At the end of March 2018, the last meeting of project Senior Social Entrepreneuring was held. Host of the event was the UK partner organization – the University of Shrewsbury. During the meeting, the achievements reached by the consortium to date were discussed: developed portfolios with good local initiatives, good practices of social entrepreneurship from different European countries.
At Generations several meetings and discussions took place with different partners around a common topic: “Women at risk of social exclusion – what support and training do women aged 45+ need to best assure their adaptation to the new requirements of the labour market, that changed due to demographic and economic conditions?”
Ready information materials, an interesting website, a functioning online learning platform, pilot seminars organized by all partner organizations from the WHOLE consortium – these are undoubtedly good results of our work for the past 9 months, which were the basis of the discussions during the last project meeting in January 2018. This time hosts were colleagues from the ATOM Center, Patras, Greece.
The first international meeting happened on the 13th December in Sevilla. In this meeting, partners had the opportunity to meet and overview the whole project plan, calendar, and task distribution.
The next step will be the implementation of a research to better define women at risk of exclusion training needs.
After this protocol, guidelines and interactive resource platform will be developed and improved with the help of training courses for experts. In the final stage, the Protocol will be tested with a group of women and presented in specific dissemination activities in all countries.
The Project WHOLE – Wellbeing and Healthy Choices for Older Adults and their Carers, 2015-1-DE02-KA204-002418 enters the last of its three years. Over the past two years, the project consortium has been working with great interest and diligence to achieve the goals set and to reach the final results described in the project proposal. After the initial studies in all countries on healthy eating and physical activity of elderly people, available training measures for formal and informal carers sought by the two target groups, information and wishes for future measures in these areas, two modules were developed – Healthy nutrition and Physical activity specially adapted for them. The Healthy Nutrition Module contains advice in this area based on the most common diseases of elderly people, and the Physical Activity module over 280 exercises, useful for both – the recipients and the caregivers.
Thanks to the good cooperation with colleagues from the Bulgarian Nursing Association, Association Generations organized on October 20, 2017, the first pilot training (seminar) of the project WHOLE – Wellbeing and Healthy Choices for Older Adults and their Carers, № 2015-1-DE02-KA204-002418, funded by the European Commission, program ERASMUS+. The seminar was attended by more than 30 caregivers from the Military Hospital in Sofia.
The economic and social crisis that Europe is facing has led to a sharp decline in economic activity and recession. The labour market is being severely hit and unemployment rates are increasing negatively affecting the EU’s potential growth. Unemployment is particularly high among women and young people and this situation is exacerbated among migrant women and women at risk of social exclusion. In addition, these groups are more vulnerable because of issues related to work-life balance, limited availability for training and access to resources.
In this scenario, the aim is for Europe to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. Inclusive means, among others, raising Europe’s employment rates and helping people with fewer opportunities of all ages manage change through investment in skills and training. Continue reading
Two learning activities took place in Riga (18-22 September) and in Sofia (9-14 October) and 35 participants from the 4 partner’s countries – Latvia, Germany, Spain and Bulgaria attended the training. The learning activities were transnational training events, organised and implemented to test our “Career guidance curse “ for further education of persons working in the field of youth, to optimise it with the experiences and evaluation of the participants. It was assessed as an useful tool, which gives approaches to find out more about the personality, weaknesses, and strengths and to clarify questions and doubts youth people have, but are also getting more and detailed information about job opportunities.
We started a new project – WhomeN – Opportunities for qualified women in the EU. The project aims at building a protocol to foster a more comprehensive and inclusive recognition of professional competences and defining new paths for the acquisition of transversal skills for women at risk of exclusion.
The project started the 2nd of October 2017 and is coordinated by Fundación Aljaraque (Spain) and counts with 8 other partners AIDRom (Romania), GEN (Bulgaria), CIK TREBNJE (Slovenia), COSPE (Italy), EUROYOUTH (Portugal), FJYC (Spain), LEB (Germany) and LAEA (Latvia).
The main idea of project “Senior Social Entrepreneuring” is the active inclusion of people in pre-retirement or retirement age in the social and economic life of the society in different ways. The most important thing in the past months after October 2016 to date was the establishment of a local level working group whose members would be interested and motivated to generate new proposals to respond to existing social needs or solve social problems in local communities. The invitation to participate in the project responded enthusiasts from different fields – people aged 50+ working in the field of medicine, education, research etc.