Intergenerational Card Swap

Intergenerational Card Swap

Intergenerational and social connections between older people and younger people

Benefit of intergenerational projects

Intergenerational projects provide opportunities for bringing older and younger people together, and building relationships and understanding between those who live and learn in the same community. Intergenerational practice aims to bring people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities such as sharing skills, memories and ideas between the different generations which promote greater understanding and respect between generations and contributes to building more cohesive communities. The beauty of intergenerational events is that the benefits go both ways. Studies show that children who participate in activities with older adults tend to have improved reading scores, communication skills, problem-solving skills and a positive attitude toward community service.


Wythenshawe (Brooklands & Crossacres)

Project team


Crossacres Age UK

St Aidan’s Primary School


To connect generations with card making activities with positive messages


Diane Walker, Nursery Teacher at St Aidan’s said, “It’s been a pleasure to be involved in this project. The children really enjoyed writing and decorating the cards and they were helped by their wonderful teaching assistants.”

Zoe Mitchell, Age UK Day Care Centre in Crossacres said, “Our ladies really enjoyed making and receiving the cards”


The project was a success and the people involved enjoyed the experience. The sessions also received some excellent feedback from those who joined in the fun. Further intergenerational activities between those involved can be organised creating long lasting relationships between Early Years and older people organisations within Wythenshawe.

Strategic links to local/national policies



Increased mental wellbeing

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Social integration

Manchester Population Health Plan

NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health,2014)

Helping child development

Developing Well: Aged 6 to 11 years

Developing well: Aged 11 to 19 years

Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester (GMCA, 2015)

Lessen isolation and loneliness

Manchester Population Health Plan

NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health,2014)

Greater Manchester Age Friendly Strategy

Research/evidence base

University of Stirling (2010) Intergenerational place-based education: where schools, communities and nature meet.

Clark, Michael, et al. (2016) Integrated working and intergenerational projects: a study of the use of sporting memories. Journal of Integrated Care, 24 (5/6). pp. 300-312.

Statham, E. (2009). Promoting intergenerational programmes: where is the evidence to inform policy and practice? Evidence and Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 5(4), pp.471-488.

Carolyn Kagan, et al. (2012) Intergenerational work, social capital and wellbeing. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice Volume 3, Issue 4

Local Government Education and Children's Services Research Programme (2010) Intergenerational practice: outcomes and effectiveness

Alan Hatton Yeo/Beth Johnson Foundation (2007) Intergenerational practice: Active participation across the generations


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