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Elderly & Caregivers – Free online skills training on resilience & stress management | August 2016

Rich, innovative, up-to-date, online and free educational and training material is available for strengthening the skills of non-formal and informal caregivers, namely individuals providing care to the elderly either by profession or not. The full package of psycho-educational support and training on caregiving for the third and old age was developed in the frame of the European project “IESEC: Increasing Employability and Standards of Elderly Caregivers through Specialized Training and Innovative Empowerment” and is available online in 8 European languages

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Great participation and highly engaging and interactive discussion at the IESEC European Conference “Caregiving for the elderly” in Athens, Greece | May 2016

The IESEC project and its results were presented and warmly welcomed by around 84 participants in the European Conference “Caregiving for the elderly” that was held with great success and participation on 31st May 2016 within Meropion Philanthropic Foundation for elderly caregiving in Athens (Greece), organised by project partner SE knowl.
Project partners shared their expertise and initiatives and presented all project results in detail, while trainers and nurses attended the train-the-trainer sessions in the frame of the project shared their insights throughout the local trainings. Different but related practices, approaches and initiatives were also presented and discussed by experts in the field of caregiving for the elderly coming from Greece and Europe, policy makers, professors of higher education institutions, representatives of institutions and related stakeholders, and the open discussion with the audience straight after was highly engaging, fruitful and interactive. The event received overwhelmingly positive comments from the audience for the organization, the valuable content and interventions of added value.
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The 4th Consortium Meeting was held in Athens, Greece | 30 May 2016

IESEC project partners met again on 30 May 2016 in Athens, Greece, for the purposes of the 4th and final transnational meeting, hosted by project partner SE knowl. They discussed about several administrative and managerial issues raised throughout the last semester of the project as well as the quality assessment of several project outcomes. Next, partners in charge of implementing full medical and relational trainings in their countries shared their experience of transferability of the IESEC training material at local level and the high impact of these trainings on participants. The IESEC model of intervention was also thoroughly presented and partners exchanged ideas about how it can be adapted and transferred effectively in their countries. Close to the end of the meeting partners went through the project dissemination and sustainability as well as some organizational issues with regard to the IESEC Final Conference.




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The IESEC training course piloted with more than 60 caregivers for the elderly in six countries | April - May 2016

More than 60 family and professional caregivers attended the 80-hour medical and relational training offered for free and with great success by project partner organizations in Romania, UK, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Greece in March-April-May 2016. The training was appraised highly by the participants who characterized it as complete and very well organised. According to their testimonials, the content was valuable and appropriate for the participants’ needs, where the skills and knowledge of the trainers secured the succession of the training; it also helped them realise that caregiving is more than what they had in their mind and there are ways of making the process more effective and efficient for both caregivers and care receivers.


Press Release
European Conference – Strengthening the skills of caregivers for the elderly | April 2016

IESEC project key findings and outcomes, cultural pedagogical theater, practical tips and theoretical information will be presented at the European Conference «Caregiving for the Elderly» to be held by Social Enterprise Knowl Greek, on Tuesday, 31 May 2016, at 12.00 pm at the award-winning "MEROPEIO Foundation for the Elderly" in Athens, Greece (Dionissiou Aeropagitou 45). The event has been organised by Social Enterprise Knowl (Greece) in cooperation with all IESEC project partners.
Online registration required at http://www.iesec.eu/register.

Press release in EN (pdf)
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“To be a Care Receiver”: the second IESEC pedagogical video | March 2016

After the great success of our first video, the second pedagogical video “To be a Care Receiver” is now available! developed by iesec project partner tp-theatre, using cultural pedagogical tools.

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Free of charge, 10-day, medical and relational training for informal caregivers for the elderly in 6 countries | February 2016

Full medical and relational training will be offered for free to a minimum of 60 informal caregivers, namely individuals who provide care to the elderly, receive no payment and have no formal training. The training programmes, a full 5-day medical training and a full 5-day relational training, aim to provide informal caregivers with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to increase their efficiency, resilience and improve stress management. With the aim of enhancing knowledge transferability, two (2) real life videos based on Cultural Pedagogical Tools (CPT) will be presented during the trainings. With the aim of opening up a career prospect and opportunity to informal caregivers, the 10-day local trainings will be complemented by a specialised career guidance service providing participants with career information.

Press release in EN (pdf)
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Press release in TR (pdf)
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Press release in SE (pdf)

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“To be a Care Giver”: the first IESEC pedagogical video | February 2016

We are pleased to announce the release of the first pedagogical video of the IESEC project “To be a Care Giver”, developed by TP-Theatre, using Cultural Pedagogical Tools, with the purpose of to helping caregivers handle stress and carry out the role of caregiver in optimum emotional condition, based on the findings of the focus groups.

