Senior councils play an important role in activating elderly citizens, representing their interests, and collaborating with local governments and organizations. However, according to our studies, they are still a rare occurrence in Małopolskie Voivodeship, with only 18% of municipalities having established Senior Councils. Additionally, according to the expert periodical, “Senior Policy,” up to 80% of existing councils does not receive any support in developing their members’ competences or the organization itself.
We will address that problem by organizing trainings for the representatives of selected councils and groups from the Małopolska Network of Senior Councils. They will participate in workshops run by our partners from Norway. Experts from the Bjerkaker LæringsLab organization will teach them about participatory techniques, building of the social dialogue and activating seniors, using the examples from Norway. Norsensus Mediaforum organization, specializing in developing of media and communication skills, will conduct practical workshops on methods for creating informational campaigns and communication in civic activism. We will organize pilot participatory processes in four municipalities around Małopolskie Voivodeship, during which we will work on local senior policy. We will connect senior groups during meetings of the Małopolska Network of Senior Councils, where they will have an opportunity to exchange experiences, challenges and accomplishments. We will have a series of consultations for the existing senior groups that wish to start a council in their municipality in the Voivodeship. We will devise a plan of action, diagnosis of elderly needs and the pathways to collaborate with the local government. Finally, we will organize a conference during which the representatives from councils and organizations working on the behalf of seniors from across Poland and our partners will exchange knowledge on good practices and experiences from their work.