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People & communities Manchester’s Generations Together programme 2009-2011

Creating Connections, Breaking Down Barriers

Manchester 's Generations Together programme 2009-2011

Creating Connections, Breaking Down Barriers

This programme involved 13 connected Intergenerational projects and was managed through the Valuing Older People Team.  The main aims of the work included:

  • To break down barriers between younger people, older people and the wider community
  • To help younger and older people to come together, develop new skills and to improve their local area
  • To increase the numbers of younger and older people who volunteer

This was based around four themes of shared spaces, shared skills and learning, health and wellbeing and families.  The evaluation of the programme that was carried by the Beth Johnson Foundation will be is available to download.

Intergenerational Toolkit and training
Based on our experience of running the Manchester Generations Together programme, we have developed an Intergenerational Practice Toolkit: Creating Connections, Breaking Down Barriers. Download Toolkit . Our main partner in the development of Intergenerational working over the last five years is the Beth Johnson Foundation.  To see case studies of IP from across the country, training opportunities and other resources on IP see

Age Friendly City work 2011 onwards
In 2010, Manchester became a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Network of Age Friendly Cities.  The VOP Team is managing this work and Intergenerational Practice is part of it. 

For more information on the Generations Together programme, contact Patrick Hanfling in the Valuing Older People Team on 0161 234 4188 or  

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