You may have read Emma’s recent post on Older People’s Day on the 1 October and the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (EY2012). What does an ageing population mean to the UK? What does it mean for employability and active citizenship? Our next Thematic Networking event will look into this topic in more detail from a UK perspective.
The forthcoming event, at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London on the 29 November, will bring together over 60 policy makers and Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) project practitioners. Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from Brian Keating, from the Department for Work and Pensions , on work currently being undertaken on active ageing by the UK Government. Read the rest of this entry »
Today we celebrate Older People’s Day across Europe, as it is also the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (EY2012) it is the chance to raise awareness of the issues, challenges and barriers facing the older generation.
Picture of an ageing Europe
It has been well researched that the population of Europe is an ageing one, and people of 60, 70, 80 or above still make a valuable contribution to our local, regional and national communities. There are more people in the UK that are of a pensionable age than there are at school, across Europe life expectancy is rising while the number of people being born is decreasing. Initiatives such as the EY2012 and Older Peoples day are helping to raise awareness of our older generation and how the generations can work together for the benefit of all.
I can take, for example, my own parents who have both recently turned 60, both are still active and still in work but if they suddenly faced unemployment, how easy would it be for them to remain active citizens? Well, I know from the funding we provide as the National Agency that they could be involved as Senior Volunteers through Grundtvig funding. If they wanted to return to employment the default retirement age is being phased out in the UK so would mean that they could continue to work as long as they were fit and healthy, they would also be protected against age discrimination through the Equality Act. Read the rest of this entry »
Here are just a few of the things that we have heard about in the last month:
After hearing about successful applications for funding, via Twitter, in May we are now hearing about the start of these projects:
thanks to @llpukecorys for seminar yesterday. Picked up some useful tips for managing our Leonardo project and met some interesting people
— David Maxwell (@DavidMaxwell3) September 12, 2012
— NetworkConsortium (@NConsortium) September 12, 2012
— shan j ashton (@shanjash) September 12, 2012
It is very exciting to hear about the start of projects and we look forward to hearing more updates along the way. Keep us up to date with your journey on Twitter by tweeting @llpUKecorys. Read the rest of this entry »
The European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012 is well underway and we thought it timely to take a look behind the scenes at a partnership that is taking place right now that is looking at ways to facilitate the learning of older people.
Its all in the game
Manchester Metropolitan University is the co-ordinator of the 2011 Grundtvig Partnership funded Gambaloa project and are collaborating with Katholieke Universiteit, the largest University in Belgium and Wissenschaftliche Hochschule Lahr which is part of the AKAD network of higher education institutions in Germany. Read the rest of this entry »
Each year the European Commission organise ,and encourage, a range of events held on a specific theme. Last year was the European Year of Volunteering (EY2011). Many of you organised and attended these events with funding from the Lifelong Learning Programme.
Stanley Miller, from the Third Age Trust, received 2011 Grundtvig Visits and Exchanges funding to attend and speak at the ‘Voluntary Work and the Third Age’ symposium whose theme was chosen to relate and contribute towards the EY2011.
“By undertaking this visit I was enabled to make a continuing contribution to the development of Lifelong Learning and to international understanding in the context of the European Year of Volunteering.” Read the rest of this entry »
In this edition
In issue 19 you can read about Paul Baron, who has recently been awarded an MBE for his work in supporting vulnerable children across the world. You can also read about:
- Erasmus for All: find out about plans for the successor to the LLP
- The National Apprenticeship Service acknowledging Leonardo Mobility opportunities
- The European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012
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2012 has been designated the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, and the European Union has ‘cleared the stage’ for individuals and organisations to showcase their success stories in this area.
Active ageing means giving older adults the opportunity to:
- stay in the workforce and share their experience,
- keep playing an active role in society, and
- live as healthy and fulfilling lives as possible.
We hope to see many of you linking your activities to the year, particularly if you were funded through the Grundtvig programme. It’s a chance to publicise your good work to a Europe-wide audience and to connect with others in the UK.
So… Do you have ideas and suggestions for the European Year? A picture, story or video clip that would illustrate the benefits of active ageing? Is there an interesting initiative or event that you would like to share with others? All you need to do is submit your details on the European Year website and the team will contact you. You can also join the conversation through our new Your Story discussion group on this theme.