YoungCare

YoungCare

Client / Funding programme:

ERASMUS+, KA220-ADU – Cooperation partnerships in adult education 2022

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Start and end dates:
01-12-2022 – 31/05/2025

AFEdemy role in the project:

AFEdemy’s task in the YoungCare project is to create an  E-learning platform that will support both younger people in need of care and their carers by providing them with valuable low-threshold information. The learning platform will provide specific information on the situation in the different partner countries as well as on the different problems that younger adults in need of care experience in the areas of housing and living / leisure and mobility / participation and networking and care and support. In addition, AFEdemy will develop a workshop curriculum, to ensure that the information provided can be shared with groups in different educational settings, and thus the impact of the project can be increased.

☐ Coordination
Research
☐ Training
Curriculum development
e-Learning Platform
☐ Networking
Policy recommendation
☐ Sustainability

Description

The particular wants and needs of younger people in need of care are often not sufficiently reflected in existing support structures and even less in learning and information offers. Most outpatient or inpatient care services are primarily geriatric-oriented. Younger people in need of care often only have the chance to be housed in care facilities for old people. Here, leisure activities are oriented towards preferences that do not fit the interests of young people and contact with peers is made more difficult. Volunteers in care homes, too, are mainly specialists for the wants and needs of old people. Informal carers seeking advice usually find it neither on the internet nor in counselling centres.

The motivation of the YoungCare project is to bridge these knowledge gaps and to develop solutions in cooperation with people in need of care, their relatives and other informal carers, such as volunteers. Through digital educational tools, an attractive learning offer, suitable for the target group, will be created. Beyond this learning offer and with its help to draw attention to the situation of younger dependent people and their caregivers, another goal is to make their issues visible in political discussions and the work of associations and municipalities. Through the combination of a practical learning tool and a dissemination campaign, YoungCare aims to increase the focus on this area in the long term.

Objectives

  • Giving young dependent people and their caregivers a voice and letting them partake in measures that are designed to meet their wants and needs.
  • Offering these target groups a learning tool on measures and possibilities to improve their quality of life.
  • Raising awareness on much-needed intervention measures among decision-makers at political and associational level.

AFE Related Topics

☐ Outdoor spaces and buildings
Social participation
Transport and mobility
Social inclusion and non-discrimination
Housing
Civic engagement and employment
Communication and information
Community and health services

Target group

  • The main target group are informal carers for different reasons: The majority of younger care recipients live with their families. When family members need care suddenly due to an accident or through the course of an illness, this changes the lives of all household members. The YoungCare project outputs provide this target group with two learning tools to improve their knowledge base and strengthen their potential for self-help. Volunteers, too, may be ready to support younger adults in need of care and their families.
  • Another target group are adults in need of non-geriatric care. They represent a higher number of people than usually expected. In 2020, 4,5% of the EU population aged 24-64 reported long-standing limitations due to health problems (Eurostat). In absolute numbers these are 11,7 million Europeans. Some diseases hinder patients to engage in a learning offer. Other diseases do not – or only to a minor extent – impede their intellectual capacities. These persons are not to be excluded from offers that strengthen their capabilities and self-help potentials.
  • Lastly, also the target groups of political decision-makers and professional caregivers will be addressed in order to tackle the topic on a contextual level.

Workplan “YoungCare”

The work plan of YoungCare is divided into four work packages. The work packages WP1-WP3 will be developed in chronological order and will be accompanied from the beginning by the Sharing and Promotion activities (WP4). In the following you can see the work packages and their purpose:

  • The Project Management (WP1)
  • The development of the European Compendium on wants and needs of dependent young people (WP2)
  • The creation of the E-learning platform (WP3)
  • The Sharing and Promotion activities, including policy recommendations and guidelines for professional carers to raise awareness of the issue (WP4)

Project results

Three main outputs will be elaborated in the YoungCare project:

  • A European Compendium on wants and needs of dependent young people: The compendium is based on a literature study and narrative interviews with people in need of care or their informal caregivers in all partner countries. Besides facts and figures, it will illustrate gaps in the provision of services and impacts on the lives of those concerned through portraits and testimonials and provide practical knowledge. The compendium is intended as a low threshold learning offer to enable an initial and practical examination of the topic.
  • An E-learning platform: The mobility of families with people in need of care is often limited and they have few time resources. Digital learning offers are well suited for these group. The YoungCare learning offer will provide low-threshold access and focus on practical issues. Playful elements will be integrated into the learning units to make them attractive and interesting. Their contents will be co-produced with dependent young people and their informal caregivers.
  • Brought Sharing and promotion activities: The dissemination activities will ensure that the project results and content are sustained and reach as many addressees as possible. The dissemination of the compendium and the learning offer will happen through multiple online and on-site activities as well as in multiplier events. In order to address the specific information needs of decision-makers at the political and associational level, policy recommendations will complement the project outputs and will be used in the campaign. They will focus on the solution of structural problems that are beyond the area of influence of individual target group members. Moreover, there will be recommendations for professional carers to raise awareness of the issue.

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