Creator project workshop in Brescia – 18-19 May 2011

On 18-19 May in Brescia (Italy) the third workshop of the Creator programme took place. For the first time the workshop was attended by subproject partners, among them the Silhouette project partners. The workshop was divided into two parts. During the first day subprojects and main project partners had separate meetings to discuss current issues. The second day was devoted to an open seminar with all workshop participants and invited guests.

Silhouette project meeting, which was conducted on the 18th of May on the first day of the third Creator programme workshop, enabled the project partners to review previous work results. Practice types found in various regions were discussed and it was determined that next to practices dealing directly with the use of ICT to support the elderly, more attention should also be paid to practices aimed at increasing the general level of acceptance and use of ICT products in the daily lives of seniors.

A large part of the meeting was devoted to discussion on the objectives and methodology of the survey of the needs of seniors to support their activation. Survey preparation and conductionschedule has been established. The survey will be conducted among about 100 respondents in each region, including 50 people aged 65-75 and 50 people aged over 75. The aim of the survey is to understand the needs of older people in different regions, to examine the level of awareness, acceptance and use of ICT products and services in the communities of older people, and also identify opportunities and obstacles for the introduction of ICT products and services for the elderly.

The Silhouette project was presented on the second day of workshops, during an open discussion between participants and invited guests. A presentation with project objectives, schedule as well as first results was given by the project coordinator, Michał Kosiedowski. Silhouette and other subproject presentations were given against the background of introductory lectures given by invited guests. Welfare policy differences were shown comparing France (Lorraine) and Sweden (Västerbotten). In addition, the methodology of good practices transfer worked out in RUT@CT project was discussed, as well as first results of the Innovation4Welfare project, whose objective is to exchange practices among six European regions. This allowed the discussion about placing synchronizing subproject objectives with general Creator programme objectives, and about cooperation to achieve the highest synergy in realising programme objectives.