In partnership with Mercy Health, Australian Catholic University (ACU) and Mercy Education, Catherine McAuley College and Mercy Health Bethlehem Home for the Aged have developed the iGEN program which offers a unique opportunity for Year 10 students and aged care residents.

The students participate in an innovative intergenerational program designed to develop a range of personal and life skills which will enhance opportunities and pathways for the future. The engagement and connection between the residents and students will enrich their lives and contribute to improved understanding of how positive relationships can impact health and wellbeing.

Research in similar programs nationally and internationally has demonstrated that intergenerational partnerships have long-lasting positive impacts on all participants.