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—— Training will happen from 11 to 18 November!! ——

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This training course will provide an opportunity to explore deeper the participation of LGBT young people in Europe, find project partners and improve LGBT young people´s participation at local and international level

OBJECTIVES:

  • To raise the knowledge of LGBT young person’s issues
  • To explore the challenges for LGBT young people
  • To build awareness of LGBT in your organisation
  • To share the experience and participation practices of your organisation
  • To find international partners
  • To develop international projects
  • To learn more about the funding possibilities of the Erasmus+ Programme.

METHODS:

Non-formal interactive methods: group work, theatre, discussion, sharing, workshops, exchange of experience, theory and practice, reflection

PROFILE OF ORGANISATIONS:

We are looking for partners who will send 1 or 2 participants who work with young people and who can integrate the learning into their practice and are willing and able to initiate Erasmus+ projects.

  • Willing to create LGBT awareness in their youth organisation
  • Ready to cooperate in an Erasmus+ Project
  • Want to learn more about the Erasmus+ programme
  • Are able to communicate in English

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“Moving through Mobility” Training Course

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09 – 14 May 2016, Balbriggan, Ireland.

This Training course was supported by the Léargas Irish National Agency for Youth in Action, together with the National Agencies of: Finland, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands and Spain.

INTRODUCTION

Key Action 1 (KA1) of the Erasmus+ Youth programme focuses on the learning mobility of individuals, both young people and youth workers/leaders. Young people have the opportunity to participate in youth-exchanges or to volunteer for a period up to one year in another country. Youth workers can take part in training and networking activities abroad or spend some time in a youth organisation abroad for a job shadowing or an observation.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

Programme Moving through Mobility

Programme Moving through Mobility

The aim of this international training course was to explore pathways for strategic progression of projects through the range of mobility activities available in KA1.

The training:

  • Helped organisations to discover the developmental opportunities for their young people, by using one activity within the action in order to prepare for the next.
  • Facilitated organisations to realise the potential for developing their international capacity by linking activities in Key Action 1.

Other areas covered were:

  • Linking organisational objectives with local and national policies and the priorities of Erasmus+ as the basis for future projects
  • Highlighting the importance of strong international partnerships with an emphasis on the learning to be gained from such partnerships
  • Supporting non-formal learning, including recognition of learning through Youthpass

Space was given to allow participants to develop links and share good practice with organisations present

PARTICIPANTS

Exploring future partnerships

Exploring future partnerships

Profile of participants:

  • The programme was designed for (youth) workers who represent youth organisations, local authorities, or work in local governments or other public institutions that have experience of activities under Key Action 1 (or mobility activities under the previous Youth in Action programme).

Participants were expected to:

  • Have experience of mobility projects as individuals and within their organisations
  • Have interest and the possibility within their organisation/group to apply for mobility projects after the seminar
  • Be able to communicate and work in English
  • Be at least 18 years’ old
  • Have experience of the Erasmus+ Youth programme and KA1 in particular

 

THE TEAM AND ORGANISERS OF THE SEMINAR

Farewell evening

Farewell evening

The seminar team was composed of two trainers/facilitators, one logistics person.

 

Trainers:

Bob McDougall is a British trainer and project manager living in Leeds, England, UK. He works on the NA training pool in the UK and has devised and delivered many courses internationally on a variety of subjects relating to youth. He is passionate about non-formal learning and is an expert in European Voluntary Service, specifically with an emphasis on inclusion, having coordinated hundreds of volunteers with high support needs. Bob is also a key trainer for the full EVS training cycle in England.

Mieke McMahon is Dutch, living in Clare, Ireland for the last 25 years. She is a free-lance trainer working for Léargas, the Irish NA, and for SALTO’s implementing training on specific Youth in Action topics and EVS trainings. She is active in the youth field within a small youth organisation, Fishbowl Youth, in the west of Ireland. She works together with young people; she supports and coaches them towards setting up their own projects and activities.

Logistics:

Alan McMahon is Irish and living in Co. Clare for the last 35 years and originally from Dublin. He works as a Housing Manager within the Social and Voluntary housing sector for the last 10 years. Alan has worked on a voluntary basis for several organizations over the years. He is a youth leader with Fishbowl and has been involved with Fishbowl Youth for many years.

