6,000 individuals indirectly and engaged with 78 national partners.
Kay Allen, Campaign Director for Age Irrelevance
“Society needs a new life narrative that finds the positive and optimism to create a society that enjoys the benefits of shared learning, exchange of ideas and a renewed sense of belonging – one not confined by perceived age silos – rather a society bound by commonality and shared life paths. One that connects us all to our past and our future. Intergenerational England is an Age Irrelevance Change Maker determined to unleash the power of intergenerational connections.”