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 »
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 »
Every year a series of Contact Seminars are held across Europe, they are organised by National Agencies in order to provide the perfect forum for organisations to come together to discuss project ideas as well as build relationships with partners.
For those of you that have already taken part in a Contact Seminar, you will know that they are a great way kick start your application and can help you develop your initial project ideas into detailed project plans.
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Within our Leonardo and Grundtvig programmes we offer a range of funding for projects but what you might not know is that we also offer a type of funding called Preparatory Visits.
A step to finding the right partner
Preparatory Visits funding is available to you when your project is just a gem of an idea and you are looking for the right partners to help develop it further and bring it to life for your application for Leonardo or Grundtvig funding. Read the rest of this entry »
Commpact received 2011 Grundtvig Partnership funding for their International Language of Folkloric Dances, INTLANFOLDAN, project. They are one of the five partners involved in this project, the lead partner, based in Tarus, Turkey, is co-ordinating the other partners based in Poland, Italy, Lithuania and the UK.
As the UK partner, Commpact, will present best practice in motivating disadvantaged immigrants who are experiencing cultural, linguistic and economic barriers and who wish to get back into education. Their skills, and those of their partners, will help the project to encourage social and cultural development throughout the partner countries using the medium of dance. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re a first time applicant to one of our funding streams, the amount of opportunities available and what to apply for can be over-whelming. We’re always here to help whether it’s through a comment on our blog, tweeting at us, looking at our websites or ringing our helpline.