Slideshow of the training course:

Some flipcharts:

 

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“360 SEMINAR FOR INTERNATIONAL YOUTH WORK TRAINERS”

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INTERNATIONAL YOUTH WORK TRAINERS BREAK NEW GROUND IN EAST CLARE

15 to 20 April – East Clare Golf Village

 Youth work trainers from across Europe and beyond, from twenty two different countries, arrived in East Clare to make the next step in their journey towards increased international cooperation.

The group originally met in Ireland in 2014 with the intention of establishing a guild (association) to represent their interests, improve quality and provide development opportunities. Now, two years on and after meetings in Budapest (Hungary) and Blackpool (UK) last year, they are about to launch a membership scheme inviting international colleagues to join them.

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During the week the International Youth Work Trainer Guild (IYWT Guild) piloted a technique of reflection and development as part of their process to ensure quality. This process is called a 360 appraisal in which trainers assess their own practice, while simultaneously being assessed by colleagues, participants and employers, all with the aim of identifying areas for development and honing their skills.

Also during their time here the Guild continued to work on the launch of their membership package, setting priorities for the next twelve months and looking at ways in which they can advocate for the trainer profession at a national and international level.

13040988_10154783164247501_9019279538791178219_oThe meeting was funded under by the EU’s Erasmus+ Programme through Léargas, the Irish National Agency, and was hosted by FishBowl Youth.

FishBowl Youth was founded in 2002 and works locally, nationally and has an established reputation for it’s international work.

Jonathan Bowyer, facilitator of the seminar, said: “The work that the International Youth Work Trainers (IYWT) Guild has been doing over the past two years is vital to ensure that the voices of trainers are heard at an international level and that professional standards are collectively developed to ensure quality.”

“The process that we went through during the week is one that will help the trainers to think about their own competences and identify areas of development for themselves with the help of their peers.”

Mieke McMahon, member of the IYWT steering group and of FishBowl Youth, added: “We were really pleased to be hosting he IYWT Guild team in Ireland once again for the next stage of the journey to form the Guild. The group have taken a needs-led approach and have themselves identified the priorities for their profession and, more importantly, how the Guild can be a way to achieve what is needed.”

“Not only was this meeting another milestone in the journey of the Guild, but it is fantastic that it happend here in East Clare and something that as a country we should be proud to be hosting.”

For more information about the International Youth Work Trainers guild visit:  www.iywt.org

For more information about facilitator Jonathan Bowyer visit www.viewfromhere.co.uk

NOTES:

  1. About International Youth Work Trainers (IYWT)
    The International Youth Work Trainers guild is an independent supportive community of trainers in the youth work sector that advocates on behalf of and contributes to each other’s professional development. Members aim to ensure defined quality standards in delivery of training activities. The guild endeavours to have a positive impact on Youth Policy and non-formal education as part of life-long learning at all levels within Europe and neighbouring regions. It will do this by communicating recommendations to decision makers and advocating on behalf of its members.
  2. The full list of participant countries is:
    Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Montenegro, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom.

3. Day by day reporthttps://iywtgroup.wordpress.com/category/ireland-2016/

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ReEnact training course

 

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On April the 3rd 2016 a group of 25 international youth workers and volunteer youth leaders met in the East Clare Golf village to partake in ReEnact, an EU; Erasmus + Youth in Action funded training course.

ReEnact was the second series of this unique training that focused on using nature based tools, authentic communication and theatre to empower the young people to develop their skills in enhanced communication, conflict resolution techniques, entrepreneurial thinking and active participation.

Understanding learning outcomes by using Youthpass

Understanding learning outcomes by using Youthpass

 

 

These topics were tackled and new methods were shared and learned over the short but intense 5-day we spent together as a multinational group from across Europe with participants travelling from Portugal, Armenia, Georgia, Lebanon, Estonia, Hungary, Turkey, Morocco, Italy, Czeck Republic, UK and Ireland.

 

 

 

The programme was divided up into different focus areas:

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Creating thresholds... Personal development inspired by nature

Creating thresholds… Personal development inspired by nature

a UK trainer took responsibility to facilitate the participants through a journey where they could reconnect with nature using varies tools such as the Threshold walk and the Mirror of Nature. Participants shared in their evaluation how powerful it was to just take the time to be alone in nature, an experience they will encourage their young people to share in.

 

 

 

Zita Szalai a competent trainer in supporting Authentic Communication guided the participants to understanding how to effectively encourage non-violent communication techniques.

