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Learning Needs of Migrant caregivers (LeNeMi) aimed to provide an international perspective on a new approach to formal and non-formal training for migrants assisting elderly people who live on their own, with their families or at a Residential Care Unit (RCU).
LeNeMi was a project conducted under the Grundtvig strand of the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme.

The project was a response to the following issues the project partners had come up against:

  1. The duration of existing courses for carers varies significantly from country to county, and within the same country.
  2. Often migrant trainees need to already speak the local language fluently before being admitted to a training course.
  3. Once training is complete, often no updating sessions are planned. Migrant carers are often left to work alone with the family or in the RCU with no access to further training or help to solve the problems they face.

Project partners aimed at developing a different approach to training, one which builds on the experiences of those who are already involved in giving/receiving care at home or in a RCU, so as to better tailor training to the specific and practical needs of migrant carers, elderly people and their families, plus address the obstacles they meet.

To gain insight into the needs of those who are concerned, individual and group interviews were conducted by the project partners with people from the target population. The focus was on carers' own experiences in actual job positions that they held. Specific attention was given to cultural and linguistic differences.

The project, which was launched in August 2011, lasted until July 31, 2013. The first project meeting was hosted by Studio Taf in Genoa on November 28-29, 2011. A presentation of LeNeMi was made during the Journées internationales organised by the nursing school Institut de Formation Interhospitalier Théodore Simon in Neuilly-sur-Marne (greater Paris), in February 2012. This also provided some of the project partners an opportunity to meet and to work together. In June the partners met again, in Lugano, where the team at the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), Health department (DSAN), hosted the meeting. The following project meeting was held in Sofia in October 2012. A project meeting was held in Paris in February 2013 and still another followed in April. The last project meeting included the project final conference. It took place in Livingston, Scotland, May 20–21, 2013.

KC was in charge of the research methodology. Activities have included proposing, adapting and formalising the research schedule and questionnaire, guiding and coordinating the research activities and conducting research methodology workshops. KC analysed the comparative research results which were reported and were submitted for publication.

Our partners in the project were: Studio Taf in Genoa (IT), the project's coordinating partner; West Lothian College in Livingston Scotland (UK); SUPSI DSAN in Manno (CH); and, Znanie - Center for Vocational Training in Sofia (BG).

Learn more about the project at: lenemi.wordpress.com

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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