Fostering neighborhood participation to protect and care for elderly citizens

Project description

NEXT DOOR aims to promote social capital within neighbourhoods, fostering protection of elderly citizens & increasing levels of self-esteem & quality of life. NEXT DOOR relies on the development of skills of professionals working for the community at the local level, improving technical & social competences to support better job performance & their contribution to the cohesive region, putting together community organisations & training providers.​

The objectives of the project are:​

  • To engage multi-level stakeholders in response to elderly needs, by local co-creation workshops
  • To build a digital tool for mapping local resources and offering information on how to support & referral the process
  • To raise awareness on general public & neighbours on the importance of community’s social capital
  • To design and pilot a capacity-building programme for professionals (from the community, social, health sectors) & policymakers (municipalities, government, etc.)
  • To build gamification resources to support the learning activities, awareness events, and assessment
  • To launch local social resources groups to setup recommendations
  • To create a model which packs methodology, resources, results from piloting, follow-up assessment, and case studies, as well as a business model and replication


AFEJI, France


Aproximar, Cooperativa de Solidariedade Social, CRL, Portugal

Merseyside Expanding Horizons Limited, UK

European Association for Social Innovation, Romania

ACEEU GmbH, Germany

Anziani e Non Solo Societa Cooperativa Sociale, Italy

Consorci de la Ribera, Spain

Amadora Inovation EM Unipessoal Lda, Portugal


1/09/2020 – 31/08/2023 (36 months)

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