Sustaining intergenerational connections at a time of crisis

With Covid-19 in mind, this report by InCommon for Clarion tells stories of resilience, adaptability and hope from people from all ages at a time when we need them most. It captures examples of  some of the new practical connections that have been emerging with the aim of exploring how we can maintain and enhance them as we journey through the pandemic and beyond.

The report reveals that the Covid-19 crisis has been a catalyst for reimagining how we facilitate intergenerational connectedness in a digital age, ultimately leading to the launch of InCommon’s Buddies programme - facilitating connections between isolated family members and neighbours over Zoom or by phone. Between April and June 2020, it has seen relationships blossom and enabled meaningful exchanges during these tough times.

In addition, over the last year Clarion Housing Group has been working to develop an Age Friendly Strategy, including with support from the Housing LIN, setting out a range of commitments to ensure that they enable residents to age well within our communities. This included intergenerational connectedness and the report shares ideas and learning to support people to age well.