TISOVA project’s online course is now open

The online course on How to Identify & Support Older Victims of Abuse, created in partnership in the Erasmus + funded TISOVA project and administered by the University of Tartu, will begin on November 4th, 2019. The course is particularly aimed at professionals who work at senior/day care centres, volunteers and senior citizens. The course seeks to provide the target groups with the skills to identify and provide assistance to older adults who have experienced abuse and neglect. A certification of a completed course will be provided.

Please register here for the course.

For further information, please see the course’s promotional video as well as a presentation describing the background and contents of the course.

Two Moons project marking UN International Day of Older Persons

In keeping with the 2019 theme “The Journey to Age Equality”, the Erasmus+ funded ‘Two Moons’ project, a 2-year pan-European initiative, is making available My Human Rights, My Wellbeing booklet in four languages, English, Finnish, Italian and Romanian. This booklet highlights the inequalities older persons in Europe experience in their daily life. It aims to raise awareness among older persons of their rights as protected under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD); and by so doing empower them to safeguard their well-being. The stories also draw attention to the existence of age inequalities and the societal and structural issues such as ageism which permit older people to be treated differently and denied their rights.

Read the full press release

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The 2nd newsletter of SAFE project has been published

The newsletter discusses the results of project Output 1  “How social and health services, police forces and judicial authorities can work together to tackle abuse against older women”, the Training for Trainers organised in December 2018 in Romania and the Output 2 training curriculum piloting results and experiences from the partner countries.

To download the newsletter in English or in any other project language, please visit the project website.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

The UN General Assembly has designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.

With a growing global population of elderly people, and as longevity increases, abuse of the elderly is an increasing and serious problem that affects health and human rights and can cause death, so it is vital to raise awareness of it and thus prevent it whenever and wherever possible.

VoiVa Coop’s on-going Erasmus+ projects SAFE (Safer Life for Older Women), TISOVA (Training to Identify and Support Older Victims of Abuse) and Two Moons all aim to prevent and raise awareness of violence against older people.

For more information about these projects, see the following links:

SAFE (Safer Life for Older Women)

TISOVA (Training to Identify and Support Older Victims of Abuse)

Two Moons

‘My Human Rights, My Well-Being’ booklet has been published

This booklet, by our Erasmus+ funded Two Moons project is a collection of stories from older people with a shared common theme: infringements of older people’s human rights as protected under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). The stories, three from each country, Finland, Ireland, Italy and Romania, cover a range of situations that older people universally encounter in their day to day life.The booklet also includes practical information about how to report human rights violations and which organisations to contact for support. Please download the booklet here.

My Human Rights, My Well-Being Booklet is one of four resources being developed by Two Moons – a two years Erasmus Plus funded project. The main objective of Two Moons is to design accessible education resources to support older people’s learning in the field of human rights. Knowing about human rights can empower older people to speak up and challenge poor treatment and demand better services.

Analytical Report on Abuse of Older Women by TISOVA project has been published

The TISOVA project (2017-2020), funded under the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission, seeks to train employees and volunteers of senior centres as well as older people to identify and provide assistance for older victims of abuse. Within the interactive training program developed as an outcome of the project, the main objective is to educate these key groups on violence perpetrated against elderly, as well as on the experiences and specific needs of elderly victims of abuse.

The first publication of the project, ”Analytical Report on Abuse of Older Women in Selected European Countries”has now been published. The report explores existing research on violence against older women as well as experiences and needs of both older women and professionals in the project countries. The report works as the foundation for the currently developed training curriculum in the project.

Download report.

The 1st newsletter of the Two Moons project has been published

“Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins”

Two Moons aims to develop education resources to inform and enhance older people’s knowledge of their human rights and how these rights should operate in practice, equipping them with the tools to assert and claim their rights. The first newsletter of the project presents the project, its upcoming outputs and web platform. Highlights from the project’s first partner meeting in Dublin in autumn 2018 are also presented. Please read the full newsletter here.

Education resources on older people’s human rights to be developed

The Erasmus+ funded “Two Moons” programme is pleased to launch its new website platform https://twomoons.eu. The web platform will support the delivery of the 2-year pan-European initiative aimed at improving older people’s knowledge of their human rights as protected un-der the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD); and by so doing empower them to safeguard their well-being.

The process involves older people, social care professionals and community members in a collaborative creative process, providing older people with an opportunity to share their stories in print, audio and through documentary theatre.

The web-platform will feature news, blogs, project resources and updates, such as reports, policy briefs as well as opportunities for engagement e.g. events, workshops and face to face training sessions.

Read the full press release regarding the web platform here.

Project WHOSEFVA’s online course has been published

Project WHOSEFVA (Working with Healthcare Organizations to Support Elderly Female Victims of Abuse), a two-year project co-funded by the European Commission under the Daphne programme has recently come to an end. The WHSOEFVA project was implemented in six partner countries: Austria, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Latvia and the UK.

The main objective of WHOSEFVA was to increase the capacity of domestic violence organizations to better represent the interests and voices of older women who are victims of abuse. To ensure greater accessibility and sustainability of the project trainings on a European-level, a WHOSEFVA online training programme was developed.

The training programme, targeted at health and social care professionals, is in English and video-based but additional subtitles are available in all six project languages. To register and take part, please visit the project website.

Please share the course also with your colleagues and friends.

Five signs of abuse MOOC
Five signs of abuse MOOC

VoiVa participated in the #AgeingEqual campaign with blog posts

Since October 1st, VoiVa has been taking part in the #AgeingEqual campaign by AGE Platform Europe. The campaign celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, raises awareness of the magnitude and gravity of ageism and aims to establish a lasting community and platform for action against ageism.  The theme of the campaign this week has been ageism and abuse. In VoiVa’s projects (Whosefva, Tisova and Two Moons) the training of health and social care professionals is based on older people’s human rights and professionals are taught to also identify ageism. VoiVa took part in the #AgeingEqual campaign by writing two blog posts:

Combating elder abuse requires to promote older people’s human rights

Preventing elder abuse: educational resources from collaborative projects