Issue nr. 23 - 22/04/2022

Next week is Global Intergenerational Week! The goal is to inspire people around the world to start or restart intergenerational connections. In this edition of the TOY Newsletter you can find out more about the events that are taking place during the week, as well as new publications about IG practice and learning.

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Next week is Global Intergenerational Week! 

TOY is one of the many supporters of the Global Intergenerational Week, which takes place next week from Monday 25th April to Sunday 1st May 2022. This is a global event and individuals or organisations in any country can participate.  Many of the events are online and most are free! 

Below is a flavour of just some of what is happening, and in which TOY has a role. For more information about events in Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, United States of America and Wales you can visit the relevant country pages here.


Share a Story: an IG Reading Guide of Children’s Books

To mark Global Intergenerational Week TOY has joined forces with Children’s Books Ireland, Hibernia College and Generations Working Together to produce a reading guide of children’s books that feature intergenerational connections.  It’s called, 'Share a Story'. The more than 30 books it describes feature a diversity of friendships and relationships between old and young. 'Share a Story' will be an especially useful resource for educators working with babies, toddlers, preschoolers and primary school children. It will also appeal to anyone who values the power of stories in bring people of all ages together. It is free!  

You will be able to download Share a Story from the websites of Children’s Books Ireland, and TOY from the Monday 25th April.


Developing intergenerational programmes in early childhood education

Join Trudy Corrigan (Dublin City University, DCU) and Margaret Kernan (TOY and Hibernia College) in a conversation about developing intergenerational programmes in early childhood education. It takes place online Monday 25th April at 3pm (Ireland). Click here to join on Zoom

For more information see Programme for Day 1 on Ireland’s Global Intergenerational Week website


Experience IG practice on campus at Atlantic Technological University, Sligo

If you are based in the West of Ireland, you might like to attend the events being organised by the Department of Social Sciences at the Atlantic Technological University, Sligo campus. The aim of the IG week in Sligo is to celebrate the research and work happening in classrooms and communities with older and younger people and share ideas to enhance best practice in intergenerational learning collaborations. Events include student-led workshops about IGL, and interviews with community-based visual artists involved in IG initiatives in the area.

Click here for full programme.

For more information you can also contact: Kate Brown,

A blogpost written by students and older adults who have been part of IG initiatives in the West of Ireland will be published on the TOY website in the coming weeks.

The global intergenerational campaign is being coordinated by Generations Working Together (Scotland) in partnership with Linking Generations Northern Ireland, The Beth Johnson Foundation (England), and Bridging the Generations (Wales).


TOY Online Course very favourably received

110 learners from different corners of the globe participated in the 7th edition of the ever popular TOY Online Course that ended on 10th April. Feedback from learners has been overwhelmingly positive:

‘I can honestly say that this was one of the best courses I have participated in. Great ideas, links and advice for whatever type of intergenerational work you are interested in. I feel like I have enough information to know how to proceed and all aspects were covered. I would thoroughly recommend it’.

‘This was such an interesting, practical and eye-opening course! I will definitely be looking into creating intergenerational activities and programs in my future school environment.’

The next edition will be available October-November 2022.  For more information check out the TOY Online Course page on the TOY website.


A Masterclass in Intergenerational Practice in the Community

More than 60 community-based workers and volunteers took part in an intergenerational practice masterclass in Dublin on 7th April 2022. Organised by Fingal County Council’s Community Development Office  and Fingal Community Facilities Network, it attracted practitioners from youth work, family support services, addiction services, community centres, day centres, active age groups, sports facilities, and early childhood education and care. Read more about the event here


New edited book: Intergenerational Bonds

We are delighted to share the news of the publication of another book about IG practice involving young children. 'Intergenerational Bonds: The Contributions of Older Adults to Young Children’s Lives’ is edited by US-based researchers and authors, Mary Renck Jalongo and Patricia A. Crawford and published by Springer as part of their Educating the Young Child Series.

The book studies the many different ways in which the lives of the first, third and fourth generations intersect and the reciprocal benefits that can accrue from establishing positive intergenerational bonds. The unifying feature across the 16 chapters is that the authors view these relationships as a powerful influence on quality of life.

You can read more about the book’s contents and how to purchase it here.

Click here to read the interview Margaret Kernan, TOY co-coordinator conducted with the book’s editors about their motivation to work on this book and their thoughts about the place of IG work in scholarship and practice.


TOY Blog: 

Walkie talkies and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ – maintaining IG friendships through COVID

One of our regular TOY blog contributors is Eilish Balfe from Happy Days Early Years Service, Ireland. In this blog she describes the creative strategies the children and residents in the local nursing home have been using this past year to maintain their friendships. You can read Eilish’s blog here



Upcoming events

Launch of the new Centre for Research on Ageing and Generations in England

The University of Surrey, England is launching a new Centre for Research on Ageing and Generations (CRAG), to bring together these two important areas of study and recognise their intersections.

The launch event takes place next week, Wednesday 27th April, 11:30-13:00 BST, online. Sign up here - all very welcome!

The event will open with an introduction to the new centre from CRAG's Co-Directors: Dr Helen Kingstone, Dr Jo Blanden, Dr Vicki Harman and Professor Andrew King. This will be followed by presentations from:

• · Arunima Himawan (International Longevity Centre UK) on the topic of ageing, generations and policy,

• · Kathleen Henehan (Resolution Foundation) on the topic of income and wealth inequalities within/between generations..

These presentations will be followed by Q&As and discussion. For more information contact: Dr Jennie Bristow or Dr Helen Kingstone 


On the TOY website we commit to provide current and ground-making news, research and developments about the world of intergenerational learning involving young children and older adults. If you have a news item you would like to share with us, please contact us at: 

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