Two of the social problems that Romania faces today are early school dropout generated by poverty and accelerated demographic ageing. The day-care centres in the country, which provide social assistance and educational support to children from families in need, often face insufficient resources. On the other hand, many of the elderly have a sense of uselessness and suffer from the loss of their social role. Children from modest families and seniors who want to be active meet within the intergenerational centres created by the Generations Programme.
Using the elderly as a resource for the community is an important paradigm shift, but an absolutely necessary one for encouraging active ageing and adapting to the existing demographic situation.
How we support children, seniors and social centres in communities
Building on the experience of working with senior volunteers to support children from disadvantaged backgrounds, the Foundation has created an intergenerational methodology in order to implement this approach in as many communities across the country as possible. Seniors wishing to have an active life get involved as volunteers, in the day-to-day activities of day-care centres.
In 2017, we succeeded in extending the Generations Method to 4 new centres in Bucharest, Bacău and Brașov, and we funded 11 intergenerational centres in total. The Generations method is currently implemented in 15 centres across the country.
The Generations Community Centre programme means:
Intergenerational centres in 2017