Intergenerational partnerships: Young people and older people shaping local democracy

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Working with Nottingham City Council (NCC), Burton Joyce University of the Third Age (U3A) and Gedling Seniors council (GSC), we will convene two linked intergenerational events which will bring together younger and older citizens to co-construct a plan that will work towards improving intergenerational social connectivity across the local environment.

To find out more about this project, please contact Professor Matt Henn.

  • From: Tuesday 18 February 2020, 10 am
  • To: Tuesday 18 February 2020, 1.30 pm
  • Location: Urban Room, 39 Carrington Street, Nottingham, NG1 7PG

Event details

Many people talk about a generational divide opening up in British society today, with the young and old holding starkly different views about what should be the priorities for the future. As Lord Willetts has recently claimed, there is a danger that this will lead to a deepening of intergenerational injustice and intolerance. This initiative will find common ground between the generations that enables intergenerational voices to be heard, resulting in policies that reflect shared ambitions for the future.

We are a community-focused partnership whichincludes Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham City Council, the Nottingham Youth Cabinet, Age Friendly Nottingham and various local and community groups representing young people and those aged 50-plus. We have a common interest in fostering strong intergenerational understandings, relations and tolerance, and in doing so, combatting intergenerational hate crimes. We are holding two linked intergenerational events which will bring together younger and older citizens in conversation with managers of local government services in Nottingham to co-construct a plan that will work towards improving intergenerational social connectivity across the local environment.

The outcomes of this initiative will be to:

Strengthen citizenship engagement in local communities;
Foster intergenerational understanding and tolerance;
Influence decision makers;
Facilitate learning to share with other areas.
This first event will be held on 18 February 2020, 10 am - 1.30 pm.

A second event will be held in April 2020. This will be co-created with the participants from the February event and will include young and older people as well as Nottingham City Council service leads and councillors to develop an intergenerational manifesto for submission to local and national politicians. Booking for this event will be available soon.

Who is the event aimed at?

The event is aimed at young people aged 16-25 and older people aged 50-plus. In particular, the intention is to reach out to people who often feel marginalised from the democratic process.

Aims and objectives

Attendees will:

build an understanding of shared concerns, interests and aspirations with others from both within their own generational groups and with other generations;
develop ideas for articulating and amplifying their collective intergenerational voice, as well as to increase their influence over the democratic process
guide local authority leads and councillors so that the intergenerational voice is factored into Nottingham City Council’s 2019-23 strategic ambition to “put citizens at the heart of everything we do” across the range of council services.

To find out more about this project, please contact Professor Matt Henn.

Location details

Address:

Urban Room
39 Carrington Street
Nottingham
NG1 7PG

Still need help?

Matt Henn
0115 848 8156