be.Source is fully convinced that a change in behaviour towards ageing in our society can only be brought about through determined action on a local level. Providing the skills of some for the benefit of others is one way of achieving this.
THE CARAVAN IS SETTLING IN THE BRUSSELS AREAS
to meet vulnerable seniors
- 17 to 21/6/2019 > Parc Marconi, Forest
- 26 to 30/8/2019 > Square Jacques Franck, St-Gilles
- 09 to 13/9/2019 > Place Jef Mennekens, Molenbeek
- 30/9 to 4/10/2019 > Place Danco, Uccle
An original opportunity in Belgium, the Caravan settles in Brussels areas for a week to meet seniors and their families, to offer them a warm and caring space to discuss the concerns faced by isolated and vulnerable seniors....
Local associations listen to them, exchange ideas around a coffee, and help them in a concrete way.
This multi-disciplinary team, made up of be.Source's 8 partners, is active in the fields of mobility, free time, combating the decline in cognitive functions, intergenerational relations and combating social isolation.
The Caravan was initiated in 2018 by the non-profit association Bras dessus Bras dessous. In 2019 the be.Source foundation decided to make the Caravan a joint project with its 8 partner associations. Through this project, be.Source is creating new synergies to improve the quality of life of vulnerable older people.
Our objective is to help disadvantaged older citizens (senior in need), while also encouraging older citizens in general to carry out volunteer activities for the underprivileged (senior in deed).
“Senior in need, Senior in deed” aims to bring together a range of solidarity programmes in favour of the elderly. These are developed in cooperation with institutions and associations on the ground, initially in the Brussels-Capital Region.
The «Senior-in-Action» program aims to strengthen the teams of the Compagnons Dépanneurs by attracting new senior voluntary workers in order to increase the number of interventions in the homes of underprivileged elderly in the Brussels-Capital Region. Since 1970, the non-profit organisation Compagnons Dépanneurs has come to the aid of low-income people with by carrying out paintwork, repairs and DIY jobs or by offering to help with a removal, providing furniture, etc.
« Seniors can also be the solution! »
Belgian Red Cross
The service of home visits developed by «HESTIA» of the Belgian Red Cross contributes to the social and relational wellbeing of elderly people living alone, by reducing their feeling of loneliness.
Volunteers trained by the Belgian Red Cross visit isolated seniors, providing them with company for one or two hours a week while sharing their leisure activities, chatting in a convivial atmosphere, recalling memories, going for a walk or simply sharing a cup of coffee.
« A get-together, a chat, a smile…
Just part of life. »
La Monnaie/De Munt
A Bridge between Two Worlds, the social programme of la Monnaie, aims to bring vulnerable citizens closer to the world of culture, song and opera. «Singing Seniors» offers underprivileged senior citizens a variety of musical and cultural activities either at La Monnaie or in CPAS-OCMW nursing homes (public welfare centres): choral workshops, recitals and chamber-music concerts, guided tours of La Monnaie, various educational events in the area of music, song and opera as well as access to performances at La Monnaie.
« Building a link between two worlds… »
Well-being for Seniors
Soins chez Soi
The “Wellbeing for Seniors” programme allows deprived senior citizens to benefit from services related to their wellbeing and self esteem, such as a hair cut, an aesthetic treatment, a pedicure or the maintenance of their garden.
Set up by the non-profit organisation Soins Chez Soi, the objective is to boost the dignity and self-confidence of elderly people whose low income often makes those wellness services unaffordable.
« Essential care for individual wellbeing. Everyday comfort. »
Vulnerable and needy seniors can join beneficiaries of the non-profit organisation Atoll and participate with them in a variety of group activities, such as theatre, music, sculpture and themed discussions. It is a real second home full of life and warmth during the day, helping them to remain in their own home for as long as possible. This helps to reduce the risk of dependence in old age, while enabling them to have fun, chat and help each other!
« Essential to avoid being trapped
within four walls. »
Mobility for Seniors
Mobitwin from Taxistop
The service Mobitwin, developed by the non-profit association Taxistop, offers transport to low-income individuals facing travelling difficulties, thanks to volunteer drivers using their own vehicles. The "Mobility for Seniors" program has been set up to improve the mobility of the less-advantaged seniors with no access to public transport: family visits, hairdresser appointments, administrative formalities, shopping errands etc. This service allows them to make those journeys and improves the social relationship between citizens.
Le Concert des Cœurs, a source of solidarity.
Since 2009, at the approach of Christmas, we organise the Concert des Cœurs at the magnificent Church of Notre-Dame du Sablon in Brussels – the perfect setting for musicians, choristers and soloists.
The net proceeds from the concerts are systematically donated to the funds of be.Source.
« A special moment at a time when
we want to be with others. »