Name: Linking Generations
Purpose: Established in 2008 to ensure all generations are respected, understood, connected and engaged together in their communities
Tech challenge: Supporting generations to connect safely/virtually online
Techie: Declan and Gerry, Metadeck
LGNI joined Techies in Residence seeking solutions to the barriers of connecting older and younger people safely during the covid pandemic. With over 500 members who regularly met together before the pandemic to take part in various steering groups across Northern Ireland including older people’s partnership meetings in various council areas, the NI wide Digital Assist steering group and various international groupings specific to the intergenerational field of work, it is vital to find another method of connecting these individuals.
Covid created a need for a digital solution which makes it easy for organisations like Linking generations to connect older and younger people in projects and activities that traditionally met face to face. LGNI along with Declan and Gerry from Metadeck are working together on software that could be used to connect generations easily ‘behind screens’.
“We don’t have the digital knowledge on this but are aware of the challenges and the barriers that are currently keeping generations apart and particularly isolating older people”.
Stay tuned to hear how they progress throughout the Techies and Residence programme.