Take Part Background Two Year Home Office Pilot Project, known as Active Learning for Active Citizenship Aimed to identify the most effective ways in which.
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Take Part Background Two Year Home Office Pilot Project, known as Active Learning for Active Citizenship Aimed to identify the most effective ways in which an expansion in citizenship learning opportunities for adults could be stimulated and supported 7 Hubs across country including Greater Manchester Pilot ended with launch of Learning Framework and Take Part National Network
The Hubs South West- Exeter to Cornwall Greater Manchester West Midlands – Black Country South Yorkshire Lincolnshire, East Midlands Tees Valley London
Defining ‘Active Citizenship’ “It’s about……..(improving) the capacity of individuals and communities to relate to the world around (us) as active, critical, engaged citizens. If we are to have a healthy democracy we need to support each other in identifying the issues that concern us, and develop the confidence and skills to make a difference to the world around us” (Woodward, CRU, 2004. 1)
Take Part is based on a Community Development Approach Doing, rather than being done to and working from where people are at – this is true for all of us!!!! We all have different experiences. Learning together and recognising the need for individual travellers to join with others if we want to change things. Facilitating partnerships between citizens and policy makers – in the end, this is the only way – we all need to build our skills. Key values around social justice, equality and diversity – these should inform our practice Contributing to community cohesion, strengthening social solidarity and promoting democratic approaches to conflict resolution Linking the local to the global – recognising our interdependence on others
Key principles Building upon existing good practice Active Learning in groups High levels of participation Learner centred Linking action and reflection Linking individual to collective concerns
Why an active learning for active citizenship Learning Framework? To bring together current thinking and practice To provide a resource – to use – & add to To emphasise the link between active learning and active citizenship To situate ‘citizenship’ within broad political and theoretical contexts It’s time to focus on adults!
What’s in the Learning Framework? Values Citizenship outcomes Theory Case studies Guidance Ideas Useful links and contacts
Who is it for? Learning providers, educationalists, trainers and facilitators, policy makers, funders, community workers and planners who want to: –Develop education and learning around Take Part values –Support education which strengthens democracy, governance and society –Provide learning opportunities which reach out to people in a different way –Take a learner-centred approach –Encourage people to make a difference for themselves and others –Engage more effectively with a wider range of people
GM Hub Take Part Themes Community Audit, participatory research and evaluation e.g. Crossing Continents, Hattersley, Groundwork Tameside, S.M. Healthy Living Network, Rochdale Children’s Society, Heywood, Domestic Violence/NHS, Salford Community Organisers, Jabez, Oldham extended schools. Representation and Inclusion e.g. GEM project work on inclusion in democratic decision making. Whiz project, work with young people. Schools of Participation, Surestart, Longsight, Refugee and Asylum seeker, Deaf people. Conflict resolution, specific work, e.g. training sessions and intra community work.
Greater Manchester Hub Take Part Outcomes Individual Increased skills, knowledge and awareness Raising aspirations, progression e.g. To HE and employment Accreditation Team work Organisational New partners, and networking Enhanced reputation Challenge myths and stereotypes Challenge to responsiveness, development of new ‘services’ Improved access to services Civil/community Improved community relationships and communication Increased local knowledge Improved and more effective services Having a voice Civic Influence into policy and decision making Being heard Improved, more efficient and effective services Increased levels of participation.
Now This meeting – exploring way forward and development of North West Hub/Network Piloting Community Based Education for Social Change – Training the Trainer course Seeking funding to continue work Disseminating Take Part and Learning Framework Input into the National Network