Exchanges between elderly people and their neighbours via a web platform


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es petits frères des Pauvres / Projet Voisin-Age Fraternité Paris-Ouest, 12 rue Bridaine 75017 Paris 01 53 42 13 94 contact@voisin-age.fr
FR France
Web http://www.voisin-age.fr/


About the project Edit

“We’ve been neighbours for 8 years…why did we wait so long?”
Proximity, freedom, reciprocity, relationships!
Facilitating exchanges and social connections between elderly people and their neighbours via a web platform. This platform is very well adapted to its target audience and allows users to recognize each other’s potential to mutually benefit one another and thus moving beyond the logic of the benefits culture. It creates relationships between neighbours while respecting the values of reciprocity and freedom of exchange.

-There is no commitment required as to the duration, frequency or type of activities.
-Give and you will receive: lending a helping hand, babysitting, teaching a class—the elderly have far more to offer than affection or a smile.
-Just like in love or friendship, we are not subjected to each other’s company, we choose to spend time with each other: to each his own.


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

The experience is very unique in many ways, especially in its use of digital technology to:
-Enhance a reality where people, especially the elderly, don’t end up meeting their neighbours due to a lack of opportunity or places of exchange.
-Let people choose which of their neighbours they wish to get to know, according to affinity.
-Foster trust in a safe environment by using limited-access profiles and maintaining a history of conversations.
-Move beyond the logic of the benefits culture and stereotypes of elderly people.
The platform was developed by people with knowledge of a variety of disciplines including, sociologist, elderly support workers, digital professionals and the target audience.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Through this approach, Voisin-age allows neighbours to discover the potential for inter-generational exchanges with people living in their building, creates social connections between neighbours, and allows elderly people to feel useful. What’s more, spending time with ones elders is easy; it’s important; it’s a good thing to do—so why pass up the opportunity? It’s an experience as old as time itself.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

The Voisin-age solution can be employed in any city around the world where the establishment of an intergenerational connection is complex. The platform should be adapted to each city’s culture through the work of local project teams.

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