Photo with IQM 4 Social Inclusion partner. (Kilcooley Women’s Centre, ACDC, Teleorman, OZ ZIPs and ALV)
We are currently recruiting potential learners who would like to participate at this project for the training which would result in getting the EU standard of Mentoring qualification. For more information and apply for this position, please contact us on email : Volunteers@kaleidoscopeenterprise.org.uk
Kaleidoscope, Hatfield-based organisation has won fiercely contested Erasmus+ (EU) funding to support work with socially disadvantaged people
Kaleidoscope staff and volunteers with Richard Howitt, MEP (centre) and European third sector colleagues – Hatfield 2013
Kaleidoscope Enterprise, in partnership with 5 other European Union organisations has been successful for the third year running in securing European Union (EU) funding this time through the Erasmus+ programme. The organisation is best known for organising the popular annual Kaleidoscope festival in Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City which aimed to bring people of diverse backgrounds together and to promote social cohesion. In 2012, the highly challenging financial environment for charities forced the suspension of the festival and in its place the charity has developed other activity to achieve its aims around social cohesion, diversity and equality of opportunity for all.
The “Innovative Quality Mentoring for Social Inclusion” project will help Kaleidoscope achieve its aims by “offering lifelong learning benefits to poorly educated and low skilled people in the Hertfordshire community by developing community mentors to work with them. Transnational meetings/trainings will develop mentors’ competences to deal with diversified groups of learners, making use of new technologies and teaching outcomes.”
Between 2013 and 2015, Kaleidoscope involved over 100 members of the local UK community in learning exchange meetings and receptions with foreign charities and institutions. These organisations worked with adults with mental and physical disabilities, young mothers, homeless women and children, the rural poor and Roma gypsy communities. The success of these international adult learning initiatives led to the creation of the new Erasmus+ strategic project “Innovative Quality Mentoring for Social Inclusion”
The project will also contribute to improving and extending the offer of high quality learning opportunities to individual mentors including through innovative ways to outreach.
Erasmus+ is the European Union’s (EU) programme for education, training, youth and sport, with the EU committing £12 billion to the programme between 2014 and 2020. In the UK, the programme is managed by the Erasmus+ UK National Agency, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK.
By 2020 it is expected that over 800,000 education and training staff and youth workers will teach or train abroad across Europe with Erasmus+. Projects provide opportunities for learners and staff to improve their skills, enhance their employability and gain cultural awareness. Erasmus+ aims to offer long lasting benefits to both the participants and the organisations involved.
Erasmus+ enables adult education organisations to provide teaching and training assignments abroad for staff, to exchange modern European adult education practices and supports professional development opportunities.
Moreen Pascal, EU Project Manager for Kaleidoscope Enterprise said: “We are honored to promote this unique opportunity to local people who want to make a difference to others who are less privileged while also equipping themselves with an exciting qualification and new knowledge and skills,”
“We hope that stakeholders at the regional, county and local level will recognise the unique nature of this opportunity and get behind us as local councillors Maureen Cook, Michal Siewniak and Lynne Sparks and MEP Richard Howitt did in the previous projects.”
Between March 2016 and March 2017, Kaleidoscope will be recruiting UK volunteers to be trained both in Hatfield and abroad in joint programmes as European Union accredited community mentors and welcomes applications NOW!
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Innovative Quality Mentoring for Social Inclusion Project!
1. We are delighted to inform you that the projects Kaleidoscope (Staff and Mentors/Hatfield, UK delegates) participated in were both positively evaluated by the National Agency. Thank you for contributing to the success of the projects :-D!!.
2. The second piece of news is that the Community Mentoring for Social Inclusion Partnership which was led by Kaleidoscope and included partners from NI, Turkey, Romania (2) and Slovakia have been successful in a new project bid under the Erasmus+ funding with Northern Ireland as the lead partners. We are delighted as only 1 in less than 3 UK Erasmus+ application are successful. The new project still features mentoring but will see each partner training upto 20 mentors to a shared EU accredited standard and training meetings will begin in October through to March.from October share across countries.
Seeking for participants/Community Mentor for our
NEW EU Project!!
We like past participants/applicants to be the first to know so if you are interested and can commit 5days abroad sometime between October 2016 and March 2017 and 15 month’s of mentoring activity/volunteering (3 -4 hours a week) to Kaleidoscope (April 2016 to July2017), also anyone who is new and keen to participating at this project, please respond ASAP and register now!
Please stay up to date via our facebook page and website:-)
Our recent launch of the new Erasmus+ IQM 4 Social Inclusion Project was publicised by the lead coordinating organisation, (Kilcooley Women’s Centre), Bangor, Northern Ireland, UK ‘s local news paper, County Down Spectator on 24th December2015
Come4Social Inclusion and Reintegration of School Age Mothers Into the Education SystemProjects
Previous activities include coordinating and developing our two European Union (EU) Partnership Projects officially came to an end of 31st July 2015, it’s our pleasure to announce however, that the previous partnership on Come4Social Inclusion Project will continue to work together under the Erasmus+ programme !
End of EU Projects Celebration Event 30thJuly2015
End of EU Projects Celebration Event was held on 30thJuly15 (with Former Mayor of Hatfield, Cllr. Howard Morgan & Cllr. Michal Siewniak. EU Projects Learners,Staff and Directors)