The Erasmus+ project "Sustainability, Heritage, Health" officially started on March 16 with the kick-off meeting. Due to the pandemic and the current travel limitations the meeting took place online, instead of us all meeting up in Scotland. Partners Ziniu Kodas from Lithuania, Innovation Frontiers from Greece and the Centre for Ecological Studies AbrazoHouse from Spain joined The Surefoot Effect to initiate project activities.
The meeting took place over 3 2hr sessions where we discussed the general plans for this 3-year project, including management, monitoring, quality control, evaluation and dissemination activities as well as the four main activities of the project: 1) the creation of a walking programme with three different routes in each partner country that will include mindfulness activities and an exploration of local sustainability initiatives; 2) a recipe book with 40 recipes from partner countries showcasing the use of traditional and more sustainable ways of growing food; 3) an online project platform and a mobile application that will hold the walking routes and the recipes; and, lastly, 4) a project handbook that will summarise the experiences of the partners and suggest a path forward for organisations and individuals to engage with and initiate similar projects and activities.
We used Zoom breakout rooms to get to know each other one to one, simulating the coffee break times as if we were in person. As next steps, partners discussed ideas for a project logo and will be meeting again soon to speak about the content for the walking routes in each partner country.
The website for the Erasmus+ project "Breakthrough for Resilience: People, Places and Communities" has a new look. You can access it here:
Mobilizing Expertise, the project's Swedish partner, has been working on the website's glossy end, which we all like. Everyone can now access the resilience tools that partners have been preparing for several months. The tools are divided into the three main categories of the project: people, places and communities.
The site includes blog posts, information about the project, a description of the project partners, what is resilience, project news and any past newsletters, including an option to sign up to receive any future editions:
Together with partners in the Erasmus+ project 'Once Upon Your time', we are looking into creating tools to support and strengthen the mental health of children and young people. We will focus mainly on storytelling methodologies and case studies from the four participating countries: Iceland, Slovenia, Spain and the UK.
We will soon start writing a series of essays on the themes: 1) storytelling as a pedagogical tool, 2) storytelling and mental health, 3) storytelling and personal development in children and young people, and 4) storytelling in the formal education setting.
We look forward to sharing the stories with you! More to follow during the year.
It was a day of joy and creativity when Pam and Euri from Surefoot ran a pilot workshop to test and showcase tools we have found in research across the 3 aspects: people, communities and places. It was thrilling to witness how people had fun when opening up their creativity, and how this was a portal to build resilience. The main tools covered in the workshop were:
1. Resilience Compass, 2. Wheel of Life, 3. Mandala making, 4. Tree Visualisation, 5. Let’s Draw and 6. Restoration and re-evaluation - Cascina Bert, nature conservation.
The participants fed back that the tools are useful for introspective journeying and to understand what is good and healthy for people and society. They also thought the tools will be useful in the economic and social context for mapping, making changes and importantly making sense of our “new normal."
Read about the tools and the project's organisations in the report: Breakthrough for Resilience - pilot workshop.