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30.10.2009
The ELECT Newsletter 2/2009.

The last newsletter of the ELECT project has been published.
The Elect project ends in October 2009.

In this issue you will find following topics:

• The final seminar of the ELECT project in Copenhagen.
• New manual for study support.
• What do people wish to learn?
• Training of trainers work package created a FACILITATOR'S GUIDE.
• The pilot course for training the trainers : evaluation.
• Quality and the Evaluation report of the ELECT project.
• Lifelong learning and rehabilitation of people with Mental Illnesses.
• Elect CD-rom available.

You can download the Newsletter 2/2009 from here. (pdf)


02.10.2009
The ELECT project outcomes have been published.

The goal of the Elect project was to strengthen Clubhouses as learning communities and to promote access to education and the labour market for people recovering from mental illnesses. A Clubhouse is a community intentionally organized to support individuals living with the effects of mental illness. Through participation in a Clubhouse people are given the opportunities to rejoin the worlds of friendships, family, important work, employment, education, and to access the services and supports they may individually need. Elect project has focused to develop the learning and studying possibilities in the Clubhouses and also in the educational institutes with the help of the Clubhouse support.

Three work package reports / outcomes now available:
Activation and motivation work package has made a final report which deal with the best practices and availability
of the in-house education in the Clubhouse communities.
Download the final report here; Activation and the Motivation - Final report of the work package 2.

Manual for study support presents a toolbox for the Clubhouses which have an interest to start a study support program. Study support for people with mental illness may contain several elements which have been described
in the manual. The aim of the manual is to create/raise consciousness about possible and necessary considerations on opportunities and choices when establishing a study support programme in the framework of a Clubhouse.
Download the Manual for study support from here: Manual for Study Support - Elect Work package 3.

The Elect project organised a pilot course of Supported education for Clubhouse members and staff in March 2009. As a product of this work, the training of trainers workpackage has made a Facilitators' guide. The guide is designed to be used by Clubhouse members and staff who will be delivering the supported Education Training to other Clubhouse members and staff. The guide provides facilitators with all the information required to deliver
the Supported Education Training Course. Download the Guide from here; Supported Education Training for Clubhouse Members & Staff - Facilitators' Guidance notes. Elect Work Package 4.
If you wish to order the print version of the reports, please send e-mail to Ville Gronberg; surname.lastname@thl.fi


22.06.2009
Welcome to the final seminar of the ELECT project in Copenhagen, 21th-22th September 2009.

The Final seminar of the ELECT project will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, 21th-22th September 2009. The seminar will be hosted by the Danish Clubhouse Coalition. The seminar program will start on Monday morning at 9.00 am and the seminar will be completed by 2.00 pm Tuesday 2pm. Social evening will be organised on Monday. The venue for the final seminar is Copenhagen City Hall, Københavns Rådhus, Rådhuspladsen 1, 1599 København V.

The seminar topics are:

The outcomes of the ELECT project :
• Final report of the Activation and Motivation Work Package
• E-learning Course at Suvimäki Clubhouse
• Manual for supported education
• Pilot course for supported education (and curriculum)
• Evaluation of the project

Other topics:
• Experiences from the project work
• New Clubhouse research data from Finland
• Next steps: EPCD and ElecNET project

A detailed program for the final seminar will be published at the end of August.

All ELECT project partners and other organisations that are interested in the ELECT project and in supported education for people with mental illness are welcome to attend the seminar!

The seminar is free. Lunch and coffee will be served. Guests will take care of their own travel and accommodation arrangements.
If you wish to take part in the seminar, please send your registration by e-mail to: mervi.lahti(at)thl.fi
Deadline for the registrations is 31.8.2009.


22.06.2009
The ELECT Newsletter 1/2009 has been published.

The ELECT newsletter 1/2009 has been published. In this issue you will find following topics:

• The Elect project gets positive reviews from the EU Commission
• Welcome to the final seminar
• Computer Supported Learning Course in Suvimäki
• Elect pilot course experiences
• Next step - ElecNET propasal
• Summer greetings from Esko Hänninen
• THL to replace STAKES and KTL in Finland
You can download the Newsletter 1/2009 from here. (pdf)


25.03.2009
Interim results of the ELECT project.

The progress report of the ELECT project has been approved by the European Commission and the public part of
the report has been updated to the project website. (download report, public part (pdf)).

The ELECT project's purpose is to create a set of supported education methods and tools for people who are recovering from mental illness and wanting to develop their personal qualifications, educational pathway and inclusion in the mainstream education and labour market. The ELECT project has a large project consortium that includes European Clubhouses, Clubhouse Coalitions and Clubhouse training bases.
The project co-ordinator is THL (former STAKES) -The National Institute for Health and Welfare.

The ELECT project is divided into six different working groups (known as workpackages). These workpackages are: Management (WP1), Activation and Motivation (WP2), Support Methods for Education and Training (WP3),
Training of Trainers (WP4), Quality and Evaluation (WP5) and Dissemination and Exploitation (WP6).

