ICT has severely contributed to change our everyday life and has turned letters to e-mail, market shopping to on-line shopping, apps and automatic replies to human technical customer support...
On September 12 and 19, 2022, IAL FVG organized two sessions presenting the SOS Platform and its face-to-face PR in Cavasso Nuovo, a small municipality in the mountainous area of Friuli Venezia Giulia.
In these isolated areas, the elderly, i.e., the majority of the resident population, are in dire need of digitization both to avoid isolating themselves and to protect their health and economic well-being. This need was especially evident during the COVID 19 period, when it was difficult/impossible for the elderly to relate to others, to book medications or doctor's visits, to shop in person, and to participate in cultural activities in order not to fall into depression.
The SOS project was seen as a solution to the problems that emerged at that time and still exist.
The meetings were carried out with the cooperation of the "Simpri Giovins" (Always Young) Association with a registered office in the small town of Pordenone.
The data collected were useful to schedule 6 face-to-face T&V sessions of each of the two days of ME.
The T&V program consisted of 6 appointments.
12.09.2022 >>> (with 13 attendees)
19.09.2022 >>> (with 18 attendees)
26.09.2022 >>> (with 18 attendees)
03.10.2022 >>> (with 17 attendees)
10.10.2022 >>> (with 11 attendees)
17.10.2022 >>> (with 8 attendees)
The topics covered were respectively:
It is never too late to... spend money on culture, comfortably seated on the armchair
Online booking, home-banking, online security
Basics of digital technology
Developing digital content
Cultural opportunities online
Online economic transactions
The meetings were a great success for IAL FVG and for SOS CREATIVITY in general: The hardy seniors confirmed their willingness to continue with other training days similar to the ones held.
We promised that we will accommodate them shortly.
E-Seniors recently shared the results of the Erasmus + project at two online events. While it may be easier to set up an online event and save the logistics of meeting face-to-face, these online events are also great opportunities that can sometimes bring better results.
Many people agree that our lifestyles have changed since the Covid-19 and the successive lockdowns that shook Europe. We have learned to appreciate the comforts of our homes, whether for work or for pleasure. We are perhaps less willing to leave them now.
We have experienced this at E-Seniors, but we also face another difficulty specific to our target group, seniors. Senior citizens are sometimes less willing to leave their homes or are wary of their health. For a long time, they were told that it was safer to stay at home and be safe from Covid. E-Seniors decided, as part of this project, and in order to reach a larger number of people, to use its skills and experience to promote the project directly online, through two events.
The first event was a webinar organised by a Greek partner with whom the organisation works, on the theme of ageing well, on 25 January 2023. This webinar was attended by more than 60 people and gave E-Seniors the opportunity to present, in English, the project as a whole, the partners, the results and to present the platform set up and all that it offers to its users.
E-Seniors also organised an online multiplier event on 23 February 2023 with 15 people, in addition to the two E-Seniors organisers, present, mainly aimed at French seniors who have already had contact with the association. In addition to the presentation of the results, the association was able to organise two virtual tours available in the digital library of the platform:
The Lascaux Caves (France)
The cultural heritage of Tryavna (Bulgaria)
These online presentations allowed the participants to see directly the remote opportunities offered by this project and this content by experiencing it directly with our guidance.
IWS with its associate partners network (ICTs no- profit NGOs and community centre for elderly) organized 5 Multiplier Event in Málaga (Spain) to maximize the impact and visibility of the project and its results, between June 2022 and February 2023.
In total more than 65 attendees were reached, out of the 20 approved in the original form and ME plan approved.
The great success of this outperforming lies on the word of mouth among participants attending the activities of the Senior Centre “Centro Social Puerta Blanca” in Málaga.
For example, on 7th June 2022, IWS organized the first SOS CREATIVITY Multiplier Event, arranged all logistics and chose the most appropriate media format to make the most of this event and boost the dissemination of all project deliverables.
Participants were amazed by all the free resources and the project itself that asked for other Multiplier Events.
The direct target of the events were ate digital adults interested in culture and creativity resources, disadvantaged adults facing economic, social, educational and geographical disparities. IWS also invited culture operators and trainers, elderly care assistants, Adult Education Training operators, stakeholders and local / regional / international representatives.
To engage audience, previous targeted-dissemination took place and the gamification methodology was applied. Practical activity with the digital activity book followed as the event also contributed to generating trust among the participants, enhance networks and promoting Erasmus+ among citizens and generations providing a sense of social Inclusion.
Participants showed interest in the Digital Activity book, designed to simulate real-time cyber-attack attempts in everyday situations when making online payments, detecting fake news, smishing attempts via sms and phishing via email.
The events, organized in detailed, contributed to generate trust among the participants, enhance networks and promoting Erasmus+ among citizens and generations providing a sense of social inclusion to seniors.