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Senior Councils – ReActivation

Project Promoter: Federacja Organizacji Socjalnych Województwa Warmińsko-Mazurskiego FOSa
Proposal: 1st call for intervention projects
Co-financed from the program: 14 987,15 EUR
Partners: Social Council of Seniors in the Warmian-Masurian Province
Duration time: 01.03.2022-31.08.2022

The aim of the project is to strengthen the competences and motivation of senior leaders, especially of those active in municipal and county councils of seniors from the Warmian-Masurian Province. A survey carried out in 2016 by the Institute for Social and Educational Studies on a group of 300 seniors revealed two groups of barriers that hinder or prevent the activity of older people. These are internal barriers (isolation, lack of trust in the local environment, previous negative experiences) and external barriers (inability to reach meeting places, insufficient access to information, facilities and equipment). Over the past four years, these barriers have been reduced thanks to our activities, but the Covid-19 pandemic caused the negative phenomena to return. Currently, in 121 municipalities in the Warmian-Masurian Province, only 23 senior citizens’ councils are functioning, including 3 in rural municipalities. The pandemic was hardly survived by councils firmly anchored in their environment, in which they have been operating for 2-3 terms. The pandemic has ‘paralysed’ councils whose term of office was ending or in which their leaders were resigning. It also makes elections for a new term difficult. The necessity of the project is communicated by the seniors themselves who are active in the councils. Within the the project, we provide support in the form of counselling, and conduct a series of workshops improving the leaders’ knowledge and competences in the area of communication, leadership, cooperation with local government and digital competences. We strengthen individuals, but also entire councils as consultative and advisory bodies of local governments. A partner in the project is the Social Council of Seniors in the Warmian-Masurian Province, composed of representatives of county councils of senior citizens and senior organisations and communities.