The project ‘’Let us be active! – Social inclusion of older people through volunteering in Estonia, Latvia and Finland’’ promotes the social activity of seniors as volunteers in the cities of Pärnu, Riga and Turku.
Older people have knowledge, skills and experience which is their greatest potential that they can contribute with to the society. To give them this chance cities of Pärnu, Riga and Turku decided to set a project ‘’Let us be active! – Social inclusion of older people through volunteering’’ and to promote and develop the volunteering opportunities for seniors.
Who do we involve?
Our primary target group are older people in Pärnu, Riga and Turku. We make an effort to reach them individually and through relevant organizations, as well as social services of the city. We also work with health care professionals and social workers to promote the senior volunteering as one of the means of social inclusion of older people.
What are we doing?
The project activities include:
Mapping of the already existing volunteering activities available and suitable for older people;
Creating an information and support system for seniors (call centre in Riga, online platforms in Pärnu and Turku);
Surveys and interviews with seniors and social workers to find out how they can be involved in volunteering actions;
Consultations for and cooperation with relatives of older people;
Workshops and trainings with seniors and social workers from municipalities;
Seminars between the cities to share experience and develop the best support system together.