by John Miles
The next meeting of the Camden Intergenerational Network will take place on Friday 14th September. At 1.00pm please come along, bring your lunch and have a chat with other members. Alternatively, join us at 1.30pm when the meeting will begin. We will finish at 4.00pm. The meeting will take place at Age UK Camden, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9NA. If you are not currently part of the network, you are very welcome to join! Please email Lydia.Shellien-Walker@AgeUKCamden.org.uk.
I'm delighted to announce the first meeting of the Camden Intergenerational Network for almost a year.
Guided by our new development worker from Ageing Better in Camden, Lydia Shellien-Walker, we'll carry out three tasks: a belated review of last October's Camden Intergenerational Week (including a showing and discussion of Bunny Schendler's film of the events made for Age UK Camden); a planning discussion for the next intergenerational week, provisionally scheduled for October 2019; and a new version of our network style-good practice exercises (people may remember the excellent exchanges with the the Haverstock School young journalists at the Week's launch event last autumn.)
Even in a year a good deal has changed.
Two reports have substantially altered the national policy landscape. The first - and less well-known - came with the publication last December of Ages Apart? Ties and Divides Across the Generations by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration which is chaired by Labour MP Chukku Umuna.
The second, which received a great deal more attention with its controversial proposal for a £10,000 universal payment to 'millenials' to be raised through a revision of inheritance tax, was put forward by Lord Willetts' Resolution Foundation in May in their report A New Generational Contract: the final Report of the Intergenerational Commission.
There is considerable political disagreement about these documents but while the first grouping is somewhat to the left of the second, there is a bi-partisan element to both, an indication that this aspect of the national conversation will bne with us for some time.
Introducing the Camden Intergenerational Week last year I hoped that the Camden Intergenerational Network could 'develop as an arm of civil society to find ways around the institutional barriers which can make robust and sustained collaboration between people of different ages so difficult'. With 50% of people in the UK believing that today's youth will be worse off than their parents the case for better informed discussion is now self-evident.
As we plan for the 2019 events I want to encourage network members to think about how we widen the range of our activities to engage with both media debates and material changes.
Links to the documents named above are inserted below for interest. Lydia and I look forward very much to welcoming you on Friday, September 14th 2018. In the meanwhile, if you have any questions, would like to join the network or know someone who might please contact Lydia on Lydia.Shellien-Walker@AgeUKCamden.org.uk.
Ages Apart? Ties and divides across the generations. All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration
A New Generational Contract: The final report of the Intergenerational Commission