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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 15:37

Let us be active! project was presented at the WHO European Healthy Cities Conference in Pecs, Hungary on 3 March. Karolina Mackiewicz, Project manager and Aija Vecenane, Project coordinator from Riga had an opportunity to share the information about the project, as well as challenges and lessons learned with the Healthy Cities coordinators from other European countries and the WHO experts on Healthy Ageing, Dr. Manfred Huber and Professor Geoff Green.

Monday, November 21, 2016 - 14:38

The last months of the year is a time of the year when we want to reflect on what has been done throughout the year and to make future plans. One of the major activities in Riga within the project “Let us be active!” was an establishment of the Volunteer call centre for seniors in Riga. With the aim to say warm ‘’thank you’’ to the volunteers and show appreciation of their full committment, Volunteer Appreciation Event was organised on 16 November at the Welfare Department of Riga City Council.

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 18:11

For more than a year ‘’Let us be active!’’ project was looking for ways to promote senior volunteering in the three cities of Estonia, Latvia and Finland. Pärnu, Riga and Turku were working together to involve more elderly people in volunteering activities, and to find out what are their wishes and needs when it comes to leisure time activities. Moreover, new forms of volunteering of seniors were developed and piloted with positive results.

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 10:05

National outdoor recreation day for the elderly was celebrated in Finland on 6 October. The same day, voluntary Trip Friends took thirty residents from Kurjenmäkikoti senior home in Turku for a walk to Kupittaa allotment garden. The message from the residents to the volunteers was: “It is a trip for me to go outside, so take me into fresh air as my Trip Friend.”

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 17:40

To celebrate the European Cooperation Day on 21 September, the team of the project "Let us be active!"  together with the senior volunteers organized an ’’Open Doors’’ event at the Senior Call Centre.

The aim was to inform citizens of Riga about the call centre and to show wider public how it is operating. Everyone was welcome to visit the centre and get encouraged to become a volunteer.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 10:53

On the 8 September local association group Valikko organized a Volunteering Fair in Turku. ‘’Let us be active!’’ took part in the event by promoting a local event Retkikaveri-day. In English this pop-up volunteering day is called as ‘’Tripfriend’’ as the purpose is to take local senior – a resident of care home to a trip in their local environment. This year it is organized on 6 October.

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 13:14

''Senior volunteering - Involving and activating seniors in local community'' - ''Let us be active!'' guidelines for professionals working with older people are now ready and are being distributed during the trainings and events in Pärnu, Riga and Turku. Also the organizations from the other cities of Estonia, Latvia and Finland are interested in the publication. The guidelines are the effect of consultations with the professionals and seniors and are based on the ''Let us be active!'' survey conducted in the three cities in autumn 2015.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 13:50

The project "Let us be active!" was presented by Pärnu project coordinator Heli Kallasmaa on the conference "Developing of seniors voluntary activities" in Narva-Jõesuu on 12 August 2016. The event was organized by the local NGO ‘’Environment and Culture’’ and gathered more than 60 people: social workers from Narva and Viljandi, representatives from Narva, Narva-Jõesuu and Viljandi city governments as well as seniors from Narva, Viljandi and Tallinn.

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 12:53

In April the project team of “Let us be active!” and the representatives from the Volunteer Call Center for Seniors in Riga organised promotional events in Riga Central Library and its branches. The project team members provided information about the project and its main goals, the study on senior volunteering, which had been carried out in all three project countries and the Call Center that had been opened in Riga.

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 16:06

The project ''Let us be active!'' received a positive decision on its application for two-month prolongation from the Central Baltic Secretariat. This means the project continues until 28 February 2017 with the actions implemenented in the three cities until the end of November 2017.

The prolongation will allow all partners to achieve best results and reach more seniors, who may be interested in volunteering.