LGNI are delighted be leading on this intergenerational, cross-border project in partnership with Fingal County Council and fumded by the Department of Foreign Affairs Ireland 'Shared Island Civic Fund'.
The project will facilitate the development of locally driven intergenerational initiatives in two communities: Mayobridge NI and Balbriggan, Dublin. LGNI and Fingal Council will develop the initial intergenerational partnerships and facilitate a series of workshops that bring them together on both sides of the border in preparation for local work and to share learning of their experience. Younger and older people from each of the two communities will participate in workshops facilitated by LGNI including jointly identify the issues and challenges that both generations currently face in their community, discussing ageism and its effect on the perceptions of older younger people, exploring potential collaborative benefits and opportunities to share resources and experience across generations.
The two intergenerational groups, one in each community, will identify a project to help overcome the challenges. Both groups will present their projects at a joint meeting and will develop a project plan with support from Linking Generations Northern Ireland. The groups will work on their intergenerational projects in their communities over a 6-8 week period with support from Linking Generations and local facilitators i.e. youth leader or community development worker.
All participants will meet mid-project for updates and discussions on their experience of resolving the issues and working across the generations. Participants will come together at the end of the project for a showcase and seminar to discuss their experience and how to further develop projects across the ages and across borders. Avila Media will be working with us to provide a video of the project activities, story and successes!
The project will allow Linking Generations to identify challenges to intergenerational practice in both communities to feed into guidelines on best practice. While Linking Generations has extensive experience developing intergenerational practice in the North of Ireland, the project will enhance cross border collaboration and will assist it to work more effectively with communities south of the border.
Check out project updates:
First project workshop Balbriggan - Cross border intergenerational session in Balbriggan! – Linking Generations NI