Why undertake a GUM programme

It is known that programmes which bring together young people and older people have positive effects on both age groups - for example, overcoming and preventing loneliness, reducing depression and improving self-esteem. Uniting generations through physical activity and movement will also improve the physical, mental and social health of all involved.

Key data and trends you need to know

It is important to understand the underlying key trends for a GUM programme to be successful.

Keep in mind that for the GUM programme, older people are 65+ years and young people aged 16 to 24 years (older adolescents and young adults).

Here is some useful background information about those two target groups.

Know your audience

So you want to design a successful GUM programme. That’s great! The first thing you need to gather is information about your audience.

Here are our tips to help you qualify your audience for intergenerational activities. Based on experience, we believe these are the most important factors to have in mind when preparing for a GUM programme of activities.

Expected benefits of intergenerational activities

In this video, partners from the GUM project are presenting from across Europe the expected benefits of intergenerational activities.

Should you want to go further, we encourage you to have a look through the GUM Research on the successful implementation of intergenerational collaboration projects

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