The Centre's activity is slowly becoming a model for other cities in Poland, and is evaluated as a valuable by the international environments. It's evidenced by awards and invitations for sharing experiences within the national conferences and international meetings.

November 2012 2nd Prize in the category "Towards Age-friendly Environments" in the European Year 2012 Awards 

Awards were given in seven categories: Social Entrepreneurs, Workplaces for all Ages, Towards Age-Friendly Environments, generations@school, Life Story Challenge as well as written and audiovisual journalism. Over 1,300 interesting and diverse submissions have been received from all over Europe to participate in the Awards.

Centre's project "City Open for All – activities of the Centre for Senior Citizens Initiatives as an example of promotion of active ageing” was awarded by European Commission for implementing initiatives that address demographic changes by raising the quality of life for seniors. The awards ceremony took place on 13th November in Brussels.

Short summaries of all the European winners and finalists you can find here.

June 2012 – participation in the European Commission’s conference entitled “Good Governance for Active and Healthy Ageing” in Brussels

The European Commission invited the Centre for Senior Citizens Initiatives to take part in the conference organized within the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012. The aim of the conference was to take a closer look on how governments, municipalities and organizations can cooperate in order to create complex and efficient strategies regarding healthy and active ageing. The meeting was also supposed to prepare ground for the integrated strategies, which would be implemented following the European Year 2012.

The conference attracted 150 representatives of national governments, local authorities, social partners and other people interested in the idea. The Centre was one of the 10 entities representing Poland.

December 2011 – cooperation with the European Commission in creating “Active Senior” supplement for the Polish edition of “Newsweek”

The Centre for Senior Citizens Initiatives received an invitation from the European Commission to be an expert on the subject of active ageing and intergenerational solidarity. Our task was to substantively consult the supplement for the Polish edition of “Newsweek”. “Active Senior” supplement was issued in the first quarter of 2012 within the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. The magazine’s issue was 200 000 copies.

November 2011 – participation in the Grundtvig European Conference on Adult Volunteering in Warsaw

The Centre for Senior Citizen Initiatives was invited by the National Agency of the Grundtvig Programme, Foundation for the Development of the Educational System to participate in a two-day conference during which the main topic was engaging the elderly in volunteering actions. The Centre took part in this conference as a recipient of the Grundtvig Programme and as an expert for seniors’ volunteering. One of the main goals of the meeting was creating a recommendation for the European Commission, that works on the shape of “Adult Volunteering: Learning for Life” programme in the new financial perspective.

November 2010 - “Senior-friendly local government” title

The title of "Senior-friendly local government" was given to governments, which counteract the exclusion of old people. The title was given to 15 municipalities of various levels by the Parliamentary Group for the Elderly. Among the awarded was the City of Poznan, which was given this title for organizing „Active 50+” fares and creating the Senior Citizens City Council.

The head of the Parliamentary Group for the Elderly, the senator Mieczysław Augustyn, justified the verdict by saying that: “It’s crucial for older people to play an active role in the local community, and that is why we evaluated so highly these projects that guaranteed this kind of participation”. The jury of the competition evaluated the applications in terms of complexity of solutions, innovation, favoring intergenerational integration and permanence of effects.