What We Do

The Scottish Centre for Intergenerational Practice provides information, commissions projects, delivers support and encourages involvement to benefit all of Scotland's generations, by working, learning, volunteering and living together. The idea for the Centre was developed as part of a Scottish Government consultation exploring issues faced by Scottish society in meeting the challenges of an ageing population. The Scottish Government produced a strategy document ‘All Our Futures: Planning for a Scotland with an Ageing Population' which sets out the major objectives for the Centre.

All Our Futures outlines 4 major areas for intergenerational activity.

1.  Public bodies, such as Local Authorities, NHS trusts, Police forces and others, creating opportunities for older people and younger people to interact positively in their area, e.g. in schools (in classrooms and in the governance arrangements for schools); in youth work; in services for older people; and in sport, culture and leisure.

2.  Businesses working on how their older employees might help develop the skills and capacity of young people - both within companies and in the wider community.

3.  Voluntary organisations developing further opportunities for older and younger people to work together and share experiences.

4.  Older and younger people looking for opportunities to contribute to the development of other generations - as grandparents or grandchildren; as role models; as experienced working colleagues; and as volunteers, etc.