Which of these fields of Active and Healthy Ageing are addressed by your initiative?
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.
Active volunteers and mentors in the integenerational house are meeting once a month to discuse previous work and new ideas. The programe of activities is made acoording to the needs participants have and the resources volunteers and mentors have. When a person comes to the center the social experts is individuly working with him/her, to establish what kind of activity is him/her interested or what kind of knowledge/skills they can transmit to others,
We are working closly with organisations in the local community: municipality, center for social work, societies for elderly, humanitarian and non-profit organisation. We are exchanging the information on a week basis about the urgant needs elderly in local community have.
Has your solution been tested in trials, experimentations, or pilot projects? If yes, please describe the process and outcome.
Our project began in 2008 and was the pilot project - in Slovenia there was no intergenerational comunity centres that would encourage integerenerational knowledge transmission. Ministry for social affairs has recognised our project as example of good practice and for the past three years they are monitoring the part of the social inclusion programe: how many people are involved, how many volunteers, the quality of life of the elderly with the connection to the participation in the activities. The outcomes are better every year, every year there is more people engaged in the ativities and the data we are collecting are showing that elderly are living more active, less lonley and their social networks is bigger.
What barriers might hinder the success of your initiative? How do you plan to overcome them?
The project started in 2008 and we have allready overcome some obstacles: long term funding and recognition of importance of what we are doing from local community. The national strategy for elderly is in delay, so this could slow down the process of establihing new intergenerational community centres. We are talking with 5 different municipalities about establishing an intergenerational community centres in the next few years and the plan might be realised a little later then we anticipated.