Active Across Ages is funded by Youth Sport Trust International and Sir John Beckwith Charitable Trust. It is delivered by the Youth Sport Trust (YST) and aims to develop and deliver an action-based research project focussed on intergenerational activity inspired and facilitated through the power of play and sport. The key aims of Active Across Ages are to:
- Facilitate social mixing to promote social wellbeing
- Enhance physical and mental wellbeing
- Boost social action and social capital
- Establish credible and impactful models of intergenerational activity for future use.
Active Across Ages is delivered across five discrete geographical locations across the country. Each location has a lead school and a partner school, and schools have identified at least one older person’s setting to partner with for the project. Young people from the schools are trained as Activity Buddies and then work with the older people to deliver activities, with a focus on physical activity, that both the old and young can enjoy together. The project is running from December 2018 to February 2020.
An evaluation of Active Across Ages is being conducted by YST Research and is being peer reviewed by Professor Andy Jones at the University of East Anglia; this executive summary presents the interim evaluation findings.