The ForAge network has a core group of 15 partner organisations. These partners are members of the ForAge project team who have come together, supported by funding from the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme, to initiate a major European network focusing on later-life learning.
The ForAge project began in January 2012 and its funding continued until 31 March 2015. During this period ForAge core partners set up and developed the network and prepared a longer-term sustainability plan.
Each of the core partners has a ForAge network page on their own websites that can be viewed by clicking on the appropriate link.
ForAge Project Coordinator
Institute of Lifelong Learning
University of Leicester
128 Regent Road
Leicester LE1 7PA
Telephone: +44 116 2525914
Between 2012 and 2015 the Forage Project was led and managed ably and with great good humour by Professor John Benyon of the University of Leicester. We regret to announce that John died on 19th May 2016.
To read obituaries and tributes visit:
ForAge Core Partners
bia-net- NETZWERK BILDUNG IM ALTER
Trebag Property & Management Ltd
The Elephant Learning in Diversity BV
PRO-MED sp z.o.o.
Association for Education and Ageing
The Slovenian Third Age University
Age Action Ireland
ForAge Associate Partners
As well as the core team, ForAge has a number of Associate Partners who, whilst not being part of the project implementation group, are influential in the development and direction that project work takes.
Age Platform Europe
Workers Educational Association NI
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Aims and objectives of the ForAge Network
The ForAge project team will develop a single access point for information about later-life learning in Europe, connecting different activities and projects.
It aims to extend recognition of the value of learning for older people as a means of fostering inclusion, participation and intergenerational solidarity in European societies.
The objective of the network is to contribute to the international research and evidence base for later-life learning and to increase access to innovative and progressive ideas and practice in Europe.
Outputs from the ForAge Network
ForAge will promote the value of later-life learning by creating an accessible archive of past projects, research findings, policy statements, statistical evidence, and examples of best practice. Outputs will include:
The ForAge database
Website and newsletters
Reports and commentaries
Annual conferences on later-life learning
Workshops to address priority themes
Glossary of relevant terms
The ForAge team will achieve these outputs through extensive dialogue with, among others, policy makers, politicians, strategic players at national, regional and local level, researchers, practitioners in adult education, seniors, organisations and institutions with real and potential links to later life learning.
As well as sourcing material for the archive, ForAge partners will seek to advocate on behalf of later life learning and to support others in doing so through the provision of a comprehensive catalogue of theory and practice to underpin the promotion and development of later life learning.
ForAge target groups
The ForAge network targets the following groups:
- older people and later-life learners;
- volunteers and organisations involved in lifelong learning;
- teachers, managers and planners in adult education;
- researchers in this field;
- trades unions;
- politicians and policy makers.