By supporting facilitators, the CARE4DEM project aims to support the development of mutual aid groups for carers.
Two innovative tools for facilitators will have been developed during this project, likely to help them develop their role.
Mutual aid groups facilitators’ profile and competences tool [AVAILABLE].
Currently, mutual aid groups are implemented by many different kinds of professionals, from health care or social workers to adult educators. These professionals are often called ‘facilitators’, as they guide the learning process within the group.
There is no such thing as an empirical or scientific profile of the competences that these facilitators might have. This output intends to provide a complete profile covering the entire set of competences a facilitator might develop in order to achieve the highest potential as a mutual aid group facilitator. It includes knowledge, skills and attitudes, providing behavioural descriptors of such items, besides an overall definition of each competence.
This is expected to introduce an added value among organisations inside and outside the partnership as it will provide support in the selection of facilitators, but mostly in the self-development of facilitators – allowing for a better fit between person and job place, as a mean for job satisfaction and motivation.
The mutual aid groups facilitators’ profile and competences tool is available and can be downloaded here: MAG-moderator-Competence-Profile-CARE4DEMIO-03-2.pdf.
Blended – learning Training Course for Mutual Aid Groups’ Facilitators
A variety of volunteers and professionals mobilise their competences to serve the aims of mutual aid groups for informal carers, but sometimes they lack information on available methodologies. Furthermore, the implementation and delivery of a web-based mutual aid group might require complementary competences.
The main purpose of this output is to develop facilitators’ competences. We expect this training to be of added value for volunteers and professionals, who often have to juggle a multiplicity of commitments and don’t have the time to attend a face-to-face training. Indeed, blended learning allows to reduce the amount of face-to-face sessions and provides greater autonomy to learners, maximising their learning achievements.
The training course will use the methodology of ‘object-based learning’, thus allowing external stakeholders to use some of the learning materials in their own training courses, whether focusing on mutual aid groups for dementia caregivers or on other relevant topics.
The learning materials consist of presentations (multimedia, power-point, videos), worksheets, exercises, games or group activities. Each learning material includes not only the activity itself but also tips for trainers. Besides that, sessions plans are provided, providing information and guidelines on how the tasks can be implemented in each training session.
After the testing phase, most of the learning materials will be available online in all the project languages (English, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish) at the end of the project (July 2019).