After 10 years, this will be EMIL’s final Newsletter and the network will no longer be active after September, 2018. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with the EMIL network since 2008, including both funders – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Beth Johnson Foundation, as well as a number of EMIL’s founding members/steering committee who not only help conceptualize EMIL but significantly supported the network over the past decade. As the network coordinator, I would also like to take this opportunity to celebrate some of the outstanding achievements we have made over the past decade.
Over the past 10 years, the network has expanded dramatically and we are proud to highlight the fact that we now have over 700 members, representing most European countries along with a variety of other International members in Asia, North America and Australia. EMIL has produced a number of significant outputs, including case studies, concept papers and national profiles from my participating countries. Since 2008, EMIL has produced over 30 newsletters and 16 e-bulletins that have provided members with up to date news and events in the field.
Also noteworthy, EMIL successfully published a number of International presentations and journal articles with Journal of Intergenerational Relationships that provided an overview of Intergenerational Practice and Learning throughout Europe.
In 2013 EMIL launched an Intergenerational Awards Programme for its membership. The end result was a Report – European Perspective on Examples of Intergenerational Learning & Practice that showcased existing examples throughout Europe where intergenerational work adds value.
In 2012, EMIL’s response to the European Year for Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity, the network hosted a number of Roundtable Events throughout Europe that provided a number of summative reports and a final report – European Comparative Study, including recommendations for creating a ‘Society for All Ages’. These reports were be drawn together to detail a pan-European perspective of the value of, and potential for, intergenerational relationships and engagement.
Finally, EMIL was critical in developing the Partnership in a Transfer of Innovation project developing a Certificate in Intergenerational Learning (ECIL). This course has now been offered to a number of interested learners and continues to be a successful course. It has been an absolute pleasure being a part of this successful and innovative network and I have enjoyed working with all of you over the past 10 years. I sincerely hope that all of you continue to be passionate about, and continue to move forward the Intergenerational field.
Sincerely, Julie Melville