Peer-2-Peer: Support Fostering Active Ageing

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ISSUE 3/2015

Remaining active. Nothing less.

Did you know that ... ?

Older adults were asked about examples of active ageing in their lives. All examples mentioned can be classified in a) social, b) physical and c) mental or intellectual activities.

Social activities mentioned cover voluntary work, attending courses, playing cards with other older people and any other activities involving participation in society. Also, caring activities within the family were mentioned, like taking responsibility for grandchildren or even caring for a sick partner or parent. In the category of physical activity “walking” was the predominant answer. Under intellectual activities they mentioned reading most frequently, but also all forms of learning and attending courses and cultural events like theatre groups, poetry groups, painting and singing.

“...they say when you retire you end living; you end working at your job and begin to live your own life. And that I am trying to do, when I was in a very stressful situation I always went to the nature and found some relaxation there. [...] So now I have been retired for two years and so far I have not felt the desire or had the wish to go back to work. Active means to me that I am not always at home, locked in the flat but to devote myself to various kinds of things or to say at least that I am interested in and did not have time previously.” (Female, 65 years, from Slovenia)

Would you like to become a facilitator?

In the PPS project we will educate (free of charge) 6 facilitators to conduct training program on active ageing. Facilitators will be incorporated in the 30-hour training where will learn how to work with future participants into two forms: classical lecturing in which most of the prospective facilitators probably already has experiences, then facilitators will be qualified for mentor work at distance of using specially adapted virtual classroom.

To participate in the program for facilitators you do not need special knowledge because program is conceived modularly and in a way that allows independent upgrading of provided skills. Most essential for the prospective mentor is that he/she likes working with people, the past experiences will not be redundant, although not essential. Anyhow, we invite all those who want to upgrade their own skills, socialize with peers, and at the same time to lead them through educational program on active ageing in a friendly and unobtrusive way.

What you will gain?

In the context of the preparation of facilitators we want to prepare them to work with older adults as their peers, and on the other hand to provide them with methodological and educational skills that will help them while conducting educational program on active ageing with the target group (older adults).

The purpose of the preparation of Peer to Peer facilitators is to meet the needs and the skills of participants who will be implementing educational program Peer to Peer Support Fostering Active Ageing in practice. During the training future facilitators will gain knowledge and skills needed for confident and simple implementation of the program.

Participants will:

  • be introduced to the concept of study group in educational program PPS,
  • learn about designing the goals for training and its implementation,
  • learn about the possible forms of animation/motivation to work in learning group,
  • learn how to choose and conduct the topics of the educational program,
  • learn about the organization and methods of working in the group,
  • learn about resources and learning tools,
  • learn about the process of performance evaluation in the educational program

Participation if free of charge and at the end facilitators receive the Certificate Peer Facilitator PPS, which will enable you to conduct our program for active ageing independently face to face or via e-learning.

Welcome and join us! Become one of the first PPS Peer Facilitator!

When and where the program begins?

The program for the training of facilitators will start at the end of March 2015 in all participating partner countries (Slovenia, Poland, France, Spain, Austria and Denmark).

Peer to Peer Support Fostering Active Ageing - PPS (2014-2016) project partners have developed a modular training program to promote active aging in two forms: the first is devoted to classical teaching ("face to face") and lasts for 30 hours the other will be prepared in the form of e- classroom and distance learning (in the form of 5 training modules). Both programs will be available to participants and to the interested public free of charge.

Contact us

If you are interested and want more information, you are welcome to contact us by e-mail or contact the Project Partner PPS from your country.

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Project PPS is co-funded by the European Union.