2002: Europe East and West: New Partnerships with new EU member states
In December 2002, the European Reminiscence Network partners met in Bonn, through the generosity of KDA (Kuratorium Deutches Altershilfe) to plan future applications for funded projects. [Image: Training sessions in Cluj, Romania]
A major long-term programme we agreed to pursue was the development of East-West partnerships, whereby countries newly joining the European Union would be able to gain access to reminiscence training and resources through linking with experienced European Reminiscence Network partners in the west. Intensive training in reminiscence was offered by the Network Co-ordinator, Pam Schweitzer with Errollyn Bruce from Bradford University Dementia Unit in three Romanian cities in partnership with Agora Association, Bucharest, and a programme of training was planned for the Czech Republic.
This new partnership initiative was reflected in our next big project “Making Memories Matter” in 2004-5 (see under recent projects) which continues to operate today.
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