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Break down or break out! (BDBO)


Official website: http://break.riversideinnovationcentre.co.uk/

Timespan:
1st September 2014 – 31st August 2016

 

Short description (5-6 lines)
The ‘Break Down, Break Out’ project aims to demonstrate and document how new learning strategies for long-term unemployed can empower them to take action. These low qualified Europeans are hit the hardest from economic pressures and this process provides simple and practice based guidance.
The project is based on a simple methodology cycle, interfacing directly with the Community and named OBAMA

  • Orientation
  • Briefing
  • Ability
  • Meeting and Action

The process is ongoing and iterative through a variety of themes, actions and initiatives, through which it will create a spiral of increasing capacity to act among the adults. By earning through acting in the community, the adults can become subjects of change instead of objects of change.

Flagship outcomes

  • Breaking out virtual platform including all guidance and counselling materials
  • OBAMA community action Guide
  • Breaking News - thematic appetizers
  • ‘Breakin’ on’ virtual guidance services
  • Video documentation
  • Policy paper on support measures
  • Local Breaking Out workshops
  • Final celebrations linked to virtual guidance services
  • Validation of mentoring competences
  • EACEA – Empowered Adults Conducting Empowerment of Adults

Activities
The 2 years Strategic Partnership foresees 3 main phases based on the four step circular methodology: OBAMA.

Community Orientation
Community Briefing
Community Ability/empowerment
Community Meeting and Action

Year 1: Breaking down...
Phase 1  (3 months)

  • Basing the interventions on the real life and work situation of the long-term unemployed, along with creating a mutual platform of understanding among partners and collaborators
  • Process documentation and creative media
  • Basic OBAMA guidelines
  • Local workshop

Phase 2 – OBAMA first approach (3 months)

  • Practicing the community learning circle and empowerment spiral at introductory level
  • Process documentation and creative media
  • Preparing the virtual platform for the second year virtual guidance and counselling BREAKIN’ ON services

Phase 3 – OBAMA second approach (4 months)

  • Practicing the community learning circle and empowerment spiral at full level
  • Process documentation and creative media
  • Preparing the virtual platform for the second year virtual guidance and counselling BREAKIN’ ON services
  • Local workshop

Year 1/ Year 2: Or…
Phase 4 – An in-depth and critical collective reflection phase (2 months)

  • The reflection phase will invite interested adults to mentor the new groups of unemployed adults working with the project in the second year

Year 2: Breaking out…

  • In the second year the project will involve new groups of unemployed adults, this time including a number of adult mentors from the first year. The breaking out… year will involve the first year adults in mentoring, supporting and guiding new groups of long-term unemployed adults from breaking down to breaking out. The OBAMA circular approach will be repeated at higher and higher levels along the year, whenever a challenge and opportunity is identified.
  • Phase 5 – OBAMAplus first approach (4 months)
  • Practicing the community learning circle and empowerment spiral at introductory level – with new groups of long-term unemployed adults and mentored by adults trained through the first year
  • Offering virtual guidance and counselling to interested adult education and labour markets stakeholders across Europe, actively involving the adults trained in the first year
  • Extensive final evaluation of the OBAMA activities and the virtual guidance and counselling services
  • Process documentation and creative media
  • Practicing the virtual guidance and counselling BREAKIN’ ON services
  • Local workshop
  • Final total evaluation of OBAMA activities and BREAKIN’ ON services

 

Phase 7 – This is how we did it! – Final outcomes and sharing (3 months)

  • Final outcomes production and publishing

Photo gallery
International events:

Local workshops

Video gallery

Partners
Lead partner

  • UNIVERSITY OF CHESTER, United Kingdom

Other partners
Implementing partners:

  • Association of Local Democracy Agencies – ALDA, France
  • Asociatia de Studii Socio-Economice, Romania
  • Asociatia Fantom, Romania
  • Fondazione Risorsa Donna, Italy
  • European Grants International Academy Srls Unipersonale, Italy
  • HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO, FInland
  • CAMARA OFICIAL DE COMERCIO E INDUSTRIA DE SABADELL, Spain
  • The Multi-Disciplinary Center, Israel

For more information, please contact:
Aldo Xhani,
Active Citizenship Project Coordinator
Email: aldo.xhani@aldaintranet.org
Tel: +32 497 37 10 11
 

Outputs of the project:

Break out work program in short
Project Guide
What does social innovation mean?
Change your mind!
Taking action in the communit

 

 


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