Sam Dalton, The Challenge’s public affairs and policy officer, invites you to join the APPG on Social Integration at its intergenerational connection event at the House of Commons on Monday 15 October

After the generational divides exposed and enhanced by the EU referendum in 2016, how do we tie our country back together and foster stronger connections between different generations? Next Monday, 15 October, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration will be hosting an exciting panel discussion in the House of Commons to discuss these issues – and all are welcome.

MP Chuka Umanna speaking to an elderly woman
Chuka Umunna MP chats about loneliness with a resident in Lewisham

At the event, which is taking place from 4-5pm, 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, and each brings a unique viewpoint to the topic of discussion: International and regional perspectives on intergenerational connection.

This theme has been chosen for the event because the APPG’s inquiry is exploring both how stronger intergenerational connections can be built at a local, community level, as well as how great examples of intergenerational connection from other countries can inform UK policy. It is important to zoom in to different regions as well as zoom out to the international arena to give ourselves the best chance of healing the wounds of generational division.

Discussing these issues on the panel will be:

  • Alex SmithCEO 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. He has also been made an Obama Foundation Fellow in the US for his great work;
  • Vicki Titterington, 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 SheeCEO 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; and
  • 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 session 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.

Register for free.

We can’t wait to see you there!