The Inter-Generational Link
Research by many credible organisations, including ACRO, have consolidated the view that the two most vulnerable and seemingly different groups within our community are the two that have the most in common. These are our younger and older citizens. Born at different times in history and governed by divergent experiential criteria, the young and the old are, nonetheless, strongly linked in terms of their needs and certain of their attitudes. In many ways this is predicable since both are most dependent upon others; both strive for independence; and both have the time to explore different approaches to life experiences albeit for different purposes. They are natural allies who can greatly assist each other; one by mentoring, the other through support and company. ACRO is committed to nurturing this dynamic relationship.
The Meals on Wheels Connection

In conjunction with a Meals on Wheels organisation and with the support of a Queensland High School, ACRO initiated a program whereby younger high school students were partnered with Meals on Wheels personnel in the preparation and delivery of meals to older people in their homes. This proved to be a highly successful endeavour with extremely positive feedback being received from both age groups towards each other. The program received favourable mention in Federal Parliament and the Project was nominated for the Prime Minister's Business Partnership Awards in 2007.

Self-Portrait Project
ACRO is currently involved in a photographic project engaging younger and older citizens in a process of self-portraiture. We are hoping to create a photographic reflection on how each group perceives the other and, in the process, help forge relationships of mutual benefit. Both age groups are noted for their candour and ability to get to the point in expressing opinions. From our experience with the Meals on Wheels Project, we are expecting older and younger people, whilst initially hesitant and guarded, to quickly find connections and empathy.