WeDO2 stands for the wellbeing and dignity of older people


EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2015. Every year, EAEA hands out the EAEA Grundtvig Award to successful projects in adult education. In 2015, three projects were awarded with a prize: an international, a European and a national initiative. The theme of this year’s award was Adult Education and Health.

The article series spreads good practices by introducing the nominees of the EAEA Grundtvig Award 2015.

WeDO2 for the Wellbeing and Dignity of Older People project, one of the nominees for EAEA Grundtvig Award 2015, aims to improve the quality of services for older people in need of care and assistance, their quality of life, health and wellbeing and to fight elder abuse.

The WeDO2 partnership developed and tested an innovative train the trainer toolkit about WeDO2 quality care that can be adapted and used for different stakeholders (older people, formal and informal carers, volunteers, care professionals).

A toolkit for trainers

The WeDO2 quality care training is based on two former European projects that produced documents concerning older people: European Charter of the rights and responsibilities of older people in need of long- term care and assistance (EUSTaCEA) and the European Quality Framework for long-term care services (WeDO).

The WeDO2 "train-the-trainer toolkit" was created using a co-creative methodology. Co-creation is a multidimensional phenomenon with a range of meanings, but all addressing the concept of collective creativity. It is a special case of collaboration where the intent is to create something that is not known in advance, building on the needs of the learners, and using the ideas and experiences of the different stakeholders.

The co-creative methodology is used in the complete process from concept to implementation: from the development of the content of the trainings and the way it should look like, testing and evaluating of several versions of the training, feedback on ways to implement the WeDO2 "train-the-trainer toolkit” in the national regions, etc.

The WeDO2 "train-the-trainer toolkit is currently available for free in 7 languages on WeDO2 website.

WeDO2 project

Project coordinator:
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium, Liesbeth De Donder

Project partners:
Espace Seniors, BelgiumBundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Senioren-Organisationen (BAGSO), GermanyAge Concern Slough and Berkshire East, UKFoundation for Woman’s Issues JA KOBIETA, PolandPro Senectute, AustriaHellenic Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, GreeceLOC Zeggenschap in zorg, The NetherlandsAge Platform Europe, Belgium

Project website