26 / 02 / 20

Volunteers sought for Multigenerational Kitchen project

Design is about solving problems and few are as pressing as the demand for domestic space. We are living longer, house prices are high and land is scare, putting new pressures on how we live.

One solution is the multigenerational home. Although challenging, bringing together different generations under one roof creates fantastic opportunities for innovation and new design. 

We would like to invite you to explore our innovative, 'intelligent' multigenerational kitchen prototype. 

The National Innovation Centre for Ageing is facilitating the work of experts: leading designer, Johnny Grey and Professor of Practice in Ageing and Vitality, Peter Gore who have worked with VOICE since 2017 to create a truly unique, aspirational kitchen for the whole family. ​

We would like volunteers to participate in this project:

  • to explore and engage with our multigenerational kitchen.  
  • to provide honest feedback on how you and your family would use with this space.
  • to establish whether this kitchen meets your needs. 

Volunteer Criteria 

This opportunity is open to people of any age who have lived or are currently living in a multigenerational home (this includes two, three or four generations).

If you are currently living in a multigenerational home, we would like to invite your whole family to join us at this workshop.

What does this opportunity involve? 

This opportunity would involve participants attending one workshop in the Catalyst Building, home to the National Innovation Centre for Ageing. We would like you to interact with the kitchen and to share your opinions on how you and your family would live in this space. 

When and where will this take place? 

The date of this workshop is yet to be confirmed but is likely to be the first Saturday in May.  The location will be the workshop space within the Catalyst, 3 Science Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5TG.

What are the benefits to members in taking part? 

Those who participate will have the opportunity to shape the final multigenerational kitchen's design and functionality. This kitchen is a prototype and the first iteration – your feedback will ensure that any unmet wants and needs are incorporated into the final kitchen design.

Lunch will be provided.

Travel costs will be reimbursed and participants will receive a £40 high street shopping voucher as thanks for taking part. 

To register your interest in taking part, or for any questions, please contact Jessica Dawes (Jessica.dawes@newcastle.ac.uk​)

published on: 6th February 2020