The purpose of the Together Old and Young (TOY) Project is to create new possibilities for senior citizens and young children to learn and have fun together

The TOY project is researching how older people (over 55 years) and young children (8 years and younger) benefit by learning with each other and from each other – in other words ‘intergenerational learning involving old and young’.

Different kinds of organisations in Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain are involved in TOY. The project brings together knowledge and experience from the worlds of older care and active ageing, senior volunteering, early childhood care and education and community development.

TOY is funded by the European Commission as part of the Grundtvig Lifelong Learning Programme and co-ordinated by International Child Development Initiatives (Netherlands). Eurochild and the Belgian VBJK – Centre for Innovation in Early Years are associate members of the project.

Partners include:

  • Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)
  • Lunaria (Italy)
  • Retesalute (Italy)
  • Comenius Foundation (Poland)
  • University of Aveiro (Portugal)
  • Educational Research Institute (Slovenia)
  • University of Lleida, GESEC (Spain)
  • Municipality of Lleida (Spain)