A useful working definition of intergenerational practice is:

‘Intergenerational practice aims to bring people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities which promote greater understanding and respect between generations and contributes to building more cohesive communities. Intergenerational practice is inclusive, building on the positive resources that the young and old have to offer each other and those around them.

Intergenerational approaches are an effective way to address a number of issues, many of them key Government priorities, such as building active communities, promoting citizenship, regenerating neighbourhoods and addressing inequality.’

Centre for Intergenerational Practice: Beth Johnson Foundation, 2001