Digi-Ageing

overcoming loneliness

“Loneliness in old age” is a well-known social phenomenon that still receives too little attention. However, the current pandemic clearly shows us that we need to pay more attention to the issue. Older people are increasingly isolated in this situation:Those in care facilities are secluded for their own protection, others have little contact with friends and family or live entirely on their own. People caring for older people are often overwhelmed by the many safety precautions and challenges in their own daily lives. This is also true for family caregivers.

Since October 2020, the international Digi-Ageing consortium has been working on a comprehensive concept that addresses these challenges and develops appropriate measures to counteract the phenomenon of “loneliness in old age”. One of the main goals is to increase competences in the use of digital tools in the elderly care sector and to create a strong network that develops joint solutions.

What we develop

  • Research reports on the topic of loneliness in old age
  • Creation of a network that specifically counteracts this phenomenon
  • Digital diagnostic tool to be able to recognise “loneliness in old age” in good time
  • Digital intervention tools for education providers in the field of elderly care, for caregivers, for caring family members and for interested older people themselves
  • Curriculum for the Digi-Ageing Training Programme for the Care Sector

How we reach caregivers

Within the framework of the Digi-Ageing project, so-called “pilot trainers” are trained to subsequently conduct training sessions with other interested persons from the field of elderly care. These professionals will then implement the Digi-Ageing method in their own institutions and recruit other interested people.

Project duration

October 2020 to July 2023

Web

www.digi-ageing.eu
Facebook: www.facebook.com/digiageing
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/digi-ageing

Project Partner

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

KITE Fighters

Kids and Teachers Fighting for Inclusion

The aim of the project is to assist pedagogues working with young people, with a focus on diversities, to strengthen social inclusion, and promote peer-to-peer communication and team building.

Innovative methods and tools for teachers and students will be developed to prevent bullying situations and the escalation of conflicts at school:

  1. Equip teachers with tools to enhance their capability to support students, promoting their mental health and emotional intelligence development.
  2. Enable teachers to use creative and innovative methodologies as symbol work, storytelling, folk tales and other non-formal education approaches.
  3. Support schools to tackle early school leaving (ESL) and disadvantage and to offer quality education, enabling success for all students.
  4. The main overall objective is to strengthen social inclusion skills of kids and teachers.

Aims & Objectives

  • Development of the “KITE-FIGHTER TOOLKIT”: a collection of different tools, games and exercises, which teachers can use. It will include storytelling, symbol work and folk tales exercises
  • Elaboration of a CURRICULUM and TRAINER’S GUIDE for a teacher training, to empower teachers to use the Kite-fighter toolkit techniques, and develop new professional and socio-emotional skills
  • Organization of MULTIPLIER EVENTS and ACTIVITIES as well as delivering a set of MINI-TRAINING EVENTS to empower local teachers and youth workers to use the KITE-fighter toolkit.

Project duration

September 2019 till April 2022

Web

Homepage: www.kitefighters.eu
Facebook: www.facebook.com/KITEfightersproject

Project Partners

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

SymfoS – YC

SymfoS for Youthcare

“SymfoS for Youth Care” develops an innovative counseling method based on the approach of symbol work. Its implementation in the youth care system would significantly improve the integration chances of disadvantaged young people (NEETS) in Europe. Due to a lack of integration in many areas of life, they are increasingly excluded from participation in society.

With the methodical approach of symbol work (developed by Wilfried Schneider) as an innovative counselling tool, the project aims to enable young people in youth welfare to effectively support disadvantaged young people. Innovative features are on the one hand the transfer of the previous method from vocational guidance to the youth welfare system in each partner country and on the other hand the extension of the SymfoS educational approach with web courses for initial training (Higher Education) at universities (Social Care).

In youth welfare, working with symbols offers young people an additional, universal language. In short, symbolic work means getting a person to reach out to themselves. Symbols are helpful in situations that are difficult or impossible to describe with other means of communication.

Project duration

September 2018 to August 2021

Web

Homepage: www.symfos-youth.eu
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SymfoS
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/groups/8704665

Project Partners

Sozialwerk Düren (Deutschland)
Hafelekar Unternehmensberatung (Österreich)
Asociacion Caminos (Spanien)
Colegio Oficial de Ciencias Politicas y Sociologia (Spanien)
University of Gloucestershire (England)
Instituto Politecnico Do Porto (Portugal)
Associacao A3S (Portugal)

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

ARTPAD

Achieving Resilience Through Play and Drama

ARTPAD (Achieving Resilience Through Play and Drama) is a three year Erasmus+, partnership (5 countries) lead by Playwork Partnerships and by the Drama team at the University of Gloucestershire.

