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Engaging students and older people in intergenerational dialogue is the aim of the generations@school Project. Since 2009, Europe has celebrated a European Day of Solidarity Between Generations on April 29th. In 2012, the focus is on bringing together students and older people to engage in a conversation about what it means to get older, and how older and younger people can collaborate for a better life. 

During the weeks around April 29th, all schools in Europe are invited to open the doors of their classrooms to older generations to explore how the dialogue between generations can contribute to a better education and a better understanding of each other.

For more details on generations@school project click here

For press enquries or to join the EY2012 Media Network click here


  • EWL annual Conference

The Euroepan Women's Lobby is organising a Conference (in EN, FR and Hungarian) on 11 May 2012 in Budapest on the theme Her Future – Intergenerational Solidarity from a Gender Equality Perspective.

For more information on the event, click here  or contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In addition, EWL will dedicate the latest edition of its magazine European Women’s Voice to discussing intergenerational solidarity from a gender equality perspective. More information here


  • EFC selectin of good practices

the European foundation Centre has drew up a list of good practices in the field of active ageing and solidarity between generations which have been identified among EFC members. The list is available here.



  • Granny – Service; Granny/Grandpa – Service

In Austria, the Granny – Service helps young families to find babysitting for those whose grandparents are either deceased or live too far away for quick babysitting. Young couples often search for a reliable person to care for their children, in line with many older people would like to take care of children, however in their own environment there is no way to do so. To merge both interests, the Association of Catholic Organisations of Austria offers special care service by carefully selecting, training and mediating substitute “Grannies”.  

The Granny – Service programme endeavours families and grandmas (and sometimes grandfathers) to get and fit together, thus older people can bring their experience, love and patience as a valuable contribution to family life and in turn get to know the problems of younger generation. It is a short-term care service in the area of Graz for an average rate of six to eight Euros per hour. At this moment KFÖ’s programme activates more than 100 Grannies with growing success and reputation in Austria. For more information please visit the following website:


  • Carrefours des génération

For the fourth consecutive year, King Baudouin Foundation (BE) has launched its initiative ‘Carrefours des générations’.  This event will take place on 28 and 29 April 2012 in celebration of the European Day of Solidarity between the Generations (29 April 2012).

We warmly invite you to support the campaign (more info in the attachment) and share this information with your partners or members, particularly those in Ireland, Netherlands, Czech Republic and Slovenia where the campaign has active champions.

The program will include visits, concerts, shows, exhibitions and meetings all of which are aimed at educating and informing about the relationships between generations as well as promoting intergenerational solidarity.  Over 30 communities and local associations in Southern Belgium and Brussels have helped to initiate these activities which will be presented free of charge.

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  • Gezinsbond Grandparents and Seniors Action

GEZINSBOND offers various services for families. Through the Grandparents and the Senior Action (GOSA) programme it provides continuous help, guidance and information for grandparents. Particularly, GOSA pays special attention to families where children often left home, and families expecting a grandchild.

At local level GOSA offers several services for ageing people such as arranging meeting possibilities, holiday opportunities, sport activities, relaxation, specific trainings…  It also publishes the newly developed “Letter to Young Grandparents” which communication tool represents the key mission of GEZINSBOND; provide support and information to families in different phases of their life. Furthermore, GOSA offers the following services to its members: managing crisis situations as a grandparent, providing information on health insurance premiums, helping grandchild and grandparent relationships.

Additionally, GEZINSBOND publishes a quarterly newspaper „ACTIVE” which publication provides up-to-date information to grandmothers and grandfathers on today’s society. This quire magazine also introduces all the themes and activities of GOSA.

To find out more about GEZINSBOND’s activities concerning ageing please follow this link:;view=category&layout=blog&id=32&Itemid=55


  • Information Office of the European Parliament in Belgium

This year the Information Office of the European Parliament in Belgium organises several activities in the framework of the 'European Year for Active ageing and solidarity between generations'. One of these, at the eve of the 'European Day of solidarity between the generations', is a visit to several inter-generational projects in Namur on Friday 27 April, from 8.30 till 2.00 pm. Projects to be visited include (but are not limited to): The intergenerational tutoring institute Saint Ursula and UTAN (Third Age University of Namur, three interface projects funded by the European Social Fund, and the Advisory Council of  Elders (CCA).

