Eurochild-AGE debate on granparents as carer

On 24 April 2013, Eurochild and AGE are co-organising a round table debate on Grandparents as carers - Trends and support services in Europe” in the European Parliament. This event will launch the results of a study carried out by Eurochild which gives an overview of family policies with relevance to grandparents across EU countries and identifies key policies that recognise grandparent care and support, and which strengthen the extended families from children’s perspective. Policy recommendations will also be presented and a debate will be engaged among experts and policy makers on the follow-up work by the EU.

Click here to download the(Draft) programme and here to register.


Generation@school : second edition invites teachers, pupils and older people to discuss present and future Europe

Building on the success of last year’s first edition, the European Commission is launching generations@school 2013, a competition which takes the European Day of Solidarity between Generations (29 April) as an opportunity to organise activities in the classroom that bring pupils together with seniors and contribute to a better understanding of each other.




Camden intergenerational week favours contacts between young and older generations

Groups and organisations across the London Borough of Camden are organising from 27 April to 5 May 2013 a full week of exciting intergenerational activities and events bringing together people of different ages, especially young and older people who otherwise probably would not get the chance to meet each other.

The range of activities is very wide: table tennis, bingo, drama, music and singing, photography, arts & crafts, Chinese cooking, wild flower seed-sowing, storytelling, dance and relaxation sessions, maypole dancing and much more...The Week will celebrate and showcase the huge vitality and diversity of Camden's intergenerational activities and celebrate the EU Day of Solidarity Between the Generations.

Calendar of events


Czech AGE member association fosters intergenerational and civil dialogue

ZIVOT 90 will arrange " Intergenerational meeting" on April 29th afternoon to discuss with older and younger people relations between both generations. The meeting is organised by ZIVOT 90 in co-operation with Czech against Poverty movement and UN Information Centre in Prague. We are expecting around 50 old and young participants and there will be some very good speakers like Mr. Vladimir Spidla ( former Czech premier and EC commissioner ), represenative from UN centre in Prague, representaive from Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, ZIVOT 90, representaive from Czech Science Academy and Educon NGO.

One young student will talk about his intergenerational experience living with grandmother and also one short film about life of both generations in Kenya and Czech Republic will be presented. Wide space will be devoted to intergenerational discussion and we expect good and useful discussion.


‘Think sooner about later’ promotes intergenerational debate on life after retirement 

‘Think sooner about later’ - The King Baudouin Foundation has launched a campaign to stimulate citizens to timely think and talk about ‘later’, the period after retirement. A number of stakeholders (organizations of elderly or organisations who work with elder citizens) have engaged themselves to stimulate this intergenerational dialogue.

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GoACT: EU-funded project on the importance of intergenerational dialogue

GoACT is a Grundtvig project for raising awareness on the importance of the dialogue between generations, calling on insights from experts, on policy suggestions, on adult education, media coverage, and initiating an information campaign about ageing. [September 2012 – August 2013]

AGE is co-organizing a Conference in June 2013 for a dialogue between generations; we’ll help gather insights from experts, policy suggestions, we’ll support with guidance on adult education, and will initiate an information campaign about ageing, accompanied by a project exhibition (market of opportunities) for networking and exchange.

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HelpAge Spain seminar promotes older people's rights

The Madrid–based HelpAge International España is organising a seminar on Older People’s rights on 29th April, to coincide with the EU Day of Solidarity between Generations. This event continues the work we have been doing to campaign for the rights of Older People at a national level, which came to the fore with the launch of the report produced by HelpAge International and the UNFPA  “Ageing in the 21st century – A celebration and a challenge” last October in Madrid.  Since then the HelpAge network organised the high-level conference in Osnabrück last December aimed at building up political support in Europe for a Convention on the rights of older people, particularly ahead of the next Open-ended Working Group on Ageing meeting in the Summer. 

Building on this recent advocacy work, HelpAge International España is now organising this event in Madrid with support from HelpAge International and also with the collaboration of the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, through its IMSERSO Institute. The event will include a series of roundtable discussions with a focus on older people’s rights and the move towards a Convention. It will bring together both international and national speakers and participants, including Spanish government and AGE Platform Europe representatives, and is aimed primarily at influencing the Spanish government position in the UN process towards a Convention. There will be a discussion dedicated to intergenerational solidarity led by HelpAge younger and older activists.  It will also look to bring together Spanish organisations working on ageing issues to form a National Platform from which to influence ageing-related policies.



'Carrefour des Générations'

The fifth edition of the Belgian event ‘Carrefour des Générations’ will take place on 27 and 28 April 2013 throughout Wallonia and Brussels. Various activities (concerts, exhibitions, shows, visits, meetings…) will be organised by associations, citizens’groups or private and public institutions to celebrate solidarity between generations.