Sophie Breuker a trainer based in Galway Ireland engaged participants with the tools and games of Theatre of the Oppressed, firstly image theatre and finally forum theatre. These methods flowed into detailed discussion of “how to empower young people in our local communities”.

Exploring image theatre for youth empowerment

Exploring image theatre for youth empowerment

 

 

 

 

A participant reflected: I could not have wished for better company. I loved the setting that we had our individual houses with lots of space to invite each other over and take the most out of our short time together… the people were so open and colourful.

 

Watch the movie: To find out more about how this training reached a successful conclusion by clicking on this link http://bit.ly/29IOpiB it really starts to get interesting from min 12. We were very happy to have our local TV programme Clare Matters come out to interview some of the participants, trainers and organisers in order to find out how we got on.

Check out our Non-Violent Communication Session: NVC Activity

Some more snapshots:

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“Lets talk about the EVS!” Training Course

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Training course in how to deal with conflict situations during the EVS project cycle

Aim:

The aim of the training course is to develop and enhance the ability of organisations to recognize and deal with conflict situations that can arise during the life cycle of European Voluntary Service (EVS).

The objectives:

  • To explore effective communication with (potential) volunteers, and between hosting and sending organisations.
  • To identify potential conflict situations in EVS and explore how they can be prevented.
  • To develop competences to prevent and deal with conflicts as they arise.

The training course is for EVS coordinators, mentors, and/or project workers.

The experience of the participants will be the starting point of the activities and we will explore potential conflict situations through theatre, discussions, group work and creative methods.

The training will be very practical and will support organisation to put a structure in place to prevent conflict in EVS.

Organizers:

Fishbowl Youth has many years of experience sending EVS volunteers and supporting other oganisations in implementing EVS projects.

The trainers have vast knowledge of all aspects of the EVS process from accrediting of projects to being an EVS volunteer and delivering On-Arrival and Mid-way training for EVS volunteers.

 

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“Dancing in the Streets” Youth Exchange

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This project was born out of a common passion for using dance and movement as a tool to work with young people which was identified during a Partnership Building Activity: “Building a Network of European Youth Trainers” in Ireland.

After our Finnish partner shared a video about dancing in the streets, we decided as a group that this would make a great theme for an exchange. While working on the project more people got involved and the group grew into the 4 partners that we now have.

This project seeks to meet the need to allow young people to find out who they are and how they fit in society. It was felt that through the overuse of technology many young people have lost the connection between themselves and their bodies and as youth workers and young leaders, we have seen how this has negatively impacted on young people’s body image and self esteem.

The Aim of the project: To explore and gain a greater understanding of ‘identity’ and ‘self’ through cultural collaboration in dance and movement.

Objectives: Explore and share how we understand who we are, along with the influences that shape our identity Experience and understand cultural differences and similarities through dance Gain a greater understanding of the importance of movement in the modern world and the messages these relay.

Partners from: Finland, Netherlands, UK and Ireland.

Each partner except Ireland sent 5 young people and 2 youth leaders – one of these youth leaders will be specialised in dance. Ireland sent 8 young people, 2 youth leaders and 2 support staff. The profile of the participants was truly mixed. The Finnish and the Irish group are from a very rural area, with no or very few facilities. The groups from the Netherlands and the UK are from small cities – participants had very mixed abilities in the area of dance, but also came from diverse social and economic backgrounds.

The programme incorporated non-formal workshops, discussions, individual work, movement and dance, peer reflection and support, with a final performance in the streets of Galway city.

The programme was intense, with many workshops. The workshops were movement/dance based, but also incorporated non-formal aspects.

The movement were used as a method to explore who we are, how we deal with things (life) and how we express ourselves.

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“Moving through Mobility” Training Course

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23-28 March 2015 | Balbriggan, Co Dublin, Ireland

The aim of this international training course is to explore pathways for strategic progression of projects through the range of mobility activities available in KA1.

What are ‘mobility’ projects?
Key Action 1 (KA1) of the Erasmus+ Youth programme focuses on learning mobility of individuals, both young people and youth workers/leaders. Young people have the opportunity to participate in youth-exchanges or to volunteer for a period up to one year in another country. Youth workers can take part in training and networking activities abroad or spend some time in a youth organisation abroad for a job shadowing or an observation.

What is the aim of the ‘Moving through Mobility’ training course?
The aim of this international training course is to explore pathways for strategic progression of projects through the range of mobility activities available in KA1.