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  • “Solidarity between generations: from regional best practices to policies”

The Social Inclusion Region  Group (SIRG) hosted this event on 23 April in Brussels.   The “Solidarity between generations: from regional best practices to policies” conference, organised by the thematic working group “Intergenerational solidarity”, aims to focus on the relationship between the different generations and how there can be reinforced. The overall aim of the conference will be to raise awareness of the role of local and regional authorities in promoting solidarity between generations. For more information, please click here or visit:



  • Four Generations Carnival

In order to celebrate the European Day of Solidarity between Generations, the Central Union for the Welfare of the Aged is hosting a carnival in Helsinki, Finland.  There will be a Four Generations’ fashion show, dancer performances by intergenerational groups, an intergenerational choir and a young rapper.  There will also be workshops, different forms of exercise, and many more events. The event is free and open to everyone. 

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  • ACLAP Festive Day

The French organisation ACLAP (Marseille) is organising a festive day including a debate on the European Year 2012. At this event a Intergeneratinal Charter in order to set up an intergenerational network mobilising different actors of the PACA region.

The programme of the day is available here (in French)

To access the RIG Charter



  • Action Week Against Age Discrimination

Several German regions will participate in a special “Action Week” between April 23rd and 29th 2012. In collaboration with schools, senior centres, businesses, NGOs and cultural institutions the Federal Anti-discrimination Agency will celebrate a series of activities in order to stimulate intergenerational dialogue and raise awareness on the age discrimination issue. The special ambassadors for the year designated by the federal agency will also participate actively in the Action Week.



  • Conference: Creating a New Old 

Creating a New Old is an initiative of Age&Opportunity and the Bealtaine festival. This conference will bring together specialists in health, culture, arts, science, education, gerontology, social policy and tourism.  It will showcase international best practice, innovation and opportunities relating to ageing from the arts and culture sectors.  Speakers at this conferences will discuss their own first-hand experience of programmes they have developed and managed, and of their research findings about how to do things best in a range of situations and with a range of older populations.  Other speakers will deal with the subject of how to introduce these findings into mainstream experience in health and education programmes and into communities and civic life at national level.

The core themes of the conference are:

  • The potential for creative activity to maximise the ability of all individuals to maintain dignity and independent living throughout older age
  • How to harness the creative powers of older people to make a positive contribution to society

For more information, please visit:


  • Intergenerational Human Rights Initiative (IHRI)

Ectopia is in the process of developing the Intergenerational Human Rights Initiative to help celebrate the European Day of Intergenerational Solidarity (29 April) as well as the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (EY2012).

This initiative seeks to use the legal skills and contacts of retired professionals and the social networking and web skills of younger peoples in many different areas to ensure human rights are upheld.  These intergenerational pairs will work on special issue advocacy, drawing attention to unjust or illogical laws to name a few.

For more information, please visit:

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  • AGE Platform Italia Conference
  • AGE Platform Italia will organise a conference in Rome to mark the 29th of April. Please click here to read about the programme.

    Click here to read an article concerning the conference (Italian only)


  • Presentation of the book "Aneddoti e ricordi della mia vita” to mark the European Day
  • In occasion of the European Day of Solidarity between generations the Department of Social Policy of the Province of Rovigo, in collaboration with Auser Polesine (local non-profit organization) and the Savings Bank of Padova e Rovigo Foundation and with the sponsorship of the Municipalities of Polesella and Ariano nel Polesine, has scheduled the launch of the book by Carolina Rosatti.  Rosatti was a teacher at the primary and secondary schools in his village and also a community educator.

    In addition to presenting the book to the network of Popular Universities, the initiative aims to allow the participants in the Popular University courses and young volunteers to be witnesses of the life experience of this extraordinary teacher and to foster an exchange between generations on the values of education, citizenship and solidarity towards the most defenseless.

