Silver Economy Network of European Regions (SEN@ER)

Newsletter No. 9
October 2008

Newsletter overview

Latest news

"InCreaSe – Intercultural Creativity of Seniors: A Travelling European Academy"

"Senior Enterprise" proposal submitted to Interreg IV-B NWE by SEN@ER network partners coordinated by the Mid-East Region Ireland

Minimum requirements for home-based services for older people

"Municipalities prepare for demographic change"

INTERREG IV-C call for proposals is open now

Two research reports have recently been published in the Yorkshire and Humber region

Events

"Better Life Time" conference on "Ageing: from Worries to Opportunities" on 21 November 2008 in Brussels

Second European Demography Forum: Better societies for families and older people

e-Inclusion Ministerial Conference on November- 2 December 2008 in Vienna, Austria

INTERREG IV C: EU Interregional Cooperation Forum: “Sharing good practice in the fields of innovation and environment” on 27-28 October 2008 at the Lille Grand Palais, Lille, France

OASIS - Open architecture for Accessible Services Integration and Standardisation Project and 1st International Workshop – 10 October 2008

AAL – Ambient Assisted Living - Policy Workshop in Brussels on 25-26 September 2008

ICT & Ageing project: Clustering workshop on 9 September 2008 in Brussels

Latest News

SEN@ER PROJECT
"InCreaSe - Intercultural Creativity of Seniors: A Travelling European Academy"

SEN@ER partner regions and those from the age-culture.net network have been successful with a proposal for a Grundtvig learning partnership under the coordination of the Institut für Bildung und Kultur e.V. from North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and involving partners from 8 countries.
InCreaSe is a travelling training academy for cultural learning and participation of older people in Europe. During the two-year partnership the expert partners will meet in each others' countries to exchange models of good practice in different specialisms. These involve different ethnic groups and generations, 'keyworking', volunteering for culture, theatre and media work.
Firstly, the partnership will explore the best methods of reaching culturally-excluded target groups (e.g. very old, ethnic seniors, and less well-educated seniors) to increase their participation - as audiences, producers, ambassadors (e.g. for cultural institutions, excluded groups, in intergenerational contexts) and volunteer organisers. Secondly, the partners will reflect and evaluate the experiences of the workshops and jointly develop a methodology for professional training for working with seniors. The overall aim is to develop training modules for implementation at a yearly "European Summer School".

Contact: Almuth Fricke - fricke@ibk-kultur.de

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See also: InCreaSe project, IBK Remscheid and age-culture.net

 

SEN@NER PROPOSAL
"Senior Enterprise" proposal submitted to Interreg IV-B NWE by SEN@ER network partners coordinated by the Mid-East Region Ireland

The SEN@ER partner regions have successfully submitted a proposal on "Senior Enterprise" to the recent call for proposals under Interreg IV-B NEW. This proposal was successfully developed under the coordination of the Mid-East region Ireland together with 9 partners from 6 SEN@ER regions in 4 countries. The regions include North Rhine-Westphalia, Yorkshire and Humber, North West Region, North East Region, Gelderland and Lower Saxony. The project objective is to increase the proportion of older people engaging with enterprise through different means:

  • Starting and Partnering
  • Acquiring and Investing
  • Innovating and Advising
The partners will develop a co-ordinated programme, which engages with a variety of players and stakeholders, will be tailored to specific regional requirements and
tested through a variety of means in several regional contexts. The fully tested initiative will be transferable to other regions and ready to attract further funding.
"Senior Enterprise" one of 25 applications submitted to the recent call for proposals which are in total applying for a total of almost EUR 90 million of ERDF funds.

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Contact: John Byrne - mera@eircom.net

 

SEN@ER INITIATIVE
Minimum requirements for home-based services for older people

The consumer organisation North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) supported by the Ministry of Health, Equalities, Care and Ageing of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia has developed quality criteria for home-based services. By way of a checklist an orientation is provided for potential customers as well as for the providers of these services. Service providers adhering to these quality profiles are encouraged and offered the possibility to sign in and through a voluntary self-commitment signal to potential customers that they are offering services of a high quality and standard.
Through this checklist and voluntary self-commitment a contribution to the improvement and provision of high-quality services for older people but also for any other citizen is provided.
At two meetings of the SEN@ER Special Interest Group "Ageing Well" on 19 June 2008 in Arnheim and 2 October 2008 in Bonn several of the SEN@ER member regions have agreed to try and develop and establish the same or a comparable model in their region and to further develop it to a SEN@ER product and service of the Special Interest Group "Ageing Well" and in parallel find ways of making it a truly European product and offer through cooperation with European level consumer associations.

