Why you need languages no matter what you plan to do!

The workshop was for 75 year 10 pupils who are having to make very important decision about which subjects they should chose for GCSE. It’s difficult to know at this stage in your life exactly what direction your life or career will take you but our world is increasingly global and connected and even if you don’t chose to move the world comes to you! Languages can be useful in any walk of life and give you an advantage.




The EU & languages 24 January 2018

Workshops with year 9 pupils in Tyrone to help them understand the importance of languages for careers and personal development. We explored Northern Ireland’s European links and how the EU works, member states, languages, Euro and EU Citizen’s rights. Languages are key no matter what type of career you are considering.

EuroYouth MediaLab Project Meeting 15 – 18 January 2018

The third project meeting of the EuroYouth MediaLAb project was hosted by the Spanish partner in Baena, Spain.

The meeting reviewed the final work that needed to be completed so the Online Platform could go live to share the multimedia reports produced by the youth and for them to take part in online debates.

The two working groups for the Strategy and Dissemination provided an update on the tasks to finalise both plans which will be shared on the Online Platform.

The project partners met with the local MediaLab youth group who gave them a guided tour of Baena and explained to them the activities they had carried out as part of the project and their future plans.

The youth from Spain will meet youth from France, Sweden and the UK during an exchange visit in February 2018 hosted by the Bulgarian youth and the project partners.

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Lid+ Erasmus+ Market Place

LID+ with the support of YouthActionNI, The Education Authority, Boys and Girls Clubs Northern Ireland and EUROPE Direct Information Centre – Northern Ireland, delivered a an Erasmus+ ‘Market Place’ event on the 8 December 2017.

This was an interactive celebration event to mark the 30th anniversary of Erasmus+, and provide an opportunity for local groups to exhibit and promote models of practice (past and present) that have been developed within and/or for the International Youth Work Sector. It provided an opportunity for groups from across Northern Ireland that have been involved in International Youth Work over the decades to showcase and promote their work to a wide audience including young people, youth workers, trainers, policy makers, educators and academics.

Lid+ Contact Making Seminar

This was the second contact making seminar organised by Lid+ to bring together 11 Erasmus+ experts from across Europe with 11 local youth organisations to work together 1:1 to develop an Erasmus+ application.

This support was to provide local youth organisations with no experience of Erasmus+ with the opportunity to develop a project from idea to an application ready to submit for the February 2018 deadline.

The Erasmus+ experts came from Poland, Slovenia, Norway, Portugal, Greece, Ireland, Gambia and Jamaica.

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CRANE: Field Testing Training of Trainers Bologna, 6 – 15 December 2017

Meeting in Bologna to develop the training programme for farmers to support them develop multi functional farms in their region.

The training was developed following the results of a questionnaire circulated amongst existing multifunctional famers in each the four partner regions of Malta, Spain, Italy and Northern Ireland.

The meeting included visits to an educational farm and a social farm.

CRANE Project

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Lid+ Erasmus+ Evaluation

Europe Direct NI delivered a presentation on the Eurodesk ‘Time to Move’ campaign as part of the as part of LID+ Evaluation+ of the Erasmus+ programme. 

The event aimed to provide space and time to look back upon 30 years of Erasmus+ and meaningfully consider the impact it has had.

‘Evaluation+’ forms part of the Erasmus+ 30th Anniversary celebrations and EuroDesk’s Time To Move  campaign and was the only evaluation event in the UK.

The two day residential including practitioners from across the UK to share their experience of Erasmus+ and the impact of funded activites.




Lid+ Erasmus+ Application workshop

LID+’ is a year-long programme of free services
and events that Lid+will promote, inform and provide access to, not to mention support your potential involvement in the Erasmus+ Programme.

The Inside Out Programme, based in N Ireland is one of only seven project funded by the EU Commission in the UK that is tasked with promoting the Erasmus+ programme.  ‘LID+’ offers a free bespoke service that aims to increase participation in EU Mobility activities over the coming year.

After a successful seminar to promote Erasmus+ the project followed up with an application workshop on the 29 September 2017 to help organisations prepare their funding applications. Europe Direct NI worked with a local organisation to help submit an application.




Celebrating EU day of languages in schools!

The European day of languages is celebrated every year on the 26 September.

The day of languages is an initiative of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, with events and activities for youth taking place across Europe.

