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SILVER

SILVER

Description Europe faces an ageing population, which impacts directly the labour market composition and dynamics. In 2000, 40% of the total population from 55 to 64 years were active in the labour market. In 2019, this same indicator rose to 63%. (from EUROSTAT database). According to the European Commission, between 2016 and 2060, it is estimated that the working age population (15 to 64) in the EU will decline by 11.6%. According to the European Commission, between 2016 and 2060, it is estimated that the working age population (15 to 64) in the EU will decline by 11.6%. In other words, the European labour market is becoming older and may start shrinking in the upcoming decades. This scenario imposes many risks to our social systems, since a smaller labour force may not provide for the needs of an ageing population. SILVER project aims to create a coordinated response for the promotion of a career in the third age, that addresses a two-fold ambition: _From one side, managers, HR and other interested professionals are given awareness, strategies and learning tools to a structured way to contribute to career extension or preparation of retirement, enhancing their readiness to support older workers; _From another side, older workers themselves are aware of challenges of ageing and empowered for an active ageing within the workplace, either to keep working for longer or to support a smooth transition to retirement. OUTPUS This project aims to create a coordinated response for the promotion of a career in the third age, integrating the needs of both groups: employers and workers. Specific objectives are: - Identify promising practices & work methodologies on active ageing in the workplace,by sounding old people themselves and HR departments - Raise awareness on organisations from different sectors (public, private, non-profit) about their practices & initiatives towards an age-friendly workplace and the improvements needed - Promote self-awareness on older workers about their sense of preparation and acceptance for retirement Targets The target groups of InALMH are: Employers (managers and HR professionals) Workers +50 Trainers/Educators Partners KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre (Greece) The Trebnje Center for Education and Culture (Slovenia) EaSI (Romania) Aproximar (Portugal) AFEJI (France) En3karriere (Denmark) For more info:
CONTACT PERSON
STACEY ROBINSON Staceyrobinson@expandinghorizons.co.uk

Enterprise Hub Skills

Enterprise Hub Skills

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

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

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

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

The Access Enterprise

The Access Enterprise

Program The Access Enterprise project will develop learning resources which support the professional development of new and existing Business Advisers/Coaches working with people from marginalised groups including young people, people with mental health issues, people with disabilities, migrants, people from a BME background, people over 50; people from social deprived communities; and women. Description One of the main aims of the Access Enterprise project is to develop and produce learning resources and a training methodology which, through a co-production process (working with the end users (Business coaches and Entrepreneurs from marginalised groups) during the consultation, piloting and strategic positioning of the project, ensure that disadvantaged learners people’s needs are at it's heart. The basis for the success of this project is the project partners’ belief and determination that people from the marginalized groups listed above should have person centred supported which enables them to explore and move into self-employment and set up businesses. The project through development of the research, and training resources, will give adult learners from these marginalised groups the opportunity to learn from each other and also co-create the emerging resources by sharing their experiences and what skills, values and experiences are necessary for Business Advisers to support them effectively. Through the development of this training adult educators (Business Advisers) will increase their own skills and competences, in each of the partner countries and across Europe, and will be better equipped to support people from marginalised groups to learn, explore entrepreneurship and ultimately set up businesses. The project will address this identified gap in existing provision and will complement existing services by developing a set of resources for individuals from marginalised groups to overcome barriers into business start-up and achieve their self-employment aspirations, resulting in greater chances within the labour market. Currently there is a lack of appropriate opportunities for a combined package of training, development and personal support to provide person centred support on entrepreneurship and business start-up, and therefore improving their lives. Targets Business Advisers/Coaches Potential entrepreneurs from disadvantaged groups or communities Outputs State of the art review into business start-up support and entrepreneurship in Europe Training modules for Business Advisors Access Enterprise Impact Assessment, Positional Analysis and Sustainability Report Partners MEH (UK) DEFOIN (ES) Approximar (PT) Athens Lifelong Learning Institute (GR) Social Innovation Fund (LT) CPIP (Ro) For more info: Stacey Robinson staceyrobinson@expandinghorizons.co.uk

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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

TENDERNESS4LIFE

TENDERNESS4LIFE

Program The project TENDERNESS4LIFEaims to promote the professional development of low skilled adults working in elderly care, by developing a new job profile, an assessment tool, a modular training course and a good practice guide to empower elderly care workers, providing them with a complementary and alternative curriculum, based on a humanistic approach. Description In terms of expectations, TENDERNESS4LIFE project aims to get more prepared elderly care workforce, able and skilled to deliver care services to older adults, and thus promoting their quality of life and dignity. The project outcomes will enable care providers to implement a set of tools to enhance professional qualification of low-level elderly care workers, as well as to increase their competences that can directly influence their self-esteem, leading to higher levels of motivation. The consortium of TENDERNESS4LIFE project is composed by 7 organizations from different fields of work, that contributes to a multidisciplinary partnership, putting together VET schools, training providers, care providers, universities and networking organizations. The partnership aims to promote innovation in the field of training and education of elderly care workers, by development and conception, exchange of knowledge and practices and introducing mobilities in Europe. Goals - To identify the new job profile and competences for elderly care, which is emerging from the contemporary changes in care services. - To develop a multimedia training course to enhance the competences of low skilled elderly care workers, to perform a better job role. - To pilot the B-learning training course for elderly care workers. - To create a good practices guide based on a humanist approach to support elderly care settings towards. Outputs Text Partners Coordinator: Anzianie Non Solo Societa Cooperativa Sociale | Italy Cyprus University of Technology | Cyprus Omnia The Joint Authority of Education Espoo Region | Finland Aproximar Cooperativade Solidariedade Social | Portugal Habilitas Association and the European Association for Social Innovation | Romania Merseyside Expanding Horizons | The United Kingdom For more info: Sara Lopez saralopez@expandinghorizons.co.uk

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

WISE

WISE

Program Erasmus+ ka2 Description In accordance with European Strategy 2020, WISE project aims to create a positive environment for women with disadvantaged background around social entrepreneurship in order to boost their confidence, encourage the improvement of their skills and foster their self-employability with the support of tools and other women entrepreneurs and adult educators. The final goal is to inspire women from different backgrounds and include them in the labour market. Targets - Women of marginalised groups aspiring to become social entrepreneurs - Women business leaders from Social Enterprise - Adult Educators - Participating organisations (indirect target groups) - Training centres Partners WISE brings together 6 different organisations from 6 EU countries and representing private, public and third sector. The project is led by Merseyside Expanding Horizons that will work with partners from France, Italy, Romania, Slovenia and Spain that have a different expertise and will bring different perspectives on the field. For more info: Anna Bellan annabellan@expandinghorizons.co.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

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