About the Generations Together programme
The Programme Development Officer speaks about Generations Together.
How Age-Friendly Are Dublin and Belfast Cities? An intergenerational perspective
Age Action received funding from the Department of the Taoiseach under the Communicating Europe Initiative for the European Year of Citizens to carry out a project in 2013. Following active involvement in the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (EY2012), Age Action in conjunction with Linking Generations Northern Ireland were keen to look at options for creating a lasting legacy for EY2012 whilst also connecting with the European Year of Citizens and taking an all-Ireland approach.
The project carried out a cross-border intergenerational exchange within the theme of Age-Friendliness. The project goals were to foster solidarity between generations, foster cross-border solidarity and to encourage conversation and debate around creating an Age-Friendly Ireland and Europe.
With the issuing of the Manifesto for an Age-Friendly European Union by 2020 by the EY2012 Coalition, the recent signing of the Dublin Declaration which commits cities and counties to be more age-friendly in Ireland and also a similar commitment by Belfast City Council in Northern Ireland, this project was very relevant and timely in terms of raising awareness and highlighting the importance of age friendliness in Ireland and in Europe as a whole.
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European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, 2012
As part of the European Year 2012, Age Action and the National Youth Council collaborated on a Solidarity between Generations Programme where 13 intergenerational projects were funded and supported throughout the year.
This video was filmed at the Solidarity between Generations Showcase on November 28, 2012 where participants of these projects came together to share their learning, experiences and best practice. The showcase was in itself intergenerational with people, young and old, who are involved in intergenerational work creating a graphic harvest piece which shows the foundations of intergenerational work, the people involved, the projects themselves and the benefits and impacts on their communities.
Also, as part of the Showcase we launched the Intergenerational Programmes in Ireland Report which maps intergenerational initiatives which are going on across Ireland.
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