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15 October at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration will host an exciting panel discussion in the House of Commons to discuss ‘International and regional perspectives on intergenerational connection’ – and all are welcome.
At the event, the APPG’s Chair, Chuka Umunna MP, will be joined by other APPG members as well as four fascinating speakers, all of whom are pioneers at bringing generations closer together. Each of them submitted responses to the APPG’s recently-closed call for evidence on intergenerational connection, which attracted 29 submissions overall.
The theme of international and regional perspectives has been chosen for the event because the APPG’s inquiry is exploring both how stronger intergenerational connections can be built at the local, community level, as well as how great examples of intergenerational connection from other countries can inform UK policy.
Discussing these issues on the panel will be:
- Alex Smith is CEO and Founder of The Cares Family, which brings together young professionals and older neighbours through community events and social clubs in north London, south London, Manchester and Liverpool, and has been made an Obama Foundation Fellow in the US for his great work;
- Vicki Titterington is Manger of Linking Generations Northern Ireland, which supports intergenerational initiatives right across the country, working closely both with Northern Ireland’s local councils, as well as the UK-wide Beth Johnson Foundation, which aims to create a better life for all age groups;
- Justin Shee, CEO and Founder of intergenerational co-living organisation The Kohab, whose model draws inspiration both from international examples in the US and the Netherlands, as well as the very local intergenerational challenges experienced by Justin in London;
- Lorraine George, who has conducted extensive research on intergenerational schemes in the US as an award-winning Winston Churchill Fellow, while also working in the Early Years team at Torbay Council to promote locally-focused intergenerational projects.
The panel discussion will include five-minute speeches from all four speakers, as well as a Q & A section in which members of the APPG and audience have the opportunity to ask further questions and express their views.
The discussion will inform the interim and final reports that the APPG will publish through its inquiry into intergenerational connection, due to be launched in early 2019 and summer 2019 respectively.
For more details on the event and how to register for free, visit this page.