ARTPAD aims to support the engagement and resilience of participants from disadvantaged backgrounds in formal and non–formal education to help prevent early school leaving. The 5 project partners will work co-operatively to disseminate, develop and extend the expertise and international reach of their practice. ARTPAD covers three complimentary aspects:

  1. Understanding resilience and children’s development and behaviour through Play.
  2. Drama techniques for engagement with learning
  3. Drama and Play to build social understanding and behaviour

Project duration:

September 2015 till August 2018

Web

Homepage: www.artpadproject.eu
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ARTPADProjectEu/
Twitter: twitter.com/ARTPADproject

Project Partners

Hafelekar Unternehmensberatung (Austria)
University of Gloucestershire (England)
Rogers Foundation for Person-Centred Education (Hungary)
University of Gdansk (Poland)
UWEZO (Germany)

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

DAYPLOT

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Diagnosis and actions for young people looking for a better future

This project aims to help disadvantaged young people by elucidating and interpreting the recent recommendation of the EU Parliament and Council which stresses the 8 key competencies for lifelong learning.

The direct target of the project is the group of professionals working with these young people such as: Practitioners in School, University and/or Labour guidance; Career Guidance Practitioners, Agencies and of the Employment Centers; trainers and teacher of the VET sector.
The indirect targetgroup are the young people with disadvantage condition (particularly the NEETs and the new arriving refugees, migrants or asylum seekers entering or looking for a VET opportunity), then all the organisations involved in the specific topic (VET schools and institutes; Public Administrations dealing directly with the young and with education, labour and reception policies; trade unions; enterprises, etc.)

The concrete aim of the project is to build with and to offer to the direct target a useful tool kit to help the young people with disadvantage condition aging from 18 to 29 years with specific training, education, on-the-job activities in order to facilitate their entrance in the more appropriate VET channel to strengthen their competencies and/or in the labour market.

Throughout the project’s lifecycle, a comparison of the existing best practices on the topic of key competencies development will be promoted and a specific MOOC platform (Massive Online Open Courses) will be planned, tested and launched to support competencies assessment and their development to enhance training and/or employment opportunities for the disadvantaged young. An original diagnosis tool kit based on innovative frameworks, including gamification and survey will allow the Practitioners and teachers to map the soft and professional skills of the young people and to assess their level.

At this stage the Practitioners and teachers will help young people to write their first EU curriculum, then, using the modules on the platform (also multimedia), they will help them to decide how to overcome the existing gaps selecting the right training or apprenticeship opportunity/ies. At the end the Practitioners and teachers will be able to assess again the skills and competences and, accordingly, to rewrite the CV. On the platform an innovative section will be targeted to match enterprises and workers, so the Practitioners will be able, with the young people, to point out the more promising working opportunities for the future professional inclusion.

Project duration

September 2016 till Oktober 2018

Web

Homepage: www.day-plot.eu

Project Partners

Antares – Rom (Italy) – Coordination
Eulab Consulting – Rom (Italy)
GEMS Northern Ireland – Belfast (North Ireland, UK)
Work Research Institute (AFI) – Oslo (Norway)
Hafelekar Unternehmensberatung – St. Pölten (Austria)
Centre Recursos d’Iniciatives i Autoocupació, sl (C.R.I.A.) – Madrid (Spain)

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VIPER

Volunteers in Playwork

The aim of Viper is to transfer a volunteer training course to improve the quality and reach of vocational education and training for adults thinking about working with children. Through collaboration the Consortium will incorporate EU best practice to support children’s play across Europe and transfer this training programme and volunteering model to become an EU recognised training course. The envisaged impact is the unique provision of an accredited EU training resource which will result in a more competent, knowledgeable, better trained, and coordinated volunteer play workforce across Europe, and increased levels of active citizenship and volunteering.

The project had three main aims:

  1. To adapt, develop and blend a play training course for volunteers which aims to support learners in gaining skills to improve their chances of employment through the acquisition of social and civic competences.
  2. To support training providers and organizations with the resources and training to deliver ‘Volunteers in Play – a route to employment’ course. The course will provide interactive educational resources. The course content will be available in the respective languages of all involved countries.
  3. To support learners to access volunteering opportunities within the childcare and out of school childcare sector, further to undertaking the ‘Volunteer in Play’ course.

Project duration

October 2013 till September 2015

Web

Hompage: www.viperproject.eu (not active, copy from Internet Archive web.archive.org)

Project Partners

Hafelekar Unternehmensberatung – Austria
University of Gloucestershire – England
Tokium Networks – Portugal
CESIE (Centro Studi ed Iniziative Europeo) – Italy
Roger SzemélyközpontúOktatásértAlapítvány – Hungary
Palacký University Olomouc, Faculty of Physical Culture – Czech Republic
Dumlupinar University Kutahya Vocational High School of Social Science – Turkey

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Perspectives on education

Exploration of teenage life and their learning environments

The central objective is the exploration of teenage life and learning environments, to be able to analyze differences in educational participation and develop new learning formats for the training and education of young second-generation immigrants.

The content of the project is divided into different work packages, of each of them characterized by the use of different scientific methods. First, with the help of an analysis of the micro-census data and the Labour Force Survey, there is drawn a map of the education regions of Austria. This provides initial findings on the causes and differences in educational participation among youngsters of the second generation, facilitates a hypotheses regarding adolescent learners and motivates the subsequent selection of interviewees.

