Each twin town
has a citizen steering group responsible for overseeing and implementing the
project. The local steering groups
include older citizens, a local authority representative and an academic.
The local authority officer supports the group and ensures that the
projectís findings are fed back into local government.
The academic specialises in senior citizen issues and therefore ensures
that the projectís findings are appropriately documented and assists the
Steering Group with academic-related work.
The first task
of each citizen steering group has been to create an 'Over 50s Profile' for their
respective towns to
provide an informed overview of older people service provision amongst the
profiles are available elsewhere on this website.
An Over 50s
network does not exist between the twin towns, therefore this project is
creating those links between citizens through a series of conferences and seminars
There are 3
events which are funded by the EU citizen's proramme.
event took place in
2 - European Parliament,
projectís main conference was held at the MISHA postgraduate university in
in September 2011 and included a visit to the EU Parliament there. Taking place
over 4 days participants (including the Citizen Steering Groups) from the twin
towns discussed the themes and challenges identified in
conference of the EU funded project was spread over 3 days with almost a 100
participants and hosted
by Over 50s Forum in
Human Rights for Older People
conferences between 2010-2012, a series of shared aims and objectives will be
identified by the participants. These
will seek to promote a 'European Declaration for Over 50s Rights'
which the group will use to lobby local, national and European governments to
improve the services and opportunities for the older people of
Twin Town Over 50s Network
will be the outcome of our project and become a resource for the citizens of the 4 twin
towns. The network will provide an
ongoing opportunity lobbying governments for improved services for older
The network is
not reliant on local authorities, but rather on citizen partnerships and
friendships created throughout the 2 year project.
The network will seek to meet annually, rotating location amongst the twin towns.
Regular newsletters and updates on
this website will also keep citizens updated.