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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.

Did Budget 2020 Take Steps Towards a Fairer Society for an Ageing Population?

 

The Government's Budget 2020 choices did not include measures to address the inequalities faced by older people living in Ireland who are family members and contributors to our communities. Budget 2020 did not offer the majority of older people the support they need to meet the rising cost of living that is anticipated by the impacts of Brexit and it did not offer a concrete plan to support us to age in place.

 

Equality for older people requires the re-distribution of resources; power and influence; status and standing; and respect.  While the Government has increased some secondary benefits with the view to targeting people in the most vulnerable situations, which is a sensible approach, it has to be acknowledged that if people had adequate income to meet the true cost of ageing, they would be able to have choice over how to spend their money to best meet their specific needs.

The net affect of Budget 2020 on the income of older person headed households is;

  • Those under 80 and living with another person are €1.08 better off per week following Budget 2020 and have seen a weekly increase of €11.68 since 2009

 

  • For those under 80 and living alone, they are €6.08 better off per week following Budget 2020, and have seen a weekly increase of €20.48 on 2009 income

 

  • For those over 80 and living with another person, their weekly income has risen by €1.08 in Budget 2020, and €11.68 since 2009

 

  • For those over 80 and living alone, they are better off by €6.08 per week following Budget 2020, and €20.48 since 2009.

 

Some people who are over 80 are people in the most vulnerable situations in our society with no capacity to increase their income while dealing with the increasing cost of ageing. A person over 80, not living alone, received €1.08 per week to cope with Brexit, the carbon tax increase and the rising cost of living in 2020. It is on the backs of these people that our economy has been built: these are the same women and men who lived through the Marriage Bar, shouldered several recessions and are now dealing with the accumulated disadvantages. In working for equality, it is critical that we focus on equality of outcomes not just equality of opportunity.