Social Innovation in Ageing - The European Award

AND THE WINNERS OF SOCIAL INNOVATION IN AGEING - THE EUROPEAN AWARD ARE:

1st place: Passion for Life - Sweden

“Passion for Life", which originated in Jonkoping, Sweden, is a self-improvement and empowerment initiative for older people. It is based upon face-to-face interaction in small circles. Facilitated by a trained volunteer coach, participants discuss self-improvement themes such as empowerment, safety at home, exercise, diet/nutrition and social connection. They also monitor their personal progress from meeting to meeting. Passion for Life convinced the jury because of its easy-access as well as its peer-group-centred approach, redefining the way health improvement practices are diffused and embedded in the every-day life of older people. Passion for Life is a professionally designed programme, with ongoing quality management, that at the same time ‘belongs to’ and ‘is driven by’ the participants. To-day, almost eight years after its inception, there are over 2000 volunteer coaches supporting over 30,000 senior participants in over 8 countries.

Contact:

Elsa Ingesson, Qulturum, elsa.ingesson@lj.se  

Anette Nilsson, Qulturum, anette.nilsson@skl.se

2nd place: Abitare Solidale - Italy

Abitare Solidale is a co-habitation project in the region of Florence, Italy, that brings together self-sufficient older people in need of social exchange and household support and persons experiencing economic difficulties who are in need of affordable and decent accommodation, as well as women who are victims of domestic violence and in need of a temporary shelter. Abitare Solidale convinced the jury by the manner in which it is utilising complementary resources of different target groups, providing an integrated response to different kinds of problems and needs, and overcoming conventional sectoral boundaries in social services. Beyond providing accommodation, Abitare Solidale promotes intergenerational solidarity, enables participants to rediscover their social identity in a safe environment and successfully manages to include very vulnerable target groups. Abitare Solidale provides its services to more than 300 users in the region of Florence.

Contact:

Gabriele Danesi, Auser Volontariato Territoriale Firenze, gabriele.danesi@gmail.com

Ester Stefanelli, Auser Volontariato Territoriale Firenze, ester.stefanelli@gmail.com

3rd place: P3 (Protocol 3) - Belgium

P3 provides integrated, 24 hour, in-house services to older people with complex health care needs, who are at high risk for nursing home admission and in need of continuous support. A central element of the initiative is the role of the Care Coach who acts as both a client advocate and a service coordinator. The Care Coach provides a single point of contact for service providers, clients, volunteers and family members and constantly adapts the service arrangement to the clients’ needs. The P3 initiative convinced the Jury by offering a contextually innovative solution to the significant challenges facing older people with complex health needs wishing to age-in-place in their own home environment. The initiative highlights the value of integrated service provision over more fragmented or account-management approaches.  In Belgium, where P3 is currently funded by a public innovation programme, it has the chance to become a standard solution adopted by the government.

Contact:

Stefaan Noreilde, Solidariteit voor het Gezin, stefaan.noreilde@svhg.be

Florence Colpaert, Solidariteit voor het Gezin, florence.colpaert@svhg.be

 

Early Entry Prize: Filo d'Argento (Silver Thread) - Italy

Filo d'Argento ("Silver Thread") convinced the jury by providing easy access to voluntary services to an exceptionally high number of older people through its national toll free number, by engaging many users as voluntary supporters and by delivering a broad range of different services. In 2012 Silver Thread received 800.000 calls from 230.000 users and provided 2 million interventions.

Contact:

Fabrizio Maddalena, AUSER, f.maddalena@auser.it

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Prizes

Our three winners will be awarded with EUR 10.000, 5.000, 3.000 and 1.000 (Early entry prize)

This award has been launched to promote and support social innovation in the field of active and healthy ageing in Europe. We are looking for social innovations in the field of active and healthy ageing which respond to social problems and needs in a sustainable and socially accepted way. In a simple sense, social innovation aims at improving the lives of people through new solutions (products, processes, services, practices). An idea becomes an innovation through proving its effectiveness, generating impacts,  challenging existing solutions, and spreading.

We are looking for initiatives in the field of active and healthy ageing with exactly this potential!

 

Funders and partners

An initiative of the King Baudouin Foundation

In association with : La Caixa Foundation & Unicredit Foundation & Erste Bank Stiftung

In collaboration with : Centre for Social Innovation (AT), Ashoka (DE), Netwell Centre of the Dundalk Institute of Technology (IE), Centre of Socio-economic Gerontological Research of the Italian National Research Centre on Ageing (IT), Ageing Research Centre of the Karolinska Institutet (SE) & AGE Platform Europe

 

Contact

Alexander Kesselring, Centre for Social Innovation, Vienna

Kesselring@zsi.at

Prizes

Out of the 25 finalists, the three most outstanding initiatives will be awarded with the following prizes:

1st place: € 10.000

2nd place: € 5.000

3rd place: € 3.000

Early entry prize: € 1.000

Timeline

Winner is Announced

March 5, 2014
  • Launch
    May 15, 2013
  • Early Entry Deadline
    June 15, 2013
  • Entry Deadline
    August 1, 2013
  • Finalists are Announced
    September 18, 2013
  • Winner is Announced
    March 5, 2014

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Prizes

Total value:
19 000

Out of the 25 finalists, the three most outstanding initiatives will be awarded with the following prizes:

1st place: € 10.000

2nd place: € 5.000

3rd place: € 3.000

Early entry prize: € 1.000

Entries