Nantes Creative Generations

Hello friends,
I come to you to bring some information about Nantes Creative Generations (NCG), an initiative that, I’m sure, will interest you.
NCG aims at encouraging and bringing together young European adults involved in innovative projects designed to strengthen the no­tion of citizenship, of «living together». Please find enclosed a complete presentation in the new NCG brochure.
Together with local associations, the City of Nantes and Nantes Metropole are organizing on 24-26 October 2013 the next edition of the NCG youth initiative Forum.
During these 3 days in Nantes, young Europeans and young Nantes projects holders will be invited to present projects, debate, share experiences, improve skills and take part to cultural events. As well as showcasing their own projects, participants will have the chance to learn from peers across Europe and to gain better understanding of the European dimension of local projects.
As we are now seeking applications from young people aged 18-30 to present their innovative and inspirational projects linked to citizenship, you’ll find enclosed the 2013 NCG Forum application form.
Applications must be submitted by 31st May and projects selected will be notified in June.
Please feel free to spread the word to all your networks, NGO’s and any people you think might be interested.
Our website is under (re)construction. Meanwhile, you can follow NCG on Twitter :
For further informations, don’t hesitate to contact me,
Thanks a lot for your help,
Best regards.
Antoine PARROT
Europe officer / International Relations Department

Developping women’s skills for the future labour market

Sophia is a female name derived from σοφία, the Greek word for “Wisdom”, and this name is perfect to describe a project based on women’s knowledge.  The SOPHIE partnership will enable women to share and exploit their knowledge and experience in a Web 2.0 context, therefore they will develop ICT skills and social skills, at the same time a mutual support system and  to encourage a guidance network where every woman has valuable knowledge to share.

SOPHIE attempts to connect professional and vocational guidance, informal and formal systems in collaborative and participative sceneries where everybody has something to contribute with.

Why this project?
Women have been traditionally in an unequal position in most of the areas. As a result of this , there are several gaps that have been preventing them living to their full potential. Society is not taking full advantage of their potential and talent, so communities are not progressing as they could.

Labour market forecasts point out that the future labour market will require new skills and the qualification levels, and demand will be higher. For this reason, women should act now, through means of innovative guidance systems. This will enable improved access to the future labour market whilst avoiding the skill mismatch.

The situation of women isdifferent for each EU Partner and through this project we will get to know better the reality of women in each of these countries.

Through this EU partnership we will  be able to connect women in order to set a network of support and informal professional guidance.

There are different facebook groups coordinated by partners, so join us!

Fuente : Sophia

Youth participation in local government and sustainable urban planning

The importance of youth participation in local government is a key dimension of the succes of sustainable urban planning. It allows young people and urban citizens  taking ownership of the city strategy, thus  creating bottom-up implementation and mobilizing local ressources. Encouraging youth participation in local policy should focus on empowering young people,  inviting policy makers to share decision with young people so as to reach youth mainstreaming.

Toneta examines Youth and its possibilities for networking. Intense exchange among the different stakeholders involved in the project so as to prepare the meeting showing  the importance of youth policies as a result of synergies that can be enhanced through town twinning and networking.

Building on the results of the Cabuenes-meeting, TONETA partnership has drafted a “SUD Plan” that involves a strong youth participation dimension.

Please download the document HERE


A new campaign which aims to tackle anti-social behaviour in parks around the city has been launched at Bute Park. The Respect Flyer has been devised by young people, park rangers and South Wales Police and looks to target the issues of youth annoyance and anti-social behaviour that takes place in city centre parks.
Street Based Youth Workers from Cardiff Youth Service have been working with groups of young people who meet and socialise in areas such as Coopers Field, City Hall Lawn, the Castle Moat and Victoria Gardens. The team’s hands-on approach has included encouraging young people to consider the impact their behaviour has on other park users as well as the environmental effect that can damage plants and wildlife such as graffiti and littering.
Young people have responded positively by designing and producing a flyer with support from youth workers from the City Centre Youth Project Grassroots. It highlights problem issues and offers advice to other young people about respectful behaviour whilst using community areas. The project is to now expand including the planning of volunteer events for young people to  assist parks grounds men and park rangers with clearing areas of invasive plants and resurfacing paths during the spring and summer months.
The group also wish to design and produce some art work and seating made from fallen trees that can be displayed and used within the parks. Executive Member Communities, Housing and Social Justice, Cllr Judith Woodman said: “Reducing anti-social behaviour in city centre parks and green spaces is a priority.
“This project will help improve the enjoyment of parks for other users and is a positive step forward in getting young people interested in the work that goes into maintaining these wonderful areas, encouraging them to have respect for their environment.”

More Info and Source: Cardiff City Council