EMPOWERCARE – EMPOWERing individuals & communities to manage their own CARE

Canterbury Christ Church University is a partner in the EMPOWERCARE project

Background to the projectempowercare

EMPOWERing individuals and communities to manage their own CARE (EMPOWERCARE) is a thirty-three-month project involving 13 cross border European partners. It is part of the Interreg VA 2Seas Mers Zeeën and has been awarded more than 4 million euros in funding by the European Regional Development Fund.

The project involves partners coming together to co-create a social innovation to make local services more efficient and effective to address societal challenges in the 2Seas area.

Project objectives

The EMPOWERCARE project will develop a holistic community asset approach using research-based solutions to elder care. The 13 partners from the UK, the Netherlands, France and Belgium are working together to develop a holistic approach to respond to current gaps in the care of people aged 65+ and those aged 50+ and living with a chronic condition.

The project will deliver:

  • An empowerment strategy to deliver what matters to individuals and communities in order to manage their own care
  • A package of resources to enable transformation of the workforce
  • A Technology Blueprint on initiatives and technology that support enablement at individual and community level
  • A comprehensive evaluation report on the value of the EMPOWERCARE approach (Strategy, Workplace Transformation, and Technology Blueprint)

Canterbury Christ Church University is responsible for the evaluation of the project outcomes and impact in all project sites.

EMPOWERCARE Project final conference

The EMPOWERCARE Project Final Conference will be held on 25th January 2023, from 9:30 to 15:00 (GMT), online. To book your place, fill out the online form

Key topics include:

  • EMPOWERing individuals & communities to manage
  • their own CARE
  • EMPOWERment Strategy
  • Workforce Resources
  • Technology Blueprint
  • Evaluation

You can also download the event flyer for more information. 

Project partnership

  • BOONE N.V. (BE)
  • Canterbury Christ Church University (UK)
  • Conseil Départemental du Nord (FR)
  • Familiehulp VZW (BE)
  • Kent County Council (UK)
  • Provincie Antwerpen (BE)
  • Samenwerkingsverband Welzijnszorg Oosterschelderegio (NL)
  • Solidarity University (NL)
  • The Health and Europe Centre (Lead Partner - UK)
  • University of Brighton (UK)
  • VITO (Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek) (BE)
  • Zorggroep H. Hart (BE)
  • VZW Wieltjesgracht (BE)

Canterbury Christ Church University project team

Follow the links below to find out more about the EMPOWERCARE project team at Canterbury Christ Church University:

Project Lead – Professor Eleni Hatzidimitriadou

Project Administrator – Arianna Maccaferri

Principal Research Fellow - Dr Toni Wright

Research Assistant – Thomas ThompsonMichelle England 

Faculty Expert Advisors – Professor Chris BurtonDr Pat Chung, Paula KuzbitDr Ann Price, Dr Maria Stein, and Dr Gemma Wells


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