The Wow Partnership Kick-0ff meeting was held in Lancaster with partners from UK x 2, Sweden, Italy, Turkey, Lithuania and Germany. The Grundtvig WOW Partnership intends to develop inter-generational interaction between elderly people and young adults at risk of disaffection within lifelong learning. Its also an attempt to promote basic IT literacy amongst elderly learners. Developing self confidence, communication skills and citizenship ‘soft skills’ amongst young adults should help to embed a positive inter-generational culture within local communities too!
Monday started with a meet the partners session and introductions of each others organisations and and the project focus. We had a lunch provided by catering students of LMC with a tour of the facilities on site. LMC has younger learners that will work along with older people sharing experiences and expertise when using computers and online facilities.
The evening was a intercultural affair with a lovely traditional English meal at the Borough in Lancaster.
Tuesday saw Help Direct host the meeting inside Lancaster Town Hall with a traditional lunch in the committee room.
Help Direct will take part in the transnational visits and have access to older learners for the project. The Deputy Mayor showed the guests around the Town Hall and its treasures including the famour circular Gillow Table and special occassional robes.
All partner are looking forwards to the next meetings and sessions in Vaxjo, Sweden in March which is incidentally a Twin City of Lancaster...