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Congenial: Connecting Generations

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The world is seeing changes through the development of technology and digitalisation which is changing the way we communicate with one another. Couple this with changes in demography which show an ageing population and the result is that there are  communiities across Europe where 2 generations younger and older people are at risk of talking different languages, with different codes, and living veryseparate lives. There is a danger that the gap between the generations will grow and that intergenerational learning will suffer

Congenial: Connecting Gernations aims to create in an environment conducive to intergenerational communication and mutual understanding that will lead to a better quality of life for al in our local communitiesl. This will be done through non formal and informal adult education activities carried out by the partner organisations.

It aims to  produce and transfer knowledge, methods and good practice for senior citizen education and intergenerational learning through visits to partner countries and a shared on line platform at European level

Our objective is:
"To develop innovative methods to foster communication and create learning opportunities between older and younger generations based on exchanging good practices of the participants organisations"


We will do this through

a) Experimenting innovative, non conventional forms of communication and learning to enhance mutual understanding and recognition between generations (world cafes, learning circles, e-mentoring)
b) Offering learning opportunities, based on participation and creativity to be shared and utilised by the old and the young, preserving and sharing cultural memories (e.g. traditional games, folk art, art crafts, etc.) as well as opening to the digital era (social media, ICTs in general)
c) Exchange good practices, through visits to partner organisaitions and a web platform and international seminars
d) Promote  all the above in a user-friendly e-publication

Differnt partners from different countries will showcase differernt intergenerational learning methodologies including:

Writing memory and transmit to the younger generations
Storytelling, biography, arts and crafts


learning circles (traditions – learning by doing)
Traditional food, NETs


Drama –Theatre as means for intergenerational dialogues using OST (open space technology)


arts and crafts

Folk art (learning by doing)

Italy - AIDEA:

language cafés

Storytelling, conversations (multiple subjects)


World café
Digital story telling


Training for e-mentoring


Community mapping

Italy – EDA Forum:

Systematizing– participatory research action.


Back to Work

Århus April 2012 14The Back to work is a European funded Leonardo transfer of innovation project which will be developed from competence assessment and counselling fields developed within the EU projects.


These three individual projects are;



ALCE - Appetite for Learning Comes with Eating  is an exciting new European project that delivers a culinary training programme for women across Merseyside UK, Italy, Austria, France and Lithuania.

The project led by Merseyside Expanding Horizons (MEH) targets local women over 60 years old and young BME women between 18 and 40 years old and facilitates non formal learning through food to help break down social isolation by encouraging intercultural and intergenerational dialogue within a European community of women.

Nicola Daley, Chief Executive of MEH said: "We're absolutely delighted to be a part of this European project which will bring women from all communities together to showcase their food traditions and heritage. Food is an important part of cultural identity and a great way to promote social inclusion and community cohesion and by harnessing this we're enabling women from across the Europe to engage with one another, whilst developing key skills and competencies"

Training activities will take place over 6 months at the Joseph Lappin Centre, Old Swan Liverpool and at the Can Cook studio, Garston Liverpool for the cooking activities.  The sessions allow participants to explore and exchange traditional recipes and natural curative remedies from different cultures. There'll also be opportunities for the women to lead local cultural events and share learning with women from the other partner countries during European events.

The training activities will also involve European Youth Worker Irene La Pera from Palermo Italy is is working at MEH for 6 months under the Youth in Action 4.3 project 'YALIM - Youth Active Learning in Moving' and will work with the UK ALCE trainer to support the facilitation of the training course.

A book showcasing recipes and remedies from each country will be produced in celebration of the project and a training manual on innovative approaches to stimulate inter-generational and intercultural learning will also be developed.

The project involves five partners: the coordinating organisation CESIE – Centro Studi ed Iniziative Europeo (Italy), MEH- Merseyside Expanding Horizons (UK), VM-Verein Multikulturell (Austria), Elan Interculturel (France) and SIC- Seniors Initiative Center (Lithuania).

For further information on ALCE project visit the website http://www.appetiteforlearning.eu

or contact Rosina Ndukwe

Merseyside Expanding Horizons 

Tel: 0151 330 0552

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Bridging the Gap (BTG)

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Bridging the Gap (BTG) project's main aim is to transfer and adapt an innovative methodology of training and developing entrepreneurship, "The Bridge Model (TBM)”. The project will involve 6 organizations from different EU countries. Thus, the TBM will be used and tested in new economic, socio-cultural and linguistic contexts.  More specifically, the BTG Project will produce a training methodology and materials to enable business incubators, VET trainers and employment centres, to work alongside local entrepreneurs so they can engage also with marginalized/disadvantaged learners in order to empower them to develop the qualities, skills, experiences and attitudes necessary to initiate their own enterprises.

The model’s overall objective is to bolster participants’ enterprises and entrepreneurial competencies and aspirations through on-going support from individuals who have taken the same journey.

The latter is to be achieved through the Bridge model, an enabling and empowering training methodology consisting of practical group and 1-on-1 coaching sessions, workshops, access to contemporary information and continuous support from active business experts. TBM consists of delivery led by a successful entrepreneur and a VET trainer and a series of one-on-one coaching sessions, business scenarios and learning materials.

The project is co-financed with support of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), Leonardo da Vinci (LdV), Tansfer of Innovation. For further information on the project, please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Project partners:

  • Bridging to the Future Project Coordinator (United Kingdom)
  • Merseyside Expanding Horizons (United Kingdom)
  • Academy of Entrepreneurship (Greece)
  • Business Incubator-Gotse Delchev Entrepreneurship Promotion Centre (BI-GD) (Bulgaria)
  • Everis (Spain)
  • Business Development Friesland (BDF) (Netherlands)

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