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Grundtvig Workshop for volunteers
VITAL VILLAGES - Active Ageing in Vital Villages - 9 -15 November 2012
 
See the programme here.
 
 
In this workshop you could learn how to make a Village Vision for your own village or regionwith an intergenerational approach and involvement of the local ageing population.
This Workshop is meant for both older and younger volunteers of organisations for community development.
 
 
The objectives are
- Participants experience that by mobilizing all inhabitants of a village around a VDP it is possible to stop a process of decline, discover new chances and perspectives for the village and its inhabitants, and develop strategies to realize new plans to increase the liveability                                                                                                                      - Participants train skills that are necessary in rural development context                                                                - Participants are able to transmit their new knowledge at home.
 
At the end of the workshop all participants received a usb-stick with the presentations, photos and other materials.
 
The content of the USB-stick:
Photos: Day 1 - Day 2 - Day 3 - Day 4 - Day 5
Presentations:
- Province of Friesland - Jantsje van der Spoel
- Village Development Plans, the model – Jaap Bijma, Doarpswurk
- Village Development Plans, the practice – Janneke Verdijk, Welzijn Midden Drenthe
Active ageing in vital villages – Frans Thissen, University of Amsterdam
- Voluntary work – Femke Heythekker
- Recruiting volunteers – Janneke Verdijk, Welzijn Midden Drenthe
- Useful tools – Janneke Verdijk, Welzijn Midden Drenthe
- Mental maps – Janneke Verdijk, Welzijn Midden Drenthe
- Business in the community – Jan van der Bij , STAMM
- Noorderbreedte State – Kathy Terenstra, Noorderbreedte
- Neighbourhood Care – Coby Dijksma  
Input from participants:
- Adult Learners Forum – Merle Haug, Adult Learners Forum Estonia
- Study circles – Borka Kucler, Slovenian Association for Adult Education
Vital Villages– Planning and Development for sustainable villages 28 October – 3 November 2011
This is your opportunity to learn about successful models for Village Development Plans, to share your experiences in this matter and to obtain useful skills and tools for community development.
This Workshop is meant for volunteers of organisations for community development, who want to learn how to make Village Development Plan or a Village Vision in their own rural community, or already have experience with Village Development Plans.
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Learn for Life organised this workshop at Sneek.
Volunteers from rural and village organisations for community development from 11 European countries joined this Grundtvig workshop. The main activities were:
  1. Analysis of successful Village Development Plan (VDP) models in The Netherlands and other countries. There was a special focus on models that do not only stress the technical/physical aspects of development, but have a holistic approach and include social and historical aspects, landscape, active citizenship, individual well-being, etc.
  2. Analysis of the main contemporary developments in the rural area related to sustainability.
  3. Field visits, peer learning and a simulation of making a VDP.
At the end of the workshop the participants had gained insight in various models of making a VDP and strategies to work on more sustainable villages. They know about new trends in the rural area and have insight in the role of local interest groups, municipalities, rural support organisations and public society. They are aware of tools and skills that are useful in VDP work and are able to play a new role in the process of village development and contribute better to the vitality of their village.
The workshop was organised in cooperation with Doarpswurk en Welzijn Midden Drenthe.
 
Some quotes from participants:
-       Very interesting, dynamic and detailed. Not boring. I wanted and needed new ideas and new approaches and I’m happy with the outcome.
-       I got a lot of valuable information that I can use both in my professional and in voluntary work.
-       I have learned theoretical as well as practical issues of creating a village development plan. Implementing of tools and skills I’ve learned will be useful in my country.
-       I learned all the basic things that are important to create a sustainable village.
 
More information and an overview of lectures:
 
Here you can find several materials from the workshop. There is a presentation of the model for a village developement plan (VDP - Stichting Dorpswoark) and there is also a presentation of a VDP in practice (Janneke Verijk). There are the examples of Kubaard and Makkinga (txt) & the presentation itself. You also can see  a presentation of the collectors of the sunboiler in Westende.
The role of volunteers is crucial in vital villages. There is a presentation of the recruition model for volunteers and some useful tools (Janneke Verdijk).
Further on there is a presentation from the Province Fryslan and one about transition towns.
More pictures you can find at our photopage.
 
 
Vital Villages
- learn how to make a Village Development Plan for your own village or region,
13-18 November 2009
 

Sneek, The Netherlands

 
Activities in this workshop were
1.    - Presentation and analysis of successful models to make and implement Village Development Plans. There will be a special focus on models that do not only stress the technical/physical aspects of development, but have a holistic approach and also include social and historical aspects, landscape, active citizenship, individual well-being, etc.
- Field visits to villages that made a Village Development Plan
3.    - Project simulation: the Making Of a Village Development Plan, including training of practical exercises of skills that are necessary during the process of making and implementing a VDP.
The outcomes were:
After the workshop participants had insight in various models of Village Development Plans. They had insight in the role of municipalities, rural support organisations and public society. They experienced ‘the making of a VDPÙ and trained necessary skills. They went home with a set of tools to work with. They had new inspiration to play their role in the process of village development, contributing to the improvement of the vitality of the village. Participants of the workshop are now part of a growing network of persons and organisations active in Village Development Plans.