INNOVAGE is a three year project dedicated to social innovations which support active and healthy ageing. The project will develop and test, as well as survey and catalogue, social innovation that will have a solid impact on improving the quality of life and well-being of older people. In particular the project aims to make a major contribution to the EU Horizon 2020 goal of extending healthy life years.

The project’s objectives directly address the current major barriers to innovation and to the achievement of the extension of healthy life years across the EU.

INNOVAGE aims to achieve impact in the public, private and third sectors and is built on the closest possible partnership with end users and stakeholders, including older people themselves.

Its key outputs will be four new major social innovations in different EU countries and a new European platform to promote the sustainable implementation of social innovations to promote well-being in later life. Among these four social innovations, one is explicitly thought for supporting informal carers.

In fact, informal carers provide unpaid care, as well as practical and psychological support to dependent family member or friend. Carers’ life is influenced gradually in different ways experiencing physical, psychological and financial burden.

In recent years, their role has been recognised worldwide, but still there are countries where legislation does not support carers. Moreover, in many EU member states very few contents and services for informal carers are currently available on-line: it is clear that the potential of the web are not yet exploited in all countries.

Indeed, a specific social innovation within the INNOVAGE project aims at developing a multilingual web platform addressing the most relevant informal carers’ needs, to be implemented in all 27 EU member states with both common and national-specific services. The platform include not only contents related to caregiving activities and coping strategies, but also interactive tools allowing informal carers and other target groups (i.e. care professionals and employers of working carers) to communicate, share their experiences and support each other.


VOCAL (Voice of Carers Across Lothian) support carers in all family or relationship settings, be they defined by kinship, partnership, friendship, affection or obligation. VOCAL is a carer led organisation that works in partnership with other organisations to develop the services carers need.

Our services include information, advice and emotional support, training and groupwork, advocacy and counselling for carers.


Go to the main INNOVAGE project website