In addition to music, JOY sessions include activities such as story telling, puzzles and art. These fun inter-generational sessions stimulate interaction and encourage everyone to listen, communicate and learn from each other. Our future plans include training new facilitators to help expand our JOY programme throughout communities giving many more people the opportunity to participate in this uplifting and unique programme.

1. What is JOY?

JOY is a unique inter-generational programme that brings the elderly and the young children together. Through regular JOY sessions relationships between the two generations are built with significant benefits to both.

2. Who are the JOY sessions for?

They are primarily for members of a participating Day Care Centre/Residential Home and children from a participating preschool.

3. Where does JOY take place ?

The sessions either take place on shared sites where there is both a pre school and an elderly Day Care Centre or at Residential Homes which are visited by children from an off-site school.

4. What are the benefits of JOY?

We have seen many benefits to the JOY programme which include the following:

  • Friendships are formed and connections are made between the two age groups.
  • Self esteem and self confidence grow for the elderly as they take on the role as teacher and role model for the children.
  • The children become more caring, tolerant and respectful of their elders.
  • JOY energises, motivates and inspires creativity as well as improving social skills, enhancing empathy and fostering community spirit.

Jenny Kossew – Founder

My passion has been educating nursery aged children through music and entertaining the elderly through song, which I’ve been doing for over 25 years. When I brought the two generations together, I realised that there was more than music that could bridge the age gap – both groups were asking for more interaction as it brought them so much happiness. It was this that sparked the idea for JOY – Joining Old and Young.

The full benefits of these sessions became apparent when I started running them on a regular and recurring basis as it afforded both generations more one-on-one time, with undivided attention and this created a genuine and lasting connection.


JOY is a Registered Charity
Charity Number: 1182863

A short film about JOY

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