HOME NEAR PARK - GENERATIONSBRÜCKE DEUTSCHLAND
In February 2018, the project Home Near Park, rest home for old people, was named the Best Social Project of the Year created by a woman within the framework of the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi. Natalia Peryazeva, the author, is invited to the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum. The initiative rapidly develops nowadays. Thus, there was a solemn opening of the new Russian-German project Home Near Park - Generationsbrücke Deutschland on April 11.
Generationsbrücke Deutschland is a big enterprise in Germany, which unites 160 partner organisations: kindergartens, schools, and rest homes. More than 5000 people participate in it. Children, teenagers, and adults spend their time together. This spring, Home Near Park became an official partner of the German project Generationsbrücke Deutschland.
“After founding the Home Near Park we understood that we wanted to differ from typical Russian rest homes. The communication between children and old people was our feature. In 2015, we thought we were the only people who were realising that idea but still we were looking for some experience even in other countries. We accidentally came across the German project Generationsbrücke. We understood that we could create the joint project and promote the German innovations on the territory of the RF”. Natalia mentioned that she would like to develop that project on the federal level.
The process of implementation of German standards of care in the rest home near Moscow. For example, the Bridge Between Generations was launched. It allows young and old people to communicate with one another. This communication allows keeping and restoring the connection between generations and makes old people’s life brighter.
The project has a positive influence on both generations: the children are happy that the older people pay personal attention to them, play games, and create. The children also understand that the adults became happier thanks to them, and it makes them proud.
One of such meetings took place on April 11. It was confined to the Cosmonautics Day. The children and their older friends made thematic applications, played games, and communicated. There were also special guests: political and public figures of Russia and Germany including Beate Grzeski, Permanent Deputy Ambassador of the FRG in Russia, Valery Emets, the Minister of Labour and Social Protection, Rene Pichel, Head of the ESA Embassy in Moscow, and others. They highly assessed the creative idea of friendship between generations as an element of system of care for older people and stated that such an approach makes our country comparable with International standards.
Horst Krumbach, founder of the Generationsbrücke Deutschland project, mentioned that it is a milestone for them: “Today the children with their older friends made the rockets as the applications. There is no difference between nations in space. People just cooperate with one another. It is very important for us that our countries realise the joint project. We build the bridge not only between generations but also between countries”.
Nadezhda Runikhina, Vice Director on Scientific and Curative Care of the Russian Gerontological Clinical Research Centre, expressed particular gratitude to Natalia Peryazeva for her initiative. She mentioned that such meetings are really useful and important for both generations.
Rudolf Henke, Bundestag deputy, also highly estimated the significance of the project. According to him, such communication allows people feel useful. The children and the old people take care about one another and know that their attention is important.
Mr. Henke also expressed hope that the relations between two countries would become more friendly by the means of such small steps.
Viktoria Yezhova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Yan Zarubin