Erasmus+  Health can be learned – creating an adults’ training course for a healthy life

The main purpose of this EU funded Erasmus + project – based on the project Health can be learned – creating an adults’ training course for a healthy life Project Number: 2019-1-DK01-KA204-060292 was: together with partners from different regions of the EU to receive valuable knowledge about teaching a healthy life style by using two existing and successful

innovative concepts / approaches related to mental health being the ABC-concept and the Double KRAM approach to develop quality meaningful training modules for target groups focused on health learning. The health state of the population and mainly mental health is one of the largest challenges in today’s society. Challenges usually met with professional treatment where the citizen is considered to be a patient or client – not a normal citizen. In this project, partners – who consisted of different kind of training providers, teachers – found, that the challenges could be tackled with pedagogical methods, where citizens are participants instead of patients or clients. Educators for Adults’ often feel a lack of specific knowledge on how to apply a holistic approach in the teaching of a healthy life style for the project target group. Double KRAM and ABC could be the way of the prevention of the poor physical and mental health. The Danish experience of Double KRAM method and the ABC programme has proven to be very valuable during this period of the COVID pandemic in combating the loneliness of the project’s target groups and maintaining their good mental health.

 The project partners: 

  • Dansk Oplysnings Forbund was the lead and expert partner from Denmark

  • Juvenile Justice International CIC was the expert partner organisation representing the United Kingdom

  • Associação de Paralisia Cerebral de Coimbra – IPSS , was the expert partner organisation from Portugal

  • The Training and Consulting Centre of Associations of Local Authorities in Lithuania was the expert partner organisation from Lithuania

Objectives of the Project:

Health can be learned – and the basic human vision that citizens can be participants, working with multiple challenges which area strengthened, focussed and resolved due to their efforts and participation. We realised how it could be done – developed the training module by using the participation, knowledge and inspiration of participants to tackle a multitude of challenges in a new way. Partners from different regions with different experiences in the adult education field worked seamlessly together to implement the project with the aim of transferring knowledge, understanding and findings, highlighting a new approach on how to improve public health for adult non-formal educators.

Main Activities: 

The partnership implemented all of the activities foreseen in the Project, however due to a multitude of constraints due to the Covid Pandemic including law and movement differences and Covid rates in different countries it was impossible to undertake two scheduled international meetings in the Partnership countries. Also due to the Covid Pandemic during our project period, the partnership also experienced members working on the project who suffered from the disease, and others who had family members hospitalised. All members across all countries supported each other due to the negative Covid experiences and also supported our participants who participated with us during the very difficult unprecedented circumstances. The partnership benefitted from the sensitive help, support and understanding of the Danish National Agency, thus jointly showing commitment to meeting the aims of the project, thus helping to meet our shared objectives.

  1. We implemented Short-term joint staff training event at the 10-2019. DOF implemented Double HUG approach and ABC programme training for partners. Peter Thybo and professor Vibeke Koushede were in charge of the training.
  2. 09-2019 – DOF in cooperation with Peter Thybo developed the Manual about The Double HUG and ABC programme.
  3. 09-2019 – Double HUG ABC integrated communication plan was developed
  4. 10-2019 and 08-2021 Transnational Project meetings were implemented. 2 meetings were not able to commence due to Covid and were replaced by online meetings of the steering group
  5. Developed 4 Health learning training modules for: young people, persons with reduced activity and mobility due disability, mentally vulnerable unemployed adult persons, elderly persons and one – common.
  6. Pilot trainings for target groups were implemented in Partnership countries with the aim to focus and develop the modules, through best practice and received feedback
  7. Pilot training for professionals was implemented in Partnership countries with the aim to focus and develop the modules, through best practice and received feedback
  8. 08-2019 Conference Double HUG ABC was held online with the participation of participants from Partnership countries including associated workshops

Results of the Project:

  1. Manual about The Double HUG and ABC programme
  2. Health learning training module for young people
  3. Health learning training module for persons with reduced activity and mobility due disability
  4. Health learning training module for mentally vulnerable unemployed adult persons
  5. Health learning training module for elderly persons
  6. Common Health learning module based on Double HUG approach and ABC program
  7. Pilot training for target groups in Partnership countries
  8. Pilot training for professionals in Partnership countries
  9. Conference Double HUG ABC
  10. General Report on evaluation of implemented pilot training

In the project we have also been in contact with other stakeholders. Knowledge about working with people living with loneliness especially in relation to the challenges of Covid was greatly lacking and the ability to access our module was most welcomed.

Juvenile Justice International would like to thank all of those learners and professionals who participated in our project, and we would like to thank all of the staff of the United Kingdom Government – Department for Work and Pensions, JobCentre staff who were most supportive and helped us to access both professionals and learners who had an interest in our work, that participated in opportunities, and also workshops and the conference.

Erasmus Module

Final Report – Health Can Be Learned

Final Project Report

Erasmus Leaflet Poster

Lonely Youth Erasmus+ Annex

Loneliness Module Presentation