Launch of intergenerational connections interim report

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration is excited to announce that it will be launching its ‘Healing the Generational Divide’ interim report at the University of Bath, on Thursday 16th May, from 11am.

The APPG’s chair, Chuka Umunna MP, will be speaking alongside Bath MP and APPG officer, Wera Hobhouse MP, about the report’s key findings on the generational divide, and what can be done to bridge it. Also speaking will be Dr Matt Dickson from the University of Bath’s Institute for Policy Research, who are currently running a project on ‘Loneliness in the Digital Age’ that overlaps with many of the APPG report themes.

The launch event will then see a range of experts on intergenerational connection take part in an interactive panel discussion, which will include an audience Q & A.

What is the report’s focus?

The APPG decided to examine the topic of intergenerational connection following the stark political divides between different age groups exposed during the 2016 EU referendum and 2017 General Election. Yet, throughout the course of the inquiry so far, the APPG has found the generational divide to extend far beyond politics. Different age groups are increasingly living parallel lives in different parts of the country, not spending meaningful time with one another on a regular basis, and unable to form the bonds of trust and understanding that characterise an integrated society.

As well as shedding light on this generational divide, the APPG’s interim report will set out some general principles for local and central government to strengthen ties between different age groups, and explore four main policy areas that can help achieve this: community projects; public services; housing and technology.

The report draws on evidence collected through community visits to intergenerational projects in Manchester, the West Midlands and south London, four parliamentary evidence sessions and 30 written submissions from a diverse range of individuals and organisations.

How can I sign-up to attend the launch?

You can find out more information about the launch event, and sign-up to attend, on the official event page. We look forward to seeing you on May 16th!

What if I can’t attend, but want to see the report and have my say?

If you’re not already on the APPG’s mailing list, you can sign up here or by emailing [email protected]. We will send you the full report and a summary of the key findings on May 16th, and look forward to hearing your thoughts.

You can tweet about the report using the APPG’s handle @IntegrationAPPG.