Which of these fields of Active and Healthy Ageing are addressed by your initiative?
Assisted daily living, Independent living solutions, Social inclusion (intergenerational practice, work and volunteering).
If none of the above, answer here:
Please describe if and how your stakeholders (cooperation partners, funders, users, etc.) have been participating in defining the problem and developing the solution.
Always - when possible - Silver Thread works together with public institutions, to connect many part of civil society, services, non profit organisations to be able to offer the right answer to the needs of the elderly. By the calls received by the Silver Thread, Auser is able to give to local institutions and medias detailed national and local reports about needs and opportunities of the elderly.
Has your solution been tested in trials, experimentations, or pilot projects? If yes, please describe the process and outcome.
Silver Thread was activated on September 2002 and, since then, it never stopped to ring. In 2011 Silver Thread received almost 1 million calls. Its 20 thousands volunteers did more than 1.3 million services to more than 230 thousands different persons.
What barriers might hinder the success of your initiative? How do you plan to overcome them?
First point could be the lack of public and private fundings.
Second point could be the availability of vounteers, in a difficult economical and social context.
Third critical point is the difficult in linking all the resources and subjets at local level (i.e.: public services, civil society, non profit organizations, private organizations).
To tackle the first two points the main way could be the same, and it could be to increase activities and the number of people associated to Auser. The third point is connected with the participation of the Third Sector in decisional process at regional and local level.