Returnment: a new term for retirement in line with what TOY believes

October 29, 2020 |

Ever heard of returnment? This is an alternative term for retirement and it is very much in line with the idea of active ageing that TOY promotes. Returnment encourages older adults to work after work, to use their skills and knowledge to benefit the greater good.

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Seed funding for IGL initiatives in England. Apply now!

October 1, 2020 |

Care Home Friends and Neighbours is a programme run by My Home Life England. It helps care homes connect with their local communities and vice versa by encouraging Friendships and Neighbourliness. According to one of the instigators of this great initiative, Julienne Meyer,  ‘for too long, care homes for older people have been seen as ‘islands of the old’. Collectively, we wish to change this by creating opportunities for older people living in care homes to once again feel connected to the local people, places and passions that make up community life’.

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The TOY Online Course starts on 5 October. Register now!

September 7, 2020 |
Registration for the 5-week TOY Online Course about intergenerational learning is now open. Click here to register.
The course will start on 5th October.
A not to be missed opportunity to learn how young children and older adults are learning together also in COVID times.
Introducing exciting new material about how technology can connect young and old.
The Course is free and open to all. Also a perfect addition to early childhood education and social care courses.

First IGL reading sessions for The Storytellers Project, Italy

July 14, 2020 |

At the beginning of July, The Storytellers Project has started its period of prototyping in the city of Empoli.

The project, initiated by the Italian designer Laura Boffi in collaboration with TOY and other actors, wants to create an innovative library service, which connects a community of senior readers to young children (4-6 years old) and their families for remote reading aloud sessions.

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Intergenerational learning during COVID-19: an initiative from Dublin

July 6, 2020 |

The children and staff of Mellow Spring Childcare Development Centre, Finglas, Dublin had been regular visitors to Odin’s Wood Day Care Centre for two years prior to lockdown. We visited once a week and had recently changed our day to Thursday to allow the Thursday group to have an opportunity to enjoy spending time with the children as well as allowing the children meet new “Granny’s and Granddads”.

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