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Stay Active and Independent for Longer in the 2 Seas Area

Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Social Innovation

Lead partner

HZ University of Applied Sciences

Start Date


End Date


Project budget

2 462 279

ERDF amount

1 477 367

ERDF rate



    Common challenge

    Coastal regions in the 2 Seas Area have to deal with specific challenges in relation to ageing as they are confronted with a particular mix of ageing people. This not only includes local elderly, but also the influx of ageing newcomers and visitors of an increasing average age. As this population puts pressure on health and social care systems, it is essential to enable them to stay active and independent for longer, to improve their wellbeing and quality of life to reduce costs and pressures on care systems.

    Main Achievements

    Looking back at four years of the Interreg 2 Seas SAIL project, we can safely conclude that it has been anything but boring. From major language issues in the beginning, the project leader dropping out halfway through, to the COVID-19 crisis grinding the whole world (and therefore also the project) to a halt at the end. Despite these issues however, the partnership has managed to complete the project as envisioned, which is defnitely something to be proud of. Objectives have been reached and outputs have been delivered. The cross border cooperation, which was a bit of an issue in the beginning of the project as pilot managers could set up and run their activities without each other, was strongly improved after the introduction of the buddy system, where pilot managers were linked to each other to regularly exchange information and best practices. This has resulted in a strong partnership and even better pilots.

    In addition, within the pilots, many highlights were accomplished. PP9 (Norfolk Country Council) for example, has managed to implement one of their pilots into the local library, which has been copied to other libraries in the region. PP9 (AFEJI) has set up multiple partnerships, including one with the Decathlon sports brand and addition care facilities. PP10 (City of Ostend) is helping other municipalities, such as Ghent, Bruges and Kortrijk to set up activities similar to the Silver Sessions and Silver Routes.

    Of course, it remains to be seen if, how and when these activities will be picked up again, as during the writing of this closure report (January-June 2021) the world is still in the grip of the corona virus. If however the spirit and enthusiasm within this partnership is anything to go by, SAIL activities will definitely survive!



    NV Economische Impuls Zeeland

    GGD Zeeland



    Norfolk County Council

    Bournemouth University Higher Education Corporation


    Stadsbestuur Oostende

    Université de Picardie Jules Verne


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    Feasibility study to determine the effectiveness & sustainability of the SAIL process and applications to pave the way for wide-scale implementation

    Theme: Innovation - Silver economy
    Type: Feasibility study
    Target: Local, regional and national authorities - Regional development agencies, Chamber of Commerce - Universities and research centres