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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:

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) Bolu İzzet Baysal Halk Eğitimi Merkezi (Turkey) PRO-MED spolka z ograniczona odpowiedzialnoscia (Poland) Know and Can Association (Bulgaria) Associacio Cultural Meet and Map (Spain) Active Citizens Partnership (Greece) European Development Innovation Network (Scotland) Merseyside Expanding Horizons Limited (United Kingdom) Associazione Memoria Immagine (Italy) For more info: Stacey Robinson


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


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 Website: Learn more about In my Art, read our second Newsletter!


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


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

“All in Campaign Against Discrimination! Forum, Paris June 2019”

Merseyside Expanding Horizons is proud to be a part of ANI International Project  All in Campaign Against Discrimination! supported by the Mairie de Paris, which held in Paris, France on June 2019. We engaged three young people from Liverpool to be a part of this project and organised Workshops about stereotypes and prejudices and legal framework in the UK to act against all forms of discrimination to prepare participating in this forum.
Before flying to Paris, we organised workshops in Liverpool to discuss with our participants about their knowledge of discrimination and to share more about the legal framework in UK and how can people be aware about discrimination types and how can they report accidents of discrimination. As well as, they created a video about cyber bulling as type of discrimination and how it could affect the lives of young people. We shared their experience during the forum in Paris and discussed with the attendees about discrimination and cyber bullying.
On the other hand, our participants shared with us the new gained experiences and developed competences during the forum.
Liam, One of our participants enjoyed working in a team before and during the forum and said “I learnt from others in regards to coming up with creative ideas for the video. You could say I developed my capacity for thinking outside the box”
and continued “The most significant thing I learnt is about the UK laws surrounding discrimination in the UK, as I did not know about these before, and I consider it actionable knowledge that could be used on a personal or professional level”

V for Volunteers (V4V)

Program Erasmus+ Description V4V aims to empower youth workers and support staff who are experienced in the volunteerism field to develop competences related to promotion, implementation and mainstreaming of volunteer projects as a tool for social inclusion and de-radicalization. The aim is to contribute to the legal decision and policy making processes that shapes the voluntary youth work across Europe, based on non-formal educational activities via cooperation with local, regional and international authorities. The first phase will have a holistic approach to the volunteerism and discover the role of volunteerism as a way of civic engagement and capacity development of youth. The special target group on this phase will be marginalized young people who are at a risk of radicalization. The participants will look for the ways to use volunteerism as a tool to create opportunities which would lead to social inclusion of the members of this group. The second phase of the project will create a sharing space for evaluating the volunteering projects that the partners have been implementing so far in order to highlight good and bad practices, learning points and experiences. This phase is expected to create the required interaction for the partners benefit from each others’ skills, expertise and experience. At this point participants are expected to make use of the collective knowledge exists on the venue and come up with innovative approaches, tools and methodologies which can be applied to different phases of the voluntary project cycle. In the third phase of the project, participants will have an open forum methodology in order to establish policy recommendations regarding to the framework of voluntary projects, which would be shared with the local, regional and European level authorities. The presence of the decision/policy makers is also expected in this forum. These recommendations will also aim to cover the possible roles of the both policy makers and the youth workers for the establishment of sustainable link between European Voluntary Service and European Solidarity Corps. Targets Young people who are at risk of radicalization Volunteers Youth organizations Organizations that don’t have volunteers Youngsters who did not have prior experience on voluntarism Partners United Societies of Balkan Per Esempio AUTOKREACJA Sende For more info: Anna Bellan


