Project Partners

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Merseyside Expanding Horizons Ltd (United Kingdom)

Merseyside Expanding Horizons Ltd brings together private and public sector agencies to promote and generate multi agency and cross sector working around key issues relevant to social inclusion and diversity. MEH has specialist expertise of working within a range of communities experiencing exclusion (thematic and geographical).  The organisation is recognised by public, private and voluntary sector bodies as a key influence in promoting social inclusion and diversity on Merseyside and has gathered a reputation as a competent and effective voluntary sector organisation.


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Social Innovation Fund (Lithuania)

The Social Innovation Fund is non-governmental organisation, established in 1994 and assisting unemployed and economically-disadvantaged women to make positive changes in their life through the provision of educational opportunities, social support, information and advice. SIF is the founder and co-ordinator of the non-formal Coalition of Lithuania NGOs for Advocacy on Women's Human Rights, which unites more than 60 women's NGOs in Lithuania. 



Bulgarian Development Agency (Bulgaria)

The Bulgarian Development Agency (BDA) is a non-profit association undertaking activities for public benefit. BDA has been established in Sofia, Bulgaria. The association aims to contribute to the regional development issues, as well to promote the democratic and integration processes in the society.


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Associazione Formazione 80 (Italy)

Associazione Formazione 80 is a non profit organisation established in 1984 by a group of researcher and adult education teachers. Their activity is focused on the design and implementation of projects of three main kinds: social and economical researches, elaboration and production of didactic materials/modules (in the field of adult education, lifelong learning and vocational training); actions favouring mobility of young adults into Europe and career guidance and job placement for unemployed people (young and adults) with particular attention for those having social, cultural and economical problems. 



Paritätisches Bildungswerk Landesverband Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V. (Germany)

PBW LV NRW e.V. is a NGO providing general and vocational programmes of further education. It is developing job-orientated courses, for employees/employers working in the social field, for e.g. children, young people, families, women, elderlies, handicapped, prisoners, migrants, refugees, home-less, addicts etc. The offer includes courses in social management, job-related counselling and therapy courses, special programmes for educators, social workers for the target groups mentioned above, and others.


Knockanrawley Resource Centre (Ireland)

Knockanrawley Resource Centre Ltd is a community development project based in the disadvantaged small rural town of Tipperary in the South east of Ireland. Their mission is to encourage, foster and empower people and groups in community to identify and make changes that enhance their lives and the community in general. 


Project Description

Informal Learning in Communities (ILiC)

Informal Learning in Communities is a two year Grundtvig Multilateral project Funded By the EU Lifelong Learning Programme.

The coordinator of the project - Merseyside Expanding Horizons - is working with colleagues from five European countries to investigate the use and validation of various informal and non-formal learning strategies within different “communities”. 

By “communities” are meant geographical communities e.g. a defined local area of deprivation, or a thematic community e.g. people with mental health issues.  Each partner will work with a different community and will investigate the use of various learning methods e.g. learning via peer mentoring, community networking, role models, intergenerational learning, and community participation.  By investigating the use of various forms of informal and non-formal learning within different communities, partners will share experiences and produce curriculum and learning materials to reflect the situation within different communities and countries. 

The project aims to produce innovative training modules for practitioners in the field of adult education wanting to develop and validate informal learning within communities. The final product (ILiC) will consist of a course workbook and accompanying DVD. The material will be translated into the language of our partner countries i.e. English, German, Italian, Bulgarian and Lithuanian. The impact will be to develop the capacity of practitioners to develop and deliver informal learning programmes within communities and to help remove barriers that prevent adults from engaging in learning.
We hope to increase the consideration and application of informal learning within communities by producing innovative training modules for practitioners in the field of adult learning wanting to develop and validate informal learning opportunities within communities. 

The training materials will be developed and tested across our European partnership and will be widely disseminated.  A final conference to highlight the results of the project will be held in Germany in October 2013.  

Role of the Bulgarian Development Agency:

Bulgarian Development Agency (BDA) will participate in all translational partnership activities and report on project implementation following the time-schedule and rules, set in the SLA; BDA will research the situation on the delivery and validation of informal learning within Bulgaria, produce a report and present the report at meeting  1.  BDA will contribute to all activities in WP3 leading to the development of the ILiC product e.g. tests (practitioners and in communities), filming, drafting, and translation. BDA will contribute to all activities in WP 4 and 5 e.g. contributing to the key contacts database, contributing to and distributing leaflets and e-newsletters; holding consultation events; commercialization. BDA will lead the monitoring and quality assurance and will provide information on their own performance; take action to improve any processes; participate in activities to disseminate key lessons from the external evaluation.