There is only one week to go until our first Information Day in Brighton on the 6 September and we are looking forward to meeting you and providing help and guidance to start you on your funding journey.
Why not let us know, in the comments below, what you are looking forward to about the day? You can also share your questions ahead of our Information Days and we’ll point you in the right direction of where to find your answer on the day.
A virtual introduction
We will be tweeting during each of our Information Days using #llpinfoday, why not tweet and introduce yourself to @llpUKecorys? If you are an experienced promoter why not tweet your advice to @llpUKecorys? We’ll retweet your advice and share it with those new to the funding lifecycle
Still time to register
If you haven’t yet registered for an event there is still time. We are taking our Information Days to seven locations around the UK and we look forward to meeting you at one of them. Register for an event near you today:
It is now only two weeks until our first Information Day, taking place on the 6 September in Brighton! Come and meet the team and hear about the funding opportunities through the Leonardo, Grundtvig and Transversal programmes.
These events are perfect for you if you are new to the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), as you will be able to attend a Welcome session in the morning, which will give you an overview of the LLP and our programmes. Later on in the morning, you will be able attend two Taster sessions which will give more detail about the specific projects we run. In the afternoon, you can attend an Interactive Workshop on the programme of your choice, enabling you to hone your thoughts into more concrete project ideas, so you leave with a clear plan of your next steps. There will also be case studies from our projects themselves, so you can hear from those in the know exactly what it is like to be a participant – great for picking up hints and tips. Read the rest of this entry »
Sandy Watson is an experienced Grundtvig promoter, who has successfully run a variety of different projects since 2008.
Sandy works as a Children and Families Development Manager at G4S Care and Justice Services HMP Wolds. Her work is about helping prisoners and their families who often live on the edge of society to make changes in their lives. She has managed to develop the whole of the Children and Family work at HMP Wolds and has become involved in supporting other prisons in taking their family work forward.
Through Grundtvig’s Visits and Exchanges funding, Sandy undertook job shadowing at the Family House at Engelborg, Denmark. This institution, a first of its kind in Denmark, hosts up to 5 families where one of the parents is serving a prison sentence. The family has to agree to various interventions and to work with practitioners throughout their stay (average of 3 months). Each individual member of the family, including children, is offered counselling and practical support.
If you’ve visited our Grundtvig website recently you might have noticed some changes. After the success of the Leonardo redevelopment work we really wanted to do the same for Grundtvig. We wanted that the journey through the application process to be as smooth as possible and one that catered for organisations and individuals.
Looking at the homepage you can see, at a glance, our opportunities. We’ve combined this with a clear and easy left hand navigation which follows the stages of your grant, right through from your initial objectives to your day to day activities:
My current involvement in Grundtvig Senior Volunteering Projects, got me thinking about the serious value of Small Co-operation funding, not just from the viewpoint of benefitting learners but also as an additional mechanism for enhancing the skills of staff.
Challenges facing organisations
Recent reports have highlighted that organisations face difficult challenges when it comes to staff training. But as Joanne Van Der Meer, Family Learning Coordinator/Film Tutor from the British Film Institute said:
‘Grundtvig Small Co-operation projects are fantastic for increasing skills and knowledge’.
Joanne is currently finishing a 2 year Grundtvig Partnership Project ‘New Educational Journeys for Adults: Enhancing Family and Intergenerational Learning Through Photography, Film and Animation’. Read the rest of this entry »
The 2013 Call for Proposals has been released, this is the last year that you can apply for funding for the Leonardo, Grundtvig and Transversal programmes. You can find the latest information on the Call on our websites:
As part of the Call for Proposals, the European Commission and the UK National Agency, produce a set of priorities. These specify who can apply for funding and also the aims and objectives for potential applicants. Understanding these priorities and taking them into consideration will help you to create an application that is more likely to receive funding:
- EU and UK Priorities for Leonardo
- EU and UK Priorities for Grundtvig
- EU and UK Priorities for Transversal
Thinking of applying?
If you are thinking of applying but are new to LLP funding why not attend one of our Information Days? They are a great way to find out more about the opportunities available through Leonardo, Grundtvig and Transversal funding and are a chance to meet the National Agency team.
Our Information Days start in September and are filling up fast! Register for an event near you:
As part of the Communications team we always love to hear about how you use our funding and the far-reaching benefits that it brings. Recently I spoke to Rachel Delourme, Sustainability Co-ordinator & STEM Advisor at Cornwall Learning, who, as part of Cornwall Learning, has co-ordinated Leonardo Mobility projects for both Initial Vocational Training and People in the Labour Market. Speaking to Rachel made me appreciate just how far-reaching the impact of the Lifelong Learning Programme can be.
I began by asking Rachel a bit about why the project had started. She described how six years ago she was working on education and business partnerships and how links with businesses and young people could benefit each other specifically in the catering and hospitality sector. In Cornwall this type of work can be very seasonal with a lot of opportunities for young people to gain skills and experience in the summer months but with these opportunities drying up during the winter. Rachel wanted to start a project that would provide young people with the chance to work in another part of Europe during this period. The idea behind this is that it would provide the opportunity for people to increase their skills and experience all year round and allow them to be inspired and increase their knowledge and culinary creativity. On their return these new skills would be integrated into the local community and the experience would also provide participants with the confidence to venture outside of Cornwall, something that without an opportunity like this, young people would rarely do. Read the rest of this entry »
It has been just under a year since the European Commission released its proposal for ‘Erasmus for All’, the next generation of programmes that will be the successor to the current Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP).
Since then there have been many debates taking place across the UK and Europe about the new programme. We have kept you up to date with the latest developments and the next steps for Erasmus for All.
So what’s been happening?
March saw the decision makers’ discussions taking place with the House of Lords’ European Union Committee meeting to give their broad support to the proposed expansion of the education and training programme ‘subject to reduction being made in budget’. Read the rest of this entry »