Background and target groups
- Europe is facing the biggest migrational crisis since the end of World War II: never before have so many people fled political persecution and war as today.
- At the same time, EU countries encounter the challenge of an aging population, with the number of elderly people growing steadily in relation to the working-age population.
- However, many of the retired Europeans still have potential if not to stay in the workforce, then to contribute to the society in many other ways, such as active citizenship and volunteering.
To solve these critical challenges the project addresses two main target groups:
- Elderly people
- Migrants and refugees
The project is aimed at fostering the development of social, civic, intercultural, volunteering competences by providing representatives of both target groups with unique opportunities to integrate and reintegrate into the society, and at the same time providing mutual support to each other and to the society.
Main goals of the project
- to contribute to the successful integration of migrants and/or refugees into the host societies with the help of seniors
- to tackle the social exclusion of older people through volunteering services to migrants
To accomplish the project goals the partners will undertake the following objectives
- strengthening senior volunteers’ active citizenship and volunteering skills through training based on the training programme developed by the partnership
- enhancing host country language learning and the orientation process of migrants/refugees through the provision of a developed social and civic integration tool–guide for migrants (App) as well as offering teaching/ mentoring support by the trained senior volunteers
- raising public awareness on the issues related to migration and aging societies
Soros International House (project coordinator), Lithuania
Medardo Coboto Treciojo Amziaus Universitetas, Lithuania
ifa Akademie, Germany
Anmiro Oy, Finland
GSVO 95, France
SVMI Kick Off meeting was held in Vaureal, France (30 November - 1 December, 2017)
On November 30 – December 1 a kick-off meeting of Erasmus+ KA2 project „Senior Volunteers for Migrant Integration“( www.seniors4migrants.eu) was organized in Vaureal, France. There are 6 partners from 5 different countries participating in this project:
- GSVO95, France
- DIAN, Greece
- MCTAU, Lithuania
- SIH, Lithuania
- iFa, Germany
- Anmiro OY, Finland
The director Daiva Malinauskiene, projects manager Guste Ilgunaite and accountant Elvyra Mikeleviciene participated in the Kick Off meeting on behalf of Soros International House.
During the meeting, all the main aspects of the projects were discussed – financial issues, risk management, Intellectual Outputs and projects timetable. Moreover, all the partners had a chance to meet new colleagues and present each other’s work and institutions.
Besides, during a self-presentation session eveybody had a good opportunity to talk about other projects they are involved in. SIH represesntatives presented activities and results of ePublisher, Tales@Home, Parents4All, Seniors On-line and other projects they are being implemented at the moment or have just finished. ifa Akademie had brief presentations of MAV and WEMIN and is also partner of Parents4All.
2nd Transnational Partner Meeting in Stuttgart
On April 26-27, 2018 the project partners from Lithuania, Germany, Greece, Finland and France gathered in Stuttgart for the second project meeting to discuss the progress and to outline the next steps.
At the beginning, the partners presented the results from the meetings with senior organisations in their countries, reflected on the results from the needs analysis of senior volunteers, and reviewed the developed draft version of the first intellectual output of the project – the training programme, which soon will be tested by the selected trainers in each partner country, and later piloted by senior volunteers. Then the partners shared their opinions on the development of training material, agreed on its guidelines and upcoming activities.
During the meeting, all the main aspects of the project were discussed as well – financial and reporting issues, risk management, internal evaluation and communication, as well as the next steps of the project implementation.
3. Partner meeting in Athens
The third meeting focused on the evaluation of the piloting experience of the project partners. The teaching and learning material of SVMI (IO2) has been tested in all countries with four to five modules. In total, well over 60 seniors took part in the trials. Overall, the pilots were rated well. The results were that the materials had to be cut, the number of hours should be slightly reduced and the design should be made more attractive.
The SVMI materials are a good foundation for adult education trainers. The program is designed to encourage volunteers as a senior or senior citizen working with migrants.
In a second step, the SVMI app to be developed was presented at the 3rd meeting. It should later contain parts of the materials and be available in all partner languages. Again, the special needs of older people must be taken into account. In addition, the SVMI conferences that followed in 2019 were discussed in all partner countries.
SVMI project output and results will be:
- Project website.
- Methodology and a 20 hour training programme consisting of 5 modules for senior volunteers providing support for migrant and refugee integration.
- Training material for teaching senior volunteers.
- Social and civic integration tool – guide for migrants and refugees in App format available for free download: helping them to acquire basic knowledge and understanding about the host country's sociocultural life; containing a basic conversation kit with animation in partner languages and English.
- Exploitation – contact seminars in each partner country to demonstrate the practical use of a Mobile application (App) and the senior volunteers’ training program to relevant stakeholders and to establish a connection between service providers - trained senior volunteers and potential "clients"- migrants and/or refugees as well as representatives of organizations providing services for migrants.
- Final international conference for representatives of the organisations working in the field of refugee and migrant integration, civic society, active aging, education:
a) The keynote speakers will be invited to share their experience on the situation related to volunteering and migrant integration on EU level.
b) The trainers involved in the testing of the programme and the material will run practical workshops for representatives from education institutions.
c) Senior volunteers will be invited to reflect upon their experience in establishing contacts with migrants and refugees in their countries.
Contact in Germany
ifa Akademie gGmbH
Tel.: +49 711 2225 265
Contact persons are Martin Kilgus and Jelena Nitsch.
In Lithuania, you may contact the project coordinator:
SIH - Soros International House
Konstitucijos pr. 23, A korp., 3A,
Informacija tel. (+370 5) 272 4879,
mob. (+370) 600 20636
faks.(+370 5) 272 4839
El. paštas: firstname.lastname@example.org