New Intergenerational Linking


The Linking Network (TLN) is delighted to announce that it is partnering with The Dunhill Medical Trust and My Home Life in an exciting £1M programme to promote young people’s engagement with care homes for older people, through MHL and TLN’s Intergenerational Linking Programme. The project is being funded through the #iwill Fund, a joint investment between The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport.

This programme of work aims to co-create, pilot and deliver a range of inter-generational, sustainable community engagement initiatives in the social care sector with the purpose of:

  • developing a long-term volunteering habit amongst young people, in particular those aged 5-14 years from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, through the provision of high-quality opportunities and support
  • connecting the residents of care homes for older people with their local communities in a way which is flexible, practically achievable and self-sustaining

The programme intends to transform the lives of both young and older participants, initially in two pilot areas and then a further 10 areas throughout England. The Linking Network will seek to inspire, guide and make it easier for young individuals in primary schools, clubs, and community organisations to connect with residents, relatives and staff in care homes. We will help them to kick-start the habit of volunteering and social action, early in life, developing skills for the future and supporting them to feel part of a national effort to connect generations for mutual benefit. We will be partnering in this task with My Home Life who bring expertise in community engagement by Care Homes. We know this work aligns with spiritual, moral, social and cultural development including education that develops character.  We believe that for many primary schools and community organisations this will support them to do work they are already keen to do and connects with their priorities.

At The Linking Network we currently link schools with one another. This is a new strand of work where schools may choose to link with a care home in a different year group.

We will be piloting this work in Bradford from January 2020 and so are looking to work to connect interested Care Homes with Primary Schools and Youth Organisations in their local areas across the Bradford district.


  • The #iwill Fund is made possible thanks to  joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities.
  • The #iwill Fund brings together a group of organisations who all contribute funding to embed meaningful social action into the lives of young people.
  • Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable young people to make a positive difference in their communities as well as develop their own skills and knowledge.
  • The #iwill Fund supports the aims of the #iwill campaign – to make involvement in social action a part of life for young people, by recognising the benefit for both young people and their communities.
  • By bringing together funders from across different sectors and by making sure that young people have a say in where the funding goes, the #iwill Fund is taking a collaborative approach.