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INALMH

INALMH

Description The Inter-Active Living for Mental Health (InALMH) project aims to contribute towards the development of an upgrated Policy Framework in the form of Recommendations for EU Guidelines for the use of Sport/PE on Mental Health to create an Interactive Platform (IP) for the collection, the organisation and the dissemination of information concerning the PE Practices providing free access to all interested parties and individuals together with the enhancement for the development of new practices. The IP is a structured WEB space that includes - a Digital Library where the evolutions and updates related to the wider area of Active Living for Mental Health would be hosted and communicated - an innovative Practices' Generator Tool (IT application) in order to enhance and promote the actual use of Sport and Physical Exercise for the benefit of the Mental Health by generating new customised practices. - a User’s Online Forum for the mobilization and participatory involvement of professionals and stakeholders of the two fields. OUTPUS - Data collection on the existing policy background – List of policies
- Drafting Recommendations on EU Guidelines
- Data collection of ALMH practices – List of practices
- Interactive Platform in 5 Linguistic Versions Targets The target groups of InALMH are: - Sport/PE and Mental Health professionals - Sport/PE entities of all sectors - Mental Health organisations and services providers - EU institutions and networks
- State and Local authorities / services
- Educational Institutions - General public PROJECT DURATION: 18 months Partners ENALMH - Coordinator, Belgium University of Thessaly – Trikala, Greece
Greece National & Kapodistrian University of Athens– Athens Greece Associazione per la Ricerca sulla Salute Mentale e Fisica dell'Anziano (ARISMA) - Bologna, Italy FOKUS CR- Prague, Czech Republic Instituto Politécnico do Porto,Health School - Porto, Portugal Merseyside Expanded Horizons - Liverpool, United Kingdom Greek Association of Alzheimer - Thessaloniki, Greece Mental Health Europe, EU Network – Brussels, Belgium Sport & Citizenship, EU Think Tank - Paris, France GAMIAN Europe, Global Alliance - Brussels, Belgium EVERTON in the community - Liverpool, United Kingdom For more info:
CONTACT PERSON
NICOLA DALEY nicoladaley@expandinghorizons.co.uk FRANCESCA IAQUINTA francescaiaquinta@expandinghorizons.co.uk

Mobility +

Mobility +

Mobility + Program Erasmus Plus Description Mobility + aims to develop innovative and adaptable training programmes and resources for adult education workers and their beneficiaries. In this way, they will have the opportunity to enrich the career paths of their participants by helping them to gain experience abroad and develop competences that will be complementary to their educational process. The MOBILITY+ project will directly involve 40 adult education workers and 50 participants in mobility projects, of which at least 20 have fewer opportunities. Objectives The objective of the MOBILITY+ project is to develop tools that enable adult education workers to raise awareness and help their beneficiaries to participate in mobility projects. It also aims to adapt the tools so that they can be used by adult education structures not only in the partner countries but also throughout Europe. The project partners will therefore undertake the realisation of 4 intellectual productions: “Information and orientation training” to improve the knowledge of adult education workers about mobility programmes and projects. This will be an opportunity to promote more adapted and personalised support and guidance for future mobility participants. “Competences Manual” for adult education professionals which can help them to understand and explain key competences to their beneficiaries. The result will be fully adapted to the adult education sector; "Path definition" developed in the form of a portfolio and a pedagogical video to help adult education workers link the needs and expectations of their beneficiaries to support competence building; "Valorisation Workshops" and its guide to monitor the follow-up of participants on their return from mobility projects and to reinforce the benefits of international mobility for adult education workers. All four productions will be easy to use, searchable, downloadable, and available in 4 languages (English, French, German and Estonian). Our project will have an impact on the number of adult education workers involved, trained, and empowered to support future mobility participants. It will also have an impact on the future mobility participants who will receive personalised support to be well oriented and prepared to benefit from a mobility experience in terms of skills, professional and personal experience. The project started in November 2020, with a kick-off seminar organised online on the 3rd and 4th November. The seminar helped to set the objectives, the timetable of the project and to distribute the tasks among the partners. Targets -increased inclusion of adult learners - adult education workers Partners Merseyside Expanding Horizons , Liverpool, UK (Coordinator) ADICE, France Johannes Mihkelsoni Keskus, Estonia European Placement Network, Germany For more info:
CONTACT PERSON Joe Jemington joehemington@expan

