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Czech Republic

 

 
 
 
 
 


Germany


The Best Practice came into being in the association NETCOMPUTER LEARNING G.E.V. Berlin in 2003 and was developed continuously over the following years up to the present state. Its objective is to make people of the “50 + generation” capable to use digital media and thus counteracts the danger of digital exclusion of a risk group in this regard.

Characteristic of the Best Practices is that it relies on non-formal and informal learning with regard to individually perceived learning needs and the self-organisation of learning processes. This is expressed i.a. by the slogan "From seniors for seniors".

As the provider of the Best Practice, the association NETCOMPUTER LEARNING G.E.V. thus sets an example of how to meet the EU demand for "computer literacy" for groups of seniors as well. 





Best practice

                          

Name of organisation 

ABU gGmbH Berlin


Contact person

Mr Hans-Joachim Borchert, Mr Dr. sc. Siegfried Klarhöfer


Address

Beilsteiner Strasse 118, 12681 Berlin, Germany


Website 

www.abu-ggmbh.de


Period of development 

2003 ff


Place of development

ABU gGmbH, Beilsteiner Strasse, 118, 12681 Berlin


Place of development


NETCOMPUTER LERNEN G.E.V., Allee der Kosmonauten 79, 12681 Berlin

Target group 


Seniors with an interest in new media and its active use

Content of best practice


Core of best practice is that senior citizens learn to deal with the digital world by organising themselves independently and self-acting. Their learning is practice related and they share their learning outcomes with other people by own training offers and consulting services. Their motto is “seniors for seniors”. By working together in an association the seniors get a better access to other local and regional networks, to the municipal administration or other projects, generating enhanced possibilities of social participation. Learning in a social environment is shifting from an operating to more general societal spheres.


Where took the BP place? (background)


The establishment of the association NETCOMPUTER LEARNING G.E.V. by computer-interested seniors in 2003 created the organizational basis for the Best Practice. The association and thus the Best Practices are the result of an initiative of seniors committed and interested in the use of digital media who wanted to share their knowledge and skills with other citizens.


Conclusions and impact

The Best Practice illustrates how personal initiative can counteract effectively and with a low budget the risk of digital exclusion of parts of the population. At the same time the Best Practice refers to the wise use of potentials of older people for the benefit of society.


Sustainability (intention for continuation, useful links, potential target groups)

NETCOMPUTER LEARNING G.E.V. is extending its activities in the Berlin district of Marzahn – Hellersdorf and provides qualification offers at a symbolic charge or free consulting services to an even wider audience. For this purposes the association uses inter alia community centers. These activities are an important element in the development of a differentiated, high-performance learning infrastructure in the district.

www.netcomputer-lernen.de

www.seniorbook.de




Italy


I Trust On You (Integration of elderly people through the support of puppies) was an informational and educational course organized by Associazione NET together with the Municipality of Ponte San Nicolò, CORAF, LAV and the Associazione Canili Veneto about pets and their relationship, in particular with elderly people who live isolated or marginalized lives. The course took place once a week with a wide content, helping participants, through the use of animals or for those who already have one, to better understand their behavior and improve their relationships. The project aims were:

  • To give information and teach elderly people who already have a pet.
  • To motivate elderly people without pets to adopt one for mutual help.

The activity extends the network of relationships of the elderly and puts him in a position of active actor in the social context. Workers have more opportunities to be effective on the ground. The training activity about topics such as animal welfare combined with the chance to be active in the field brings the elderly to get out of their isolation, to feel useful again within their own social context reactivating also soft skills such as sociability and communication. 

The results of this project are positivs because  it motivates the elderly people without a pet to adopt one for a mutual help.








Best practice 

                          

Name of organisation 

Associazione N.E.T.


Contact person

Mirna Fusaro


Address

Via Alfieri, 9 – 35020 Ponte San Nicolò, Padova


Website 

www.associazionenet.it 


Period of development 

2001 to now

Place of development

PADOVA ITALY

Target group 


Elderly people

Content of best practice


From a demographic point of view the society tends to have a population every day older. Most of the time elderly people are emarginated and isolated.  This situation forces the adoption of community strategies aimed at fostering and increasing the skills and competences of elderly people.

