Több mint 1,1 millió eurós költségvetésből valósul meg Újbuda Önkormányzatának “Egészséges és Aktív Időskor” című projektje, melynek 95%-át a Norvég Alap támogatja.
A támogatásra kiválasztott HU11-0002-A1-2013azonosító jelű pályázatot Újbuda Önkormányzata a Norvég Finanszírozási Mechanizmus 2009 - 2014 keretében meghirdetett "A helyi önkormányzatok kapacitásfejlesztése a közszolgáltatások minőségének javítása és a helyi gazdaság fejlesztés érdekében" című felhívására nyújtotta be.
Újbuda vezetésével széles körű partnerség jött létre, melynek tagjai az idősügy, szociális szolgáltatások és egészségügy területén legaktívabb magyar városok (Debrecen, Hódmezővásárhely), az önkéntesség terén nagy tapasztalattal rendelkező Önkéntes Központ Alapítvány, valamint a norvégiai önkéntesség területén jó gyakorlatokkal rendelkező Øvre-Eiker Önkormányzata. Újbuda Önkormányzatára, mint projektvezetőre eső elnyert támogatás összege megközelíti a 700.000 Eurót.
A projekt angol nyelvű összefoglalója az alábbiakban látható:
Lead Partner: Local Government & Municipality of District 11 of Budapest, Újbuda
Project code: HU11-0002-A1-2013
Similar to the EU Member States it is expected that local municipalities in Hungarian cities and towns are going to be increasingly confronted with challenges linked to ageing. The proportion of people over 60 years of age has increased by 12% of the last 10 years. This demographic phenomenon will lead to an increase in the number of elderly clients needing assistance from the health and social sector which will, in turn, suffer from a lack of capacities to meet the demand. More and more municipalities in Hungary are recognizing the need for creating appropriate, enabling support mechanisms and targeted strategies to improve the life quality of the elderly.
The Municipality of Újbuda has become a pioneer in Hungary in the field of strategies and measures tackling the ageing problem thanks to its so-called “60+” Programme. This includes various measures and actions aiming to improve the quality of life for the elderly and to bring the bottom-up initiatives of the local communities of seniors under an organized framework. The services developed under the 60+ programme have been gradually expanding to new field of services, and through this process, the Municipality of Újbuda concluded that the health and social sectors are in most need of innovative and cost-effective solutions. This gave the incentive for the Municipality to initiate the current project involving Hungarian and Norwegian project partners sharing similar ambitions in order to jointly develop solutions and share knowledge and good practices on the topic.The partnership has therefore been established with the involvement of the most experienced senior-friendly cities (Debrecen, Hódmezővásárhely) and knowledgeable organizations in the field of voluntarism (the National Voluntarism Centre and the Municipality of Ovre-Eiker).
Project partners agreed that applying local elderly strategies in the field of health and social care system requires the establishment of a new organizational model framework: introducing innovative services going beyond and complementing the mandatory services offered by state and local providers; enabling a cost-effective service provision through the incorporation of voluntarism; building on local partnership between local key players (local municipalities and civil servants, health and social institutions maintained by the municipality or the state- and their employees, NG Os active in voluntarism); improving the infrastructural, institutional and HR capacity of the relevant local key actors; building on the improved capacities of the local players to create effective and coherent service provision, mechanisms and processes; active participation of the citizens concerned (“60+” people and the volunteers).
These conclusions led the partnership to jointly define the project’s general objective:
“To elaborate, test, introduce and disseminate an innovative, cost-effective municipality-led local organizational model allowing for the provision of quality health & social helping care services building on voluntarism – community involvement - and local partnership.”
During the elaboration of the organizational model, project partners will: establish local coordination centers; create Local Stakeholder Groups (LSGs) consisting of relevant local key actors and conclude local partnership agreements among them; lay down and test the protocol of service provision based on voluntarism (e.g. identifying elderly clients in need for the home-based helping-car e service, preparing and supervising the volunteers, etc.); disseminate the gained experiences and results through thematic networks to interested local communities; elaborate recommendations on the organizational model also including suggestions for policy improvements at national level.
Project partners are aware that Norway has a great tradition in voluntarism, the Norwegian welfare state model and voluntarism are mutually reinforcing each other. Service providers maintained by the state or municipalities actively make use of the voluntary activities in fulfilling a wider range of duties. In fact, the Norwegian local municipalities are already planning to involve the added value of volunteers into even further fields beyond the health and social sector, such as environment protection, city development. The Norwegian partner will therefore test the elaborated organizational model in new fields not covered with voluntarism yet, and disseminate the gained experiences to other Norwegian local municipalities. The Hungarian partner, on the other hand, in line with the National Voluntarism Strategy, will use the Norwegian practices to focus primarily on the integration of volunteers into the local health and social sector to spread the culture of voluntarism.