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Youth and Intergenerational Solidarity
Start date: Aug 1, 2012,

This multilateral EVS project "Youth and Intergenerational Solidarity" takes up the motto of the 2012 European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations by promoting intergenerational support and solidarity. Ageing populations present considerable challenges to existing infrastructure, welfare, health and pension financing, which in turn put a strain on relationships between generations. The existence of conflicts of views, interests and lifestyles between generations is well-know; the elder is oftentimes considered a burden and suffers loneliness and exclusion. Simultaneously, age coupled with aspects like social class, gender, disabilities, etc. compounds the problems of the elderly, creating an environment of inequality within which they -sometimes barely- survive. Enhancing the quality of life of the older generation implies working towards a holistic society that is just and equal, and sustainable across board for all generations. This reciprocal 9-month volunteer project will enable 9 young people from European countries - UK, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria, Iceland, Switzerland and Spain, 7 from other partner countries - Russia, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, India, Indonesia and South Africa, with preference to disadvantaged and unemployed youth, to participate in intergenerational projects or those primarily addressing elders from disadvantaged backgrounds on four continents. Accordingly, projects include an intergenerational community development centre (UK), homes for disabled adults and elders (Austria, Spain), homes for elders (Italy, Iceland, India, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya), homes for disabled elders (Poland, South Africa), veteran's hospital (Russia), and support centres for the elderly (Mexico, Colombia, Morocco).The volunteers in this project will be the bridges between generations - raising awareness, stimulating debate, fighting exclusion and having a real impact on the lives of people.

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