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The 3rd Consortium Meeting held in Florence, Italy | 22 & 23 October 2015

The 3rd IESEC Consortium Meeting was hosted in EDUCATORIO DI FULIGNO, Sala Chiesa, Florence (Italy), on 22 & 23 May 2015. All partners participated constructively to the meeting agreeing on project management issues and confirming the final version of the Framework (for the assessment, validation and recognition of informal and non-formal competences and skills concerning elderly caregiving) and the unified Curriculum on elderly caregiving fundamentals. IESEC partners also discussed the status of the project and the synopsis and script of second CPT video, exchanged ideas and suggestions regarding the model of intervention and the context of local trainings and scheduled next steps. Trainees attended the relational training in Florence were also delivered their attendance certificates.

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Relational Training for Ageing Specialists - Florence, Italy | 19 - 23 October 2015

A 5-day relational training took place in Florence, Italy, on 22 & 23 October 2015. The relational training was attended by 6 ageing specialists namely 1 from Romania, 1 from UK, 1 from Greece, 1 from Turkey, 1 from Portugal and 1 from Italy. Before the relational training, virtual sessions and an online training had been delivered to all participants through three 3-hour online sessions. Main issues addressed: supporting determining risk of older person to adverse outcomes; identifying the clinically deteriorating older person; managing common illnesses, challenging behaviours, anticipatory care planning; handling care management and case management; learning ways of coping with the stresses and strains of being a caregiver and reducing frustrations in the caregiving experience. For the Relational Training Schedule (EN) click here






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The 2nd Consortium Meeting held in Antrim, UK | 21 & 22 May 2015

The 2nd IESEC Consortium Meeting was hosted by CMA in Antrim (Northern Ireland // UK), on 21 & 22 May 2015. Partners discussed the dissemination activities and the Final Dissemination Conference in Athens, Greece, while the status of the framework and the curriculum on elderly caregiving fundamentals, the main chapters of the workbook elaborated so far and the schedule and results of the medical training in Antrim were presented. Moreover, the 7 trainees attended the 1st level medical training in Antrim from May 18th to May 22nd 2015 were awarded the attendance certificates and expressed their positive feedback on that 5-day course. Partners planned ahead for the next steps of the project, as well.












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Medical Training for Ageing Specialists – Antrim, UK | 18 - 22 May 2015

7 ageing specialists (1 from Romania, 1 from UK, 1 from Greece, 1 from Turkey, 1 from Portugal and 2 from Italy) were trained on medical treatments, caregiving strategies, long-term planning, behavioral challenges, successful ageing, and other related issues, during the 5-day medical training in Antrim, Northern Ireland (UK) from 18th to 22nd of May, 2015. For the Medical Training Schedule (EN) click here






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Focus Groups with informal and non-formal Caregivers for the Elderly in 8 partner countries | February 2015

84 informal and non-formal caregivers participated in the focus groups organized in 8 partner countries (Romania, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Turkey and Sweden) on February 2015, in the view of identifying their needs, emotions and conflictual circumstances when caring for the elderly, focusing on 4 main axes: “I’m not a care-giver... I’m family”, “Lack of support”, “Feelings of loss of identity as a person”, “Fear for the future”. The results derived from the focus groups will constitute the basis of the 2 pedagogical videos that will be developed by TPT association to help caregivers handle stress and carry out the role of caregiver in optimum emotional condition.




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Kick off Meeting – Gothenburg, Sweden | 1 & 2 December 2014

The IESEC project kicked-off in Gothenburg (Sweden) on 1 & 2 December 2014 kindly hosted by the project partner, TP-Teatern (TPT). Partners presented their organizations and the state-of-the-art of the elderly care giving system at country level, while the TP-Teatern team presented three Cultural Pedagogical Tools (CPT) that will be used for the purposes of the pedagogical videos. The main objectives and key-issues as well as the main tasks of the IESEC project had been also analyzed. Partners agreed on management issues and scheduled the next steps of the project.










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Local authorities and the Care Act: what lies ahead?

Councils are finding three areas particularly pressing. Workforce issues are key to implementation: councils will need to recruit and train more staff to cope with the demands of an ageing population. Central Bedfordshire council is using funding it has received for training and development to provide staff with safeguarding skills required by the Act…

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Health and social care systems

As the population of the Region ages, present models of health service delivery will become increasingly challenged. A package of well-coordinated and high-quality services will be needed, delivered by staff who are well prepared to address the specific needs and risk factors affecting older people. Informal care provided by family and friends will also need to be supported and improved to allow people with functional limitations to stay at home as long as possible…

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