INCAI

Program Erasmus Plus Description INCAI (Inclusive artificial Intelligence) is a two year Erasmus Plus Strategic partnership sharing of good practice project in the field of adult education. The partnership is made up of 8 partners from 8 EU countries, from Community and Adult Education, HE, Technical and business sectors. The INCAI project aims to examine the ways specific AI technology can support diverse learners and how AI is used in particular in the context of Adult Education to provide a more inclusive and flexible learning environment. Educators from partner organisations will link with ICT/AI specialist organisations in their country and work with a specific target groups of disadvantaged learners and co – produce a wireframe plan for a piece of AI technology which would meet specific needs of that target group. In doing this it will improve the skills and competencies of the adult educators and provide them with innovative learning methodologies to make their services more inclusive as well as the competencies knowledge and insight of disadvantaged learners and knowledge and skills of AI professionals and social partners. At meetings in will be used for a mixture of general management and administration and sharing of learning and exchange of current good practice and a visit to the local AI specialist along with representatives of the target group. Objectives The overall aim of the project is to produce a more effective educational experience for adult learners in the contexts mentioned through effective strategies focused on improving the inclusion of adults from marginal, vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. objectives are: -To compare, share and identify and promote good practice that can enhance the inclusion of adults from disadvantaged groups in education and learning. -To enhance the provision of good quality learning opportunities to adults learners in particular those from excluded groups To contribute to social inclusion in education across the EU using AI -To develop and broaden the competences of adult education providers and organisations work with adult learners from excluded groups -To demonstrate the significant role AI technology can play in improving inclusion in learning in current practices across EU -To present identified best practices and develop guidelines on how to prepare AI wireframes. Targets -increased inclusion of adult learners -increased ICT skills and competences for adult learners -increased competences and skills for educators in partner organisations -increased capacity of partner organisations to serve adult learners from disadvantaged groups. There will be 6 transnational Partnership Meetings and 2 Learning events and each will explore a different theme Introduction to AI in Education Introduction to AI wireframes AI in learning in Industry New innovations in AI AI and social inclusion Future developments in AI In addition to local participants and stakeholders who attend these events and who participate in local activities. The transnational dimension is imperative in this project, contributions from different EU partners across Europe will enable learning, sharing of good practices and a wide dissemination. It will also build innovative and productive partnerships for future collaboration and contribute to the future agenda of inclusive AI in Adult Education. Each partner will work with local group of learners to produce an AI wireframe to help make their learning more inclusive. The partnership will produce a sustainability plan to continue to develop the ideas and work more on this theme through future projects and mainstreaming. Partners Merseyside Expanding Horizons , Liverpool, UK (Coordinator) Asociazion de Investigacion de la industria del juguete conexas (AIJU), Eibi, Spain Synergasia enogon polition Athens, Greece I and e education and development limited, Dublin, Ireland; Value hub AB, Stockholm, Sweden Kauno Technologijos universitetas, Lithuania CENTRO INTERNAZIONALE PER LA PROMOZIONE DELL'EDUCAZIONE E LO SVILUPPO ASSOCIAZIONE, Palermo, Italy www.ceipes.org ORANGE HILL Sp. z o.o., Krakow, Poland For more info:
CONTACT PERSON nicoladaley@expandinghorizons.co.uk PROJECT WEBSITE in construction

The Big Onion

The Big Onion

With our primary goal being to support vulnerable people to make positive and lasting changes in their lives, MEH are committed to being part of the recovery! The Big Onion was born from a program Merseyside Expanding Horizons started in 2008, which gave support and advice to business starters and entrepreneurs. We aspired to give as much support as possible to new and local businesses, and so providing a physical shop space for these people was the natural evolution! The Big Onion Enterprise and Employment Incubator Hubs play an integral part of our inclusive strategy to support local entrepreneurialism, create jobs and strengthen communities. In December 2020 MEH successfully opened the Big Onion Bootle Hub where in year 1 it will support: - 60 new entrepreneurs to commence trading whilst receiving wraparound business support. Within this target is a commitment to support 15 women from BAME communities - 300 young people under the age of 25 with targeted employability support working in partnership with the Department of Work & Pensions - Support 90 people into full time jobs - 1600 local residents to engage in the community programme delivered from the Hub - 25 people into structured volunteering opportunities - 60 local businesses to upskill their staff by delivering accredited training The Big Onion hubs have three layers:

- The Market Space
- The Employability Hub
- The Community Centre The Market Space – It’s simple….here’s the deal: each trader is charged affordable rent for a self-contained unit within our mall. Signing a 1-year lease with a rolling 28 day break clause we support each trader to trade 6 days a week. In addition to the unit traders receive wrap around support and targeted interventions and support plan to help them grow. Within a supportive environment alongside a community of peers, we feel this is a unique offer. The Employability Hubs are unique! We provide space, support and one-to-one mentoring for anybody seeking employment. This includes how to find jobs and how to successfully apply for them. The hubs also engage with local employers to support them to fill opportunities within their businesses with local people. In addition we support our local employers through business development activities and targeted accredited training to upskill their existing workforce. Finally we work closely with JobCentre Plus and other public, private and third sector agencies to reach out to local people. All in one hub! The Community Hubs are run for and by the communities. They are venues for local people to meet for a range of activities and utilise the venue to their fullest potential. Whether it be learning something new or developing your skills, improving wellbeing, or giving something back to your local community. The Big Onion Enterprise and Employment Incubator Hubs enable us to: - Provide tailored business and social enterprise support to a variety of different groups across a range of business sectors
- Provide bespoke employability support and coaching to people from diverse backgrounds in direct partnership with Jobcentre+ and a variety of other cross sector providers of employability and training
- Signpost and refer potential entrepreneurs who need industry specific support e.g. digital
- Support participants and their families by providing practical and emotional support
- Provide test trading and incubation support to fledgling enterprises
- Work with schools and further and higher education institutions Through the Big Onions we work with people from disadvantaged groups who face multiple barriers to employment, the majority of whom have never considered self-employment or business start-up as a way back into work. We run a number of activities and projects that promote, support and enable individuals facing these barriers to start their business, become self-employed or enter mainstream employment. Our work at The Big Onion is underpinned by a delivery methodology which supports people using the following methods: - Understanding the individual including their experiences, skills, personal circumstances, and internal and external barriers; - Co-production of Individualised business/employment planning and support;
- Coaching and mentoring to start business or access employment opportunities;
- Ongoing business and employment mentoring in early stages of business start-up or employment;
- Re-engagement with busines or employment support where necessary. Through this work we have developed a strong understanding of the needs of people facing barriers to both business start-up and employment. This experience has given us a real insight into the main barrier that stops many retail entrepreneurs from launching their business: access to quality, affordable, and flexible retail units. Over the course of the next 3 years, we aim to establish a Big Onion in each of the 6 local authority areas of Liverpool City Region including Sefton, Halton, St Helens, Wirral, Liverpool and Knowsley. Following on from this we envisage establishing Big Onions in the wider Cheshire and West Lancashire areas. Based on our current projections and forecasts we believe that each Big Onion Enterprise & Employment hub will inject over £500,000 into the local economy, support 90 jobs and improve the lives of some 1600 local people. For more info: www.thebigonion.co.uk

