Nov 07, 2013


The partnership is made of four NGOs from Ireland, Finland, Italy and Romania with long-standing experiences in the field of elder abuse prevention and dignified ageing.. In addition, there is The Gaiety School of Acting (the national theatre school of Ireland), which not only is a leading acting school but can also brings its unique skills and experiences in supporting community development and addressing social issues through drama workshops.

Project partners are:

Age Action (Ireland) – Project coordinator. Age Action is a national advocacy and representative NGO for older people. Established in 1992 Age Action has over 3,000 members including individuals as well as public, private and voluntary organizations. The organisation’s mission is to achieve fundamental change in the lives of all older people by representing and empowering them to live full lives as actively engaged citizens, promoting positive attitudes to ageing as well as changing ageist attitudes and securing their fundamental human rights.

Suvanto – For a Safe Old Age(Finland)- The Finnish Association For A Safe Old Age, is a national non-governmental organization founded in 1990. The goal of the association is to raise awareness among decision makers, local and national authorities, professionals and citizens on the issue of elder abuse and neglect. In addition we develop local and national strategies for the prevention of elder abuse, equip professionals and volunteers on work to encourage the prevention of abuse and empower older people and their families to live independently and safe.

Anziani e Non Solo (Italy)- is a NGO working since 2004 in the field of social innovation, with a specific focus on project management and the realization of services and products in the field of welfare and social inclusion. ANS provides its services all across Italy, operating in partnership with local NGOs. The activities carried out by Anziani e Non Solo mainly concern: active ageing and support to frail and dependent older people; training and support to family carers, informal and formal carers; prevention of gender based violence, elder abuse and discrimination. In the field of elder abuse, ANS provides training and counselling to formal and informal carers and volunteers and has taken part to two action-research proejcts on elder abuse in care relationships.

Asociatia HABILITAS Centru de Resurse si Formare Profesionala (Romania)- was established in 2007 with the aim to contribute to the development of adult professionalization. Habilitas delivers professional adult training and counselling services in social, psychological and educational projects and programs. Habilitas is currently authorized by the National Authority of Qualifications to deliver professional training for the qualification of “Home care worker” and to issue qualification certificates, EU available, focusing on training disadvantaged and unemployed persons.

The Gaiety School of Acting –  is a Not for Profit organisation founded in 1986 by the internationally renowned theatre director Joe Dowling, in response to the lack of full time actor training programmes in Ireland at that time. The school is now widely regarded as the country’s premier training facility for actors. Our policy is to train actors for theatre, film and television. Through a committed and dedicated staff, the school has developed and expanded to its current position where over 2000 students are involved in a wide range of courses from our intensive two year full time actor training programme to a range of courses available to students from overseas. The full time actor-training programme boasts unprecedented graduate success with our actors appearing in all of Ireland’s theatres, in film and television nationally and internationally.