The second module has been launched in the Immediate Circle programme: an elderly care research competition. It is designed to put together a knowledge base on non-governmental elderly care. We invite experts and guideline developers with hands-on experience in social studies and service. Entries will be accepted between 27 October and 20 November 2020. For documents and detailed information, please visit the website at: https://b-krug.ru/competition/researchers. The competition is run by the Third Age alliance with support from the Timchenko Foundation.
“The subject of elderly care is of high topical interest. During the spring pandemic, a vital role was played in the provision of such relief by the non-profits of the Help is at Hand coalition, which liaised with social services and brought in local councils, volunteers and activists from the local communities. There were a great many practices developed that will be sought after by many an organization nowadays when the incidence is on the rise and the aged will once again be the least protected. This competition will help identify the professionals who will describe the practices and procedures already in place and put together case studies that will be available to all those who are willing to take care of elderly people. But the most important result of the competition will be a rise in the numbers of the community of experts on non-governmental care, which we have started to form and will continue to do so,” says Tatiana Akimova, head of the Third Age alliance.
The competition will provide the winners with research funding for describing the interesting and important practices in non-governmental elderly care that are being implemented by Russian entities with support from the Immediate Circle programme. All practices will be placed in the public domain for sharing and adoption by communities, organizations, establishments, volunteers and action groups.
The Immediate Circle programme is designed to promote and support sustainable social practices in elder care in the family, neighbourhood and local community. The first module, a practices competition, provided backing for 52 projects from 8 federal districts of the Russian Federation.