Intergenerational projects for the LGBT community: a toolkit to inspire and inform

Source:
SCIE Social Care Online
Publisher:
International Longevity Centre UK
Publication date:
01 January 2011

Abstract

This toolkit is designed to provide practitioners, policy makers and educators with the building blocks to understand the importance and potential of intergenerational working for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Intergenerational practice brings people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities which promote greater understanding and respect between generations and contributes to building more cohesive communities. The evidence shows that younger and older LGBT face distinct challenges and potential discrimination in everyday life and as a result the potential of intergenerational LGBT work is significant. This resource includes essential information on intergenerational practice and offers a practical framework to help plan activities in this field. It covers: how to develop a process model (project identification, aims and objectives proposed outcomes) to help set up an LGBT intergenerational project, planning considerations including recruitment of staff and participants, timing and length of sessions, location and resources, implementation and management, and monitoring and evaluation. The toolkit also aims to be a gateway to a range of resources to support and inform project planning.