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NORTH KARELIA - AGEING REGION 166 000 inhabitants - 14 municipalities - three sub-regions: Central Karelia, Joensuu, Pielinen Karelia O4O municipalities: Lieksa, Nurmes, Valtimo. KARELIAN O4O 1) Place of Friendship, Nurmes 2) Vuonislahti Village, Lieksa

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NORTH KARELIA

- AGEING REGION

166 000 inhabitants

- 14 municipalities

- three sub-regions:

Central Karelia,

Joensuu,

Pielinen Karelia

O4O municipalities:

Lieksa, Nurmes, Valtimo

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KARELIAN O4O

1) Place of Friendship, Nurmes

2) Vuonislahti Village, Lieksa

3) Koli Village, Lieksa

4) Municipality Valtimo

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O4O FOCUS:

- volunteering;

creating and implementing a volunteering model

- implementing innovative co-operation in villages

- creating a positive attitude towards the ageing society

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PLACE OF FRIENDSHIP Nurmes

a social meeting place and

activity centre for (elderly) citizens

1) How to get volunteers

2) How to keep them

3) How to find the lonely elderly

4) How to implement similar activities in Valtimo and Koli

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Future outcomes:

- training program and handbook for volunteers helping the elderly with memory problems

- program for the elderly at the risk of social exclusion

- model of meeting place activities

- new co-operation models:

municipalities & NGOs & NKUAS

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VUONISLAHTI Village

  • 250 inhabitants, 30 km from city centre
  • Active village: tourism, summer theatre, Village News, NGOs, international co-operation…
  • Village House Kukko, co-operative: meals, massage treatment, hairdresser
  • Municipal group family day care for children
  • Private nursing home
  • Group transportation on Mondays and Fridays
  • No school, no shop (at the moment)
  • http://www.vuonis.net/sivut/english.htm
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Interviews for better understanding about

  • Living in Vuonislahti when getting old
  • Need for help and support in everyday life
  • Willingness to stay in Vuonislahti
  • Resources, hopes and dreams
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21 INTERVIEWS:

  • ”village boss” as a key informant
  • Interviews in homes or in the Village house
  • thematic interviews by a student living in the neighbouring village
  • 7 male / 14 female – eight refused
  • Age 60 – 85 years
  • 13 couples; two males and six females living alone
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76 % need help at the moment

  • Mostly in outdoor work in the yard, shopping and cleaning
  • helpers: relatives (daughters & sons), entrepreneur, friend
  • 57 % helping others: transportation, snow-clearing, wood-chopping, neighbourly help
  • 95 % will need more help in next 5 years
  • 76 % want to stay at home in Vuonislahti & 24 % think they will be obliged to move
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NEEDS e.g.

  • Shop keeper
  • Village helper
  • Senior meetings
  • Better accomodation
  • Permanent group transportation
  • Village Association still going strong
  • New families with children
  • Working places
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SUMMARY – future work

  • Transportation Nr 1
  • Shop; not only for shopping, but also for meeting and information
  • Village House as an activity Centre
  • Permanent village helpers
  • New care models
  • Service innovations
  • Green care
  • New families
  • Funding
o4o sustainability by swot
O4O Sustainability by SWOT
  • STRENGTHS
  • WEAKNESSES
  • OPPORTUNITIES
  • THREATS
strengths
STRENGTHS
  • High spirit of positive ageing
  • North Karelia, region of ageing knowledge
  • Several projects linked with elderly people & rural areas
  • Strong networks
  • Good relationships
  • Good area knowledge
  • Media interest
weaknesses
WEAKNESSES
  • Lack of resources; time and staff
  •  Delays in implementation
  •  Difficulties in involving people and organizations
  •  Economic crises
threats
THREATS
  • Economic crises
  • Not involving the elderly themselves
  • Weak linking with the authorities, NGOs and private service providers
  • Weak linking with regional ageing policy strategies
  • Tiredness of several project start ups
opportunities 1 2
OPPORTUNITIES 1/2
  • Perfect timing
  • Nordic welfare state / the government looking for new welfare mix models; voucher, 3rd sector…
  • New models to volunteer
  • Economic crises; “Never lose a good crises”
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2/2
  • NKUAS and UEF co-operation
  • Young people involved
  • Linking with other projects in the area: new housing solutions, franchising, green care…
  • Rise of social firms
  • Regional policies; Pikes & municipalities & enterprises
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION!

Arja Jämsén

arja.jamsen@jns.fi

www.pikes.fi