Research projects across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria will gather multidisciplinary knowledge to support the development of GrandSchool’s intergenerational living and learning model.
Photo courtesy of ‘the inside agedcare project’
Cooperative Spaces Project
The Cooperative Spaces Project aims to design, implement and evaluate intergenerational cooperative programs in creative arts (co-creation), horticulture/hospitality (co-care), IT/media (co-learning), or fitness (co-fitness), across multiple case study sites. The health and wellbeing benefits of varied levels of student and senior engagement in cooperative programs will be evaluated.
Youth Social Enterprise Employment Project
The Youth Social Enterprise Employment Project aims to explore the feasibility of school students completing school-based traineeships and other work-based training while meeting service needs of seniors within co-located highschool and senior living campuses. This project will evaluate the supervision structure put in place through establishment of social enterprises (e.g. onsite cafe, IT mentorships, horticultural maintenance), and identify potential barriers and enablers to social enterprise development within the model.
Inclusive Campus Environments Project
The Inclusive Campus Environments Project aims to explore the feasibility of planning and built environment models which integrate, co-situate or connect existing education and senior living environments. Key sites will be identified to implement spatial syntax and activity mapping to understand and inform intergenerational learning and living campus design.
Decision Network Tool for Intergenerational Planning Project
The Decision Network Tool for Intergenerational Planning Project aims to explore the feasibility of developing a network tool which captures regulatory policy, governance models, economic factors, campus planning, and the campus design features required to implement healthy intergenerational programs and create opportunities for social enterprise. The project will develop, implement and evaluate a pilot network tool to help inform intergenerational learning and living campus design.