I Trust On You (Integration of elderly people through the support of puppies) was an informational and educational course organized by Associazione NET together with the Municipality of Ponte San Nicolò, CORAF, LAV and the Associazione Canili Veneto about pets and their relationship, in particular with elderly people who live isolated or marginalized lives. The course took place once a week with a wide content, helping participants, through the use of animals or for those who already have one, to better understand their behavior and improve their relationships. The project aims were:

  • To give information and teach elderly people who already have a pet.
  • To motivate elderly people without pets to adopt one for mutual help.


Where took the BP place? (background)

Padua

Conclusions and impact

This activity has the advantage to combine the social objective of animal care and protection through the adoption of animals kept in dog shelters with the fundamental objective of inclusion and encouraging elderly people through a training course and preparation of activity that can have positive effects a lot beyond the course itself.

This is a best practice because it realizes at the same time:

  • Training for elderly people, including the technical and medical aspects linked to the needs and behaviours of animals and the importance of pet therapy to improve the quality of life of lonely people or people with specific pathologies.
  • Creation of a know-how that can be immediately and profitably used and enables the elderly to remain active even after the training period.
  • Reinforcement of the social mission of animals protection with possible enlargement of the network of people involved in this field.

At the end of the course for elderly people, besides adopting a pet, have independently organized a conference and a fund-raising event.

The fact of training older people on a social theme particularly suited to allow their active engagement significantly opens up the possibility that trained people become effective potential trainers who continue to investigate the issue and disseminate it within the context social.

Sustainability (intention for continuation, useful links, potential target groups)

The activity extends the network of relationships of the elderly and puts him in a position of active actor in the social context. Workers have more opportunities to be effective on the ground. The training activity about topics such as animal welfare combined with the chance to be active in the field brings the elderly to get out of their isolation, to feel useful again within their own social context reactivating also soft skills such as sociability and communication. 

The results of this project are positivs because  it motivates the elderly people without a pet to adopt one for a mutual help.




Norway


Elderly People and Health is a health information measure that aims to increase knowledge and interest in what oneself can do to take care of health in old age. The target group is mainly people over 60 years


Through dvd performances and discussions in a group participants can get good ideas for health promotion and preventive measures that can give increased individual quality of life. Elderly People and Health can be arranged under the auspices of the NGOs in retirement organizations, but can also be arranged in private homes with friends over the television. 


This is a group learning program based on a handbook, a DVD and exchanges and discussion in a group. In the program we meet seniors and experts who say something about the issues to be addressed. This series includes the following titles:

- Activity and exercise

- Lifelong Learning

- Diet

- Medicine and natural remedies

- Prevent accidents







Best practice (max 2 pages)

                           

Name of Best practice 

Eldre og helse / Elderly people and health

Name of organisation 

Lions Club Laksevåg

Contact person

Svein Haukaas


Address

Postboks  2307 Hansaparken, 5828 BERGEN  


Website 

http://www.eldreoghelse.no/www.eldreoghelse.no/ 


Period of development 

2011 - 


Place of development

Bergen, Norway


Target group 


Elderly people, 3rd and 4th age

Content of best practice


Elderly People and Health is a health information measure that aims to increase knowledge and interest in what oneself can do to take care of health in old age. The target group is mainly people over 60 years


Through dvd performances and discussions in a group participants can get good ideas for health promotion and preventive measures that can give increased individual quality of life. Elderly People and Health can be arranged under the auspices of the NGOs in retirement organizations, but can also be arranged in private homes with friends over the television. 


This is a group learning program based on a handbook, a DVD and exchanges and discussion in a group. In the program we meet seniors and experts who say something about the issues to be addressed. This series includes the following titles:

- Activity and exercise

- Lifelong Learning

- Diet

- Medicine and natural remedies

- Prevent accidents

- Changes and opportunities


The frame around the program is that groups of five to ten people come together to get great ideas on health in old age. The aim of the scheme is that one should be more aware of relevant research-based health information and the program aims to show examples that there is a lot one can do to improve health and quality of life.


It is envisaged that the group will be governed by people without a health care background. Group event can also be managed by healthcare professionals. It is important to find venues where participants should be included, feel at home. This could be, for example, retirement associations, senior centres, in a home, retiree clubs in businesses and congregations.


It is not expected of the participant that he/she will have more knowledge about health and health conditions than others in the group. The main purpose of the group program is to disseminate research-based knowledge about health, but also that the participants can discuss with each other and learn from each other's experience. Program also refer to other sources of health information for those who want more facts in the various themes.


