2nd WeDO EU event in Vienna, Austria, 24 April 2012
More than 70 participants were present in Vienna on 24 April, coming from the 12 countries involved in the WeDO project. The aim of the event was to discuss on the project developments, and especially on the European Framework for long-term care and its guidelines from implementation and dissemination. The participants came from very different sectors: older people's organisations, carers, service providers, policy makers at local, regional, national and EU level, researchers, etc. Among the participants were also present some members from the SPC working group on ageing. The event opened on key note speeches from Claudia Gröschel (Austrian Red Cross), Anne-Sophie Parent (AGE Platform Europe) and Arnaud Senn (European Commission).
Two good practices from Austria were also presented and discussed among the participants: the National Quality Certificate and the Ethical Resident's conference. Mr. Davor Dominkus, member of the SPC working group on ageing and who participated actively to the development of the EU quality framework on social services presented the work of the SPC and the potential links with the WeDO project. The afternoon was dedicated to discussions in small working groups, divided according to the target groups of the project: users, informal carers, professional carers and service providers, policy makers. The discussions aimed at gathering general comments, remarks and ideas on the strengths and the weaknesses of the guide, as well as the main ideas on how to implement and disseminate it.
The event resulted very successful in raising the main concerns about the project's quality framework and contributed to improving the links between the participants, as well as the links between policy makers, civil society and care service providers.