Recommendations for working with an intergenerational group

Recommendations for working with an intergenerational group

based on the project “The Seniors and the Young in Creative Activities”


Phase What needs to be considered What you will achieve
Planning Discuss with other coauthors what their values are, their mission and personal goals they would like to achieve. – clarify your intentions- show coherence in who you are and what you do



Beginning Use precise and open communication:- make known the idea behind the project and its duration

– provide information about the activities gradually

– make sure all potential participants are given time to decide whether they want to take part, let them express their doubts and discuss with the organizers

– develop trust with the participants- gain confidence that all participation of the young and the seniors is voluntary


Working Before you begin working with the intergenerational group hold separate meetings with the young and the seniors 

Make sure there is a level plane of communication inside the group:

– use I-statements, acknowledge the effort, do not judge, clarify the intentions behind statements, provide a space for expressing opinions, even if they are negative, let the participants talk about their emotions


Before the workshop write up instructions to the exercises. Make sure to:

– provide information in stages

– use simple language (without making it sound childish or too formal)

– provide examples


Work with fictitious stories that are important to the group, under the veil of their characters



Make room for a sense of humor



Be flexible and adjust your actions to the needs of the group

– gain insight into how each generation views the other one and how that influences their behavior 


– create an openness towards diversity

– improve communication skills through practice between generations

– appreciate the experience and wisdom of the participants




– make the goals behind each exercise clear

– increase motivation to engage

– create a sense of security

– encourage the participants to try new experiences



– create a sense of security

– engage both sides

– extend horizons and perspectives


– put things in the right perspective

– invite a creative atmosphere


– increase a sense of control and understanding

– improve engagement

– build up a sense of security

Closing Thank all parties for their work, appreciate their efforts and contributions, ask for feedback – acknowledge and appreciate individual effort- evaluate your own performance