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In this blog, Ryan McKay (Citadel) and Anne Munro (PDP) discuss adapting their practice to deliver digital intergenerational work and share their key tips for connecting young and older people online. This week marks National Intergenerational Week and what better way to celebrate than sharing how we have adapted to delivering digital intergenerational practice.

Citadel Youth Centre and Pilmeny Development Project (PDP) have delivered quality intergenerational practice, through our New Spin Intergenerational Project, in Leith Edinburgh since 2009.

Making the Digital Switch
Prior to Covid-19, a typical New Spin session would see 30 young and older people meet, alongside staff and volunteers, physically for an afternoon of games, team activities, conversation, food and fun. However the current health crisis has ensured the transformation at New Spin, like all areas of our lives, to be monumental.

Digital poverty and exclusion
‘The Digital Divide’ can impact people of all ages and now more than ever there is a need for digital skills. Adapting our intergenerational practice within New Spin to an online space to address this need has been challenging. We faced the reality of digital exclusion and of how to address the digital divide being experienced by local young and socially isolated, older people in Leith. We wanted to enable them to stay connected during the Coronavirus pandemic and continue to build positive, meaningful relationships across the generations.

Through perseverance, some trial and error and a passion to continue supporting our participants of all ages, intergenerational digital innovation has been achieved.

From initial sessions over Facebook video with only one young and older person taking part - things looked bleak. But in the words of Henry Ford:

“Failure is the opportunity to begin more intelligently”

Supporting our older participants to get online - through the provision of IT equipment for those who were digitally excluded and switching to Zoom, enabled us to attract more participants, particularly young people. The breakout room functionality of Zoom has also provided us with greater flexibility in how we deliver our weekly sessions, where 10 young and older participants now meaningfully engage online.


Feedback on what they are enjoying best about ‘digital’ New Spin included:

//‘Getting to mix with the older generation’

‘Getting to have a laugh with everyone’

‘That it is possible to stay in touch during lock down’

‘Generations can work together!’//

Here are our top 3 tips for adapting to deliver digital intergenerational work:

1. Build positive relationships

Relationships form the core of what we do. In a physical setting, creating safe spaces to foster meaningful relationships between young and older people is a relatively straight forward task. Moving into online spaces we can over complicate the work we are trying to achieve. It is easy to become preoccupied with technology, adding the latest application into your session plan, only to forget the reason why you are delivering your work in the first place.

TIP: Digital technologies have their place, but without relationships, you won’t have a successful digital intergenerational project. Place building positive relationships at the forefront and you will have a solid foundation in which both generations can digitally innovate together.

2. Include the five senses

Whether meeting with family and friends or taking part in an engaging webinar, connecting online has the potential to be a fantastic experience. However, online connections also have the potential to be energy sapping and detached. In order to make our digital New Spin sessions as connective as possible, we create weekly activity packs that draw on the 5 senses. Different smells, materials, textures and tastes have all been explored to make our sessions as sensory as possible. Example activities include: chop stick challenges, celebrating Chinese New Year to build motor skills, healthy snacks to stimulate taste buds and the smell of daffodils during St David’s Day festivities.

TIP: Build better digital connections by ensuring you capture the 5 senses in each session.

3. Time makes all the difference

Lockdown for all of us has often led to a distortion of time. Whether you feel time has gone slowly or quickly, it’s important to reflect on the amount of time you need, to deliver your digital intergenerational activities.

Although our digital New Spin sessions only run for 45 minutes, the creativity and time needed to deliver weekly activity packs can quickly eat into your working week. Moreover, communicating with your participants each week to ensure they are confident accessing digital activities, is an essential yet additional time restraint that must be considered.

TIP: Don’t underestimate the amount of time it will take you to plan and organise successful digital intergenerational activities. This is particularly the case if you are organising the home delivery of activity packs, IT support and resources.

