The project partner organisations develop a common understanding about opportunities to actively include social care workers, volunteers, educators and parents of the children into the strategic planning of intergenerational learning activities. This is the basis for the project partners to develop a catalogue of criteria to identify good practices in the strategic involvement of all actors in social care and nursing home workers, but also volunteers taking care of elderly people.
These criteria will be guiding the project partners throughout the project lifetime, when it comes to detecting good practices within their own countries and to implement the BEST FRIENDS method.
The results of the project will be:
Comparative Research and Assessment of current needs
The BEST FRIENDS European Report analyses the existing methods and the current needs of social care workers, social workers, elderly people and secondarily educators. It gives an overview of the current state of art of the care situation of elderly people, especially about their social inclusion status in the community, good practises, pedagogical approaches, and of the training needs of social care workers and educators in terms of competences needed to use it in their work with elderly people. Additionally to the desk research, each partner conducts two different focus groups with social and care workers and with elderly people 65+, and autobiographical interviews to elderly people 65+ in order to identify their needs.
Intergenerational Learning Training Program
The BEST FRIENDS Training Program for care workers, social workers and volunteers working with elderly people offers an overview on Intergenerational Learning and how to design and implement Intergenerational Learning activities for elderly people. On completion of this Training Program participants will be able to recognize the importance of Intergenerational Learning, demonstrate how to address ageism and take steps towards implementing an Intergenerational Learning activity involving young children and older people through a range of activities.
Toolkit for Intergenerational Learning Activities and Social Participation
The BEST FRIENDS ToolKit for Intergenerational Learning contains a collection of specific materials that should be used by care workers, social workers and educators, if they plan and implement intergenerational learning programs between elderly people (65+) and young children (4-5 years old). A booklet is also part of this ToolKit, describing shortly the project and containing the explanation for the games.
Mainstreaming policy of project results through consortiums European network
The Handbook on BEST FRIENDS mainstreaming policy is an opportunity to pool resources, promote information-sharing and learning, and address problems. Mainstreaming workshops will be held in every partner country in order to produce recommendations for local and national nursing homes and childcare institutions for implementing intergenerational Learning Activities between elderly and young children. The BEST FRIEND e-learning platform will be used from care workers, social workers and educators with the aim to pilot a collection of intergenerational life-long learning training policies developed within the project with a number of partners across Europe in order to test the produced products for wider European relevance.