Enterprise Hub Skills

Enterprise Hub Skills

Description Enterprise Hub Skills Project is a programme of entrepreneurial training, learning and development focused on Liverpool City Region residents who are thinking about starting their own business, who are self-employed, working or volunteering within or running small businesses. The objective is to support and improve their individual business skills, knowledge and capacity. This would be achieved by providing a specially designed package of community outreach, one to one advice, accredited and non-accredited enterprise skills development and training support. Enterprise Hub Skills training will therefore help to improve enterprise skills and qualifications levels, which would lead to increased numbers of enterprises created in the Liverpool City Region as well as improving their sustainability and performance. It will also help to promote a culture of entrepreneurial learning and development in LCR and critically help improve growth and productivity. The programme will be delivered between 1 st January 2020 and 30 th June 2023 with final data collection by 31st July 2023. Objectives Objectives The programme has been designed to address a number of specific problems: - Bespoke pre-start up enterprise training for individuals from disadvantaged groups - Provide necessary accredited skills and support to Unemployed and Economically Inactive and employed people in Liverpool City Region to empower them to develop their enterprise, teamworking and leadership skills MEH’s programme will provid participants an opportunity to develop and understand enterprise and entrepreneurialism and bridge the gap of people from disadvantaged people developing entrepreneurial related skills within LCR. It will enable access not available through mainstream routeways into sustainable businesses.. Targets We will work with 158 unemployed people and economically active people before June 2023 supporting 98 of these individual into education or employment. Partners The Women’ Organisation – Lead Partner (accountable body) Citizens Advice, Halton Everton Development Trust Granby Toxteth Development Trust Liverpool John Moores University MAKE CIC Raise Advice For more info: Joe Hemington, Joehemington@expandinghorizons.co.uk Joehemington@expandinghorizons.co.uk www.thewomensorganisation.org.uk/enterprise-hub-skills

New Horizons

New Horizons

Description New Horizons is a specifically designed and fully integrated programme of support which will improve the employability of 1950 people who are unemployed or economically inactive. Specifically, those experiencing specific barriers to training, education and employment opportunities e.g. BAME, disabled, people living with specific health conditions and people who have multiple and complex needs. New Horizons will: engage over 1950 beneficiaries to develop their confidence and self-esteem; support 331 people into training and education; enable 565 economically inactive people to participate in active job search or into employment, support 312 unemployed people to find employment, including selfemployment on leaving; support 585 people into employment, including self-employment 6 months after leaving the project; connect them to volunteering, specific job and job trail opportunities; connect them to other support programmes e.g. Households into Work, Enterprise Hub, Ways to Work ILM, Apprenticeships, AEB Provision, Building Better Opportunities – Better Off Finance and Digital Projects; assist 98 people with childcare needs by offering them childcare support. Objectives The programme has been designed to address a number of specific problems: - Bespoke support for individuals with specific difficulty and often multiple barriers to the labour market caused by health and personal circumstances. - Provide necessary skills and ability to access labour market opportunities to Unemployed and Economically Inactive to secure and remain in employment - Provide additional and more intensive development support, for those individuals who are unemployed and economically inactive people to complement mainstream Adult Learning and Employment Support programmes thus creating a more level playing field within the labour market. - Provide specialist pathway support, namely more targeted interventions to assist those with specific needs due to disability, ill health, or personal circumstance and unemployed to secure employment in growth and transformational sectors with Liverpool City Region. - The need for support to enable those who face these specific barriers to the labour market to access paid work experience and employment in order to become more job ready - The need to explore non-traditional pathways to the labour market for people with health problems or disabilities MEH’s programme will provide unemployed and inactive participants an opportunity to develop and understand labour markets and bridge the gap of people with a disability/health condition gaining employment within LCR. It will enable access not available through mainstream routeways into sustainable jobs. In addition it will change the attitudes of local employers towards employing disabled people and building a better understanding of disability and mental health. Targets We will work with 158 unemployed people and economically active people before June 2023 supporting 98 of these individual into education or employment. Partners The Women’ Organisation – Lead Partner (accountable body) Citizens Advice, Halton Citizens Advice, Knowsley Innovative Alliance Knowsley Disability Concern LDAS/Heat Raise Advice Steve Biko Housing Association St Helens Chamber of Commerce The Brain Charity Transform Lives Company Wirral Chamber. For more info: Joe Hemington, Joehemington@expandinghorizons.co.uk www.thewomensorganisation.org.uk