For further information contact:

Anne Munro Pilmeny Development Project: moc.tcennoctb|ornumenna#moc.tcennoctb|ornumenna
Ryan Mckay Citadel Youth Centre: ku.gro.ertnechtuoyledatic|nayr#ku.gro.ertnechtuoyledatic|nayr


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Information on Pilmeny Development Project Alternative Service Provision during COVID-19

As you may be aware, we had to close PDP office and Resource Centre as of Tuesday 17th March 2020 until further notice, following City of Edinburgh Council decision to suspend older people’s day opportunities. Please note we have a new phone number you can contact us on during these unprecedented times.

We are continuing to provide an Alternative Service Provision for older people, carers and their families over the next period of time. This includes:

1. Risk Register – to identify local older people who live alone, no other help, or who may
have additional needs.
2. Phoneline – to help us make Regular weekly social contact calls to all individual group members to help alleviate social isolation/loneliness
3. Practical Help/ volunteer support with any basic tasks needed - Volunteers have been recruited from within PDP & Leith Timebank to assist with practical tasks such as shopping, collecting prescriptions/over the counter medications, walking dogs taking bins out, etc.
4. Newsletter – We hope to produce a regular newsletter which we will post out to you. If you have any ideas or suggestions for content you would enjoy – do contact us and let us know!
5. Partnership working - We are in touch with agencies that can help with any queries or concerns raised by older people, carers or families.

We hope you remain safe and well. We will continue to provide you with updates, including the latest information from NHS Scotland and CEC Health & Social Care departments re corona virus and help available etc.

Please do not hesitate get in touch with us if you (or if you know of) an older person, child or family that needs any help or support. In the meantime, please look after yourselves, family, friends and neighbours and we look forward to speaking with you soon and seeing you back at PDP when the time comes.

Take good care of yourself
Anne and all of us at PDP

Anne Munro, Manager Pilmeny Development Project



PILMENY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT has successfully achieved recognition from Investing In Volunteers for our excellent work with volunteers - this is something awarded to organisations who have clearly demonstrated a high quality standard of support and work with volunteers (read more about Investing in volunteers at )

If you would like to volunteer with us please give us a ring - we would love to hear from you
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Newly refurbished CENTRE FOR HIRE

- for workshops/meetings/etc at 15 Buchanan Street, Edinburgh - Contact PDP for more details - 0131 553 2559




Pilmeny Development Project (PDP) has been operating in the Lorne Area of Leith since 1979. It is managed by local residents and is funded by the City of Edinburgh Council and through its own fundraising efforts. It employs two community workers, a part time administrator and a part-time bookkeeper. In addition, PDP employs a part-time worker for the North East Edinburgh Older Men's Health and Well-being Project (funded by Health Scotland until October 2006) and provides office accommodation for a North East Edinburgh Ageing Well Project part-time support assistant.

The overall aim of the Pilmeny Development Project is to support local residents and groups and to encourage appropriate self-help initiatives towards the identification and resolution of their problems. This means we work with local people to identify and deliver actions which contribute to sustainable development of both individual and groups in this part of Edinburgh to improve their quality of life.

In our work with older people and carers we seek to encourage their active engagement with a wider range of Community Planning, Health and Community Care service providers to ensure quality 'Joint Future' and joined up arrangements are in place for older people in NE Edinburgh.

Our work with adults seeks to encourage their ability to meet their own needs and to participate in all aspects of community life.

The overall aims of the Pilmeny Development Project are:

To support local residents and groups and to encourage appropriate self-help initiatives towards the identification and resolution of their problems.

(a) Children and Young People - overall aim is:

To improve the range and provision of services with children and young people which enables them to meet their social, educational and recreational needs and to develop their capabilities.

(b) Older people - overall aim is:

To improve the range and provision of services with the older people which maintains and improves the quality of their lives and enables them to remain independent and active for as long as possible.

(c) Adults - the overall aim is:

To improve the range and provision of services which enables them to meet their social, educational and recreational needs and improves the quality of their lives.

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