Silver Stories

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Silver Stories will develop a network designed to connect practice to professional training through a series of specific interventions.

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This is a Leonardo Transfer of Innovation project. CUCR are part of the delivery partnership which involves 9 organisations from 6 countries.  It brings together expertise in digital storytelling, education, community engagement and education to train professionals working with community groups and elderly people. 

It flows from Extending Creative Practice (a previous CUCR project) which demonstrated the efficacy of digital storytelling as means to engage older people and marginalised groups in the use of ICT.  

Aims of the project

The aims of the project are to:

  • Adapt and transfer learning methods from ECP across the whole partnership and extend it to two new countries and, working to provide VET for a new target professional group – i.e. trainers and employees working in the caring professions across the whole partnership.
  • Establish a means for Digital Storytelling to be incorporated into the on-going training of professionals in all the partner countries.

Silver Stories will develop a network designed to connect practice to professional training through a series of specific interventions.  Each partner has a specific area of expertise and in this way, it is intended that the impact will be greater than the sum of the individual parts with a lasting legacy on VET provision by:

  • Integrating Digital Storytelling into the training of professionals working with Stage 3 and Stage 4 older people through training and the development of quality assured modules.
  • Developing sustainable professional expertise in the provision of Digital Storytelling Workshops for a range of beneficiaries in each of the participating countries.

Project evaluation

CUCR will evaluate the project over 2 years. It will use a formative evaluation approach thereby offering the project and partners an active resource for feedback, reflection and learning throughout the life of the project.

The evaluation will also provide an independent assessment of the project in terms of its success in achieving the objectives, but also the wider added value in its capacity to provide comparative analysis against Digital Storytelling initiatives with other target groups in formal and informal learning contexts across Europe.