If none of the above, answer here:
Please describe if and how your stakeholders (cooperation partners, funders, users, etc.) have been participating in defining the problem and developing the solution.
Finland Society's Information and Advice Service for Retirement Migrants works in close co-operation with the Migration Institute in Finland, the Department of Expatriate Affairs of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, and the Seamen's Mission. Each organization has a representative in a team which meets for discussions and problem solving plans to benefit the senior Finnish expatriates and repatriates, and the team has arranged six seminars on issues concerning senior migrants. Participants of the senior seminars are migrants/remigrants, researchers of senior migration, representatives of expatriate/repatriate organizations, members of volunteer networks, social workers working with senior migrants, elderly care specialists working with senior migrants, and students. The purpose is to exchange ideas, find solutions and to network to be able to promote the well being of senior migrants. E.g. one of the seminars concentrated on Expat Senior's Ageing Plan concept. Finland's Slot Machine Association (RAY) provides approximately 70 percent of the funding required to operate the Finland Society’s Information and Advice Service for Finnish Expatriate and Repatriate Seniors.
Has your solution been tested in trials, experimentations, or pilot projects? If yes, please describe the process and outcome.
Finland Society's Information and Advice Service for seniors has established itself as the only operator of tailored advice service for the target group and is widely known as such among the target group itself, expatriate/repatriate associations, state and local government agencies, and Finnish embassies abroad. Feedback is continuously collected from these sources.The feedback from the organizations mentioned has been utilized to develop the service which started as a project serving the target group with information and advice. Networks and cooperating partners have been added to strengthen the operation and to start up supporting programs such as the Expat Senior's Ageing Plan groups. These groups are found already in Britain, Germany, Netherlands and Sweden and also in e.g. Australia and Canada. The group starts to work on Expat Senior's Ageing Plan after at least the group leader has participated in a seminar where the Finland Society's Senior Citizens' Advisor introduces the ageing plan concept and the materials available. The ageing plan is also tailored to each countries own circumstances on those parts where it is needed e.g. power of attorney, legislation etc.
What barriers might hinder the success of your initiative? How do you plan to overcome them?
The operations of the information and advice service are modified according to the changes in retirement migration, society and funding.
Finland Society's Information and Advice Service is dependent on outside funding so lobbying is vital.
Volunteers in senior network are ageing and younger participants are continuously searched to join the volunteers.