Spinach for Popeye-Congress 2009
Youth in Action
Partners / countries involved
Falkirk Council ( United Kingdom ); Odenwalkkreis (Germany); Den Helder (Netherlands); Gothenburg (Sweden); Comune di Nuoro (Italy);
Held in Falkirk, Scotland, the 2009 “Spinach for Popeye” programme aimed to gather practitioners towards a youth exchange programme. The programmes started 12 years ago and its objectives were to explore, develop and sustain new and innovative programmes of practice in order to support work with vulnerable young people at risk of exclusion from school, of not achieving their full potential, or who were lacking confidence and motivation.
Over the years this project has helped to promote and support a more positive transition from school into further education, training or employment for a high number of young people. As a result of this project, a number of new initiatives, resources, collaborative projects and approaches have been explored and developed. These have made a difference in the lives of many young people. During the Congress, participants are offered the potential to learn and experience new ideas and methodologies which they could apply in other aspects of life.
The objectives of the 2009 Congress “Supporting Families to Support Young People” was based around the importance of the role of the family or carers in supporting the young person through the transition period and how to build and sustain quality support systems for these groups. Workers who attended the Congress were from a range of partner organisations including schools, youth services, social work, police, employment and training, college and social services.
The programme continued with a further Congress held in the Odenwald in Germany between the 5th and 9th November 2012– with the theme “Changing Attitudes, Developing Practice, Improving Chances” – “Challenges for Professionals, Families and Young People”. Sadly Den Helder in Holland did not continue as a partner but we were pleased to welcome Nuoro in Sardinia to the programme.
- Project Launch
- 01 November 2011
- Project completed
- 31 October 2014
Project owner contactFalkirk Council
00 44 (0) 1324 506260