Intergenerational Training and Resources in Europe

Posted: May 12, 2014

ECIL – which stands for “European Certificate in Intergenerational Learning” – is a project financed by the European Commission under its Leonardo da Vinci program. The aim of this project is to pilot a collection of intergenerational lifelong learning training approaches and course materials.

The ECIL curriculum, now in its second draft, highlights resources from many sources including the Centre for Intergenerational Practice (CIP) which is based at Beth Johnson Foundation in the UK. Here are some examples of notable reports from the Centre:

Towards more confident communities (2010) – This publication is a review of community reassurance at a neighborhood level and provides practical guidance on intergenerational approaches. This guide sets out the agenda and processes to promote opportunities for people of all generations to live and thrive alongside one other.

Age2age: Taking a whole community approach to building resilient communities (2013) – This report is the evaluation of the age2age program which includes 15 projects implemented in East London, Cumbria and Somerset from 2008 to 2012. It describes the background of the program and explores its effectiveness in terms of efforts to build stronger communities and more inclusive approaches.

A review of intergenerational approaches to community safety in Northern Ireland (2012) – provides an insight into the potential for intergenerational approaches to improve community safety, to help build trust and confidence amongst generations and to reduce crime and the fear of crime.

More information about ECIL is available online.