Seniors Initiatives Centre is an association of senior citizens incorporated under the Law on Associations of the Republic of Lithuania in 2007. By law it is a private body funded from membership fees, private contributions and project grants. The organization has no affiliations and operates on the local level in Kaunas, the second largest city of Lithuania with a population of almost 350 000. We also act as a point of contact to provide information and referrals for services and programs designed to meet specific needs of seniors on other organizations and institutions.
SIC works with seniors and for seniors with the aim to encourage:
- participatory citizenship
- active aging
- life-long learning
SIC focuses on various problematic issues of elderly citizens by developing, testing and implementing initiatives to promote social participation, voluntary engagement and autonomy of older people.
SIC has large experience in arranging non-formal learning activities for:
- gaining/improving digital skills
- maintaining physical fitness
- human, social and health interventions
On the local level SIC collaborates with numerous social partners, such as Department of Social Work at Vytautas Magnus University, Department of Adapted Physical Activity at Lithuanian Sports University, Association of Kaunas Community Centres, Kaunas Municipality Department of Social Affairs, Kaunas Seniors Council and Centre of Palliative Medicine among them.
SIC has no direct experience in research, however as social partners we advice on research topics for bachelor and master theses in university departments that SIC collaborates with. We also provide subjects for interviews and focus groups.
What are our roles in the project?
SIC represents the civil society sector and is involved in different stages of the project sharing insights, giving feedback, promoting project activities and disseminating the outcomes.
SIC coordinates Work Package 3 focused on engaging senior people in science. Core activities involve:
- stimulating a debate about priorities in research;
- analysing the current demands of aged people towards science and technology;
- carrying out pilot interventions in local communities;
- designing and implementing intervention programmes with school children;
- involving relevant stakeholders; and
- providing recommendations on how to engage society, including older people, in research.
For more information: www.senjoru-centras.lt