According to Senior Activeness Complex society (studies conducted two years ago) out of 118 000 residents of Gorzów, as many as 33 000 are over 60. In this group, approximately 10 000 live alone, and 2- 3 000 have lived alone for many years. They have to deal with health problems, problems adapting to the modern world, and more and more physical and cognitive limitations. In the city, there are five senior clubs, but none of them provides support groups or psychological support. Despite this large number of seniors, the city does not have a modern senioral policy, does not provide funding for Gorzów senior organizations, and does not introduce attractive forms of activation and support.
The project addresses the problem of the danger of isolation and marginalization of people aged 60+ in the Lubuskie Voivodship, which is a problem that is growing on a massive scale.
With the help of a psychologist and leader of the existing self-help group for people who are chronically ill, we will produce a Self-Help Bank information pack on creating and running self-help groups for seniors. We will conduct a promotion campaign and training for 20 leaders (300 hours), and provide them with professional supervision (150 hours) at the initial stage of operations of the new groups. We will hold two congresses and six symposiums to promote self-organization and self-help of seniors. We will make ten television programs on senior self-help groups and make them available to all of the local TV stations in the voivodship. We will encourage the emerging community of self-organizing seniors to take part in public consultations in 2021 and 2022. A guidebook will be produced on forming senior self-help groups and 20 groups of this kind will be created. Due to mutual assistance, approximately 120 seniors will be given emotional and psychological support and become involved in community activities.
A minimum of 120 seniors in 14 districts in the Lubuskie Voivodship will take part in the project.