Meet the INVOLVE team

 Our lead partner – Le LABA (Laboratory of Arts Based in New Aquitaine) is a competence centre of the New Aquitaine Region. This Centre was created in 2013 and has 7 employees: director, financial manager, training manager, European project workers and managers, project assistant, and a Community and Marketing manager. It comprises ten networks of operators from the New Aquitaine region who work in the field of cultural industries. These partners gather their expertise in the field of European cooperation, to develop cross-sectoral projects in order to work more effectively and efficiently and to incorporate an international good practice dimension to their work.

LeLABA is specialized in support for entrepreneurship for NEETs and Young people in the field of cultural industries. In the Forum (incubator of le Rocher de Palmer), LABA welcomes young people who want to create their own enterprise and provides support and advice to them with them regarding; Communication, Structuring of their enterprise, management, research, and finance.

Creative Spark, is a not-for-profit social enterprise which aims to develop the local creative industries sector and support new and established innovative enterprises. Creative Spark, centre for creativity and innovation, launched in October 2012 with the goal of providing dedicated creative training and workspace facilities for new and established enterprises in County Louth – a place to work and a place to learn.

Creative Spark was conceived with a clear focus on the development of the creative and innovative enterprise sector in this region and the use of creative practice to promote social engagement. Providing dedicated training and ‘learning lab’ facilities and affordable workspace, Creative Spark offers an environment where innovation and creativity can flourish.

Creative Spark corresponds to best practice principle that clustering creative and innovative businesses in a central multi-tenant enterprise hub can be a dynamic business stimulation strategy bringing wealth creation, job creation and knowledge advancement to an area. The thinking behind this knowledge sharing and peer to peer communication will be put into practice in the INVOLVE Good Practice Guide Book.

N’A QU’1 OEIL is an association created in 1996 as a research facility for arts and the cultural impact. Based in Bordeaux, N’A QU’1 OEIL work mainly in the Aquitaine region, engaging on a daily basis with a diverse group of partner organisations. With two full time staff and ten members of their Cooperation Council, their goal is to develop educational resources, publications and books showcasing and highlighting the minority groups within our society.

Although Bordeaux is a multicultural society and has adapted well in its inclusion of many varied ethnicities, N’A QU’1 OEIL through their research have discovered that while individuals may be welcoming and inclusive in their practices many institutions, educational materials, resources and courses are not as proactive. Therefore, they aim to adapt existing curriculum, educational materials and resources to reflect the true diversity of the cultural life in Bordeaux.

To achieve their overall strategic goals N’A QU’1 OEIL , use their research to develop workshops, books, and other education resources. At the core of the organisations is the belief that everyone has a unique, specialist way of thinking and learning. The value of this organisation is that they recognise this, and do more than just acknowledge it but they build upon it for the greater good. With a highly skilled staff, including their president, vice-president, an active cooperation council (10) and a team of artists, visual artist collaborators and graphic creation collectives, N’A QU’1 OEIL is an innovative organisation whose core values and beliefs are in line with our INVOLVE project objectives.

Momentum is an Irish VET organisation focused on developing progressive learning programmes and platforms for education with special focus and competence on training content, digital media and social media as a powerful tool in reaching marginalised target groups. Founded in 2003, Momentum now employs 12 staff and subcontractors and equips over 600 learners per annum with lifelong learning skills and tools. Momentum has particular experience and capacity in delivering training for groups including adult learners, entrepreneurs and disadvantaged groups.

Specialising in progressive vocational education programmes and platforms, Momentum are passionate about enabling people to enter the world of work and participate as fully as possible in the contemporary labour market. Much of their work concentrates on interpreting emerging pedagogic approaches for engaging fully with their audience to ensure high levels of uptake and success.

As a VET and Adult training body, MOMENTUM competencies include the delivery of employment upskilling programmes to disadvantaged groups e.g. those that are un/under employed and are socially excluded through innovative methodologies e.g. blended learning with work placement and professional development training in self-employment and social entrepreneurship.

The organization ‘Social Cooperative Activities for Vulnerable Groups (“EDRA”) is a Non-Profit Organization- Social Cooperative, operating in the fields of mental health and intellectual disability since 2001, The Organisation aims include: the promotion of mental health, defending the rights of vulnerable groups and raising awareness in matters concerning mental health. It is a member of the Transparency Register of the European Union, and the National Register of Organizations of Civil Society of the Private Sector which renders services of social care, and also a member in the Special Register of Voluntary non-governmental organizations and in the Register of Cultural Organizations of the Ministry of Culture.

K.S.D.E.O. “EDRA” operates in the following sectors:

Mental Health, Vulnerable Social Groups, and innovative education, It operates a certified Lifelong Education Center offering Adult Education Programs for all population groups, supporting especially socially and economically vulnerable groups. Over the years, it has offered its services to many hundreds of trainees, running courses for professionals of Mental health field, social workers, artists, Educators for Adults, IT professionals, Speech and Occupational Therapists, social entrepreneurs, and many others.

 European E-learning Institute (EUEI) specialises in the creation of powerful online platforms, immersive educational environments and provision of resources and tools to create truly valuable learning experiences.

EUEI was founded on the concept of ‘continuing education’; a post-secondary education programme that provides further enrichment to learners in a wide range of sectors, covering topics that are professional and/or personal. As an organisation, EUEI places tremendous worth on the informal and flexible nature of continuing education and crafting flexible, online learning courses for those wishing to improve themselves and stay ahead in their careers and in business. Building inclusive and resilient communities is also a key goal of the organisation.

EUEI courses build on the expertise of our European collaborators, who are mainly academic specialists with a successful track record in teaching in the areas of VET, HE and lifelong learning. Each of our online courses is delivered via a state-of-the-art learning system with an asynchronous learning format which enables learners to advance at their own pace, taking into consideration professional and personal commitments. Learning occurs through our interactive platforms where course content theory is combined with practical application supported by case studies, movies and interactive presentations. In addition to this, learners have access to a wide range of resources – typically online textbooks for each subject accompanied by exercises, projects, and assignments.