Title The Age Friendly City
Project Number 2011-1-ES1-LEO05-35886
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The project aimed to develop a training programme for delivery through social networks to promote “The Age Friendly City” and thus improve the competences and knowhow of current and future workers involved in the tourism and other service sectors and local government services for ensuring elderly people remain integrated in society. This transfer of innovation project built on two previous projects: Tactall “The Accessible City” (www.tactall.org) and ViCaDiS “Virtual Campus for Digital Students” (www.vicadis.net). ViCaDiS is an innovative multi-lingual virtual campus developed since 2007 by the project partners UPT, to provide open educational resources and tools available and accessible to all students and teachers in EU.
This project built on the outcomes, results and experiences from two recent ToI projects: TACTALL (2008-2010) and ViCaDIS (07-09) and brought together the TACTALL learning programme - its delivery methodology and learning resources promoting accessibility within tourist enterprises and the new learning technologies incorporating social and learning networking developed by ViCaDIS.
ViCaDIS offered an open resource environment and tools allowing learners to learn and work together using tools such as Wiki; blog; forum; podcasting; instant messaging; conferencing; mobile learning and many more tools.
The original TACTALL project built a training programme addressing the issues of Accessibility, whereby the future needs of the ever increasing numbers of people with various aspects of functional diversity might experience a better quality of service – the project target groups included business enterprises in the Tourism sectors. TACTALL concluded that existing networks such as the World Health Organisation supported ‘Age Friendly Cities´ offered a very practical opportunity to embed its learning programme - providing an excellent means of broadening the training to a wider audience, whilst VICaDIS had the potential with modification to meet the needs of Business enterprises, employees, adult learners and the unemployed and those in Vocational Training, including teachers. WP9 of TACTALL recommended that the learning product and any extension should form a natural part of the work and development of the Age Friendly Cities Network and that the long term sustainability of the product and outcomes could best be met through collaborating and linking the two initiatives.
This project sought to bring public and private sector agencies and enterprises together to address the needs of an ageing population and improve the services and opportunities for social cohesion within the urban environment, bringing together public authorities/municipalities responsible for policy and planning and private enterprise together with the need to train enterprises and employees in new skills that met the needs of an ageing population. The course created is available in all partner countries and languages; training for all sectors and generations in the awareness and development of positive ageing strategies and provision of service for all.
The partnership was made up of 6 experienced partners, 2 new (to Leonardo TOI) partners from 7 European countries; it was established in such a way that all the determined results could be achieved, sharing extensive knowledge on the different tasks, enabling the new partners to learn from the experience. The 6 VET partners were complimented by 3 informal support partners (municipalities) and one from a major accessibility organisation in Spain who provided expert advice and guidance to the project; two VET (UK and ES) partners transferred knowledge and products from TACTALL and the HU and RO partners from ViCaDIS.
-Current and future workers involved in the tourism and other service sectors
-Local government services for ensuring elderly people remain integrated in society
-Teachers and students involved in the tourism and other service sectors
Primary Project Outcomes
• Identification of training needs through analysis of target groups in partner countries.
• Adaptation of TACTALL (www.tactall.org) course structures, processes and procedures to create new modular training packages.
• Integration of TAFCITY in VICaDiS environment as an area for virtual learning and networking, including the communication and social tools for all users
• Creation of new learning and e-learning content. This content will be available in ViCaDiS
• Piloting, trialling and evaluating “The Age Friendly City” training package.
• Creation of the “The Age Friendly City” project website/web portal which will facilitate discussion forums and communication.
• Investigation of the potential of integration within national curricula and/or qualification frameworks.
• Dissemination and exploitation of project results.
• Investigation of the potential of development of “The Age Friendly City” concept.
Skills Objectives achieved
• Understand the meaning of “active aging”.
• Know where to find (relevant) information, resources and possibilities.
• Analyse and understand social, cultural and economic reasons for “active aging”.
• Acquire the ability to interact with different groups of different ages.
• Understand the needs of elderly people and the services available to them.
• Learn how to improve the services and state any changes needed.
• Understand the policy and legislation of partners´ own city/municipality relating to “The Age Friendly City”.
• Understand how to communicate with members involved in services and local government services for ensuring elderly people remain
Open and distance learning
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Other Service Activities
Information and Communication
Human Health and Social Work Activities
material for open learning
description of new occupation profiles
open and distance learning
A common European training course including flexible blended learning methodology and incorporating social media learning tools.
The Tafcity course includes:
-Course structure and delivery