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Women from Merseyside Needed for New Initiative that Will Showcase Traditional Recipes from Liverpool and Around the World

ALCE - Appetite for Learning Comes with Eating  is an exciting new European project that will deliver a culinary training programme for women across Merseyside UK, Italy, Austria, France and Lithuania. ALCE project is seeking participants!

The project led by Merseyside Expanding Horizons (MEH) targets local women over 60 years old and young BME women between 18 and 40 years old and will facilitate non formal learning through food to help break down social isolation by encouraging intercultural and intergenerational dialogue within a European community of women.

Nicola Daley, Chief Executive of MEH said: "We're absolutely delighted to be a part of this European project which will bring women from all communities together to showcase their food traditions and heritage. Food is an important part of cultural identity and a great way to promote social inclusion and community cohesion and by harnessing this we're enabling women from across the Europe to engage with one another, whilst developing key skills and competencies"

Training activities will take place over 6 months at the Joseph Lappin Centre, Old Swan Liverpool. The sessions will allow participants to explore and exchange traditional recipes and natural curative remedies from different cultures. There'll also be opportunities for the women to lead local cultural events and share learning with women from the other partner countries during European events.

A book showcasing recipes and remedies from each country will be produced in celebration of the project and a training manual on innovative approaches to stimulate inter-generational and intercultural learning will also be developed.

MEH are currently looking for women to participate in this all female FREE project.

A FREE event to launch the ALCE project in Merseyside will take place on Friday 12th April at the Joseph Lappin Centre in Old Swan.  The event will raise awareness of the project and the different learning activities that will take place in Merseyside and across Europe. The event will also showcase a variety of traditional and international cuisine to members of the community.

To view the event flyer click here

For further information and if you would like to enrol onto the project contact:
Rosina Ndukwe
Merseyside Expanding Horizons
Tel: 0151 330 0552
E-mail:  rosinandukwe@expandinghorizons.co.uk   
Website: www.expandinghorizons.co.uk

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Seminar on the validation of non-formal and informal learning

The DG EAC, together with Cedefop and in association with the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union will be holding a;

Seminar on the validation of non-formal and informal learning

9-10 April 2013

Mechelen, BELGIUM.

Further to the Council Recommendation, the Commission should support MemberStates and stakeholders by regularly reviewing the European Guidelines for validating non formal and informal learning in full consultation with the Member States.

The Guidelines provide practical advice on the implementation of validation. A first review of the Guidelines has been planned for Spring 2014. The purpose of the seminar is to generate inputs that will
support this review. The seminar will address the following main themes:

1. Widening the use of validation: how can the availability of and access to validation be
2. Delivering validation: how can the professionalism of validation practitioners be strengthened and the procedures they follow be clarified?
3. Standards and methods of validation: how can the identification, documentation, assessment and
certification of non-formal and informal learning be improved?
4. Qualityassurance of validation: how can we build trust in the validation mechanism?

The seminar is targeted towards practitioners and policy-makers that are actively involved in the validation of non-formal and informal learning.

A total of 120 participants will be invited to the seminar (travel and accommodation costs will be covered). In case the number of registrations exceeds 120 the Commission and Cedefop reserve the right to make a selection in order to ensure a balanced representation of different sectors, perspectives and expertise on validation.

Registration for the seminar can be made through the following website which also contains details of the event, including a draft programme and some practical information:


Deadline for registration: Tuesday 12th March.

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Community Launch & Open Day

The Joseph Lappin Centre

Mill Lane (corner of Montague Rd), Old Swan,

Liverpool, L13 5TF

 Saturday 2nd March 2013 11-3pm  

Being opened by  Toni Lappin (Joseph’s mum), Lord Mayor Sharon Sullivan, Mayor Joe Anderson


Activitities include :

Rock Climbing, Football Coaching, Face Painting, Drama & Dance Demos

Junior & Senior Youth Clubs, Live Music from local Bands, Community Cafe

and much much more….

 Free Buffet on the day


Come along and join in the fun





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The BIG Enterprise Event

7th February 2013

The BIG Enterprise LOGO

Have you ever thought of owning your own business? Maybe you already have one and you’re looking for your company to grow?

If you need advice, help or even a chat with experts in the know then we’ve got the event for you. And what’s more, we’re offering specially created hands on workshops, focussing on key issues such as marketing, finance and law – and it’s free!

This is one big event not to be missed…

To book onto our free workshops taking place throughout the event, please select the appropriate ticket on the Eventbrite pagehttp://thebigenterpriseevent.eventbrite.com/

Please note, some workshops run concurrently so please check the times before booking your place.

Workshop 1 (10:15-11:00) - What every NEW business needs to know…and maybe some established ones! (with Mitchell Charlesworth / Jackson & Canter)

Workshop 2 (10:15-11:00) - Marketing Made Easy (with Agent Marketing)

Workshop 3 (11:15-12:00) – Shared Growth (with Val Jones, CEO Social Enterprise North West)

Workshop 4 (11:15-12:00) - Interested in Public Services? Want to take control of your own destiny? (with TPP Law)

Workshop 5 (12:30-13:15) – Knowing & Growing (with Robert Looker, Knowing & Growing)

Workshop 6 (12:30-13:15) - The North West Fund (Richard Young, the North West Fund)

Workshop 7 (13:30-14:15) – Meet the Lenders (Big Issue Invest, Key Fund and others)


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Major news for Liverpool and it’s being supported by James Caan of The Dragon Den and Liverpool Council. New of type Credit Union partnership.

Riverside Credit Union and the Startup Loan Company have a big launch on 20th Feb 12 - 3pm in Old Swan's Mill Lane. The Mayor will be opening the event.

 The event, at noon, on the 20th Feb will be an opportunity for; Riverside, Lodge Lane & Norris Green credit unions’ to promote the business start-up loan scheme across the city. The launch will be short and consist of; a brief intro from the Credit Unions’, a talk from representatives from the start up scheme and then Mayor Joe Anderson. There will then be an opportunity for questions and networking. Lunch will be provided!


 If you know of any other organisation who would be interested in coming along on the day please share this information and ask them to pre-book (details below).

 A warm welcome awaits and it would be great to see you there.  The scheme will be open to Young People between 18 and 30 years of age and residing in Liverpool.

 Here are our contact details:

Riverside Credit Union - Business Start Up Loans

C/O The Joseph Lappin Centre, Mill Lane, L13 5TE

Phone - 0151 222 3507

Website -www.riversidecreditunion.co.uk/startupliverpool

Twitter - @LpoolStartUp

Facebook - Start Up Liverpool

Would be great if you could come along!!!

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