The second cycle of thematic workshops that took place in Greece during the first week of May in the framework of the European Project: “BADGE: Business Advice and Guidance training for women Entrepreneurs”. The thematic workshops aimed at developing the soft skills of women belonging to vulnerable social groups so that the beneficiaries would be empowered in their pursuit of establishing entrepreneurial activity. The workshops were organised by the Family and Child Care Centre (KMOP), a Greek NGO, and were conducted in KMOP’s facilities in Piraeus.

During the implementation of the second pilot phase, 2 thematic workshops were conducted, titled: “How to understand if I am suited to working for myself?” and “How to balance a busy home life with running a business?” respectively. The vulnerable groups targeted were women older than 45 and women that are single parents. A total of 12 women attended the two workshops.

The Family and Childcare Centre – KMOP, in the frame of the European Lifelong Learning project titled “ValidVol: validation of key competences in voluntary service organisations”, organises the 3rd international seminar which will take place in Athens, on the 18th of June 2015. The event is organised in collaboration with the University of Third Sector – UniTS (Italy), the BFI Vocational Training Institute (Austria), the AGORA - Association of Participants (Spain) and the North West Regional College (U.K.), partners of the ValidVol project. The seminar aims at the presentation of the validation systems for non formal and informal learning, with special emphasis on the competences acquired by senior volunteers during their volunteering. At the same time, best practices promoting the principle of volunteering will be presented.

EU states are still in the conception phase of this approach, searching for successful models and tools to integrate into their upcoming initiatives.

FamilEU will be providing the necessary practical, theoretical, and pedagogical framework to train social work professionals, in order to educate EU families to meet the social, economic and professional challenges in an effective way.

The main outcome of the FamilEU project will be a toolkit including an e-learning platform which will host online training modules, social network applications, databases, information material and manuals for social work professionals regarding training for adult members of EU families. Additionally, FamilEU will also be available through a mobile platform application.