Intergenerational Ideas

For a more comprehensive list of Intergenerational Resources for event programming please visit our new Intergenerational Manitoba Website. A snippet of some of the different Intergenerational Events and Programs can be found below.

Ideas could involve

  • Storytelling (a senior to a large or small group of children – early years to 18 years)
  • Youth offering to teach seniors about computers
  • Seniors sharing their craft abilities/knowledge with youth (crochet, knitting, etc)
  • Intergenerational walking groups (in a school or community centre)
  • Intergenerational games (bingo, cards, darts, etc)
  • Senior recognized by youth (award)
  • Youth as friendly connectors to Seniors (call or contact made once each month)
  • Community event (organized by Seniors for youth, organized by youth for Seniors,
  • Grandparent program
  • Intergenerational Focus Groups – ‘What is it like to be a Senior?” – provide food

  1. Age & Opportunity Centres (Winnipeg) supported the costs involved with the annual Seniors Housing & Lifestyles Expo at which students of the Culinary Arts Program at Tec Voc had a display booth which highlighted their intergenerational activities.

  2. Carman Active Living Centre initiated Intergenerational Curling this year.

  3. Charleswood Senior Centre (Winnipeg) expanded their Snow Angels Initiative; a volunteer run program. Students helped seniors keep their sidewalks clean to avoid falls. The CSC approached all the schools in the Charleswood area to ask for student volunteers to assist with snow shoveling. The Centre then matched students with a senior for the winter season.

  4. Dauphin MP Senior Centre had older adults teach younger adults how to cook specific dishes from scratch:  soup, buns/bread, perogies & cabbage rolls; offered in a series of 4 classes, each two hours long.  Each student worked hands-on in our kitchen with the facilitators.  When possible,  they would take home the fully cooked dish or take it home ready-to-cook (cabbage rolls).  The facilitators provided some history/ethnic significance to their dish for further opportunity for education.  Small binders, copies of each recipe, note paper, pens, & food containers were supplied.  At the end of each session there would be time for refreshments and sharing of cooking experiences between the two generations.

  5. Good Neighbours Active Living Centre (Winnipeg) hosted an Intergenerational Olympics – coinciding with the Winter Olympics;  students from Springfield Heights Elementary School and older adults met for a fun day which promoted physical activity and socialization between generations.  A variety of “sports” competitions took place, including:
    • Badminton
    • Javelin Throw (using a broom stick)
    • Discus (using a Frisbee)
    • Individual and Relay races
    • Volleyball (using a beach ball)
    • Archery
  6. High school students from Miles Macdonell Collegiate were in charge of the sports stations, providing direction and keeping track of results.  Seniors and students were teamed up to ensure intergenerational connections were made.  A medal ceremony took place, with gold, silver and bronze medals being awarded. All participants received an award for participation.  A pizza party will followed.


  7. Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre (Winnipeg) held an open house for the surrounding community to build awareness of all the excellent program opportunities offered at the 1588 Main Street facility.  The open house featured information about programs and activities, instructors and staff members, a guided tour of the facility and a light lunch to savor the wonderful nutritious food offered at the Centre on a daily basis.

  8. Minnedosa 50+ Activity Centre involved younger quilters with the Minnedosa Valley Piecemakers Quilt Guild.

  9. Morden Friendship Activity Centre hosted an intergenerational ‘World Cafe’ to discuss the Age Friendly topics of:
    • Respect and social inclusion
    • Respectful and disrespectful behaviour
    • Intergenerational and family interactions
    • Public educationPublic images of aging

  10. Prairie Oasis Senior Centre (Brandon) held an afternoon of fun and refreshments at which students showed Seniors how to use a Wii game.

  11. Steinbach 55+ Centre developed an intergenerational project “Hobby Building – a Model Railroad Project” giving seniors an opportunity to work at a project together with youth providing a mentorship ‘grandparent/grandchild’ relationship and environment.  The Seniors expanded and shared their skills with each other and the youth.

  12. St James Assiniboia  55+ Centre (Winnipeg) collaborated with Strathmillan School Legacy Project –  grandparents/seniors meet three times throughout the school year to discuss, mentor, share a variety of ideas and concepts about life, school, and history.