Which of these fields of Active and Healthy Ageing are addressed by your initiative?
Personalized health management, Assisted daily living, Independent living solutions, Social inclusion (intergenerational practice, work and volunteering), Age friendly buildings, environments, and communities.
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.
From the very beginning all groups of stakeholders were involved in the action plan and piloting the tools for active communication with seniors. All activities integrated cooperation partners. Gdynia Welfare Centre as the budgetary unit of the City Hall has all data regarding the situation of seniors in difficult living conditions. Partners strongly cooperates with Gdynia Innovation Centre searching the needs of seniors, informing about the projects, recruiting volunteers and providing the specific activities. Engaging the seniors themselves (in different living situation) is the most important subject in creating the good cooperation because it's not meant to be like something created on the high level of governance but consulting and engaging seniors as users in all stages of the process is crucial. The partnership with Foundation for Social Innovation Shipyard enables to prepare, plan and evaluate the whole process from the beginning respecting the highest standards of tools and methods. As experts they can give us best practices examples from different part of Europe and advise diverse solutions tailored made for the specific situation and topic.
Has your solution been tested in trials, experimentations, or pilot projects? If yes, please describe the process and outcome.
Civil panel with seniors has been tasted as the first edition of interactive dialogue on the group of 454 representatives of seniors. It lasted from January 2013 to the end of May 2013. Now the detailed report is being prepared and it will be consulted with seniors in Autumn 2013 – as methodology of research the circle takes around 8-10 months.
The research walks with seniors are the innovative tool for communicating with this group of people to point good sites of urban architecture and to adjust the best solutions tailored-made to the needs of seniors and/or disabled people. As the 1st edition made in autumn 2012 it was the pilot phase but Gdynia tends to continue and develop it in the future. In the pilot phase 35 seniors took part and examined the urban space in the Gdynia Centre according to their needs and abilities. They were working with 12 young volunteers and surprisingly that also built the new intergenerational links and broke the stereotypes for both groups - seniors judging the youth and youth thinking of seniors.
What barriers might hinder the success of your initiative? How do you plan to overcome them?
When working on the programme and action plan of Gdynia Dialogue with seniors we have defined several barriers:
1. The difficulty of convincing the senior responder about the high importance of his/her vote in the panel. That is the reason why it's so important to build the whole communication and information strategy. Concrete results and implemented solutions after each edition of the panel leads to better engagement and motivation for seniors to be important partners for the city and important part of the society. To reach elderly people with the feedback we use different tools - local newspaper, local media, newsletter, personalized letters from mayor of Gdynia to appreciate senior participants.
2. The research group is not very open at the beginning of the project; to cope up with this - very personalized approach is crucial to build confidence and reach the groups of "non-organized" seniors.