Global Intergenerational Week takes place from Monday 24th April – Sunday 30th April 2023. Now in its fourth year, the week aims to get as many people as possible involved in the intergenerational conversation. Organisations across the globe, all come together to share ideas on how to connect younger and older generations and how to build strong intergenerational connections and relationships. The week is about celebrating the moments and places local to us where different age groups can come together for a shared benefit.
At Doorstep Library our programmes bring people from all walks of life together. Because of the nature of our work, bringing books to family homes whether in-person or online, both our volunteers and our families are able to meet people from all walks of life. Through our paired volunteering roles we unite people from different cultural backgrounds, different communities and indeed – different generations. Our reading projects bring younger and older people together every day, all sharing a common love of books and reading.
98% of Doorstep Library volunteers say that volunteering with us makes them feel more connected to their local community.
To celebrate some of these wonderful relationships, we talked to three of our intergenerational volunteering pairs about Doorstep Library and how their experience of volunteering has been.