SIPPE

Promoting Social Inclusion of Elderly through Well-being Parties

P4 Skilled and socially inclusive region

4.1. More people benefiting from stronger Central Baltic communities

Southern Finland - Estonia

01.09.2015 - 31.08.2017

€269 231

€209 113

Project Summary:

The project SIPPE aims at increasing the well-being and social inclusion of the elderly by offering them better possibilities for voluntary work and participation in the society through social activities. The idea is to prevent problems like loneliness, health loss and depression by developing cost-effective methods to activate the elderly and, in this way, maintain their well-being.

In practice the project develops a concept called the “well-being party” where the model comes from network marketing businesses (e.g. Tupperware) but has no monetary aspect involved. Voluntary people are trained to hold parties for the elderly people’s own networks in their own homes or other places under different themes like healthy eating, physical activities and social participation possibilities. The project hopes to trigger a snowball effect where participants of the parties become encouraged to host own parties and even become registered volunteers themselves.

As a result of the project elderly communities both in Turku and in Tallinn have encountered several improvements. Participation of the elderly in communal voluntary activities has increased and thus also the social inclusion of the elderly has improved. SIPPE activities strengthen local safety networks and elderly are more capable to take care of themselves as well as of other older people in the community.

Lead Partner

Turun Ammattikorkeakoulu

Country: FI

www.turunamk.fi

Partner budget: 154.638 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 115.979 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Turun lähimmäispalveluyhdistys ry

Country: FI

www.kotikunnas.fi

Partner budget: 42.687 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 32.015 EUR ERDF

Tallinna Tervishoiu Kõrgkooli

Country: EE

www.ttk.ee

Partner budget: 51.178 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 43.502 EUR ERDF

Vanurite Eneseabi- ja Nõustamisühing

Country: EE

www.venu.ee

Partner budget: 20.726 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 17.617 EUR ERDF

Expected results

As a result of SIPPE project 1) the number of trained and active elderly volunteers has increased and 2) social networks, active participation and well-being among elderly has evolved. Innovative, low threshold voluntary working possibilities for elderly has been created and established in the regions of Turku and Tallinn. Motivated and active elderly volunteers have been trained to be registered volunteers and they know how to promote well-being and social networks of peer elderly. They also know how to organize well-being parties around different themes. In addition, supporting training materials and online platform has been developed. Special attention were given in recruiting the elderly to take part in the training, since voluntary work and its requirements are often unfamiliar to the elderly. People-to-people marketing and snow ball effect has been utilized actively.
In addition to registered volunteers, SIPPE has reached a number of other elderly through well-being parties. In the well-being parties participating elderly have gotten information about healthy diet, physical activities, need of rest and social participation possibilities but more importantly tips how to implement these in their own lives in practice. By taking part in one party or in several parties elderly established new social contacts among local peers and got support for maintaining well-being. Registered volunteers also encouraged participants to bring out their own special skills in the parties, which strengthened participants’ feeling of necessity and supported self-esteem.
As a result of the project elderly communities both in Turku and in Tallinn have encountered several improvements. Participation of elderly in communal voluntary activities has increased and thus also the social inclusion of elderly has improved. SIPPE activities have strengthened local safety networks and elderly are more capable to take care of themselves and of other older people in the community.

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