CRANE: The Network of Farms Teaching Citizens

The CRANE project is funded for 2yrs through Erasmus+ strategcrane-logoic partners for adult education.

crane-logoThe project partners are:

UK: The Rural Centre/ Eurolink is the UK partner.

Spain: DEFOIN, providing training for unemployed for integration into the labour market and specify occupational training across
all sectors for those already employed.

Malta: Genista Research Foundation providing intercultural & social work with minority groups, Consultancy for SMEs, Education providing training on sustainable development and management of Genista nature reserve.

The aim of the project is to provide farmers involved in multifunctional farms with the skills and competencies required to fulfill their role of promoting environmenal protection and sustainability through non formal education.

CRANE Project Meeting Italy 18 & 19 December 2016

The CRANE project partners from Italy, N Ireland (UK), Malta and Spain met for the first time hosted by the project coordinator DINAMICA in Bologna, Italy.

The meeting was an opportunity for the partners to agree their tasks, responsibilities and develop a work plan for the 2 year project and agree dates for future meetings and training events.

The meeting also included best practice visits to two multifunctional farms near Bologna involved in providing educational programmes for children, meeting space and accommodation alongside their main business of agriculture. More…



Languages and Careers

This was an informal talk with  year 12 pupils studying languages to encourage them to continue with their chosen subjects by helping them to understand the importance of languages for modern careers.

We discussed how languages are used by all types of businesses and careers even when they are based in this region in the local village.



Eurodesk Ambassador

The Rural Centre/ Eurolink is a Eurodesk Ambassador with the main aim of spreading the word about Eurodesk UK and European mobility opportunities in their day-today work.

Eurodesk UK is an information and support service to help young people and youth organisations find out about opportunities in Europe.

The UK team is part of a wider European network with national representatives in 34 countries. A coordination office based inBrussels makes sure all national Eurodesk offices have the latest updates from the European Commission, and develop tools and resources to help young people find and engage with the opportunities available to them.

The Eurodesk network is a recognised support structure under Erasmus+, the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. Eurodesk works closely with the National Agencies across Europe to provide up-to-date information and guidance on Erasmus+ and many other funding programmes.

The EurodeskUK Network met in London in December 2016 to celebrate the achievements of 2016 and to collaborate with other Erodesk Ambassadors and partners to plan for 2017.


The Women Return to Work Project

The Women Return to Work Project is two year project funded through wrwErasmus+ Strategic Partnerships.

The partners are from:

The Rural Centre/ Eurolink is the UK partner

The aim of the project is to prepare women of all ages (local, migrant, refugee and disabled) to return to employment or entrepreneurship after a period of economic inactivity by developing their key skills and competencies to improve labour mobility especially in rural areas where finding employment can more difficult by providing them with explore opportunities to create employment.

The first meeting took place in Sweden in December 2016.
The Project partners from Turkey, Poland and the UK were hosted by their Swedish partner in Falun. The meeting was an opportunity for the partners to develop their work plan for the 2 year project and agree a programme and dates for future meetings.

Marianne Lundberg, President of Minverva Foundation presented their mentoring programme which supports immigrant women graduates to secure employment. Participants heard the personal stores from the the Mentors and Mentees involved in the programme. This best practice model will be shared at further meetings in N Ireland, Poland and Turkey. More…



Doing business in Japan

This training was delivered to an international company who have been working with clients in Japan. Although they have been working together for a number of years they realised they weren’t collaborating as well as they could and they wanted to understand Japanese business culture better.

The training related UK working practices to Japanese to understand the different attitudes to time, negotiation, decision making processes & consensus building as well as how to develop relationships & trust for project managers and team leaders.

The training highlighted where communication could be adjusted to create even better working relationships.

What is your Cultural Communication Style?

Are you Direct or Indirect?

Do you hint at what you want or spell it out?

Some cultures value being direct and communicate in a clear straightforward way – telling it like it is so people know where they stand! Others prefer a more subtle, less direct approach to avoid causing offence.

Do you say ‘I don’t like that’ (a straight no!) or do you say ‘That’s really nice, it works really well and I can see how it might be a possibility but I am not sure it’s for me’ (that’s a still a no!!) le-dialogue

When working together the indirect culture finds the direct culture too abrupt, while the direct culture finds the indirect culture evasive.

Listen carefully to how the other person speaks, take time to work out their communication style so you can adapt to each other to make sure you are understood.

EU Citizenship Workshop in School

Delivering workshops on Understanding the EU and Citizenship in school for 96

year 10 students to promote an understanding of how the EU works and the rights of citizens to live, work and study in other regions.

Students carried out activities to explore EU Member states, EU Languages, opportunities to volunteer through EVS to improve language skills and the importance of languages in job mobility and the rights of citizens to live, work and study on other regions.



In Business which are you – Reserved or Emotional?

In some cultures behaving in a calm and reserved way in business is considered essential  as a sign of professionalism. A more emotional culture will expresses their feelings and emotions as a sign of passion and interest in the business.

The reserved culture will consider the emotional culture as weak and lacking professional calm under pressure. The more emotional culture views this reservation as a lack of interest and engagement in the process. Each misinterprets the others’ intentions.

Understanding the hidden value behind each style leads to a better understanding of each others’ approach. It helps you understand why you can feel offended when no offence was intended and how you can fail to connect with each other which affects working relationships.

Communication impacts on how relationships are developed, how meetings are conducted, decisions made and agreements reached.

Developing cultural awareness skills means getting to know yourself before you can understand the other!

EU language Day!

Although EU language day is held on the 26 September every year to celebrate the diversity of languages because of other workshops this school held their own EU language day on the 29 September!

Over 120 year 9 pupils were helped to celebrate it through a series of full day workshops where they carried out quizzes and activities to explore EU Languages and the importance of languages in job mobility and the rights of citizens to live, work and study on other regions.