Understanding intergenerational activity – exploring the experiences of service-users and volunteers involved with S.H.A.R.E.
Community-Academic Research Links, University College Cork
This research intends to conceptualise an understanding of intergenerational activity by examining the relationship between youth volunteers and older people in society, who are currently engaging in an intergenerational programme. The engagement analysed is facilitated by the organisation S.H.A.R.E. whose acronym stands for Students Harness Aid for the Relief of the Elderly. This research aims to identify the impact that intergenerational activity has on both S.H.A.R.E.’s service-users and student volunteers. It should clarify if both age-groups are satisfied with their intergenerational experience and if they feel they benefit from taking part, for example socially or through gaining new skills. It also aspires to ascertain the potential of intergenerational activity in increasing levels of understanding and respect between older and younger people, including potential to combat stereotyping and ageism. Finally, this research aims to identify if intergenerational activity can alleviate some concerns attached to Ireland’s ageing population.
S.H.A.R.E. , Intergenerational activity , Experiences of service-users , Youth volunteers , Students Harness Aid for the Relief of the Elderly , Combat stereotyping , Ageism , Ireland’s ageing population
Russell, M. (2018) Understanding intergenerational activity – exploring the experiences of service-users and volunteers involved with S.H.A.R.E.. Cork: Community-Academic Research Links, University College Cork.
©2018, Miranda Russell.