photos © Angela Pagano, Lunaria
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. They were introduced to the Random Spinning Wheel to present themselves, the use of the whiteboard in Zoom and a brainstorm on relevant topics. We received suggestions, take the person for the training into account and not the age. A lot depends on the willingness and motivation to learn. How to involve older adults in neighbourhood activities that are not working with digital devices yet.
Work in small groups. Focus on what people actually can use, for example sometimes people don’t want to learn how to use email but only how to use WhatsApp or Instagram. Mind the costs of digitalisation and the accessibility of digital infrastructures. The meeting concluded with the following actions: the training will be further developed with the group. On their request, today’s participants will remain involved, either as co-trainer or as trainee. 2 or 3 groups of 4-6 persons will become active in the test training: in The Hague (Escamp and Haagse Hout) and one group in Gouda. The actual training activities will start in May and be evaluated in September/October of 2021.