Deadlines looming for European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012 (EY2012) Awards

EY2012 organisers report that so far there are only 6 UK nominations for awards, which is a shame as this does not reflect the amount of fantastic work that is going on across Scotland by all of you, and by your networks of members, supporters, and volunteers.

The awards are:
1. The Workplaces for all Ages awards (improving conditions for older workers). This awards would be relevent for employers, trade unions, non-profit organisations who are promoting better working conditions. Deadline for submission is 1 Sept

2. Social Entrepreneurs awards (spreading examples and models of social entrepreneurship) This award would be relevent for individuals who are driving social change to tackle the challenges of ageing and strengthening solidarity between generations. Deadline for submission is 1 Sept

3. Reporting on Ageing and Relations between the Generations awards - an award for journalists who are informing the public about challenges and solutions. Deadline for submission is 1 Sept

4. Towards Age-Friendly Environments awards - an award for local and regional authorities who are creating better living environments for an ageing society. Deadline for submission 1 Sept.

5. Life Story Challenge. This award is about sharing inspiring stories about ‘active agers’ and is open to both young and old individuals jointly presenting an inspiring story about active ageing. Deadline for submission is 16 Sept.

There is a cash prize for the winner of each category, and the finalists will be invited (with travel costs paid) to Brussels for the Awards Ceremony later this year.

Details of the awards, the different categories and links to entry forms and guidance are now on the official EY2012 website and can be found at:

Truth About Youth is about challenging the negative stereotypes that exist about young people. This project, delivered by Young Scot and supported by the Co-operative Foundation, aims to challenge the way young people are perceived in society by promoting the positive contributions they make to their communities. Truth About Youth brings people of all ages together to have their say on Scotland's young people and to facilitate discussion which we hope will showcase the amazing things that young people are doing across the country. We are doing this through video content, blogs and intergenerational activities which give people a platform from which to share their views. We are also challenging the views of young people in the media through our Sunday Mail Truth About Youth Supplement.

For more information visit

Photo & Video Competition

In celebration of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations we are proud to announce our photo & video competition for amatuer photographers and filmmakers. The competition is for the Best photograph or video taken BY a younger or/and older person OF younger and older people working together, and should demonstrate the importantce of intergenerational connections.


There are two categories: PHOTO and VIDEO

Each have a first prize of £150 and a second prize of £75
Deadline: Friday 28th September 2012 at 12noon.

For more details check out the information pack and to apply click here.

Intergenerational Schools Project - [email protected] 
As of the 1st March, schools in Europe have been encouraged to foster intergenerational dialogue by inviting older people to meet young pupils around the European Day of Solidarity between generations on April 29th in order to share experience, fears and hopes for the future and reflect together on how to create a better society for all generations. A resource kit - aimed mainly at primary schools - has been developed to help teachers organise such debates as part of their curriculum. This activity is easy to organise and there will be an award scheme where the most innovative projects will be selected. For more information email:[email protected]

National Conference
You can now view and download speeches, presentations, video clips and links etc. from our National Conference held on Tuesday 13th March in Glasgow. Photographs can also be viewed on our facebook page.

Intergenerational Activity - Research Summary 8
A list of key findings from research studies and evaluations that show the positive impact of mentoring and befriending (Mentoring + Befriending Foundation).

The 'Generations Talking Together' report from the event held at the City Chambers in Edinburgh on Tuesday 22 March 2011 is now available to download.  The event, supported by the Scottish Centre for Intergenerational Practice, the City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Youth Parliament, was one of a series of regional events designed to showcase intergenerational work in Scotland.
To download the report, please click here (file size approx. 176KBs).