Social Innovation in Ageing – The European Award

Social Innovation Award

And the winners are:

First place: Passion for Life (Sweden) is a self-improvement and empowerment initiative for older people. It is based upon face-to-face interaction in small circles. Facilitated by a trained volunteer coach, participants discuss self-improvement themes such as empowerment, safety at home, exercise, diet/nutrition and social connection.

Second place: Abitare Solidale (Italy) is a co-habitation project in the region of Florence, Italy, that brings together self-sufficient older people in need of social exchange and household support and persons experiencing economic difficulties who are in need of affordable and decent accommodation, as well as women who are victims of domestic violence and in need of a temporary shelter.

Third place: P3 (Protocol 3) (Belgium) provides integrated, 24 hour, in-house services to older people with complex health care needs, who are at high risk for nursing home admission and in need of continuous support.

The Social Innovation in Ageing – The European Award has been launched to promote and support social innovation in the field of active and healthy ageing in Europe. Social innovation is more than a trend. It is about a new culture of innovation which responds to social problems and needs in a sustainable and socially accepted way. The 20 finalists of the award participated in a case study analysis where a team of researchers took a closer look at the context, the process, and the impact of each social innovation. Three finalists were selected as award winners receiving prizes of up to € 10.000. The Award Ceremony took place on 25 March 2014 in Brussels.

The Award is an initiative of the King Baudouin Foundation (BE) in association with La Caixa Foundation (ES), UniCredit Foundation (IT) and ERSTE Founation (AT), in collaboration with Centre for Social Innovation (AT), Ashoka (DE), Netwell Centre of the Dundalk Institute of Technology (IE), Centre of Socio-economic Gerontological Research of the Italian National Research Centre on Ageing (IT), Ageing Research Centre of the Karolinska Institutet (SE) & AGE Platform Europe.

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