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In order to age well it is crucial that people are able to live autonomously and self-determined for as long as possible. For this it needs a world without barriers and neighbor­hoods, which support autonomy and social participation. Mean­while social participation increasingly also encompasses digital participation, as digitali­sation transforms almost everyone area of our society.With our Erasmus+ project Bridge the Gap! (realized from October 2020 until September 2022) we want to find creative and sustain­able ways to enable older people to live autonomously and to shape living environments in such ways to support the independence as well as the social and digital partici­pation of older citizens. Bridge the Gap! wants to support and train older people to explore, analyse and (re-)shape their neighbour­hoods with the help of digital tools.

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photo © Angela Pagano
In Rome five training sessions – all in presence – have taken place at the Rome Giorgio Perlasca Social Centre from November 2021 through January 2022 and we would like here to renew our thanks for her cooperation and support to Ms. Nahid Ameri, the President of the Centre.
Bridge the Gap! has been chosen as one of the good practices in the national training scheme to upgrade Italian senior citizens’ digital literacy.
In this newsletter we will share some of the insights we gained during our test training phase in Austria, Italy, Lithunania, the Netherlands and Germany. 
Twenty-four older adults from The Hague and Gouda participated with much enthusiasm in a workshop sequence of six meetings and indicated afterward that the training improved their digital skills. In this article will be described what the success formula was to book real results.
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The Bridge the Gap! Training was tested in Bad Vilbel. Find out what the participants learned and how they made their city more age-friendly.

photo © AFEdemy

Trainings in the Netherlands concluded

In November 2021, AFEdemy granted the certificates of the final training Bridge the Gap! training group in Gouda. This concluded the successful series of test trainings of three months.

photo © Voglhuber

A Neighbourhood Walk and 60+ Check kicked off the trainings series in Vienna!

How age-friendly is my neighbourhood? A group of older adults and city officials joined a neighbourhood walk through the 13th district in Vienna.

Since 23. August 2021, the German project partner ISIS is testing the training developed within the Bridge the Gap! project in Bad Vilbel.

Seniors Initiatives Centre started Bridge the Gap! Project training on August 31. The training takes place in Šilainiai and Šančiai branches of Kaunas City Public Library.

Upcoming UN Event: Digital Equity for All Ages: Connect, Respect and Protect Older People in Digital Technologies

The first edition of our Bridge the Gap! Newsletter is online

In the newsletter we summarize our project goals, inform about current events in our respective regions and present our next step(s).

Our new Bridge the Gap! Fact Sheet is now online

The Bridge the Gap! Fact Sheet is now available on our website! The fact sheet presents our most important findings from this research. In addition, projects and initiatives that create age-friendly environments in Europe with the support of digital tools are presented as inspiring best practice examples.
photo © Angela Pagano, Lunaria

Bridge the Gap! in Rome Municipality II

On 15 June 2021, Bridge the Gap! has been presented during Rome Municipality II’s  3rd and 4th Age States general.
photo © Lunaria

Europe's Digital Decade: Commission launches consultation and discussion on EU digital principles​

Get involved in the public consultation by the European Commission! The Commission is launching a public consultation on the formulation of a set of principles to promote and uphold EU values in the digital space. The consultation is open until 2 September 2021 and seeks to open a wide societal debate and gather views from citizens, non-governmental and civil society organisations, businesses, administrations and all interested parties. Find more information here.

photo © AFEdemy

Co-creation session to set-up the training curriculum

On the morning of April 8th, the Dutch partner organisation AFEdemy organised an online interactive session on the proposed set-up of the training of the Bridge the Gap! Project. Ten interviewed older adults and experts, such as older adults’ advocacy organisation KBO-PCOB, SeniorTab, SeniorWeb and The Hague Library were present.

Quotes from Bridge the Gap! interview partners:

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