Discover the achievements of the NPA projects
Seven years of cooperation between people, communities, and organisations across thousands of kilometres made a difference in the Northern Periphery and Arctic regions.
Browse the NPA map of results to discover our stories of cooperation. Pick a dot from the map and scroll down to read about people who have met similar minded colleagues and together found solutions for their shared challenges.
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Older people in spotlight
Young people connecting pensioners with the communities
Societal exclusion and loneliness are increasingly frequent in remote and sparsely populated regions and have significant negative impacts on physical and mental health. The PLACE-EE project mapped what kind of services and assets are available to older citizens in 4 NPA regions (Sweden, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Iceland). In Fjarðabyggð, participants revealed that they do not feel connected to their local community outside of friends and family and fear that they are being left behind. PLACE-EE organized 13 workshops with an average of 17 participants: 10 older (75-85 years old) and 7 younger (15-16 years old). At these workshops, young participants taught older people how to use internet, be more active on social media, and use mobile apps such as Íslendinga-App, a popular smart phone App that reveals family connections between citizens. Older participants have brought personal items such as photographs, and shared stories from their lives. These stories, together with digitalized photographs and other materials. are accessible through the Transnational cultural heritage archive.
Being part of these workshops and of the project made older people feel that they were listened to and helped them feeling more connected to their community. At the end of the project, both groups expressed that they would like to continue meeting each other. The PLACE-EE project presented its activities and success stories in a webinar and a podcast.
Photos credit and copyright: Fjardabyggd/Gudrun Lilja Magnusdottir