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Database: At17

Created On Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:14 By José Jesús Delgado


ID Code (e. g. HU1):
At17
1 – MIND/MENTAL FITNESS/MENTAL WELLBEING/MEMORY/COGNITIVE TRAINING PROGRAM / SERVICE /
ACTIVITIY NAME (IN NATIONAL LANGUAGE):
Senior-Guides – Informelles Lernen im Alter
ENGLISH TRANSLATION: Senior-Guides - Informal learning in later life
URL
http://www.senior-guides.eu/
LANGUAGE English, German, Italian, Lithuania
AUTHOR
not defined

2 - CONTACT DATA AND TYPE OF ORGANIZATION
ORGANIZATION (NAME):
queraum. Kultur- und Sozialforschung
ORGANIZATION (URL):
www.queraum.org
COUNTRY:
Austria
TYPE (SME, Company, Community Centre, Health Centre, Educational Centre, Foundation,
Municipality, governmental institution, etc):
Research and development association
ADDRESS:
Obere Donaustr. 59/7a, A-1020 Vienna
TELEPHONE: N/A
E-MAIL: Antia Rappauer (Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Tel: +43-1-958 09 11)
  Private  
  In this case, please indicate the territorial
scope of the organization:
National

3 - TARGET POPULATION
Age range:
From: N/A to N/A years Not defined
Older than: N/A years  
Gender: Unisex
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:
The training addresses older people who are interested in helping others, passing on information, developing and realising their own project idea. People interested in the training need, basic literacy, basic ITC skills, good communication skills. The training focus is on presentation skills, communication skills, analysis skills, networking, research, time management.

4 - CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MIND FITNESS PROGRAM / SERVICE / ACTIVITY (NB: Should the program, service or activity be included into more than one category, please select the most representative category for that PSA. But, REMEMBER: THE PSA MUST BE SELECTED ONLY IN CASE THAT MENTAL FITNESS / MENTAL WELLBEING IS INCLUDED IN ITS GENERAL AIMS OR GOALS. IF NOT, YOU SHOULD NOT SELECT IT. The characteristics below are the means, not the goal)
Enhancing community participation, Providing opportunities for learning and studying, Providing opportunities for creative activities
Other: N/A
COST FOR PARTICIPATION, FEES (in Euros):N/A N/A Not defined
(EXPECTED) DURATION OF THE Programme/Service/Activity: N/A
Begin (Month/Year, e. g. 02/2012):N/A
End (Month/Year, e. g. 02/2012):N/A or Number of weeks:N/A
Number of units:4 moduls between 2-3 days each
Hours per unit:64

5 - PROGRAM / SERVICE / ACTIVITY PURPOSES
Senior-guides was a project of the Leonardo da Vinci programme (2007-2013). Based on former project results “from isolation to inclusion” and “Senempower” the aim of senior-guides was to train older volunteers for information tours for older people (multiplicator training) about existing services and measures in their community and to activate for their own active involvement.

6 - RESOURCES
a.- Which materials were used?
For each module several activities are outlined and described by time, resources needed, aims, how to run the activity and how to reflect/evaluate the activity:
• Activity 1-14 within module 1: The senior guides onion I, Who are you? The time line. Quotes. Power point presentation, Different roles of guides, Three chairs, Guided Mediation, The market place I, Preparation of study circle I, A letter to myself, Partner Interview, Formation of sculptures, Anagrams with names.
• Activity 1-10 within module 2: Film title, Team posters, Ship’s crew, Market place II, Presentation project management, stakeholder analysis, preparation of study circle II, How does organisation work? House building
• Activity 1-8 within module 3: Weather report, Exchange groups, External experts, Research labs, Senior-friendly communication, Tour planning – Action plan, Preparation of study circle III, Count up to twenty.
• Activity 1-5 within module 4: Rating, The senior-guides onion II, Where do we go from here? The Fisherman, The circle of experience.
b.- Who conducted the program / service activity? (What role, what qualifications, etc.)
The project Senior-Guides was conducted by the research association queraum. Kultur- und sozialforschung in cooperation with partner organisations from Austria, UK, Germany, Italy and Lithuania. The trainers were qualified educators in adult education and had special qualifications in communication, presentation, moderation and project management techniques plus provided theoretical and practical knowledge and skills concerning the participating projects with experience in working with seniors.

7 - METHODOLOGY USED (presentations, pair work, group work, peers, mentors, blended
learning, e-learning, etc.)
Seniorguides used a range of methodologies in order to give knowledge and skills to older learners. Methods were bases on the principle that older learners can participate with their experiences and knowledge actively (eg good and bad experiences) and to foster exchange of it. Older people learn which the most suitable methods for their own initiatives are.
The training itself is learner-oriented, partly self-organised and it offers many situations for experiential learning. The course participants are the main resource trainers will work with. One of the most important issues of the training is empowering the group of learners to form their own self-organised “study circles”: Because groups are stronger than single individuals the focus of the training aims to empower small groups (4-5 people). An integral part of the course are the “study circles”; self-organised “circles of interest” that meet between classroom modules. A learning vehicle in the non-formal adult education initiatives of Nikolai Grundtvig. Study circles are typically created by people who share common interests; there is no trainer or teacher, but one member usually acts as a facilitator to keep the exchange flowing and makes sure that everyone has an opportunity to get involved.

mentoring, conversations with senior citizens sharing their life experience.

8 - PROGRAM / SERVICE / ACTIVITY SUMMARY DESCRIPTION
To reach the project aims a course curriculum was developed with regional exerts, beneficiaries and stakeholders. In the training older volunteers learn how they can organise, advertise and conduct information tours. The 4 classroom modules in the curriculum are (NB: testing phase/study circle 3 and Module 4 relates to the implementation of initiatives):
• Module 1: Introduction, empowerment, collection of subjects: Socialising and introduction to project, reflection of life experience & life roles, development of role profiles for guiding, group forming & preparation of Exploration Phase & Study Circle 1.
• Module 2: Specification of tour subjects and acquirement of specific competencies I: Team work, description and presentation of project ideas, steps towards a project, contact and networking with potential cooperation partners, preparation of Development Phase & Study Circle 2.
• Module 3: Acquirement of specific competencies II: Public relations, marketing, communication, advice/guidance for seniors.
• Module 4: Reflection, exchange and future perspectives: Presentation, discussion of experiences, follow-ups and requirements of Senior-Guides for their future work?

The 3 self-organised learning and coaching included: Exploration phase and study circles 1: Field research, e.g. social services, structure of community, potential cooperation partners, further development of tour ideas. EP & SC 2: Further development of tours, contact and networking with potential cooperation partners. EP & SC 3: Testing of guided tours, exchange of groups, reflection & amendment of tour-concepts.

The curriculum describes each of the modules by time, learning outcome, rationale, resources needed, how to run and reflect/evaluate several activities. In addition each study circle is described also by time, learning outcome, rationale.

9 - ADDITIONAL COMMENTS / CONCLUSIONS / RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OUR
MATERIAL/COURSE
N/A

10 - RELATED REFERENCES (BIBLIOGRAPHY AND/OR INTERNET LINKS)

N/A

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