    • Tell a Story

    To celebrate this World Day, the Councillorship for Social Policies of the City of Naples (Italy) - Assessor Sergio D'Angelo, thanks to the technical coordination of the services 'Web Portal', proposes a space on the website of the City of Naples, titled 'Tell a story'. 
    This space is open to the local community (citizens, voluntary associations, other Third Sector organizations, universities, research centers, schools, civic organizations, etc..), all of whom can send in (by filling out a form online) materials (documents, projects, images, video, etc..), their various positive experiences (both already realized and those in the next phase of implementation) that show the importance of the active participation of older people in social solidarity and cooperation between different generations. 

    For more information, please visit:



    • Participative conferences on relationship ans solidarity between generations. 

    FOCAGG is organising, with the support of the European Commission and the European Parliament, a series of participative conferences on relationship and solidarity between generations.  There will be discussions on experiences of intergenerational dynamics that have taken place during the year 2012.  There will also be activities that involve both the older and younger generations with the aim of establishing and maintaining links between the two and to promote the transfer of knowledge and experience from generation to generation.

    For more information, please visit:


    United Kingdom

    • Digital clinic for Seniors

    The UK Department for Work and Pensions, the European Commission Representation in London and Age UK London will jointly hold an event as part of Spring Online, a digital inclusion campaign for elderly people, to celebrate the European Day of Solidarity between Generations.  About 50 older people from around London will be invited by Age UK to participate in a Digital Clinic at Europe House.  There, they will be able to get help with any technical issues they might have with ICT and devices such as mobile phones; iPods and other mp3 players; iPads or other tablets; Kindles; Wii, Xbox and other game consoles.  Senior citizens will also learn how to set up Twitter and Facebook accounts and use them, and also will get training to use Skype. The digital clinic will be staffed by volunteers from the three organisations, across beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

    • Learn With Grandma

    Learn with Grandma is an on-going project that is an excellent example of intergenerational solidarity for the European Day of Intergenerational Solidarity on 29 April.

    The organisation aims to promote relationships between grandparents and grandchildren who live near each other as well as those that live far apart.  To further these aims, Learn with Grandma hosts activities that:

    • Encourage grandparents to create lasting memories and have fun with their grandchildren as well as instil a love of learning
    • Encourage respect between the generations by showing each generation what the other has to teach them
    • Encourage seniors to learn technological skill from their younger generations and for seniors to teach more traditional skills to their children and grandchildren.
    • Create local and internet support networks for grandparents, parents and children.
    • Discover educational, fun activities and resources that grandparents can enjoy with their grandchildren
    • Work with other organisations to promote these aims internationally

    For more information, please visit:

    • LTCAS conference

    In order to take advantage of the opportunity created by the European Year 2012 for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, Long Term Conditions Alliance Scotland (LTCAS) is organizing a national learning and practice exchange Conference on Friday 27th April, 2012, which will coincide with the European Day for Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity. The event will highlight the benefits of physical activity in promoting healthy ageing and will include the showcasing of good practice from a variety of organisations.

    Speakers include Shona Robinson MSP, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport; Susanne Hollmann,  European Commission, Sport Unit, Directorate General for Education and Culture; and Louise Richardson, Vice President, AGE Platform Europe.

    Conference website





    Age UK London, the Department for Work and Pensions and  the European Commission are holding a Spring Online event – inviting 50 older people in a digital clinic at Europe House in London, to get help with mobile phones, mp3 players, computers and social networking, from younger volunteers.



    World wide

  • Launch of HelpAGE International and Age Demands Action (ADA)campaign "Make it Ageless"
  • As part of the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, HelpAge is bridging the gap between young Europeans and older campaigners in developing countries. Make it Ageless is a new HelpAge International campaign which inspires young people to show solidarity with older people in developing countries.

    The campaign responds to the results of a survey carried out in EU member states to find out more about young people’s attitudes to ageing and development. It features stories from young campaign champions in Europe and Africa who spent a week sharing their lives with an older person.

    For more information:

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