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Section One Planning headingPLANNING: ACTION PLAN
A program that involves two organisations needs clear direction about who is responsible for what and how sustainability of the program will be ensured.

A Memorandum of Understanding can be drawn up to formalise this process as it provides help to focus on a service which is not "owned" by either organisation and can be overlooked in the management process.

It may include, who will be responsible for the operation of the programincluding basic details on frequency of activities, types of activities, location of activities, resources required, marketing and who is responsible for the provision of these.

This section provides information to help you think about whether you want to run an Intergenerational Program and the initial steps you will need to take in order to make it happen.
Define your aim
It is important to know what you want to achieve when working with a population that may be resistant to change. As people get older they may become set in their ways and not always receptive to new ideas. Parents of children will want to know why their child might be involved in your program. Be clear about the benefits you would like from your Intergenerational Program.

For example the aim of the KITE program was "to enhance the happiness, humanity and respect for the minds and hearts of young and old through an intergenerational partnership"(Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation Submission).

Centre Management Support
The concept of an Intergenerational Program if it is to be jointly "owned", needs to be discussed and clarified prior to committing to go ahead with it.
  • Why an intergenerational program would be beneficial;
  • What the parties would like to see as a result of introducing this program;
  • How they would see an Intergenerational Program operating;
  • Who would be responsible for it within their facility; and
  • How they would know if it achieves what it sets out to achieve.
Assess interest in a joint program
Once you have decided you would like to introduce an Intergenerational Program at your facility, you will need to contact a local centre to discuss possibilities and gain some idea of their level of interest. It is important when you make this contact to be aware of the structure and operations of the other centre so that you can be realistic about what your Intergenerational Program may include. > MORE INFO: Some basic information on the structure of services provided by either a childcare or aged care facility.
To run effectively a childcare centre or an aged care facility follows a daily routine. You must gain an appreciation of how both centres work, their schedules, and the best times for children and elderly to attend program sessions. You will find that both centres will have restricted time for the sessions to take place.

Consult parties directly involved
It is important to get people interested from the start. One way to achieve this is to ensure that residents are consulted before the program is implemented. See if they are really interested in your program and find out what they would like to do if they came to sessions.
Getting started
You will need to gather more information before you can implement an Intergenerational Program. You will need to address issues such as staffing, funding, location and resources.
> MORE INFO: Staffing requirements. Download the complete guide for details in depth.

You will need to develop clear understandings of the potential problems that you may experience in setting up your program. > MORE INFO: Common problems in running a program.


How will you know what is succeeding?
It may take a considerable amount of time to gain the trust and confidence of the elderly and the child carers involved. Allow time for this to occur. Based on our experience approximately 15% of the Low Care population will attend an activity at any one time. The High Care population attendance at activities is higher at approximately 30% of the resident population.
Attendance rate is not necessarily an indicator of the success of an effective program, many other factors contribute towards the program being successful.
© 2012. Based on a formative evaluation of an Intergenerational Care Program conducted by St Michael's Collegiate and OneCare Limited
in conjunction with the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation