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Intergenerational Festival 2017

A festival of events to celebrate the European Day of Solidarity Between Generations

Intergenerational Festival (large) To mark European Day of Solidarity Between Generations (which was on 29th April 2017), East Renfrewshire Libraries and partners organised an Intergenerational Festival of events for the month of May.

In partnership with the charities Generations Working Together and Outside the Box, organisations such as East Renfrewshire's Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP) and local family centres - and with the support of East Renfrewshire Good Causes - a series of events took place in various libraries, a local church and community health centres across East Renfrewshire.

Invited along to the festival were several primary schools, community groups and other local organisations, with events open to all members of the public.  

Intergenerational drawing collage        IG Festival Giffnock Library

What is the Intergenerational Festival?

The Intergenerational Festival celebrated the contribution that all generations, young and old, bring to their communities:

  • Local people of all ages were invited to come together, connect with each other and express in drawing, or in words, what an intergenerational community would look like for them, and what mattered to them in the place where they live.
  • An opportunity for people to share ideas about how they would like to shape their community and opportunities for, and between, generations, and add their contribution to a large communal drawing which was present at every event.
  • On display was information from local organisations, showing what they can do for older and younger people in the community, such as library and heritage services, digital skills and e-resources, community groups and activities for children, adults and older people.

What went on?

  • Nearly 200 people attended the festival, with a range of ages involved - from 4 years old to the ripe age of 90! 
  • Primary school children drew and wrote up their wonderfully creative ideas on the large communal drawing; adults and teenagers also contributed their thoughts and ideas.  You can see a collage of some of their drawings above.
  • Older people had a go at playing the ukulele in Neilston Library, courtesy of the Neilston Ukulele group.
  • Keen adult learners signed up for tablet and computer classes, or learned how to download eMagazines.

IG Festival Neilston Library        IG Festival BH Health Centre

Everyone's enthusiastic feedback is helping to generate ideas to further develop intergenerational work and opportunities for the community in the future. 

IG Festival Prize Winner All those who gave us feedback on the events by completing an evaluation form were entered into a prize draw for a Silverburn gift card. The lucky winner was Andrea McKeown, shown here with her sons, Jacob and Hamish (both 5), at Mearns Library.

A big thank you to all those involved in making the Intergenerational Festival a success!

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