Contact: info@empirica.com

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See also: Further information in German

 

SEN@ER PROPOSAL INITIATIVE
"Municipalities prepare for demographic change"

"Municipalities prepare for demographic change" is a proposal currently under development by Gelderland supported by North Rhine-Westphalia, Mid-East Region and Yorkshire and to be followed by further SEN@ER partner regions. It is intended for submission under the recent Interreg IV-C programme call for proposals.
The objective is to help municipalities and regions in developing a joint strategy preparing them for demands, challenges and opportunities of the demographic change. Outputs will be local and regional strategies that can be implemented and from which a more general checklist will be developed, ready for use by other authorities in other regions.

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Contact: Doede Sijtsma - d.sijtsma@prv.gelderland.nl

 

FUNDING PROGRAMMES
INTERREG IV-C call for proposals is open now

The second call was launched on 27 October 2008 with a deadline of 30 January 2009. The INTERREG IVC Programme is part of the European Territorial Cooperation Objective of the Structural Fund policies for the period 2007-2013. It aims, by means of interregional cooperation, to improve the effectiveness of regional development policies and contribute to economic modernisation and increased competitiveness of Europe, by:

  • Enabling local and regional actors across the EU to exchange their experiences and knowledge;
  • Matching regions less experienced in a certain policy field with more advanced regions;
  • Ensuring the transfer of good practices into Structural Funds mainstream programmes.

INTERREG IVC follows on from the INTERREG IIIC Programme that ran from 2002-2007. You can download here a presentation showing the main characteristics of the INTERREG IVC Programme, and the differences from INTERREG IIIC.

To assist applicants in preparing their project application, a series of events - Lead applicant seminars, national information days, individual consultations - will be organised throughout the call period.

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See also: Website

 

NEW RESEARCH REPORTS
Two research reports have recently been published in the Yorkshire and Humber region. The research has been funded by Yorkshire Forward and commissioned by Age Concern Y&H and the Future Years Forum.

The first report entitled "Self-employment over 50, choice or challenge" aims to assess the level of self-employment in the 50-69 age group as well as the level of interest in self-employment and to analyse the issues that affect the success of people in this age group who are engaging in self-employment.

The second piece of research "Yorkshire Life: Perspectives of older people from BME Communities" explores the ethnic profile of people between the ages of 50 and 69 living in Yorkshire and the Humber and seeks to analyse the issues that affect the quality of life of older people from these BME communities, including an exploration of their views about ageing and the services available to them.

Copies of both reports are available from Melanie Ndzinga, Future Years, Yorkshire & Humber Regional Forum on Ageing Age Concern England, Yorkshire and Humber Regional Office, Suite 6, 3rd Floor, 7 Eastgate, Leeds LS2 7LY.

Tel: 0113 2461543

Email: admin@futureyears.org.uk

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The reports will shortly be available on the Future Years website www.futureyears.org.uk

Events

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT
"Better Life Time" conference on "Ageing: from Worries to Opportunities" on 21 November 2008 in Brussels

After the successes of 2006 and 2007, Dexia and its partners the EAHSA (European Association of Homes and Service for the Ageing) and Sodexo organise tis conference to be held on 21 November 2008 in Brussels, at the Dexia Auditorium 44.
Furthering the experience of previous editions, this conference will again provide the international platform where public and private partners in the European Union will exchange best practices and innovative ideas around the topic of the ageing population.
How can we guarantee the financing of care for the elderly in future generations? What are the various challenges to which the public sector will have to respond to continue providing proper care for its senior citizens? How can we finance the required investments and to what extent are efficiency and opportunity determined by local regulations? Can international diversification contribute to a better distribution of risk?
Ageing population also brings about specific needs in real estate development. To what must we pay attention in the design and construction of new infrastructures intended for retirement and what are the principal market evolutions?
How can public authorities at all levels contribute to creating a framework whereby the public and private sector can work hand in hand to overcome the demographic challenge? 
The SEN@ER network will be presented by our partner Axel Kommander from Lower Saxony who has been invited as an expert for the panel discussion on "Ageing: public vs. private - The debate from a pan-European perspective"

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See also: Website

 

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT
Second European Demography Forum: Better societies for families and older people

