Is laughter is the best medicine? It certainly seems to be for one of our projects. Health and Humour through the Arts for Seniors, or more often known by their snappy acronym, the HAHA project, looks at the lighter side of active ageing by focussing on humour techniques as a form of health education; using laughter as an antidote to stress and as an aid to promote relaxation and improve the self confidence and general well being of its participants. Recently I spoke to Norma Raynes from Intergen about the inspiration behind the laughter:
As the number of older Europeans increase, there is a need to find new ways of improving the quality of life of older learners and enhancing active ageing. The health benefits that laughter brings are well-known and I was interested in creating a project on this theme, whilst also finding out what promotes laughter in different cultures – so, the HAHA project was born.
Each year we produce a series of publications showing how the Leonardo, Grundtvig and Transversal programmes provide funding for projects and activities all around the UK. These publications are sent directly to elected policymakers and key stakeholders to help raise their awareness of the good work done by the programmes in their country. This year, we would like to share them with you on our blog.
This is the final post of the series, looking this time at how programme funding is benefiting organisations in England.
Since 2007, the Lifelong Learning Programme has awarded organisations and individuals in England over 90 million euro for projects and activities in the education and training sector. Read the rest of this entry »
During January I think it is a fairly safe assumption to say that most of us are trying to reduce our calorie intake after Christmas excesses and are hitting the gym, pounding the pavement or walking those extra few steps to start being more active. For a lot of our projects these good intentions continue throughout the year rather than flagging during February.
Changing lives, sporting excellence
One such project is a Leonardo Mobility at South Gloucestershire and Shroud College (formerly Filton college) where students on the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence have the opportunity to add value through a European work placement. One of the apprentices that benefitted from this experience is Jack Bateson who is working towards the 2016 Olympics in Rio, he recently shared his story with us as part of our series of films on ‘Changing Lives’: Read the rest of this entry »
You may have read our recent post about the free help and support available to organisations to understand ECVET (European Credit system for Vocational Education & Training). Last month eight organisations running Leonardo Mobility projects attended a free workshop in Birmingham, organised as part of ECVET Experts, to find out how they can recognise their learners’ achievements using ECVET principles.These are largely students involved in initial vocational training or work-based learning. Anyone involved in Leonardo Mobility can use ECVET principles in their projects. Read the rest of this entry »
2013 is the European Year of Citizens. Launched by the European Union, the EY2013 will raise awareness of citizen’s rights and explore their vision for Europe.
It is the chance for everyone to understand their rights and the opportunities available to them, such as living and working anywhere within Europe.
The activities throughout the European Year will be organised at a grass-roots level, by citizens and civil society organisations. There is also an extensive resource library as part of the European Year website which provides more information on the Year and being mobile in Europe: http://europa.eu/citizens-2013/en/resources-library
It’s about Europe, it’s about You
For me, this European Year, and why it is important, is summed up by its tagline: ‘It’s about Europe, it’s about You.’
This is my, your, and everyone’s, chance to add our voices to the debate: http://europa.eu/citizens-2013/en share your views on the rights we all currently have and where we all want the EU to be by 2020.
Returning back to work after a well-deserved Christmas break and getting back into the swing of things can be difficult, we wanted to make the transition a little easier by inspiring you with a collection of projects and individuals that have made a real impression through European education, training and youth programmes.
Working with the British Council, we’ve produced ‘Imprints’ to illustrate how the Lifelong Learning Programme and Youth in Action have enabled organisations to advance social inclusion, improve employment opportunities, and further professional development.
These achievements clearly reflect UK and EU policy objectives – for the development of a competitive, knowledge based economy and for building a strong society.
We hope the examples motivate you to explore what the programmes can offer you.
If you require paper copies, please email us.