New Year – New Start

We are pleased to announce that we have received notification that all four of our applications for the October round of Erasmus + Key Action 1 funding have been agreed. In practical terms, this means that the following projects will go ahead;

Centres of Excellence

Centres of Excellence is a multi measure project designed to improve competences of youth workers through the medium of outdoor education. The project will offer youth workers and potential young leaders the chance to participate in the start of a wider movement to multiply understanding of the benefits of outdoor education in the lives of young people and as a wider opportunity in youth employment. The project will involve four phases of youth worker training and one phase of job shadowing. Each phase will take part in a different partner country. In each country participants will be able to see the operation of different types of residential outdoor centres ranging from well established private centres through local authority supported centres to places which are still in development. There will also be opportunities to visit other relevant organisations to compare and contrast different levels of development and priorities e.g. the National Trust operation in the Lake District National Park in England, the Global Education School in Finland, the Kinderfreundhaus in Austria and the new environmental centre in Bulgaria. As well as building a portfolio of understanding about outdoor education, youth workers will be trained in production of film and written media to produce open source materials which will benefit a wider range of other youth workers and young people.Partners are from the UK, Austria, Finland and Bulgaria.

Partners for Inclusion

This is the first of a series of 3 training / partner-building events, aiming to share best practice and build an inclusion network covering the whole of Europe, leading to future partnerships and projects. This  event will be in the UK, for programme countries only. The other two events will be in other European locations (to be confirmed) for programme and partner countries. Countries involved in this first training course are UK, Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Turkey.

One Step Ahead

This is the first of a number of similar training courses for project managers and group leaders, which develops best practice professional standards for organising youth exchanges and other projects with young people. This particular training event will be held in Cologne, Germany. It is a very practical course based around real life examples of activities, problems and risks, and gives participants knowledge, skills and confidence to lead high quality youth exchanges. The course will run several times, in different locations for programme and partner countries. Countries involved are UK, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Spain & Turkey.

S Factor 2. 

The project will bring together teachers and special needs workers from 8 countries for a training course about the way performance adds value to learning and development of young people in special education. The main focus will be on the use of video as an inclusive learning tool. Training will be provided on film making techniques for music videos. On return home, participants will produce music videos with their groups. These videos will all be viewed at showcase events in each country, and also judged competitively through a Eurovision style audience and panel voting system. Each country will then send one of their original participants plus a policy maker or senior education manager to a final public event in the UK in July 2015, where the winning films will be shown. Countries involved are UK, Austria, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy & Slovenia.

Ruckenwind Seminar Innsbruck

Life is pretty hectic at the moment. Paul and Andrew are in Thessaloniki delivering the youth against extremism project and Trevor is now in Innsbruck, Austria to attend the Ruckenwind seminar. Organisations from nine countries across Europe are represented and are here to set up partnerships to run projects through Erasmus + next year. Today is arrivals day so there was a chance for those of us who came early to see the Christmas market in Innsbruck. The serious work begins tomorrow morning.