Online Guide and Toolkit (Centre for Intergenerational Practice, UK)
Posted: June 16, 2011
From Beth Johnson Foundation: April 1, 2011
Ten years ago, the Beth Johnson Foundation (BJF) launched the Centre for Intergenerational Practice. Today it is a leader in intergenerational thinking, providing advice and practical support at all levels from UK Local Authorities to pan-European collaborations.
To mark the occasion, the Centre for Intergenerational Practice (CIP) is publishing tested ideas and materials as best-practice guides and toolkits for use by Local Authorities, Voluntary and Community sectors and Central Government Departments: (http://www.centreforip.org.uk/resources/toolkits-and-guides)
Since April 2001, CIP has championed the cause for, and understanding of, the implications of intergenerational potential. It is committed to ensuring that the consequences are not only understood, but also integrated into policy and practice as effectively as possible.
Its achievements to date are measured locally, nationally and internationally, and include:
- The creation of a comprehensive support structure that has already provided training, resources, conferences, networking, advice and guidance to over 5000 organizations
- Leadership of the Generations Together program, its establishment, roll-out, lessons and legacy.
- The direct support and development of integrated intergenerational activity for over 50 Local Authorities.
- The management of the Northern Ireland Linking Generations initiative and direction of the Welsh Assembly Government’s intergenerational program.
- The establishment of a pan-European network to monitor learning and activity (EMIL).
- Hosting the International Consortium for Intergenerational Programs.
From its small beginnings in 2001, CIP is now a national movement that enjoys international recognition. It employs its knowledge to dispel the negative connotations often associated with demographic change. It promotes the potential benefit that young and old can make to society by acknowledging their value as individuals, and encourages them to make a positive impact on their community. It aims to retain social cohesion based on shared ownership where otherwise it might have failed. For more information about CIP and its work, contact: Louise Middleton, Manager, Centre for Intergenerational Practice, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 01782 844036.