Issue nr. 24 - 11/10/2022

Solidarity amongst people of all ages in local communities can be a lifesaver in times of crisis and uncertainty. In this Newsletter read about the fantastic work our TOY for Inclusion partner in Slovakia, Škola dokorán is doing to provide a child-focussed haven for hundreds of Ukrainian families.  Intergenerational community solidarity is also one of the many themes covered in the TOY Online Course about intergenerational learning, which starts again on 7 November. Find out how to register for the Course below. 

Latest News

TOY for Inclusion Play Hubs provide safe play space for Ukrainian refugees

Participating in meaningful activities and interacting with others in a child-friendly space can reduce stress and contribute to a sense of belonging for children and families that have suffered forced displacement due to the war in Ukraine. In June this year, our TOY for Inclusion partner in Slovakia, Škola dokorán, with support from UNICEF, opened six new intergenerational TOY for Inclusion Play Hubs. Read more about the new Play Hubs work and the training provided to staff and volunteers by ICDI’s Giulia Cortellesi and Luisa Tesch here.


Register now for TOY Online Course

Registration is open for the next TOY Online Course which takes place between 7 November and 11 December 2022. 

The course, titled, “Together Old and Young: An Intergenerational Approach” is unique in its focus on young children (0 – 10 years old) and older adults and aims to promote awareness and expertise to support you in developing good quality, sustainable intergenerational practice.

The course is constantly being updated with the latest research findings and publications. This edition has an expanded section on IGL as a pedagogical strategy in early childhood education and care.

Click here to find out more about this free 4-module course and to register.


TOY Blog: read our latest posts from Italy, USA and Ireland

Looking for inspiration about how to integrate an IG approach in your community, or the educational institution where you work? Then the three new TOY blogposts published this summer will provoke you to action.

• Find out more about BiG | Borgo intergenerational Greco, an IG urban regeneration and housing project in Milan, Italy.

• Now cross over to other side of the world to Los Angeles and learn about  the research and development work that UCLA are doing to design and promote public space that supports engagement, learning, and interaction among generations. 

• Finally, discover how Atlantic Technical University in Sligo, Ireland are developing programmes, which have intergenerational learning collaborations at their heart.

In further TOY blogs, we would like to share inspirational stories about IG initiatives from countries and contexts that haven’t received attention on TOY website to date.

If you know of an interesting IG initiative that you would like to share its story, please contact us at



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: 

International Child Development Initatives- ICDI

Margaret Kernan and Giulia Cortellesi 

Together Old and Young builds all-ages-friendly communities