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Nature for Care, Care for Nature. Instrument to stimulate social cohesion
Start date: Dec 1, 2010,

Society today pays more and more attention to (the lack of) social cohesion. Elderly people often don't feel comfortable and don't go out on a regular basis. At the same time involvement of youth in their own communities is declining. Schools, community centres, social workers, organizations for elderly people, are looking for means to enlarge the involvement in the own neighbourhood. Often they only work just for their own target groups. Nature for Care (NFC-CFN) offers an important means to improve social cohesion by bringing different groups together on an inspiring and relevant subject: nature.In the evaluation of a Dutch experimental project the NL Trimbos institute concluded to be impressed by the effects old and young had on each other both on welfare for the elderly as on education and involvement of young citizens.On a European level NFC-CFN provides natural or environmental activities as an excellent opportunity to bring together children (primary schools) and elderly people (living in care centres or retirement homes), by organizing intergenerational activities.NFC-CFN encompasses on: - Stimulating social cohesion in neighbourhoods- Extensive trainingprograms for activity instructors, carers, volunteers, teachers- A roadmap to connect the targetgroups- Out of the classroom activities for schools- Broad cooperation (school, care, educational organizations, social work, volunteers)- Development and performance of intergenerational activities- Contribution to welfare for elderly- Educational value for childrenThe project will deliver:- Set up project by international project-team- Build up local team, work out activities in own language- Tryouts and evaluation activities - Selection best practices for the roadmap. extensive training programs- Development website in EN, NL, CZ, HU, BG- Extensive trainingprograms (schools, activity instructor, carers, volunteers)- dissemination and exploitation plan, including networks Twitter/LinkedIn
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