European Cooperation Projects
Since 2011 we have participated in a number of projects, financed by the European Commission, that have looked to share good prqactice in a number of areas where charitable or social enterprise organisations (i.e. Civil Society sector) are key to supporting needs of local people.
At present we are involved in two such projects - one around 'burn out' of staff working in the the Civil Society sector, and the other exploring career opportunities for younger people in green industries (with a focus on eco-architecture.) These are both small scale projects, financed through the EU ERASMUS+ Programme.
Further information on these projects will be published here shortly.
We have also completed a number of projects with partners from Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden covering topics such as:
- Community engagement in planning
- Older persons' health services
- Social entrepreneurship skills development
- Younger persons' career options in the civil society sector
All projects undertaken have given people working or volunteering in Kent-based civil society organisations opportunities to share learning with those engaged in siimilar fields in project partner countries, with the aim of improving working methods where necessary.
The European Certificate in Community Enterprise is a vocational qualification parnership project involving organisations from France, Spain, Sweden and the UK. The project has sought to develop the vocational qualification in order to deliver on two objectives:
Rural Kent is a junior partner in the project; the lead UK partner is Social Enterprise Kent.
Further information on the project is available at http://sekgroup.org.uk/european-certificate-of-community-enterprise-ecce/
The interest on mental health have been increasing in the last few years at international level. In 2005 the World Health Organization divulged the Mental Health Declaration for Europe as a result of the Ministerial Conference in Helsinki that year. Following this milestone, the European Union initiated a series of responses to address this area, such as the publication of “Green Paper: Improving the mental health of the population. Towards a strategy on mental health for the European Union” in 2005, the manual “Mental Health Policy and Practice across Europe. The future direction of mental health care”, published in 2007, and the “European Pact for Mental Health and Well-Being” in 2008.
Conclusions are drawn through these manifestations at European level, such as lack of support to mental health in general, lack of interventions and solutions, the need to tackle stigma and discrimination, and the need for designing training programmes to create a sufficient and competent multidisciplinary workforce.
Taking these circumstances into account along with the priorities of the European Union, the main goal of Mentalprac project “Training for practitioners who work with people with severe mental disorder” is to improve the support for people with severe mental disorders through an increase of skills of mental health care workers.
The specific objectives are:
- Filling the gap of lack of specific formal training of social and health care professionals who support the particular group of people with severe mental disorders.
- Enhancing knowledge and skills of professionals with low or medium qualification caring for people with severe mental disorder, as well as preventing burnout.
- Disseminating training materials for workers in the mental health care environment, and in particular those who work with people with severe mental disorders.
- Raising awareness of specific support needs required by people with severe mental disorders and the importance of training professionals who work with them.
- Fundación Diagrama Intervención Psicosocial (España).
- Action with Communities in Rural Kent (Reino Unido).
- Catching Lives (Reino Unido).
- Groep Ubuntu (Bélgica).
- Diagrama gGmbH (Alemania).