Platforms for Ageing Community Engagement – Exchange and Enterprise

A 3-year project, starting September 2017, funded by the EU Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme. See more details on the PLACE-EE website.

Social exclusion and loneliness have significantly negative impacts on physical and mental health. Such problems are increasingly prevalent in remote and sparsely populated regions of Europe. The lives of older citizens are further complicated by growing health and social care needs. Additionally, older people may be particularly impacted by the wider challenges faced by remote and rural communities, including the interrelated problems of declining economic activity, youth migration and limited access to goods and services. While ICT may help in alleviating these problems, older people may require help with computer and internet use.

PLACE-EE is a transnational partnership of public health agencies, local authorities, academics and ICT experts dedicated to improving the quality of life for older people. Funded by the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme of the European Union, the aim is to develop and implement locally derived sustainable solutions to encourage internet use and person-centred e-health. Older people will engage with our transnational partnership of municipal bodies, public health, universities and enterprises in a programme of community engagement and intergenerational exchange between younger and older citizens using an assets-based approach to build capacity among older people to address barriers to service access. In doing so, we will identify, promote and connect local, cultural knowledge and other heritage resources with innovative ICT approaches that enable greater social inclusion, and access to timely and efficient advice, support and care. The PLACE-EE project will provide opportunities for the transfer of knowledge, skills, products in health care for the benefit of older people and their communities.

Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Ulster University (Northern Ireland)
Limerick City and County Council (Ireland)
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council (Northern Ireland)
Regional Agency for Public Health and Social Well-being (Northern Ireland)
Umeå University (Sweden)
Skellefteå Municipality (Sweden)
Fjarðabyggð (Iceland)

Associate partners:
Microelectronic Application Centre (Ireland)
Institute of Public Health in Ireland (Northern Ireland)
Åsele Kommun Social Welfare Office (Sweden)
Health Care Institution of East Iceland (Iceland) AN Solutions (Iceland) CheckUp AB (Sweden)