RADart

Program Erasmus+ KA2 Description More than the 27% of young people are at risk of poverty or social exclusion (Eurostat, 2019). Their personal circumstances and the environment in which they live may make them vulnerable to various violent radical influences. RADart aims to increase awareness and skills among youth workers and other professionals working with children and young people involved in non-formal learning activities. Youth radicalisation has become a growing issue in Europe and its neighbouring regions. All of these concerns have highlighted the need to work with youth workers, to help them find an efficient and effective way to engage with young people at risk of radicalization. Objectives - To develop accessible and innovative methodologies and promote collaboration among complementary organisations in order to improve competences of youth workers through capacity-building activities - To raise awareness of the impact of art on young people at risk of radicalisation through action research, artistic methodologies, and local and international events - To improve critical thinking skills of young people by involving them in a research and by using art - To raise awareness of the risks of extremism and radicalisation among family members and communities through accessible guidelines Targets - Youth workers
- Young people
- Broader communities
- Policy makers Partners RADart project brings together 5 different organisations from 5 EU countries and representing private, public and third sector. Merseyside Expanding Horizons, UK (Coordinator) Elan Interculturel, France
Osservatorio di Genere, Italy Le Foyer des Jeunes des Marolles, Belgium Town Hall Kostrzyn nad Odra, Poland For more info: Anna Bellan annabellan@expandinghorizons.co.uk

Social Inclusion for Disadvantaged Youth (SIDY)

Programme: European Voluntary Service. Project No: 2018-2-UK01-KA125-048619. Description Social Inclusion for Disadvantaged Youth (SIDY) is a 24 months project. The project will select 6 volunteers (from 18 to 30 years old) from European countries which are interested in the field of social inclusion, migration and environment. Volunteers will have the opportunity to explore the subjects they care about and to support local communities and local organisations by acquiring knowledge and skills for their future employment. Target: young people from 18 to 30 years old. Contact: annabellan@expandinghorizons.co.uk

ICT for Seniors

ICT for Seniors

Program Erasmus + Key Action 2 Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education
Exchange of Good Practices Description In the context of the European Union, two of the most important changes that marked the 21st century are the emergence of an elderly population at a rate that has never been seen before and the rapidly developing information and communication technologies. While it is necessary that the simultaneous development of these two changes should support each other, the elderly population is the part of society that is the farthest from the technology. This project offers us two concepts that need to be integrated with each other for a better future in the new world: Seniors and ICT. The aging population will be isolated from social life and have bigger difficulties to cope with the different situations brought by aging if they are left alone and cannot integrate with technology. Seniors, who may have difficulty in leaving their homes, will not ne excluded from social life thanks to technology, they will be able to undertake their tasks, shopping, bank transactions more easily, connect with their loved ones through technological means and access lifelong learning opportunities on the internet. Thus, the technology will not only eliminate the feelings of loneliness but will also contribute to their participation in social life through various platforms. Objectives -To compare, contrast, identify and promote good practice that can enhance seniors’ active social inclusion in social life and lifelong learning practices.
-To enhance the provision of good quality learning opportunities to seniors.
-To contribute to seniors' social inclusion by using ICT in partner countries.
-To develop and extend the competences of adult education providers and organizations that work with adults in general and seniors in particular.
-To demonstrate the significant role ICT plays in ensuring social inclusion of seniors and their active participation in social life and lifelong learning through current practices across EU.
-To present identified best practices and develop new ideas to prepare a Good Practice Resource Guide and Seniors@ICT social media channel.
-To drive social change and contribute to society’s outlook to seniors’ active involvement in society by writing and sending a report on Positive Impact of ICT on Seniors’ Social Inclusion to policy makers in adult education sphere and by providing local, regional, national and EU level dissemination activities. Results -6 short term joint training events and 1 transnational meeting with 126 participants from 9 partners (18 participants in each event in addition to local participants and stakeholders who attend these events).
- Good Practice Resource Guide and Seniors@ICT social media channels
- Report on Positive Impact of ICT on Seniors’ Social Inclusion Partners ICT for Seniors brings 9 partners from EU and partner countries: Bolu Valiliği (Turkey)
http://www.bolu.gov.tr/ Bolu İzzet Baysal Halk Eğitimi Merkezi (Turkey) http://www.boluhem.meb.k12.tr PRO-MED spolka z ograniczona odpowiedzialnoscia (Poland) www.pro-med.org.pl Know and Can Association (Bulgaria) www.znamimoga.org Associacio Cultural Meet and Map (Spain) www.meetandmap.org Active Citizens Partnership (Greece) www.activecitizens.eu European Development Innovation Network (Scotland) www.edinetwork.eu Merseyside Expanding Horizons Limited (United Kingdom) www.expandinghorizons.co.uk Associazione Memoria Immagine (Italy) www.associazionememoriaimmagine.eu For more info: Stacey Robinson staceyrobinson@expandinghorizons.co.uk

RAISE!

