“Taschengeldbörse” (pocket money exchange) in the district of Düren. The “Taschengeldbörse” in the district of Düren is organized by the coordination office “Pro Seniorinnen und Senioren im Kreis Düren” (Pro Senior Citizens in the District of Düren) to promote understanding and encounters between the generations and to strengthen neighborhood cohesion.
The “Taschengeldbörse” is intended for young people between the ages of 14 and 20. It arranges activities such as grass mowing, shopping, gardening or help with cell phones, computers, and other devices. Young people receive pocket money of at least five euros per hour for their work. The project gives young and old people the opportunity to get in touch with each other, a win-win situation for both parties. The Düren district administration provides advice and support in setting up the pocket money exchange and provides the online platform. Currently, the pocket money exchange is being implemented in the following municipalities: Aldenhoven, Düren, Jülich, Kreuzau, Merzenich, Niederzier, Vettweiß.
Please visit the website for more information: www.kreis-dueren.de/taschengeldboerse
The Dutch foundation Oma’s soep (ENG: Grandma’s Soup) organizes weekly activities such as the cooking days and Grandma’s Soup at home days. In addition, Grandma’s Soup often organizes original events. These events are a special treat for the elderly.
During the cooking days, the volunteers and the elderly cut the vegetables together and have a chat. While the soup is cooking, the volunteers and the elderly usually play a game. When the soup is ready, they end the day by enjoying their homemade soup together. The elderly enjoy the cooking days enormously. Moreover, they appreciate the contact with the young volunteers. The structural contact and the fresh soup are good for their health. The cooking days provide meaning and fun.
With the Soup at Home days, weekly visits and packages full of delicious soup, a motivating card and a surprise at home are brought to the elderly by the volunteers. The goal is to create a moment to drink a nice cup of coffee together, take a walk or do something together.
Foundation Grandma’s Soup facilitates the events for the elderly and supervises the student boards of the various Grandma’s Soup cities. Each ‘Grandma’s Soup City’ is governed by an annual student board. The student boards are locally responsible for organizing the activities and events for the elderly.
Want to know more? Please visit: https://omassoep.nl
Samana’s duo work connects/pairs people with chronic illnesses or care needs, informal carers and volunteers for warm social contact with regular meetings. The connection takes shape by creating duos where each duo regularly agrees to do something together that is good for both, tailored to the duo itself. This creates meaningful one-to-one contacts, which makes everyone grow.
The step-by-step plan of this activity:
- Intake with participant and volunteer
- Matching of the duo in consultation with both parties
- Start-up of the duo through an introductory meeting in the presence of a contact coach and/or professional staff member
- Further follow-up of the duo by a contact coach
- Training and intervision for the volunteers
Please visit the website for more information: https://www.samana.be/contact-coachen/
Entr’âges is an association whose mission is to promote links between people of different generations in a dynamic of solidarity and reciprocity. The association also engages in a work of sensitization and fight against the ageism through the realization of events and projects on the whole of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.
The association also has a unique Documentation Center in Belgium specialized in the issues of ageism, intergeneration and social aspects related to aging, accessible to all persons interested in this theme in a professional or private context.
The association addresses itself to all people, with a particular attention to those who are socially vulnerable and to the project leaders, in order to support their power to act. Through its mission, the association responds to several issues such as equality and social justice, mobilization and citizen participation, social inclusion, decompartmentalization of generations, destigmatization and non-discrimination based on age.
Entr’âges aims to contribute to a society where each person has a full place and can be themselves, and to create the conditions for people, whatever their age, gender, or origin, to be actors of their lives, respecting their will, their resources, and their capacities.
The association has many projects, all of which can be found on their website www.entrages.be