Older People for Older People

Older People for Older People (or O4O) was a project aimed to provide a greater degree of independence to the elderly whom were located in non-urban areas.[3]

Older People for Older People
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Mission statementindependent living · active communities · flexible services
Type of projectCommunity building
OwnerNorthern Periphery Programme
  • €2 125 530 (total)
  • €1 183 997 (EU contribution)

The project was a winner at the Regions for Economic Change Conference in 2012.[4]


With the intent to focus on what the elderly could provide for a community, and recognize their capabilities,[5] the project investigated the means of using community building to facilitate the provision of services available to those people of old age. It used older people's skills to assist other older people,[6] delaying the times at which they move out of their own homes.[7] It was part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Northern Periphery Programme and covered rural areas of Scotland, Finland, Greenland, Northern Ireland and Sweden.[1] It ran from 2008[6] to 2013.[8] At the end of the project, some services developed under it continued to be provided.[9]

The project was supported by the University of the Highlands and Islands, the University of Aberdeen and the Highlands and Islands Enterprise.[8] The project was shortlisted for the RegioStars awards in December 2011[10] and announced as winner at the Regions for Economic Change Conference in 2012.[8]


One project outcome was the development of a toolkit to help others create their own O4O projects. Some example outcomes which were developed are community transport, supported housing, self-sufficiency via a luncheon club using shared local produce, volunteering and schemes for friendship and helping.[2][5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b RegioStars 2012 - INCLUSIVE GROWTH: O4O - Lifelong experience boosts ageing communities, 13 June 2012, Europa
  2. ^ a b Mobilising older people to help older people, Europa
  3. ^ "Older People for Older People". Understanding Glasglow. Th Glasglow Indicator Project. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  4. ^ "O4O Project wins RegioStars 2012 Awards". Northern Periphery Program. European Regional Development Fund. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b O4O : Older People for Older People - About Us, Older People for Older People
  6. ^ a b O4O: Older People for Older People, Scotland: National Rural Network
  7. ^ Ardersier history captured on film, 4 May 2010, Nichola Rutherford, The Press and Journal
  8. ^ a b c University project for older people wins major European award, 15 June 2012, Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  9. ^ O4O Project wins RegioStars 2012 Awards, 15 June 2012, Northern Periphery Programme
  10. ^ European recognition for Highlands and Islands project to empower older people, 1 December 2011, Centre for Health Science

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