IV European Good Practices in friendliness Covid-19 Conference

In an age-friendly city, policies, services,
environments and structures support and facilitate
the active ageing of people.
(OMS, 2002)


Euskadi Lagunkoia”  is a project of the Department of Equality, Justice and Social Policies in collaboration with Matia Instituto, which is aimed at promoting participation of citizens as well as the public, private and social sector to develop a movement to foster age-friendly living environments. This initiative is based on the “Age-friendly Environments Programme” promoted by the World Health Organisation.

At the present time more than 60 cities and towns throughout the Basque Country are members of this Network and more than 800 are in the world Network of the WHO.

The IV Conference “Good European Age-Friendliness Practices” is part of this project. This year will be focused on innovative solutions to address the crisis of the Covid-19

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Who it is aimed at

  • People involved in friendliness projects in different towns and cities.
  • Associations and NGOs that work towards improving the quality of life and common good.
  • Professionals and experts in the field of ageing, town-planning and social innovation.
  • Public policy-planners and -makers.
  • Citizens in general.

What objectives does it aim to achieve?

  • Reflect on the challenges and needs of towns, villages and cities in adapting to the ageing process in the context of the Covid-19 crisis.
  • Share innovative and creative experiences within the framework of the friendliness and crisis covid-19 carried out in other countries and cities.
  • Learn how different practices have developed during the covid-19 crisis and their possibilities of replicability in the Basque context.
  • Disseminate the winner and finalist Best Practices of the Euskadi Lagunkoia Best Practices Award.
  • Showcase good practices developed by entities in the Basque country that stand out for their innovation and efficiency in terms of friendliness in the context of the Covid-19 crisis.

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08:30-09:00 Reception
09:00-09:30 Institutional opening
Beatriz Artolazabal Albeniz.
Regional Minister of Equality, Justice and Social Policies.

Juan Ibarretxe Karetxe.
Councillor for Social Action, Bilbao City Council.
09:30-10:00 Inaugural conference
Communities and COVID-19: Developing an "Age-Friendly" recovery plan.

Prof. Christopher Phillipson.
Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing.
10:00-11:00 Table 1: Good practices in Europe

1.COVID-19 and social exclusion in later life: lessons for age-friendly communities. 20'
Thomas Scharf. Newcastle University. President of the British Society of Gerontology

2. Good Practices in Age-Friendly Greater Manchester during the crisis covid-19. 20'
Paul Mc Garry. Assist Director, Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Head Greater Manchester Ageing Hub.

3. Reflection and discussion.. 20'
Space for involvement and discussion between attendees and speakers.
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11.30-12:30 Table 2: Good practices at State level

1. Stop the curve: And if we overcome the pandemic by working together? 20'
Ricardo Antón. ColaBoraBora.

2. Aging is not synonymous with loss of quality of life and adaptation to the Covid-19 crisis. Winner of the BBPP award. 20'
Aitor Abecia Jiménez. Mayor of Zambrana.

3. Reflection and discussion. 20'
Space for involvement and discussion between attendees and speakers.
12.30-13:00 LIGHTNING TALKS: Euskadi Lagunkoia Good Practices Award 2020
1. 2020 Award Winner: “We are with your” Program 10'
Sara Buesa Rodríguez. Department of Social Policies, Elderly People and Children. Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council.

2. Accesit 2020: “Silver Thread” Program. 10'
Enara Solabarria Moreno. Managing Director.

3. Reflection and discussion. 10'
13:00-13:30 Awards and closing
Marian Olabarrieta Ibarrondo.
Director of Social Services.

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