Grundtvig Learner Workshop – March 2012
Learners in the CAD Books and Learning premises - 5th-9th March 2012
From 5th to 9th March we held a Learner Workshop entitled Active Citizenship, Volunteering and Active Ageing, What they mean to me? The Workshop was attended by 14 learners from 8 countries from across Europe (Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Spain and Turkey).
The aim of the week was to showcase how we approach the themes of Active Ageing, Citizenship and Volunteering in Dacorum, for each learner to share the experience from their local area and most importantly to learn from each other. The feedback from the learners details that we achieved these goals.
The week provided the opportunity to create good friendships. There was a collective commitment to helping others in society and to find ways to keep in touch and to continue to co-operate and mentor each other.
The programme showcased a number of activities which take place in Dacorum and included visiting or receiving presentations from:
- 3 Community Action Dacorum projects; Connect Dacorum, Paradise Furniture & Training Service and Shopmobility
- Volunteer Centre Dacorum
- Age UK Dacorum
- Centre in the Park
- Hertfordshire Library Service
Learners outside Tring Church - showcasing local heritage - 5th-9th March 2012
In addition the workshop covered learning how to promote community projects in the local media. The Editor of the Hemel Hempstead Gazette Newspaper, John Francis, gave advice on how to promote a story to local journalists. The learners prepared an interview on their impressions of Dacorum and their plans on being active in their community when they returned home. These were broadcast on Radio Dacorum.
The week concluded with Certificates of Attendance being presented by Richard Howitt MEP, who explained how the social themes of the workshop are important to the European Parliament and other European institutions. The themes link with the subject of European Years, which are:
We have received very positive feedback from our visitors - in particular they were impressed at the level and power of networks and partnerships within the Dacorum area. A selection of the comments received is shared below:
“As a young and "brand new" volunteer, seeing all you're doing in Hemel Hempstead is such an incentive to keep volunteering and working for the community. All along the week we've met extraordinary people who are doing a fantastic job "backstage", for the society” (Max from France)
Also I need to say thank you very much for this amazing workshop!!! It was so brilliant event what I ever been and I got so many useful information what I will use in my scout´s work and also (hopefully) in my professional life. (Josef from Czech Republic)
We are looking forward to hosting similar workshops. For more information on the study visit or other European Project activity please email Musarat Inayat.
We would like to thank the Lifelong Learning Programme Grundtvig Learner Workshop for the funding provided to enable the delivery of the course.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication 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.