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The ForAge Project

The ForAge Project (www.ForAgenetwork.eu) has been set up to communicate and share brilliant initiatives in Life Long learning across Europe.

Aim of the ForAge Project

ForAge aims to extend recognition of the value of learning for older people as a means of fostering inclusion, participation and intergenerational solidarity across European societies.

Background

Since the first European Year of Older People and Intergenerational Solidarity in 1993 there have been many pan European exchanges, projects, training events, seminars, programmes and networks concerned with learning in later life.  The numbers increased significantly with the Grundtvig programme proving impetus and funding for imaginative and innovative work across all of Europe.

The Challenge

There is now a rich tapestry of provision of education for older people across all of Europe, supported by a range of agencies, government departments, NGOs, and by older people themselves.

There is as yet no effective and on-going communication process to best share and learn from these experiences.  Networks, which tend to be thematic, have emerged but they do not always communicate outside their spheres of interest.

What The ForAge network is set up to do?

The ForAge network will contribute to an international research and evidence base for later-life learning by increasing access to innovative and progressive ideas emanating from Europe.  We aim to optimise the value of work in this field through the creation of an accessible archive of past projects, relevant policy and research, statistical evidence and examples of best practice.

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Objectives of Project

  • Production of reports, commentaries and discussion points on an interactive website or e-platform.
  • Direct lobbying of policy makers through regular informed written communications.
  • Annual conferences.
  • Priority themes pursued through working groups, e.g. to address the modest amount of data across Europe of participation in learning by people over the age of 64.
  • Recommendation reports that provide links between projects and promote collaboration and participation across disciplines, networks and partnerships such as technology, arts, heritage, employability, volunteering, health and social care.
  • Development of a pan-European glossary of terms that are used across various disciplines relevant to later-life learning, to enhance European cooperation, knowledge exchange and expansion.

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List of ForAge Project Partners:

  • Age Action Ireland - Dublin
  • University of Leicester - Leicester UK
  • Bia-net - Graz, Austria
  • Cyprus Adult Education Service- Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Finnish Adult Education Association- Helsinki, Finland
  • 50plus Hellas- Athens, Greece
  • Trebag Property & Management Ltd Budapest- Hungary
  • Lunaria- Rome, Italy
  • The Elephant Learning in Diversity Nijmegen-  Netherlands
  • PRO-MED - Gdansk, Poland
  • Aid-Learn- Lisbon, Portugal
  • IMB Domicilium - Brno, Czech Republic
  • Asociata EUROED - Bucharest, Romania
  • AEA - UK
  • MERIG (internal evaluation) - Graz, Austria
  • The Slovenian Third Age University Ljubljana -  Slovenia
  • University of Cordoba - Cordoba, Spain

Further Information

Find out more about this project by contacting Sam O'Brien-Olinger.

Contact Details

Contact: Sam O'Brien-Olinger

Age Action Ireland,
10a Grattan Crescent,
Dublin 8
Phone: +353 (01) 475 6989
Email: u3a@ageaction.ie

Website: www.ForAgenetwork.eu

Note: Links to external websites are included on this page. Age Action is not responsible for the contents of external websites.

Age Action Awarded Investing In Volunteers National Quality Standard

Age Action is delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Investing in Volunteers quality standard. Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is the national quality standard for good practice in volunteer management in Ireland.

The Investing in Volunteers standard assesses the organisation’s volunteering programme in six areas: vision for volunteering, planning for volunteers, volunteer inclusion, recruiting and welcoming volunteers, supporting volunteers, and valuing and developing volunteers. As part of the process, we completed a self-assessment of our volunteering programme, and with the assistance of an Investing in Volunteers mentor, we then put together an improvement plan. Over the course of the assessment forty of our volunteers were interviewed as well as staff and board members.

Every year, hundreds of people volunteer with Age Action in our Getting Started digital literacy programme, and with our Care and Repair DIY Service. We would like to thank all of our wonderful volunteers who bring their time, energy and skills to Age Action and are the reason that our volunteering programme is so impactful. Volunteers are at the heart of our programmes and services at Age Action and without our volunteers we couldn’t fulfil our mission to support older people to live full and independent lives. Achieving the Investing in Volunteers quality standard shows our commitment to providing an experience that reflects how much we value our volunteers.

Here’s what some of our Volunteers said as part of the process:

‘I’ve gained a lot of skills from volunteering.  It has built my confidence in teamworking and communication.’

‘It keeps me active being able to help people and improve their quality of life’. 

‘I think they’ve got it just right with the amount of information to keep you in touch.  The monthly newsletter let’s you see what’s going on”.

“Emails keep you informed.  They are very willing to take suggestions on board, they encourage you to give them feedback’.

Going through the Investing in Volunteers process has helped us to review and improve our volunteering programme in its entirety, from how we recruit, train and support volunteers, to how we communicate with and involve our volunteers at all levels of the organisation. As we celebrate achieving the standard, we reiterate our commitment to providing the best possible volunteering experience for our volunteers who make an incredible difference in the lives of those older people we serve.