'The Knowledge Volunteers': intergeneration in favour of digital inclusion

The European funded project “The Knowledge Volunteers” coordinated by the Fondazione Mondo Digitale is based on intergenerational exchange approach applied to digital literacy courses for over  60s.


'The Generation Games': connecting generations through sport

The Generation Games is an international event that brings together people of all ages to practice sports together. It is a multi-sports event that promotes exercise and a healthy lifestyle, connects people of all ages, and offers a platform to local and global organisations to encourage sports participation.

The first edition of the Generation Games took place in Rotterdam (NL) on 23 June 2012, the International Olympic Day. Many stakeholders contributed to the success of the event: sport clubs, national sport associations, the Dutch Olympic Committee, Dutch Sports Federations, schools, universities, companies and volunteers of all ages. This was also the opportunity to mark the European Year for Active Aging and Solidarity between Generations 2012.

The organisers of the first edition are now inviting every city, large or small, to organise the Generation Games. If interested, cities can receive the creative concept with guidelines, tips and advice in order to organise their own edition together with local partners.

For more information on the first edition, please click the following link:

For more information on how to participate, please send an e-mail to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. or visit the Generation Games’ website:


Y’A PAS D’AGE POUR MARCHER - City of Besançon (France)

An intergenerational walking is organised in the centre of Besonçon in France on 29 April. Three routes with different levels of difficulties are proposed.

Click here for the programme.


Intergenerational social network meeting in Italy

The Italian organisation Lecco100 is orgniasing a meeting in Lecco (Italy) on 5th July 2013 to strengthen intergenerational solidarity while improving older people's use of the social networks in order to combine the innovation and dynamism of the younger generation with the experience of mature people, and especially to know their problems.

5 July 2013 (from 9 to 17)
Conference room of the Confcommercio of Lecco
Piazza Garibaldi 4 Lecco

Read more in Italian


Songs of Generations: an Intergenerational Workshop on the Role of Music in Society

The topic of the workshop, which will be held in Poland from 14th to 20th of July 2013 is dedicated to the role of music in society and in participants’ biographies. It brings together people from different genera­tions and nationalities, enabling them to communicate and cooperate, discovering similarities besides the overwhelming differences of “nation” and “age”.

During the workshop participants will be invited to discuss the meaning of music in their personal lives and sharing memories of different melodies, which are connected to their own biography. They will also deal with the role of music as a medium of social protest, change and opposition against totalitarian regimes.

Registrations are still until 13th May 2013

All costs will be covered by the European Lifelong Learning Programme - Grundtvig.

The working language of the workshop will be English.

For more information please read the Call for Participation


My Grandparents are Cool! aims to preserve the Romanian cultural heritage by highlighting the values of sharing experiences between generations.

In the framework of the European Year for Active Ageing 2012, the Policy Center for Diversity and Security is conducting public campaign in order to fight against the marginalization of elderly people and encouraging dialogue between generations. The "My Grandparents Are Cool!" project consists of

  • a website gathering stories, common passions, habits and old objects that youngsters share with their grandmothers,
  • a 24-minute feature titled "My Grandparents Are Cool!" produced and broadcasted in order to raise awareness amongst the public about the problems of elderly people,
  • an action to plant "Orchards for the future" in two villages in the South of Romania in order to bring together children and teenagers, and senior citizens.

My Grandparents are Cool!


Slovenia’s-Fruits of Society seeks to strengthenens exchange and mutual support between generations

The House called Fruits of Society is the first example of setting up an intergenerational centre in Slovenia, which brings together different activities and different groups in the Pomurje region. The project's aim is to ensure additional help for the elderly by young people and, at the same time, help youth acquire new knowledge, while tackling the stereotypes young and old people may have against each other. Activities mainly revolve around socializing, collective creation, and promotion of a healthy lifestyle and voluntary work. The idea is to create a forum where ideas can be exchanged on how to deepen and extend intergenerational voluntary cooperation to other activities and how to carry out these activities in different contexts.

Fruits of Society - a project of intergenerational cooperation

Netherlands - Active Old: documentary to change the perception of the elderly and reduce the generation gap

Active Old" is a 40 minutes motivation documentary in which seniors, professionals and volunteers from a variety of ethnic groups explain the worth of volunteering activities and groups as a way to fight social isolation of elderly migrants. Available in several languages and released in DVD format, the movie has been actively and widely spread amongst organisations involved with migrant elderly, as well as nursing centres and other institutions. (Click here to see video in English)


'Changing generations – Findings from New Research on Intergenerational Relations in Ireland'
(Insight on intergenerational approaches in Ireland)

This report presents key findings from the Changing Generations study – a collaborative research project undertaken between 2011 and 2013 by the Social Policy and Ageing Research Centre (SPARC), Trinity College Dublin, and the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG), NUI Galway.
Changing Generations addresses important issues concerning the relationships between different generations in Ireland.


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