Several dozen elderly people took part in the last meeting of 'Nada Trivial', held in the city of Valencia. This space, organised by the entity within the framework of the programme of the same name, always has as its main objective to encourage the participation of the elderly through gamification.
On this occasion, the meeting was held in the Palauet d'Aiora of the Universitat Popular and was attended by its director general, José Ignacio Pastor, and the councillor for Social Services and vice-president of the UP, Isabel Lozano.
'One of the most important objectives we have in the Universitat Popular is to foster a relationship between different groups within the neighbourhood. To this end, we do many activities that link associations and groups, activities such as 'Nada Trivial' that promote intergenerationality and active ageing,' as noted by the Pastor.
For her part, Isabel Lozano stressed that initiatives such as 'Nada Trivial' are 'essential' because they make 'older people feel challenged and invited to participate in providing solutions to social problems. It is essential to listen to older people in a world that prioritises youth, undervalues experience and tends to hide the ageing process'.
Creativity and participation of the elderly
After a day conducted through various creative and participatory dynamics, the elderly people attending the event selected various social issues that they were concerned about. They then worked on proposals for solutions to issues such as housing and ageism. And at the end they had the opportunity to address their proposals to the councillor.
Rosa, one of the participants, was tasked with calling for an end to age discrimination. 'There is no right to be marginalised after a certain age, or simply to be invisible. Public policies need to favour the real inclusion of older people'.
Isabel, another participant, drew the councillor's attention to the rise in housing prices and how this reality makes it impossible for older people with meagre pensions to access or remain in their rented accommodation.
In recent years, through 'Nada Trivial', more than 400 older people have broken prejudices and have become more aware of social problems such as: political refuge, gender violence, the environmental crisis, Islamophobia... At the same time, their participation in the programme has favoured their active ageing and has made visible the need for their participation for social change.
The Nada Trivial project is supported by the Generalitat Valenciana from funds intended for Global Citizenship Education projects from the Directorate General for Cooperation and Solidarity.
You can follow all the information about the project on social media, find it under the hashtag #NadaTrivial.