Program Description The European Volunteer Events for Therapy through Sports - Events Project - aims to develop strong institutional procedures for the specific contribution of sport and physical exercise to the prevention, the therapy in the field of mental health and the rehabilitation of mental health service users at European level within the overall Active Living context. The project is the practical reflection of the vision of a major European institutional link between the fields of Sport and Mental Health: State Sports Authorities, Federations and Associations, private bodies in the sports sector, National Health Systems, Educational / Research Institutions, Local Government, Private Institutions and Civil Society meet up and join their forces in a movement that promotes an active living, the idea that sport is for everyone, that sport fosters our soul. Goals - The inclusive participation of population with or without mental disorders - The combination of Sport and Physical Activities - The lack of any competitive concerns among the participants - Multiple choices activities instead of strictly structured sport programs - The direct relation with the natural environment instead of activities that can be implemented only in sport premises Partners COOSS Intras Merseyside Expanding Horizons Sporium Gölbaşı Fokus ČR First Fortnight Eufami Asok Anarp For more info:


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

Personalise Employment Pathways

Program Personalise Employment Pathways (PEP) provides an innovative and customer-focused programme offering a package of holistic and bespoke information advice, guidance support to integrate disadvantaged young people into the labour market. It focuses upon early engagement with young people whose experience of illness, potential illness or personal circumstances (being a care leaver, parent, or carer) has a detrimental impact upon their ability to sustain or engage in meaningful employment. The project will enhance and support the goals and outputs of the Local Economic Partnership and City Employment Strategy. Description Through a multi-agency approach we will engage with relevant beneficiaries at locations pertinent to them and at points where positive action will have maximum impact. In order to meet the different needs of different types of individuals we have developed a number of inter-connected projects which are focussed upon different types of barriers to employment. However, all are linked by the common theme of promoting wellbeing through active employment. The Personalised Employment Pathway Programme is delivered across all 6 Local Authority areas that comprise the Liverpool City Region (LCR) LEP area: Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral. All delivery operates from hubs in each of these areas managed or regularly used by project partners which aids the agile delivery of the project through the City Region. Partners Merseytravel Merseyside Expanding Horizons The Joseph Lappin Centre Windmills Each will work with the young person, depending on where they live, or what they are aiming to do –providing flexible, tailored support through the following phases: What we offer?
Person-Centred 1-2-1 and group support which enable the young people to move onto sector specific training and expand their employment network and opportunities - developing their Personalised Employment Pathway (PEP). I-Can…Create
Employment related attitudes, behaviours, skills, needed to develop and successfully achieve an employment goal.
To sector specific training and academies: Transport, Retail, Barista, Customer Service, Hospitality, Entrepreneurship. I-Can…Contribute
Support to: Enter employment, explore self-employment, develop social enterprise, or access training opportunities For more info: Joe Hemington


Program Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership Description Beginning in November 2018, this Erasmus+KA2 project will take place over 2 years in which 5 organisations over 4 European Countries, all leaders in their fields, will come together to coproduce a brand new, unique multimedia Drama informal learning program. SCRIPT will nurture and develop the learning and emotional needs of Europe’s most excluded young people. Innovatively designed for youth work practitioners specifically when engaging with socially excluded young people aged 18-25, SCRIPT will be transversal in its ability to work in a plethora of outreach settings, including but not limited to young offenders institutions, prisons, probation centres, youth and community centres. During the lifespan of this 2 year project, the 5 lead organisations in the UK, Romania, Greece & Spain will communicate with socially excluded young people, youth workers and stakeholders to collaboratively develop, test and imbed a set of mutually reinforcing coproduced informal learning resources, including – Intellectual Outputs The SCRIPT Handbook– a program of interactive drama exercises and multimedia techniques, which will give socially excluded young people a platform to design, create, perform and produce their own Radio Play. ME– A self-evaluation and skills validation toolkit for the young people who have taken part in the SCRIPT program. EQUIP– An online training module for youth workers, to enrich their practice when delivering the SCRIPT Handbook, including ‘hints & tips’ & situational films - providing support and encouragement at every stage of implementation. JOURNEY– An impact assessment tool for the use of the youth work practitioners and organisations delivering the SCRIPT program which will allow analysis of the programme’s success. Targets Youth workers Socially excluded young people aged 18-25 Stakeholders Partners No Place Productions USB CPIP TACC For more info: Joe Hemington

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