Worcestershire awarded grant to promote intergenerational volunteering

FamilyWorcestershire has been awarded part of a £5.5 million grant as part of a cross-government scheme to promote intergenerational volunteering. The Generations Together campaign aims to encourage meaningful interaction between young and old generations across the region.

Over the next two years £386,800 will be available for Worcestershire’s transferable skills project. This project aims to provide more than 700 community project volunteers, both young and old, with additional skills to encourage greater understanding between generations, challenge negative stereotypes and increase interaction between different age groups.


Examples of projects include:

Breaking down barriers

This project aims to bring younger and older people from deprived areas together to work on a community art project , which will be showcased throughout the county and Worcestershire festival 2011.

Employability development

This involves using the experiences and knowledge of older people to help some of the county’s 16–19 year olds who are not in employment prepare for their search for work.

The scheme, funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the Office of the Third Sector in the Cabinet Office, the Department for Health and the Department for Work and Pensions and supported by the Department for Communities and Local Government, invited bids from all English Local Authorities.

The intergenerational submissions were judged on a number of factors including

  • Innovative practice
  • Development of meaningful partnerships with third sector partners
  • Linkages to key local strategies including local area agreements, the sustainable communities strategy and the work of the local strategic partnerships

A total of 132 bids were received and a two stage assessment was used to select 12 winning bids, including Worcestershire, from across the country.

Worcestershire is one of only three counties in the country with an intergenerational strategy already in place. Funding from this scheme will complement existing initiatives.

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