The training will
• Help organisations to discover the developmental opportunities for their young people, by using one activity within the action in order to prepare for the next.
• Facilitate organisations to realise the potential for developing their international capacity by linking activities in Key Action 1.
Other areas to be covered are as follows:
• Linking organisational objectives with local and national policies and the priorities of Erasmus+ as the basis for future projects
• Highlighting the importance of strong international partnerships with an emphasis on the learning to be gained from such partnerships
• Supporting non-formal learning, including recognition of learning through Youthpass
• Space will be given to allow participants to develop links and share good practice with organisations present.

Profile of participants:
The programme is designed for (youth) workers who represent youth organisations, local authorities, or work in local governments or other public institutions that have experience of activities under Key Action 1 (or mobility activities under the previous Youth in Action programme).

Participants are expected to:
• Have experience of mobility projects as individuals and within their organisations
• Have interest and the possibility within their organisation/group to apply for mobility projects after the seminar
• Are able to communicate and work in English
• Are at least 18 years old
• Participants are expected to have experience of the Erasmus+ Youth programme and KA1 in particular

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“Lets talk about the unspoken!” Training Course

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Training course in how to deal with conflict situations in youth exchanges

The training course is for youth workers/leaders who have implemented youth exchanges and feel the need to improve their understanding and ability to deal with potential conflict that can arise.

DSC_0262Aim:

The aim of the training course is to develop and enhance the ability of youth workers/leaders to recognize and deal with conflict situations that can arise during the life cycle of youth exchanges

The objectives:

  • To explore effective communication before, during and after a youth exchange
  • To identify potential conflict situations and explore how they can be prevented.
  • To create understanding of theories and concepts of conflict resolution
  • To develop competences to implement tools and methods of conflict resolution

DSC_0354The experience of the participants will be the starting point of the activities and we will explore potential conflict situations through theatre, discussions, group work and creative methods.

The training will be very practical and one of the outcomes will be a publication on how to deal with conflict in the life cycle of youth exchanges

Organizers:

Fishbowl Youth has 10 years experience in organizing, implementing and participating in youth exchanges in and out of Europe.

We broad experience of all aspects and have over the years encountered various difficult and conflict situations. Experience has shown that dealing with these situations at an early stage can greatly improve the whole experience.

Some more photos:

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About Fishbowl Youth

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www.fishbowlyouth.org

Fishbowl is open again!Every Friday 7-10pm.Come along to hang out , play music or pool and whatever other ideas you can come up with:)
Fishbowl age range is 15yrs to 18yrs

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“Life Love Youthpass” Training Course

25-30 May 2014 | The Clare Inn, Co. Clare , Ireland

The Youthpass support person (mentor) plays a crucial role in the educational processes of volunteers, helping them to identify the personal learning objectives and recognising learning outcomes through dialogue and feedback.

Are you a Youthpass support person in EVS? Are you aware of educational processes within EVS? Do you know how to support Youthpass process? If any of these questions spark an interest then this training is for you…

The “Life Love Youthpass” training course aims at highlighting and enhancing the quality of the educational aspects within EVS. The focus will be on exploring Youthpass as a tool for learning and how to transfer the learning outcomes into the Key Competences of Youthpass.

The methodology used in this training will be based on experiential learning and non-formal education. Participants will explore but also experience these processes themselves during the training through reflection of learning and methodology like learning to learn (L2L) and self-directed learning (SDL).

Additionally, this training course encourages participants to share and exchange experiences and knowledge about their role as a Youthpass support person.

Objectives:
• To understand the concept of EVS as an educational programme and to discover the philosophy behind Youthpass.
• To explore the dimension of learning within EVS project and to connect it with non formal/informal and self-directed learning
• To develop competences on facilitating the learning process and on the self-assessment of learning outcomes in EVS
• To develop competences on the implementation of the Youthpass as a process, learning how to use it as tool for learning recognition
• To provide a clear understanding of the key competence within Youthpass
• To reflect on the role of the Youthpass support person regarding the learning of the EVS volunteer
Target Group
The training course is designed for participants who are:

• Directly involved in the supporting EVS volunteers (e.g. mentors and task-related support persons) on the hosting, sending and coordinating side,
• Experienced in supporting Youthpass in EVS,
• Able to work and communicate in English (working language!),
• Aged over 18 years
• Resident of the EU Programme Countries

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