InterGenNS Resource Hub

Program Directory

InterGenNS Program Directory

This program directory showcases a wide variety of community initiatives that help connect people on the North Shore across generations and backgrounds.

Planning and Developing Intergenerational Initiatives

Connecting Generations Toolkit 

This toolkit contains practical information and resources to support educators, care providers, community groups and agencies in coordinating successful intergenerational initiatives to engage children, youth and seniors.

Creating Caring Communities 

This guide is designed to refer you to resources, websites, and associations with relevant information and resources to support your intergenerational initiatives.

Intergenerational Activities Resource Kit (BC Association of Community Response Networks)

This guide provides a starting point for generating intergenerational project ideas for, suggestions on age-appropriate activities, a suggested approach to conducting intergenerational workshops, resources where you can find more information, and short stories – called Reflection Points – to illustrate intergenerational theory and concepts as well as to generate further discussion and thinking.

Intergenerational Community Guide (BC Association of Community Response Networks) 

This guide is intended to provide background information on the nature of intergenerational relationship building, including intergenerational theory, intergenerational activity ideas, and processes for incorporating intergenerational activities into your organisation’s plans.

Intergenerational Workshop (BC Association of Community Response Networks) 

This presentation is meant to help you understand what it means to be intergenerational, provide an overview of how to get started, and refer you to helpful resources.

Intergenerational Programming Toolkit 

This toolkit, and accompanying resource guide, was designed by the City of Edmonton to assist organisations in the planning and implementation of intergenerational programs. 

Intergenerational Program Planner 

This short two-page document can help you plan and strategize your intergenerational programming.

Intergenerational Learning Program Operational Guidelines Toolkit

The purpose of this resource is to provide a practical, step-by-step guide to the three-stage process of developing, implementing and evaluating an intergenerational learning program, with templates provided to support each stage of the process.

Connecting Generations in Senior Housing 

This toolkit was designed specifically to help senior housing organisations plan and implement high-quality intergenerational programs that will benefit residents and young people in their communities.

A Toolkit for Developing and Enhancing Intergenerational Shared Sites – Sharing Our Space

This toolkit includes effective practices, challenges, tips, examples, and concrete tools that will help you in your planning and implementation efforts of creating intentionally designed places that provide services/programs to multiple generations concurrently and foster meaningful cross-age relationships.

Intergenerational Community Building Resource Guide 

This guide is designed for community leaders, organizations, funders and intermediaries who are interested in using an intergenerational approach to community building efforts – taking limited budgets into consideration.

A Guide to Bringing Long-Term Care Residents and Young People Together 

This is a practical guide designed to help long-term care facilities form partnerships with schools and youth organizations to create impactful intergenerational programs. 

Intergenerational Care in Early Years 

This resource explains the benefits of connecting young children and seniors with helpful tips on how to get started.

How to Connect Generations Through the Arts

This short two-page document provides ideas for intergenerational art activities.

Intergenerational Training Resources

Training Resources (Generations Working Together)

This website provides a range of training courses for those who are completely new to intergenerational work and are looking for a basic introduction, as well as opportunities for people who are already planning intergenerational projects and want to learn more about the theory behind intergenerational approaches.

Training Opportunities with LINKages

This website provides a variety of in-person and virtual training programs for intergenerational planning and programming.

Planning Intergenerational Program Training

This is a 4-part virtual series from June 14 – August 16, 2022 that will help you start, implement, and evaluate an intergenerational program in your community.

Upcoming Training with BC Council for Families

The BC Council for Families is a BC registered non-profit, charitable organization whose purpose is to serve professionals, support families and strengthen communities. The BCCF team of family services and training experts offer training programs and workshops to support family service professionals and organizations across the province. Click on the links below for their upcoming workshops:

Weaving Intergenerational Connections into Community Life 

Wednesday, April 17, 2024: 10 AM – 11 AM

Free | Online via Zoom

Register Here:

Weaving Intergenerational Connections into Community Life | BCCF Shop – Your Family.

Cross-generational connection has been shown to have a considerably positive effect on well-being, by actively reducing ageism and social isolation.

In this free webinar, learn how InterGenNS, an innovative program with North Shore Community Resources in North Vancouver, is creating an intergenerational (IG) Hub for their community. InterGenNS is a collaborative network model that promotes intergenerational connection, supports IG programming and initiatives and brings together key community players to work toward a more inclusive and connected community. Co-facilitators of InterGenNS, Yola and Caitlyn, will share their experience in coordinating this unique model and weaving IG connection into daily life on the North Shore.

About the Facilitators

Caitlyn Swail is a co-facilitator of InterGenNS developing community connections, the Hub and newsletter. Caitlyn also coordinates programs around community resilience, neighbourly support, and emergency preparedness. As a Clinical Counsellor, she loves meeting people, forming connections, and building community.

Yola Switkowski co-facilitates InterGenNS and is passionate about building community connection, resiliency and promoting intergenerational connection. She is also the Seniors Community Connector meeting seniors in the community and providing them with information, support and resources. She has her Bachelor Degree in Biology.




Evaluating Intergenerational Initiatives

The Intergenerational Evaluation Toolkit 

This toolkit is designed to help organisations assess and evaluate intergenerational programs that connect young people (ages 24 and below) and older adults (usually over the age of 50).

Intergenerational Programmes Evaluation

This book provides useful information on the methods and techniques for evaluating intergenerational programs.

Information on Intergenerational Initiatives

Fact Sheet: Intergenerational Programs Benefit Everyone

This short report showcases how intergenerational programs can benefit all people in society.

Book on Intergenerational Contact Zones

This is a book that covers a wide variety of place-based strategies for promoting social inclusion and belonging through intergenerational connections.

Book on Intergenerational Learning in Practice: Together Old and Young

This book provides a comprehensive background to intergenerational learning, along with tools and resources to help develop and improve your own intergenerational practice.

An Intergenerational Equity Framework

The purpose of this resource is to provide ideas and tools for implementing equitable intergenerational initiatives into community programs, addressing themes such as intergenerational learning, structural racism, and collective leadership.

A Webinar on Cultural Responsiveness in Intergenerational Programs

A webinar hosted by Generations United on the importance of organizations bringing younger and older people together from diverse communities and recommendations for designing programs that reflect different cultural norms and values.