RAISE!

Program Erasmus+ Description Despite efforts to implement policies and procedures in several European countries to tackle hate crime, it appears there are insufficient measures to build a tolerant society. It is evident that this issue cannot be addressed solely by law, we first need to create and share a common understanding of the phenomenon of hate speech to influence change among communities. Through deeper understanding about the issue we might find alternatives to deal with all elements of this subject and respond to create a more cohesive and inclusive society, allowing all citizens, regardless of the cultural, religious, gender or racial differences to live in harmony and less conflict. The main objective of this project is to gain a better understanding of what “hate speech” means and how it can affect young people’s mental health. In addition, the project aims to raise awareness of hate speech crimes among the community and local institutions. Targets Politicians, policy makers, potential oppressors, young people, young survivors, members of school staff, youth organisations, associations dealing with hate speech crimes and social inclusion. Partners Agis, Note et INNOVE (France) Merseyside Expanding Horizons (UK) UNITED SOCIETIES OF BALKANS ASTIKI ETAIREIA (Greece) Asociacion Mar Violeta (Spain) PROMIMPRESA (Italy) Associação Novo Mundo Azul (Portugal) For more info: Anna Bellan annabellan@expandinghorizons.co.uk

IN MY ART

IN MY ART

Program Erasmus+ Description The main objective of the In My Art – Inclusive Multicultural societies through Art project is to encourage young people to build an inclusive society and intercultural community especially in contexts where migrants have fewer opportunities to be actively involved into host communities. The project aims to: - Raise awareness among Youth Workers and organisations about the real needs and desires of young people in order to effectively adapt methods and practices using arts in various multicultural contexts - Develop and share effective and sustainable practices inspired by Arte Migrante method with other organisations to build an inclusive society based on dialogue, cohesion, diversity and non-discrimination - Promote active participation of Young People in their own community with a special focus on Young People at risk of Social Exclusion due to cultural, social and economic obstacles. Targets Youth Workers, Young People and organisations that will be trained through innovative methodologies and tools in order to connect with young people at risk of social exclusion Partners Per esempio Onlus (Italy) Merseyside Expanding Horizons (UK) Arte Migrante (Italy) Groupe de recherche et de realizations pour le développement rural (France) AWO Kreisverband (Germany) United Societies of Balkans (Greece) Asociación Caminos – Asociación para el intercambio educación y desarrollo social (Spain) For more info: Anna Bellan annabellan@expandinghorizons.co.uk Website: https://inmyartproject.wordpress.com/ Learn more about In my Art, read our second Newsletter!

YOUTH CONNECTION

Program Erasmus+ Description YC aimed at creating strong link between young refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants and EU Youth through creative work and cultural activities aimed at fostering social inclusion. EU Youth Report stated that young people should be able to grow up in inclusive and pluralistic communities, based on European democratic values, the rule of law and fundamental rights Education, youth participation, interfaith and intercultural dialogue have a key role to play in preventing radicalisation by promoting common European values, fostering social inclusion, enhancing mutual understanding and tolerance (European Commission, 2015). The objective of Youth Connections project is to contribute to more equal, intercultural and inclusive youth local communities through new approaches and transnational initiatives. Targets - Young resident refugees, asylum seekers and migrants - Youth workers, trainers and teachers will be trained through innovative methodologies, teaching/learning modules and guidelines to involve the above-mentioned target group together with European youth and Local stakeholders (associations, schools, public authorities, etc.) Partners MERSEYSIDE EXPANDING HORIZONS LIMITED (UK) PROMIMPRESA SRL (IT) Asociacija "Aktyvus jaunimas" (LT) AGIS, NOTE et INNOVE (FR) APROXIMAR- COOPERATIVA DE SOLIDARIEDADE SOCIAL CRL (PT) ICEP s.r.o (SK) For more info: Anna Bellan annabellan@expandinghorizons.co.uk