The UP! Intergenerational Project:

Older woman and young girl smiling, sitting at tea table with cakes

Exploring the Benefits of Intergenerational Interactions in Care Home Residents, Care Home Staff and School Children

The UP! project is an intergenerational programme which aims to make the Pixar animation a reality, providing a platform for older adults and children to make meaningful connections with each other.

Based in mid Essex, this project aims to tackle social and generational isolation in care home residents and promote children's engagement with older people. For one afternoon each week school children are brought together with older adults with dementia living in a local care home. The Positive Ageing Research Institute has been collaborating with the school and care home to capture these interactions and explore the benefits to all involved. The findings of this research have revealed that intergeneration interactions can foster children's social and emotional development, and their understanding of ageing and dementia. For older adults the interactions provide new opportunities for meaningful engagement and inclusion in the wider community. 

Watch this video to find out more about the project in Maldon:


Collaborators & Funder

All Saint’s Primary School
Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group
Longfield Care Home

The UP! Project is funded by crowdfunding and contributions from Essex County Council and the Essex Community Foundation. 
The research is funded by the Research Innovation and Development Office (RIDO), Anglia Ruskin University.


Chandler, R. & Gillin, N. (2019). Using Intergenerational Interactions to Encourage Understanding, Connection & Community: The Up Project. A report prepared by the Positive Ageing Research Institute.

For more information on this project please contact Rebecca Chandler.