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What are suitable methods for the SLIC-workshop?

In the opinion of the older learners and older volunteers who were consulted, it is important to promote and create a positive frame of mind, a better knowledge about oneself, concrete information on engagement possibilities, an action plan, and a range of new social contacts with other participants (e.g. a list of contacts) after the end of the workshop. In general all tools and handouts should be simple, colorful and be written with large letters.

Skills profiles are useful tools to raise self-esteem. They could also be a starting point for volunteering, revealing gaps and creating a feel-good factor in the workshop. Two Hungarian older learners confirm this:

“The profile will not motivate [people] but there is a need for something that can encourage people”.

“It would be very useful to face what we know. The training can help the participants to look back, summarize, release negative things and plan their future.”

One Scottish older learner says that,

„A profile, if done sensitively, could reveal gaps that the person could be encouraged to develop.“

Action plans were highly appreciated by older people in all life stages and age groups (from 59 to over 80 years). All of them saw the possibility of participating in some kind of “action” in the future. An action plan would be of great usefulness to them.  An older woman from Hungary stated that,

“It’s good because it will help you to know where to go, who to turn to later." "It is just like when the travel agency gives you a questionnaire to fill in and give feedback about where you would like to go, what you haven’t visited so far […] – this is something people like usually.”