The Wan Chai Methodist Centre for the Seniors organized the Age Friendly Community Care programme to improve age-friendliness within the district’s transportation system, with support from the Jockey Club Age-friendly City Project. The programme encouraged older adults to share their opinions about public transportation and to promote a culture of offering seats to those who may need them on public transportation (seat offering culture).
The Age Friendly Community Care programme organized a series of activities in collaboration with local older people’s centres, which included organizing transportation inspection visits and sharing sessions, showing short films on priority seats, holding a tram parade, and holding school talks. The transportation inspection visit invited older adults to Wan Chai Station of the Mass Transit Railway and the Hong Kong Tramways, during which participants could highlight the strengths and limitations of these transportation methods from an age-friendly perspective. The visits were followed by a sharing session during which the participants made suggestions for improvement to representatives of the Wan Chai District Council, Social Welfare Department, and the Home Affairs Department of the Hong Kong government. After these activities, older participants reported an increase in their motivation to contribute to the development of a more age-friendly city and district.
Some aspects of this programme targeted a wider audience. During the sharing session, a short film on seat offering culture was showcased and subsequently disseminated on social media platforms and shared widely. The tram parade and school talks on public transportation also promoted seat offering culture to the general public and younger people, respectively.
At the conclusion of the program, we acknowledged that more public education still needed to be done in the local community in order to promote age-friendly transportation systems and greater social inclusion. To do this effectively, we recognised the necessity of collaboration between different stakeholders such as regional governments, district councils, non-government organizations, and schools.
Main target group: Older people in general
Other target group(s): The general public
Desired outcome for older people:
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