A Senior Who Participates
civic activity
City (headquarters):
Voivodeship (headquarters):
01-02-2021 - 30-04-2022
Project cost:
13 320,00 EUR
13 320,00 EUR
Types of activities:
educational activities, civic participation
Target groups:
members of advisory councils, elderly

Our project aimed to increase the civic participation of individuals 60 years old and above from Krapkowicki and Strzelecki districts (Opolskie Voivodeship). Research results from “RS-partnerships with local governments” and National Gathering of Boards of Seniors found that only 16% of seniors remained civically engaged, while 73% believe they have no influence over what is happening in their local community.
According to our internal research and observations, it’s a result of an insufficient knowledge of methods and techniques involved in civic participation, as well as a small number of initiatives designed for and addressed to the senior population. At the same time, seniors constitute the largest population group in the regions we have selected.
As part of our project, we encouraged seniors to take up volunteering and participate in public comments periods. We have organized a series of workshops and learning visits and created a “seniors’ issues” map through consultations and research walks.
As part of the workshops, our seniors have learned about the legal aspects and best practices of volunteering, as well as creating initiatives, different forms of participation and public consultations, and connecting and working with local governments. Lastly, we conducted an evaluation, which resulted with a set of recommendations for the local authorities on how to engage and active seniors to become part of the local civic life. Overall, we had 53 participants over the age of 60 living, or active, in Krapkowicki and Strzelecki districts.
Based on our pre- and post-project surveys we can conclude that the awareness of seniors’ own agency has grown. They have also learned that the absence of their voice in a debate means their local government will remain blind to their needs. Among other things, the seniors who participated reported visiting local government websites more often and participating in surveys looking at the needs of local communities.

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