Where took the BP place? (background)


Bergen


Conclusions and impact

Group program is primarily intended for use by senior citizens who probably have not worked as a health care provider. However physical therapists, nurses, assistant nurses, doctors and others will be good team leaders for collections. In addition to using Elderly People and Health as a group scheme over several times, one can also consider using material from single theme in lectures / lessons for seniors, families, students, etc. If the group leader is to give a lecture for a retiree group to avoid accidents, the DVD can help to animate accident prevention and the group can start with situations that come up. By pausing the movie, group leader can elaborate what is said or displayed. Fact sheets to the program can also be used for distribution in a speech context.

This learning program is innovative:

  • a program for learning in 3rd and 4th ages where there is practically no such existing offer
  • a learning program that can have immediate impact on the individual’s life situation
  • research-based health information
  • science based practical learning
  • use of ICT
  • group learning
  • learning in social contexts


Sustainability (intention for continuation, useful links, potential target groups)

Our society will in the future have more and more elderly people (3rd and 4th age) who are in good health conditions and who possess good ICT competencies. These people will be able to take advantage from this learning system, and some of them will be good mediators for instance as group leaders for other categories of elderly people.


Eldre og helse, video, 6:15. 

Language: Norwegian

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHqSfbsSJ00 













United Kingdom


The Fashion and Textile Museum – targets active older people, those who have lived active lives and want to continue to learn and to contribute their own knowledge and experience. It brings together young and old through formal courses, workshops and exhibitions of the fashion industry, many of them of great interest to the over 60s. Older people can train as volunteer guides for exhibitions and contribute experiences from the era to their tours as well as learning new skills and updating knowledge.







Best practice 

                           

Name of organisation 


Newham College

Contact person


Julia Bollam

Address

East Ham Campus,

High Street South

London, E6 6ER


Website 

http://www.cipsonline.com/


Period of development 

2007-2012


Place of development

London


Target group 


Active older people

Content of best practice


The FTM offers a range of activities that engage older people and bring them together with younger students, volunteers and visitors. It specifically offers a chance for older people to re-engage with learning for work or as a hobby and encourages them to have an active retirement, giving something back to the community by contributing their experience to exhibitions, courses and workshops. The FTM also trains volunteers to act as guides for exhibitions ranging from the clothes of Dior to Pop Culture. Older people can share memories and experiences with younger students and visitors to the Museum as well as themselves learning new and updated techniques.

Where took the BP place? (background)


The Fashion and Textile Museum (FTM) is a cutting edge centre for contemporary fashion, textiles and jewellery in London. Founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes, the centre showcases a programme of changing exhibitions exploring elements of fashion, textile and jewellery as well as the Academy which runs courses for creative students and businesses. The FTM is situated in the heart of fashionable Bermondsey Village in south London, in a building designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. 


Conclusions and impact

Most further and higher education courses are aimed at young people entering the fashion industry or at upskilling those already involved, with little opportunity for older people. In the UK, there is a growing population of 60+ men and women who are retired from work but still active and interested. Many of these grew up through the 1960s when London fashion was at its peak. They are still interested in fashion and have the financial means to attend exhibitions and courses, as well as time to volunteer. The FTM has engaged these people and used their knowledge and experience to enhance its work. The men and especially women themselves are, in return, able to give something back to the community through sharing their experiences with students and younger people and by volunteering as tour guides. Many have extended or re-ignited their social lives through meeting people interested in similar things to them. 

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The Fashion and Textile Museum has been supported by Newham College since 2007. Its links have been mainly with the College’s fashion department which is largely made up of young people. The recognition that many of the exhibitions and courses at the FTM attract large numbers of older people has informed the Museum’s programme. The College, by its nature, is a place where young people study. The experience at the FTM has shown the benefits of including older people and the added value they can bring.


Sustainability (intention for continuation, useful links, potential target groups)

 Ensuring that programmes of events, courses, exhibitions and other activities include elements that are attractive to older people but vibrant and interesting enough to still attract younger ones is vital. Utilising the knowledge and experience of older people to add colour to topics is also something that could be replicated. Hearing individual stories and memories brings to life things that younger people have not experienced first hand. This kind of experience could be replicated in other places.


www.ftmlondon.org