Building an inter-generational GenoEifel eG cooperative in the Eifel LEADER region
Setting up an inter-generational cooperative, bringing generations together to help each other and share their knowledge and skills.
The Eifel region is a low mountain range in western Germany and eastern Belgium. The area is rural and suffers from depopulation and limited basic services (shopping, transport, healthcare, etc.). This creates particular challenges for the elderly and makes the area less attractive for young families.
LEADER support was used to set up an inter-generational cooperative where citizens of the Eifel, both young and old, joined forces to solve common problems. Surrogate grandparents offer childcare before and after kindergarten hours, and young people babysit, while older people are offered transport and shopping services, help in their home and basic domestic support.
Two jobs (one full-time and one part-time) have been created, which will continue to exist after the end of the LEADER funding period.
The cooperative already has 460 members and more than 1 000 are expected by 2022.
In 2020, a total of 1 200 hours of help were provided. This brings the number of hours of help given since the start of the project to around 3 000.
Integration in the region has been strengthened with the inhabitants pulling together again and creating a vibrant community.