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How do we bridge the Generation Gap?

NPC webinar asks those already doing it

Can the UK – one of the most age-segregated countries in the world* - improve life for all of us by bringing the generations closer together?

Tomorrow’s National Pensioners Convention webinar (Tuesday, 29th June) will hear from four inter-generational pioneers who are working in very different ways to close the age gap.

The final session of the NPC 2021 Annual Convention webinar series – Generations United: Bridging the Age Gap - will look at why understanding and trust between young and old is such a divisive and damaging issue.

Our guest speakers will outline the innovative initiatives they are working on to re-build understanding and trust between the generations, and how this can really benefit the whole of society.

The webinar, chaired by NPC President Ron Douglas, will hear from:

Denise Burke, Director, United for all Ages; Judith Ish-Horowicz MBE, Founder, Apples & Honey Nightingale Nursery for Toddlers and Older People; James Lynch, RMT youth intergenerational spokesperson; and ‘Rapping Nana Panda’ Joy France, Pensioner Poet & Battle Rapper

Jan Shortt, NPC General Secretary said: “Sadly, in this new digital age, much is made of the differences in understanding and attitudes between the generations. “Traditional family groups and bonds are not what they were when we were young, and the old are often grouped together in housing or homes, away from younger people, which can lead to further distancing and misunderstanding on both sides.”

“Uniting the generations is extremely important to NPC members, many of whom are parents, grandparents and indeed great grandparents. We value our young people and want to build a better understanding between us – and we believe that sharing of experiences has great benefits for all.

“The final webinar in our Annual Convention series, will hear from some remarkable people who are working to bring us closer together – people who see how important this is for us all. We even have TEDx talk granny, the ‘battle rapper’ Joy France, who competes with younger rappers under the name Rapping Nana Panda.

“This final NPC Annual Convention promises to be a fascinating event and we hope as many people are possible support it.”

*Generations United Report, Together in the 2020s (published, Jan 2020) highlighted twenty radical ways to create ‘a country for all ages’ by 2030, countering ageism, loneliness and poor health, care, learning and housing in divided Britain.

‘Urgent action is needed to tackle the divisions facing older and younger generations and unite Britain. Britain is one of the most age segregated countries in the world, having become more so in the last decade. Bringing younger and older people together can help tackle some of the biggest social problems facing all generations in Britain – from poor health and care, anxiety and loneliness to learning, housing and lifelong opportunities. Intergenerational projects can change attitudes to ageing, reduce ageism and increase trust in a country where people are often divided by age.’

The free-to-attend NPC webinar, ‘Generations United: Bridging the Age Gap,’ runs from 10.30am to 12pm on Tuesday, 29th June.

To register for the event visit:

NB: you must register in advance, for each webinar, in order to attend. If you have any difficulties trying to register, email to let us know.

All the webinars will also be live streamed to the NPC YouTube channel

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