19.09.2017

A college to empower a healthy community for tomorrow’s world

EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2017. The Transformative College helps adult learners with mental illness to empower themselves and find their own path to recovery.

The Transformative College uses a space based on interactions to engage with people with mental illness, emotional challenges, and their carers.

The Transformative College is open to all, and wants to be seen as a place to engage in purposeful progression, with the aim of gaining direction towards recovery or management of each person’s unique mental and emotional concerns.

Focus on mind, body and spirit

The overall aim of the project is to provide a stable, coordinated response to a person’s mental health, physical and social needs thanks to the provision of a space that is solution-focused. It aims to support healthy lifestyles and enhances new relationships with self and others, social inclusion and community participation.

To achieve those goals, students aged from 18 to 78 years old had to choose a topic such as Anxiety & Panic Attacks, Food for the Mind or The Impact of Bullying on the Mind & Person. The class topics that were chosen were then co-produced and delivered by a student with lived experience and professional support to create a meaningful relationship with the class.

So far 200 students have attended classes in the past 12 months. Many impacts can be outlined.

The project helped students to empower themselves and find their own path to recovery. It also helped increase the hope, respect and responsibility of the students, thanks to a peer-to-peer approach.

The project is seen in a holistic perspective, focusing on people’s entire lives, including mind, body and spirit. The Transformative College, by employing a mental health recovery model that empowers students to create change and self-agency, helped to provide a new stable environment for its students.

The project: Transformative Learning – empowering a healthy community for tomorrows world
  • Award category: National projects (Ireland)
  • Learner target group: People with mental illness and emotional challenges, and their carers
  • Innovative practice: Holistic perspective on people’s lives

Project coordinator

Resources

The article series shares good practices on engaging new learners by introducing the nominees of the EAEA Grundtvig Award 2017.

Text: Lou-Andréa PinsonPhotos: Transformative College

20.07.2022 EAEA members

Harnessing the power of knowledge for employment and personal development: meet Odyssea

Recently, Odyssea became an associate member of EAEA. Odyssea is a non-profit organisation based in Athens, Greece, that supports young vulnerable people in gaining access to employment opportunities in society. Thodoris Kostoulas, Programme Manager of Odyssea, gives insight into the main activities of the organisation and its future plans.

13.07.2022 advocacy

Guidance for learning and career in the spotlight at the EAEA Younger Staff Training this September

Are you interested in guidance for learning and career? Would you like to build a new professional network? Join the EAEA Younger Staff Training, which will take place on 12-16 September in Brussels, Belgium. Registrations are now open!

11.07.2022 advocacy

How will adult learning and education providers be supported in the Individual Learning Accounts?

On 31 May 2022, the Council Recommendation on individual learning accounts was adopted. What does it hold in store for adult learning and education (ALE)? EAEA believes that there needs to be stronger support for the supply side of ALE, adequate quality assurance and a learner-centred approach.