Moving Together – Leading a Collaborative Process to Address Seniors’ Transportation Barriers
A 2013 AFC survey of service providers identified transportation as the greatest barrier faced by seniors trying to access health and community services or social and recreational activities.The Moving Together Project was launched in 2014 with a grant from the Vancouver Foundation, with the goal of bringing together stakeholders to tackle seniors’ transportation barriers in the Kootenays. The project viewed transportation options as a whole, including municipal and regional transit, volunteer/non-profit community transportation programs, and private/for profit transportation services.
A cross-sectoral Project Working Group was convened to identify specific transportation barriers and develop a series of recommendations, creative solutions that address the transportation service gaps and barriers that prevent many seniors from participating fully in Kootenay life. These recommendations were brought to a broader stakeholder gathering that included senior managers and planners from multiple sectors, along with seniors and the community service providers that advocate for their needs. At this gathering, stakeholders and seniors worked together to “workshop” key recommendations and identify opportunities, strengths, and solutions for overcoming obstacles to implementation. The outcome of the Stakeholder Gathering was an Action Plan, a series of next steps that will guide the next phase of the Moving Together Project, to begin work in summer of 2015. The project report is available for download by clicking on the PDF icon.
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Reaching Out: Identifying isolated rural seniors and determining their priority needs
In spring and summer of 2014, Research Intern Dana Burgess reached out to isolated seniors around the Kootenays, meeting with them to talk about the challenges of rural life. Funding for the project was made possible by the Teck Serv Applied Research Internship program, sponsored by Teck Trail Operations through the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute at Selkirk College. Additional financial and administrative support for this project was provided by Regional District of Central Kootenays Area E and Nelson CARES Society. The project report details what was learned and recommendations for reducing rural seniors’ social isolation. The report can be downloaded by clicking on the PDF icon.