Resilient Buildings & Streets: Strengthening Intergenerational Engagement
Start date: 2 January, 2017
End date: 31 December, 2017
Focusing on people living in apartment buildings and in local neighbourhoods, this project seeks to get people of all generations working together to provide safer, more inclusive communities.
Extensive research shows us that people who are socially isolated are at greater risk of experiencing a wide range of chronic health conditions. Belonging to social groups and networks is as important a predictor of health as diet or exercise. Social support is also important for buffering the effects of stressful life circumstances, the challenges of aging, and adverse events, emergencies and natural disasters. Robust intergenerational relationships have been identified as a key element of resilient, healthy communities.
Nature of the Project Reach
We will target six neighbourhoods in the Capital Regional District
Resilient Buildings and Streets will support inter-generational neighbour-to-neighbour connections in residential streets and multi-family buildings. Neighbours will:
• Get to know each other and develop stronger connections
• Share resources, skills etc. to be more locally-reliant
• Cooperate in street/neighbourhood activities
• Create shared resources and build neighbourhood identity
The program will offer a Toolkit of activities, orientations to those activities, street champion mentors, networking and small grants and advice.
We are looking for inspiring ideas of intergenerational activities people can engage in to build more connectedness with their neighbours. See our attached Toolkit Update for examples of what we are working on.