Volunteers aged 50+ already make a huge contribution to our society across Europe but there are still barriers preventing them from volunteering. The Ciceron project wants to understand more about what these barriers are and use this insight to encourage older people to volunteer.
Research across Europe has revealed that many people over the age of 50 are socially isolated and don’t participate in cultural activities or in the civic life of their community. At the same time studies show that voluntary work can be an important determinant of physical and psychological well-being amongst older people.
The CICERON objectives:
- To research the barriers preventing over 50s from volunteering
- To understand and transfer European experience and good practice in assessing the informal skills and knowledge levels of potential volunteers
- To develop a system that recognises the life skills of people who have not necessarily gained official qualifications for these skills
- To identify necessary training for older volunteers
- To develop a tool that records informal skills and knowledge and maps these to relevant volunteering opportunities
- To ensure that the volunteering activity actually meets the personal objectives of the older volunteer by logging and reviewing targets and objectives
- To ensure that older people are made aware of all the learning opportunities available to them
- To transfer the resource and information developed to other organisations involved in Senior Volunteering
Who are we?
This consortium is led by The Foundation of Steelworkers (FTSI), Spain and also involves the following organisations:
- The Training Foundation (FFE), Spain
- Spanish Senior Technical Training (SECOT), Spain
- The Observatory for Life Long Learning Development, (ODIP), Romania
- Aspire-international, The UK Euroguidance Centre, UK
- The EEO Group, Management consultants, Greece
- The BEST Institute of Continuous Vocational Qualification Training and Personnel Training Ltd, Austria
CICERON is a ‘Grundtvig’ Adult Education project funded by the EUROPEAN COMMISSION within the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme. http://www.ciceronproject.eu/en/
The promotion of intergenerational learning is an important European priority.
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