Committed To Becoming More Age-Friendly
Cuadrilla de Añana Spain
Cuadrilla de Añana is located in northern Spain in the Basque province Alava. The county covers 10 small municipalities: Añana, Armiñón, Berantevilla, Cuartango, Iruña de Oca, Lantarón, Ribera Alta, Ribera Baja, Valdegovía y Zambrana.
A member of the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities since 2014, Cuadrilla de Añana has been part of the Age-Friendly Basque Country Programme – EuskadiLagunkoia – since 2013.
Euskadi Langunkoia –Age-friendly Basque Country – is a cross-cutting initiative that engages citizens, the public and private sectors to create supportive and enabling environments for older people.
Euskadi Langunkoia works with a number of communities across the Basque Country, including Cuadrilla de Añana, to develop a network of age-friendly communities and facilitate the exchange of good practice between them.
Consultations with older people across the Cuadrilla were carried out in 2013, involving 260 questionnaires and 6 meetings (77 people)
Cuadrilla de Añana has been participating in a number of age-friendly initiatives spearheaded by the EuskadiLagunkoia Programme. Some of the most important are:
- Time Bank: this is an online tool for the exchange of activities and support between citizens.
- Self-support between neighbours program (Auzokoa Lagun): thi is a citizens’ initiative that works to promote social fabric of neighborhoods and mutual help among neighbors.
- Home delivery of books: people with mobility difficulties can ask for books and newspapers at home.
- Bench project: social workers, associatons and older people detect where benches are needed and create and install them
- Nording walking: a group of older people is now practicing this sport.
- Recipes book: an older person teaches a recipe to a child and, if possible, they cook it together. All the recipes are put together in a book.
- Age-friendly shops: this program was created with the aim of including small and large businesses of the neighborhoods in the project, creating a distinctive “We are Friendly” to identify those who commit themselves to participate by making a few small improvements on their premises (ie. have chairs where guests can relax).
- The Legacy initiative across the Basque Country: This is a project of 12 short videos (5 min aproximately) of older person as transmitters of intangible heritage. You can watch them here: http://www.euskadilagunkoia.net/es/iniciativas/legado
More information about Euskadi Lagunkoia can be found in the following website: http://www.euskadilagunkoia.net/es