The First Minister said:
The Intergenerational Strategy will help to dispel myths and stereotypes about the different generations and how they can relate to each other.
The strategy was developed in partnership with the Beth Johnson Foundation, working with older and younger people, and through public consultation is a key commitment from the Assembly Government’s ‘Strategy for Older People in Wales’.
Today’s launch – on the UN’s Day for Older People - is not only important news for the older people of Wales but for the country as a whole.
The First Minister continued:
Ensuring that people from across the generations work together, share their experiences and expertise is vitally important - which is why intergenerational practice is, and will continue to be, a key priority issue for the Assembly Government’s Strategy for Older People in Wales.
The Intergenerational Strategy for Wales contains a number of examples of good practice in Wales and a source of further advice on how intergenerational approaches are an effective way to address a number of key government priorities such as building active communities, developing respect and understanding across the generations, promoting citizenship, regenerating neighbourhoods and addressing inequality.
Said Deputy Minister for Social Services, Gwenda Thomas:
It is a cause for celebration that we are all living longer and healthier lives in Wales.
By developing a greater understanding and respect between generations we increase our chances of building more cohesive communities which is why today’s strategy is not only important for the older and the younger members of our communities but for all in society.
A number of projects have already been established to bring younger and older people together throughout Wales. Working with schools, libraries and community groups the projects have included butter making, cookery, fashion shows, film making, history, gardening, community improvement projects and many more.
A series of events have been arranged throughout Wales today to celebrate the UN Day for Older People.
The Commissioner for Older People will be delivering her very first report to the First Minister at the Senedd and Deputy Minister Gwenda Thomas will also be speaking at a Help the Aged Conference that will be exploring ways of preventing falls amongst the elderly.
1 October 2008