Europe Direct NI was invited to run workshops in schools in Enniskillen, Omagh and Derry to share the importance of languages with nearly 500 pupils.

Workshops took the place of their usual language classes and pupils took part in quizzes and explored the languages used in the 28 EU member states.


Park & District Farmers Study Visit August 2017

This four day visit included beef, dairy and sheep farms in Wales, North Pennines and Northamptonshire!

Thursday 10 August 2017

Berryfields Farm, Northamptonshire
The first visit was to a beef finishing unit who also produce a complete range of cattle and sheep feeds manufactured using their own formulations. The CEO, John Bell explained the benefits of an integrated beef supply chain on this impressive 2000 head per year Dairy Beef finishing system. The group saw a complete supply chain taking 16 week old dairy bred calves arriving on farm at 120 to 140 kg using their own high energy feeds to achieve a uniform 600 Kg liveweight ready to be sold direct to Dunbia supplying both the Co-op and Lidl.


Friday 11 August 2017

Ruthin Farmers Auction Company ( North Wales)

On Friday the group visited a livestock market in Ruthin hosted by Auctioneer Emyr Lloyd. The mart currently employs six full time and 15 part time staff and sells 3,000 lambs a week, 800 ewes and every class of cattle and sheep. It also runs machinery sales, a sheep dog sale and specialist Ram and Bull Sales. During the visit the group saw an auction of Prime Lambs and Cull Ewes

The market opened in 1992 and in 2015 they officially opened an extension which contains a new multipurpose hall for animal sales which can be used by the public for conferences and private events such as weddings. The extension also includes office space and extended the canteen.

The market webpage and Facebook carries an up-to-date diary of the specialist events and some useful livestock photographs. http://www.ruthinfarmers.co.uk

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Jersey herd with Belgian Blue Cross
Richard Wynne, Company Chairman of Ruthin Farmers Auction then took the group to his farm nearby.

Richard Wynne, Company Chairman of Ruthin Farmers Auction then took the group to visit his farm nearby. Richard who farms along with his two sons has a 300 Jersey herd and uses a Belgian Blue cross to produce quality beef stock. Richard started the farm in 1960 with 54 acres. Over the years the farm has grown in size until it now comprises about 1,000 acres with some being owned by his two sons.

The Jersey Herd  is achieving premium milk prices from a local cheese producer and a high energy diet is assured from home-grown maize silage and high quality grass silage.  

While the cattle can be grass reared the cows are housed both summer and winter and a new cubicle house is nearing completion. The design features new bedded  cubicles where the cows will lie on  a mix of lime, sand and  sawdust and the dung passages  will use  automatic  Scrapers.

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Limousin Cattle and North Country Hill Cheviot Ewes
The final visit of the day was to a hill farm where we met  Glyn  who is both  a Limousin Cattle Breeder and a hill sheep farmer. Farming in partnership with his father Glyn manages 486 hectares (1,200 acres) and runs a suckler herd of 140 cows mainly of Limousin  and  some Belgian Blue. Stock Bulls are generally purchased through the Carlisle Bull sales and the best heifers are retained as replacements while the males and  remainder are sold as store cattle when  aged around  12 to14 months of age.

The farm also runs 1,000 North Country Hill Cheviots which are crossed with a Texel.  The better type gimmer lambs are retained as replacements with the rest being  sold to a finisher.

Glyn is also a popular Suckler Calf judge and he  also exhibits his own stock at national events. Testimony   to his eye for a good animal, Glyn recently  won Reserve Champion heifer at Agri Expo, and  had a pedigree steer win Supreme Champion at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

Saturday 12 August 2017

Swaledale Sheep and Limousin Cattle, County Durham
Tom and Kay Hutchinson are tenant hill farmers in the North Pennines breeding Swaledale sheep and Limosin Blue cattle. Tom is the son of a policeman but inherited his love of farming from his grandparents who had a farm nearby. Kay grew up on a smallholding but tenancy was the only way they could get into farming themselves. They rent their farm on a 15 year lease  from the Raby Estate of Lord Barnard which has many tenanted farms, houses and cottages  in the area.

Kay had no knowledge of Swaledales until she met Tom who passed on his passion for the breed because of their ability to thrive and rear lambs in the worst possible conditions. Kay works for the local auctioneers and Tom does contract shearing to subsidise the farm income.

The farm family featured in the film ‘Addicted to sheep” shown by the BBC which captures a year in their life as north Pennines tenant farmers.

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