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Southampton Intergenerational

       Where are we at?

European stream Interreg IV B
Part of the Cites in Balance programme
           FernUniversität Hagen

Cities In Balance is built on improving mainstream opportunities for
seniors, moving forward from the traditional approach of
intervention and treatment. CIB aims to reduce reliance on health
and care services by encouraging greater emphasis on broader
well-being issues. CIB will focus on services that improve the
quality of life of seniors and help to enable them to live
independently. A key activity is to define and explore innovative
strategies to address the challenge posed by an ageing population.
CIB will explore:
•empowering seniors to participate fully in community life;
•information and communication provision;
•securing social, financial and digital inclusion;
•business and employment opportunities.
Project began in March 2009

Steering group formed

Co-ordinator Employed
1 To develop a strategic relationship with the Centre for
Intergenerational Practice in order to promote the
development of intergenerational practice in Southampton
by share learning, resources and knowledge.


 •Initial meeting with Alan Hatton Yeo at the beginning of the project.
 •Joined the CIP network.
 •Attended CIP and Beth Johnson Foundation events.
 •Hosting The 1st South East Regional Network Meeting today.
 •Looking at Phase two Development work with CIP in the future.
2 Development of a network of projects and providers
with regular training programme and delivery of a series
of best practice workshops across Southampton to raise
the awareness and understanding of front-line
staff, volunteers and organisations.

•56 members from 50 services organisations and projects across
the city.
•1st meeting undertaken in October 22nd with 46 attendees.
•Duncan Tree National Development Manager CSV
•Susan Langford Director Magic me
•Southampton University Volunteering service
•Launch of quarterly newsletter for members detailing examples of
practice funding sources and relevant national and local
developments 2nd edition out this week
•Basic Website of Resources -Now about to re- homed on SP
3. Undertake an audit of existing intergenerational
projects and produce a database - to be updated

•Begun an audit of existing work. Encouraging each of
these projects not work in isolation but to join the
network and share information. On average 6 new
projects month SIGNing up

•A database of projects and network members list is
circulated amongst the network and maintained on our
website - updated monthly
4. To provide support for six to eight demonstration
projects to develop local examples of practice around
schools, older people, younger people, health and
wellbeing and community cohesion and families.
Initial progress made by approaching policy makers – “on board”
with intergenerational practice to secure some early wins
(for example Building Bridges)

Further progress has been made because of consultation with
front line staff as to what might work in their areas using the co-
ordinator’s knowledge of their strategic plans.

Following up a series of other programmes in their early stages
and now beginning to get projects coming to SIGN for advice prior
to starting.
5. Southampton – a city for all ages
We will hold a city-wide event consulting the
public and inviting contributions to establish
what would make Southampton a city for all
ages and to begin the process of cross cutting

6. To hold a city-wide event to promote good
practice, celebrate achievements and
outcomes which can be achieved through the
implementation of intergenerational practice.
7. To seek ensure intergenerational
volunteering is part of a city-wide
coherent strategy on volunteering.

Southampton VS and a number of other voluntary
organisations involved in the SIGN steering group.
Working with University
Made links with CSV
8.To publish a Final report in March
2011 sharing the learning from the
programme with European partners and
Southampton Partnership.


Quarterly steering group reports
Contact with Leeds and Manchester
Registration as an official partnership within SP with
clear lines of reporting.
       Challenges and Solutions
• Intergenerational work seen as the as a fluffy
  outcome- not viewed as a policy delivery
• Orientation within the organisation.
Ideally positioned for grass roots work such as network etc.
Less effective at influencing policy makers
• Budgets and cross cutting planning.
• Lack of knowledge around the subject and best
• Lack of a local evidence base.
• Working more closely with Southampton

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