A socially inclusive society is defined as one where all people feel valued, their differences are respected, and their basic needs are met so they can live in dignity.
Working with schools in the local area or establishing a facilitated playgroup within residential aged care services are great examples of practical and workable intergenerational social inclusion approaches.
Residential aged care services provide a setting and opportunities for multiple generations such as students, teachers, parents, toddlers and staff to connect, develop relationships, share life stories, skills and knowledge, and develop mutual respect for all participants.
The values that underpin social inclusion:
Everyone Is Ready – None of us has to pass a test or meet a set of criteria before we can be included.
Everyone Can Learn – As human beings we all grow and change and make mistakes: and we are all capable of learning.
Everyone Needs Support – Sometimes some of us need more support than others.
Everyone Can Communicate – Not using words doesn’t mean we don’t have anything to say.
Everyone Can Contribute – We need to recognise, encourage and value each person’s contributions – including our own.
Together We Are Better – We are not dreaming of a world where everyone is like us – difference is our most important renewable resource.
Developed by Scottish Human Services Trust (2005)
Download the PDF below for intergenerational activity ideas and relative documentation