Today, Kate Stephen, project manager of the NPP project “Older people for older people” (O4O) from Scotland and project partner Rosemarie Elsner from Greenland presented their project to the RegioStars 2012 Jury in Brussels. The O4O project is one of the finalists selected in the category “Inclusive Growth: Strategies, initiatives or projects addressing the challenge of demographic change and supporting active ageing”.
The aim of RegioStars, a prestigious award for innovative European projects is to identify good practices in regional development and to highlight original and innovative projects that could be attractive and inspiring to other regions. The RegioStars 2012 award is in its 5th year and in total 107 applications were received for this year's awards.
As one of the 24 finalists, the O4O project presented innovative experiences and learning established during the project. The objective of the project was to improve the quality of life for older people, so they can stay and live healthily and happily in their own homes for a longer period. The O4O “Toolkit” was developed as a service during the project that enables the start-up of O4O-type services in communities throughout the Northern Periphery and beyond. The important innovative aspect of project was that older people designed and delivered services to older people themselves, which was well received!
Although project activities have finished, the O4O Toolkit is now being used by social enterprises and training modules and support are being embedded in local authorities. Volunteers are motivated to sustain their activities and services.
The RegioStars Jury will convene before June to deliberate and present awards during a ceremony at the Regions for Economic Change Conference on 14th June in Brussels.
RegioStars 2012 presentations before the jury are being made available on the RegioStars 2012 website. For more information about the O4O project, please visit www.o4os.eu.