In the further course, quantitative data receives a qualitative deepening and widening. Using narrative interviews, young people all over Austria will be interrogated about their study habits, learning experiences, learning sites, learning motivations and learning contents. Based on these youthful self-images, learning types will be developed and described. Then, in group discussions with young people, questionnaires are developed in order to quantify the learning types. Finally, this quantification is carried out using a standardized survey of young people who are on the second education (eg evening classes, AMS measures) and young people not completing any formation. Based on these results and in collaboration with the target group (young people, trainers) follows the development of new learning formats and scenarios for the training and education of young people in continuation education.

For the processing of theoretical questions, for the discussion and review of research methods, for the reflection of the project’s progress and finally for the qualification of the results, there will be carried out a scientific monitoring project throughout the course of the project.

Conclusively, in order to achieve the mainstreaming of the results, decision makers and opinion leaders will be informed of the project results within the framework of workshops .

Project duration

2012 till 2014

Project Partners

Funding

Funded by the European Social Fund and the Federal Ministry for Education, Art and Culture (bmukk).

DaD Study Lienz

Demand and development study for care of the elderly in the district of Lienz

In the district of Lienz multiple system partners ensured the formal care and care of old people. In order to meet the challanges of the future in demand and economics, a holistic approach and realignment was necessary.

The project “Demands and development study for the care sector in the district of Lienz” was the representation of the existing welfare system for elderly and dependent persons in the district and, based on that, included the formulation of recommendations for the (further) development of nursing and care services.

The following topics were covered by the study:

  • Analysis of the existing resources in the district of Lienz
  • Strengths / weaknesses analysis of the existing social system for the elderly and infirm
  • Guidelines for an overall strategy for sustainable supply of nursing
  • Formulation of short-and long-term recommendations for action
  • Basis for decisions regarding construction of a nursing home (Nussdorf Debant)
  • Assessment labour demands and proposals for meeting the needs

Client

Association of Local District retirement homes Lienz

Project duration

January till Juli 2012

MOTIVES

MOTIVES – Measuring Organisational Training: Illustrating Value, Economic and Social

This project was initiated to motivate SMEs to implement and invest in training for the workplace (particularly for low skill workers).

The Partnership is developing a web based training evaluation toolkit, which aims to show employers the social and economic value of training outcomes and impacts. This toolkit is underpinned by the European Common Quality Framework (ECQF) and the Social Return on Investment (SROI) models.

The core partnership consists of 6 organisations representing five countries, Ireland, Austria, Hungary, Italy and Germany The project has developed a strong partnership with European organisations the majority of whom are engaged in working with employers in supporting VET provision to the needs of the labour market. The partnership therefore has a remit to publicise the project results within their professional networks.

Results

  • Research report indicating the national and European context
  • Evaluation toolkit and associated web framework with programmed reporting application for measuring the social and economic return on investment from training for SMEs
  • Training module for practitioners and associated training pack
  • Scientific report illustrating the key findings from the pilot of toolkit

Project duration

October 2010 till September 2012

Project Partners

  • Hafelekar Unternehmensberatung (Austria)
  • Ballymum Job Centre – Dublin (Ireland)
  • ANTARES s.r.l. – Rom (Italy)
  • Heves Megyei Kereskedelmi és Iparkamara – Erlau (Hungary)
  • Euregio Qualifizierungs- und Technologieforum – Ahaus (Germany)
  • Institute for the Development of Employee Advancement Services – Dublin (Ireland)
  • Stadt Münster (Germany)

Care-Evaluation Tyrol

Evaluation of inpatient care in Tyrol

The project “Evaluation of inpatient care for the region of Tyrol” serves as a review and further development of the financial environment and the quality standards for inpatient care in Tyrol. The operational project objectives are the three working groups: general economic conditions, care and support framework and future care system assign Tyrol.

Objectives of Working Group 1: general economic conditions

  • Developing estimations for costs of Tyrolean residential and nursing homes based on a catalog of services
  • Determining a cost-recovery tariff for the service catalog of the Tyrolean residential and nursing homes based on a newly developed cost center accounting for the years 2008 and 2009
  • effective, transparent and fair distribution of resources of the cost object

Objectives of Working Group 2: Care and support frame

  • care mandate and performance catalog for the Tyrolean residential and nursing homes
  • Definition and description of a “reasonable care”
  • Development of criteria of qualification for care and maintenance in Tyrolean residential and nursing homes

Objectives of Working Group 3: Future care system Tyrol

Based on an assessment of the current status, problem analysis and evaluation (SWOT analysis), the following points are selected as targets for the working group:

  • Principles for the long-term development and future models of care and care facilities, taking into account the financial feasibility
  • Guidelines for new alternative models for the care and maintenance as well as the focus on special care and nursing services and facilities in relation to a medical supply
  • Networking Strategies for inpatient, day-care and mobile care and nursing care services

At the end of the project period, an outcome document was written, which presented, prioritized and, following the basis points, discribed. the proposals for action. The vast majority of recommendations for action comes directly from the group work. Some aspects have also been introduced by the facilitator.

Client

Land Tirol

Project duration

May 2010 till September 2011