The Second European Demography Forum will provide policy makers and stakeholders with the opportunity to discuss recent developments and good practices in the fields of active ageing and family policies within the European Union. During the two days, six workshops will be organised around these themes. Furthermore, the Forum will review where Members States stand in responding to the challenges of demographic change. The SEN@ER network will be presented by Armin Laschet, Minister for Generations, Family, Women and Integration of North Rhine-Westphalia, the SEN@ER lead region who will speak about the silver economy strategy of his region and the Silver Economy Network of European Regions followed by participation in the policy makers' roundtable. The event will take place at the European Commission Conference Centre Charlemagne building, Rue de la Loi 170, 1040 Brussels (Belgium)

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See also: Website and draft agenda

 

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT
e-Inclusion Ministerial Conference on November- 2 December 2008 in Vienna, Austria

An e-Inclusion Ministerial Conference will be held from 30 November to 2 December 2008 in Vienna. The conference aims to accelerate progress towards an information society for all (digital inclusion), in order to combat social and economic exclusion. The conference will acknowledge the many actions that are taking place all over Europe during 2008 and that contribute to the European e-Inclusion Initiative. It will provide a forum to discuss policies to achieve an inclusive, barrier-free, information society and the related social and economic benefits. An exhibition will feature the best in e-Inclusion in Europe and worldwide, with amongst others an e-Inclusion Awards finalists village, an experience space and commercial displays. Some 1,200 participants are expected, including European Ministers, high level representatives of industry and NGOs, and members of groups at risk of exclusion (participation is by invitation only). The conference is jointly organised by the European Commission and the hosting Austrian Government, in cooperation with the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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See also: Website

 

EVENT REPORT
INTERREG IV C: EU Interregional Cooperation Forum: "Sharing good practice in the fields of innovation and environment" on 27-28 October 2008 at the Lille Grand Palais, Lille, France

Over 800 national, regional and local authorities attended this event, alongside EU institutions.
This partner search event was a key moment for INTERREG IVC project developers to get updated on the programme changes for the second call, to finalise partnerships and to get advice on developing their application.
A special emphasis was put on thematic networking, under the two priorities of the INTERREG IVC programme: Innovation & the Knowledge economy and Environment & Risk prevention.
The second call for proposals under the INTERREG IVC programme was launched on this occasion. The call operates from 27 October 2008 to 30 January 2009.
The SEN@ER network was present at this event with representatives from several partner regions to discuss possibilities to join the different SEN@ER project proposals with interested parties.

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See also: Website

 

PROJECT AND EVENT REPORT
OASIS - Open architecture for Accessible Services Integration and Standardisation Project and 1st International Workshop - 10 October 2008

OASIS is the acronym of a Large Scale Integrated Project co-financed by the European Commission (7th Framework Programme, ICT and Ageing - Grant Agreement No: 215754). The full project name is Open architecture for Accessible Services Integration and Standardisation.

It started on January 1, 2008 and will last for four years. The OASIS Consortium is composed of 33 Partners from 11 countries. Large industries, SMEs, universities, research centres, non-profit organisations, public organisations and health care centres are all represented. The project organised its first international workshop recently.

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See also: Website

 

EVENT REPORT
AAL - Ambient Assisted Living - Policy Workshop in Brussels on 25-26 September 2008

A Joint AAL Association/AALIANCE Workshop on Ambient Assisted Living Policy in Europe was held in Brussels on 25-26 September 2008.
The main goal of the workshop was to generate a comprehensive vision of the R&D and policy needs for ambient assisted living technologies, as well as suggesting strategies that may serve as roadmaps for industry, service providers, and academia and policy makers.
In addition to keynote speeches the workshop consisted of four round table discussions dealing with the following topics:

  • Older people athome
  • Ageing in Society
  • Ageing at Work
  • AAL Community building.

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See also: Website

 

EVENT REPORT
ICT & Ageing project: Clustering workshop on 9 September 2008 in Brussels

The first workshop for clustering between EU research projects dealing with ICT for active ageing had three main goals:

  • To agree on a number of themes/topics of interest for participating projects, and to make decisions about deepening exchange of knowledge and possibly joint actions;
  • To identify ways in which outputs from individual projects can help other projects meet their goals, with particular emphasis on overcoming market barriers, addressing ethical issues, and on exploitation/marketing of innovative products and services;
  • To present and discuss initial findings from the national-level analysis carried out within the ICT&Ageing project of key market barriers and how these are to be tackled by Member States.
The meeting was also an occasion for socialising, networking and informal exchange for knowledge and experiences.
Contact: AgeingICT@empirica.com

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See also: Website

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