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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





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

    Ever since the start of the project in 2017, the SAIL project has known a terrific mutual atmosphere, with all partners sharing experiences and helping each other. Despite the temporary absence of a project manager, the project was able to proceed according to work plan, with only slight delays. This shows the stability of the project structure, the robustness of the project partnership and the commitment to the project of all the project partners.

    A highlight of this project was the introduction of the Buddy System by the new project manager. In the Buddy System, pilots and their respective pilot managers are linked to each other across organizations and borders, and interaction and exchange are encouraged by assignments and scheduled meetings. Despite the short running time of the Buddy System, the project partners have already expressed their appreciation of this system, indicating its added value to cross border interaction and exchange.

    In addition, the project has already known some significant highlights on project partner and pilot level: PP6 (Norfolk County Council) was able to develop sustainable partnerships with NorseCare and local libraries, PP9 (AFEJI) has set up a collaboration with Decathlon (a large sporting goods chain) and the University of Lille, and PP10 (City of Oostend) has seen their pilot Move and Se(a) already being adopted by the target population and stakeholders. These are just a few examples of project highlights. Multiple project partners have indicated to experience good collaboration, the start of new partnerships and interest in their pilots exceeding expectations when asked for their highlights.

    Last but not least, the SAIL project is (still) linked to multiple study programmes through student research projects, this time also at Master's level, benefitting the project and its pilots by the additional research being done, plus enabling students to become familiar with European projects in general, and the SAIL project in specific.



    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

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