Register now for the TOY Online Course starting on 7 November!

October 10, 2022 |

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.



Share A Story: Children’s Books Ireland launches IG reading guide

April 26, 2022 |

Share A Story: Children’s Books Ireland launches intergenerational reading guide with Together Old and Young (TOY), Hibernia College and Generations Working Together 

Curated reading guide for educators of children 0–12 promotes building of intergenerational connections through shared reading.

Today marks the first day of Global Intergenerational Week. Taking place from 25th April – Sunday 1st May, this week connects older and younger generations to reach new understandings and inspire empathy.

Stories have the power to bring people of all ages together, creating a moment of shared warmth and imagination. To help early years educators and primary school teachers celebrate this global moment of intergenerational unity, Children’s Books Ireland, Together Old and Young, Hibernia College and Generations Working Together have compiled a reading guide of books that are perfect for this very purpose.

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A Masterclass in Intergenerational Practice in the Community

April 19, 2022 |

More than 60 Dublin-based community-based workers and volunteers took part in an intergenerational practice masterclass in Dublin on 7th April 2022. It was jointly organised by Fingal County Council’s Community Development Office and the Fingal Community Facilities Network  . Fingal is local authority north of Dublin City. The Masterclass attracted a very diverse group of community-based practitioners and local authority staff, all wanting to learn more about intergenerational practice. They came from youth work, family support services, addiction services, community centres, day centres, active age groups, sports facilities, and early childhood education and care.

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New book about intergenerational bonds published!

March 25, 2022 |

We are delighted to share the news of the publication of: ‘Intergenerational Bonds: The Contributions of Older Adults to Young Children’s Lives’. TOY co-coordinators, Margaret Kernan and Giulia Cortellesi contributed the Foreword.

This very well researched book was edited by Mary Renck Jalongo and Patricia A. Crawford and published by Springer as part of their Educating the Young Child Series.

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TOY is an official supporter of the Global Intergenerational Week

February 10, 2022 |

The TOY Project is delighted to be an official supporter of the Global Intergenerational Week, which takes place from Monday 25th April to Sunday 1st May 2022. The aim of the week is to inspire people around the world to start or restart intergenerational connections. This is a global event and individuals or organisations in any country can register to become a supporter. Here is a message from the team coordinating the week:

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