In Burgas, the Silver Business Academy has started with the intention of increasing the employment of people over 50, In Treviso, the elaboration of a cooperation-based system has started, which joins the legal regulation, the system of the employment office and the civil organizations in order to help the 50+ unemployed in a much more effective and targeted way. In Maribor, a counseling system and targeted events connect and help the relation network and the mutual communication between jobseekers and employers.
The peculiarity in Galati is the volunteer program called “Senior Club”, where the elderly can take an active role as mentors of children, e.g.: reading tales, learning together. The programs of Zagreb like the Religious Tourguide aim at the support of those who are in a difficult situation and the employment of the 50+ people.
My city – active elderly ages in Zugló
In Hungary, in Zugló, the 14th district of the Capital City, Budapest, in the framework of the Silver City pilot project the realization of the Zugló Age Center is among the international examples.
The series of programs supported by the EU made it possible for the City Council of Zugló to create and to run the Zugló Age Center in Cserepesház (Vezér u. 18/b), based on the knowledge of King Sigismund College (ZSKF)
The Center that took the example from the Finnish (Ikäkeskus) and the German (Seniorenbüro) systems takes the role of the “organizer”, “bridge” and “catalyst”. It helps in solving the problems of the 60+ people, making the most of their activity potentials, processing their suggestions related to community life, and transferring those to the appropriate local government or government organizations. In the framework of the pilot project, the Age Center offers a complex portfolio of services: info point, voluntarism, andragogy according to the methodology of gerontagia, community building.
The Infopoint. One of the most important activity conditions for the elderly is to gain information about the initiatives and services of the district offices, civil or church organizations. The Infopoint ensures the accessibility of the certain programs, their connections, the registrations of the applications for the programs, and they also welcome suggestions and questions about certain problems.
One of the main conditions of the functioning of the Age Center is to have such participants who feel involved in the issues of the elderly of Zugló. This is the reason why the recruitment and the training of the 60+ senior volunteers has started who feel the strength and the willingness to help the lives of the local elderly people as peers.
Silver Academy is a series of scientific lectures in the form of a Free University in Cserepesház. Accomodating to the academic year, there are 10 lectures that are open for the 60+ visitors for free of charge.
English language courses. The registered 60+ residents of Zugló had the option to learn English at a beginning or advanced level in order to be able to gain information in a foreign language.
The leadership of the district would like to reinforce the trust in Zugló in a way that the inhabitants could feel free to turn to their neighbors for some help or offering ours, or to other people living in the house, street, not only to our family and relatives. The result of this helping hand is a favor-community with members helping each other in case of need.