Our member organisation OKRA was awarded the Civil Solidarity Prize during an online ceremony organized by European Economic and Social Committee last 15 February 2021. This prize recognizes the work of civil society organisation across the EU to support solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
OKRA has won this award for Belgium, recognizing its effort and creative approach to support older people as an example for other civil society organisations in Europe.
In particular, OKRA developed a range of initiatives for older people to remain connected – e.g. with telephone circles, threshold discussions, etc – as well as sport activities to help older people remain physically active. The Flemish organisation has also been rewarded for its active advocacy work to fight age discrimination and inform older people of their rights.
We congratulate OKRA for this great achievement, which shows how important the work of civil society organisations is to promote solidarity and connections within communities and ensure the resilience of our societies in times of crisis.
The online event can still be viewed here