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Mobility Scouts: Engaging older people

Status: Ongoing

Vienna (AT), Hanau (DE), Zutphen (NL), Rome (IT), Kaunas (LT) Germany
Print this page City population: 2400000Practice started in 2016


Mobility Scouts is an Erasmus+ project implemented by partners working in the fields of social policy and research, social gerontology and adult education in Austria (Vienna, queraum. social & cultural research) , Germany (Hanau, ISIS), Italy (Rome, Lunaria), Lithuania (Kaunas, Seniors Initiatives Center) and the Netherlands (Zutphen, OVN-NL). The Mobility Scouts project was implemented in both larger and smaller cities and lasted from October 2016 until September 2018.

The overall objective of the Mobility Scouts project was to involve older men and women in decision-making processes and enable and empower them to contribute to the creation of age-friendly environments and services as co-producers. Older men and women in all partner countries were trained to initiate and participate in co-production processes at all stages, from the identification and evaluation of age-inappropriate environmental features and spaces, to the redesigning of community spaces and public environments, and the communication of research findings and age-friendly principles.

The project’s training thus resulted in environmental changes and improvements which were sensitive to older people’s needs, local specificities, and any involved partners’ interests at the same time. In doing so, Mobility Scouts brought together older citizens and local authorities and service providers to cooperate in the development of age-friendly environments and services, which was were defined in broad terms: ranging from the design and organisation of public spaces, to mobility or the accessibility of services (e.g. transportation).



Key facts

Main target group: Older people in general

Other target group(s): local stakeholders, local authorities, companies, organizations

Sector(s): Information and communication, Transportation, Urban development

Other sector(s): Mobility, Social Participation

Desired outcome for older people:
Learn, grow and make decisions

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:
  • Ageism
  • Accessibility
  • Ageing in place
  • Healthy behaviours (e.g. physical activity)
  • Intergenerational activities
  • Inclusion
  • Participation

Contact details

Name: Rappauer, Anita

Email address:

Preferred language(s): English, German

Age-friendly practice in detail (click to expand):

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