The ELECT project has produced several outcomes and results during the first reporting period (1.11.2007-31.10.2008). The project brochures, newsletters (1&2) and website has been produced for the dissemination and exploitation of the project activities and results (see brochures and newsletter at download page). The Work package 2 has planned and submitted two questionnaires for the project partners. The first questionnaire studied existing study activities in the European Clubhouses (download presentation (ppt)) and the second questionnaire studied Clubhouse members' educational goals and needs. The Work package 3 has explored existing study support practices in Clubhouses and their co-operation with educational institutions by means of a questionnaire (summary of study support practices (doc)). The Work package 4 has planned a draft program of the Supported Education pilot course for trainers and peer trainers (Pilot course program (doc)). The Quality and Evaluation workpackage has produced a detailed evaluation plan and the interim report of the project evaluation.

The ELECT project has organized three project consortium meetings. Fourth consortium meeting will be organized in London next week (30th-31th March 2009). You can see the meeting program from here (pdf). Final meeting of the ELECT project will be organized in Denmark (Copenhagen), September 2009. Meeting dates will be confirmed in next month.


12.01.2009
New National Institute for Health and Welfare has replaced STAKES
and the National Public Health Institute (KTL) as of 1 January 2009.


A new research and development centre for health and welfare has been established in Finland, merging STAKES, the National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health, and KTL, the National Public Health Institute. The new National Institute for Health and Welfare has started operating at the beginning of 2009. On the same date, KTL and STAKES has been dissolved. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has appointed Dr. Pekka Puska as Director General for the Institute.

Under Section 11(2) of the Act on the National Institute for Health and Welfare (668/2008), any unfinished issues of STAKES and KTL, any agreements and commitments that they may have as well as any ensuing rights and obligations will be transferred to the National Institute for Health and Welfare. This concerns also the ELECT project, which will continue its operations under the new institute (THL). You will find the new contact information of the project management here.


03.12.2008
Newsletter 2/2008 updated to the website

ELECT newsletter 2/2008 has been added to the website. In this issue you will find following topics:

• The second ELECT project meeting in Helsinki 5.-6.
• Learning opportunities in a Clubhouse Community
• Planning of the ELECT pilot course in good progress
• Existing study-support practises
• Mental health, learning and studies
• Hannu’s Experiences about supported education
• MHE seminar greetings from Aalborg, Denmark
You can download the Newsletter 2/2008 from here. (pdf)


23.06.2008
Seminar presentations have been updated to the website

Elect project seminar presentations from Malmo and Helsinki meetings have been updated to the project's website. Please visit the download link and take a look at the presentations. Behind the same link you will find also the project's brochures in seven languages.


02.06.2008
Second project meeting in Helsinki 5-6th June 2008

The second project meeting of the ELECT project will be held in Helsinki 5th-6th June 2008. Meeting venue is Stakes, Lintulahdenkuja 4, FI-00531 Helsinki. Seminar program is available here (doc). Seminar presentations will be added to the projects website. Please visit the website after the seminar.


Newsletter 1/200806.05.2008
Newsletter 1/2008 has been published

ELECT newsletter 1/2008 has been published. In this issue you will find following topics:
• Introduction to the ELECT project
• Need for the innovative actions in the field of mental health and studies
• Kick-off meeting of the ELECT project
• Activation and Motivation
• Support Methods
• Training of Trainers
• EPCD - European Partnership for Clubhouse Development
• Second ELECT project meeting in Helsinki 5th-6th June 2008
You can download the Newsletter 1/2008 from here. (pdf)


22.4.2008
ELECT Newsletter shall be published on week 17

First newsletter of the ELECT project will be published on this website by the end of the week 17. The newsletter will tell about the project's kick-off meeting which was held in Malmö. It will present the working groups of the ELECT project and introduce the preliminary program for the second project meeting in Helsinki.


21.4.2008
The Website of the ELECT project has been opened

Welcome to the official website of the ELECT project. The Elect project sets out to strengthen Clubhouses as learning communities and to promote access to education and the labour market for people recovering from mental illnesses. The ELECT-consortium includes Clubhouses, Clubhouse Coalitions and Training bases from seven European Countries. STAKES will act as the project co-ordinator. The project has been funded through the support of
the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme.

The basic content of the ELECT project's website will be available in seven languages (English, Finnish, Swedish, Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian, German). First version of the website will be published in English and other versions will be ready later in April/May 2008. News and download -links shall be available in English only.

Website has been designed by Monkinmedia (www.monkinmedia.com) from Finland. The content of the website has been designed by the project management (STAKES). Project manager shall operate as a website's chief editor.

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30.10.2009
The ELECT Newsletter 2/2009. The last newsletter of the ELECT project has been published. read more >>

02.10.2009
The ELECT project outcomes have been published.
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22.06.2009
Welcome to the final seminar of the ELECT project in Copenhagen, 21th-22th September 2009. (map)
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22.06.2009
The ELECT Newsletter 1/2009 has been published.
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25.03.2009
Interim results of
the ELECT project
.
The progress report of the ELECT project has been approved by the European Commission and the public part of the report has been updated to the project website.
read more >>

12.01.2009
New National Institute for Health and Welfare has replaced STAKES and the National Public Health Institute (KTL) as of 1 January 2009.
read more >>

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