Celebrating double success with Health Points and CREUS

At Rinova we are celebrating a double success as two of our Erasmus+ projects, Health Points and CREUS have both been awarded ‘Good Practice’ exemplar status by the UK Erasmus+ National Agency.

Only a small selection of completed projects are accorded this status each year, so we were particularly delighted when we heard that both had achieved this success.

The first of these, Health Points was launched formally in January 2018 and concluded in November 2019. The project set out to increase the capacity of tutors, trainers and educators to support disadvantaged young adults with the promotion of health literacy, healthier lifestyles and wider well-being. Over its 2-year duration it directly involved 120 young adults and developed an attractive, interactive game-based learning strategy and accompanying resources.

Health Points was led and coordinated by Rinova. It worked in partnership with MMC (Cyprus), who led on the digital game-based learning resource, as well as Bupnet (Germany), SoSu (Denmark), CESIE (Italy), die Berater (Austria) and Rogers Foundation (Hungary). Alex Walker, Rinova’s Senior Project Manager who coordinated the partnership said The Health Points project was an excellent example of combining cooperation and hard work. We produced a viable and proven resource for health education for educators working with young adults.”

The UK National Agency, in its final assessment report, ranked Health Points with an outstanding score of 86/100. It commented “It is evident that the partnership … achieved all of its objectives. This has been underpinned by effective partnership working and a shared vision for the project and its outputs and collaborative ethos that allowed the partners to share their respective expertise and work synergetically. It is to the coordinator’s credit that the tools and documentation used to manage the project were clear and user friendly.”

You can visit the Health Points website and find out more about its results and resources here.

In our second piece of good news, the CREUS project, which concluded in February 2020, was also very positively received by the UK National Agency, which ranked it with an exceptional 83/100 assessment score. Its final report commented that “The website provides a repository of information about the project including a range of tools and resources … sharing the approach and model of peer mentoring in unconventional spaces. Overall, 25 peer mentors and 138 young people were involved as mentees during the testing period. Feedback suggests that the experience has been positive and it is encouraging that some challenges have also been acknowledged.

At Rinova we worked closely with our long-standing UK partner, Collage Arts, the applicant, on the coordination and implementation of the 28-month project.  Our partnership included some of our longest-standing partners, in Dimitra (Greece), Mulab (Italy), Hope for Children (Cyprus), Kunstbedrijf Arnhem/Rozet (Netherlands). Manoj Ambasna, Executive Director of Collage Arts, commented that Although the UK is leaving the EU, the impact of the EU-funded Lifelong Learning and Erasmus+ projects will be felt for many years onwards with organisations such as Collage Arts. They have strengthened our teams and supported our creative practice and accreditation, as a non-formal creative arts learning organisation for over 30 years.” Trevor Burgess of Rinova said that “It was a testimony to the partnership that we got the recognition of ‘Good Practice’. CREUS was a great project to work on that went deep in exploring this area of practice with young people and had a lot of buy-in from partners and particularly the mentors.

You can find out more about CREUS and the results and resources that it produced by clicking here.

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