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Healthy Ageing Through Innovation in Rural Europe

Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Social Innovation

Lead partner

University of Exeter





Project budget

5 363 199

ERDF amount

3 217 919

ERDF rate



    Common challenge

    Rural communities in the 2Seas area are at risk of dying out: their populations are ageing and poor public transport, lack of local support and facilities, out-migration of young people, reduced services, isolation and fragmented health and social care systems all negatively impact the health and wellbeing of older people (1). The numbers of elderly (aged 60+) will double in the next 30 years in the 2Seas area (2, 3). The common societal challenge for the 2Seas area is managing the needs of the ageing population whilst encouraging healthy ageing and realising the potential of older people, which has been overlooked (4). The benefits of healthy ageing are felt by individuals, communities and service providers (5, 6). However, little has been done to empower and enable  older people to define the support they need, participate in the design and delivery of services, and develop solutions for themselves with the support of the voluntary, public and private sectors.



    Conseil Départemental du Nord

    Rother Voluntary Action

    East Sussex County Council

    University of Plymouth

    Welzijnszorg Kempen

    Université d’Artois

    M-A-P Digital Projects Ltd


    OCMW Laakdal

    Stad en OCMW Poperinge

    Solidarity University

    Devon Mind Ltd

    Feock Parish Council

    Unis-Cité Hauts de France