Everything is Possible and Europe Direct are organising an Open Day focusing on European Opportunities Abroad on the 9th May 2012 from 13.00 to 19.00 at the Leeds Central Library (third floor). The event is open to everyone even though we are primarily targeting young people from 16 to 30 years old.
“Here’s a competition for the linguists amongst you!
You are invited to translate a poem from any language, classical or modern, into English. There are cash prizes for the winning entries, and selected poems will be published in The Times newspaper. The closing date for entries is 1st June 2012. You can find full terms and conditions, and details of how to enter, on the Stephen Spender Trust website.
The Stephen Spender Trust aims to widen knowledge of 20th century English literature, and promote literary translation. You can find out more about Spender on the trust website, or we have a range of titles available in our libraries, including his collected poems, journals and literary criticism, and the authorized biography.”
As read on Leeds Reads, the blog from Leeds Library and Information Service.
“Following the winding up of the European Information Association, a new discussion list has been set up for people willing to share their experience and expertise in handling EU information and/or who are seeking help with EU-related materials. The move is intended to provide a forum not only for discussing EU information issues, but also to gauge the level of interest in setting up some new group and what form it might take.”
Seen in: CILIP International News Bulletin April 2012
In 1992 all countries belonging to the European Union decided to create a single market, guaranteeing free movement of goods, people, services and capital among those countries.
20 years on, you can travel across Europe without having to show your passport, work and live in another country without any difficulty, and find the best deals across Europe when shopping online.
In this competition you can choose between different themes and formats to tell your story, share your ideas or voice your complaints.
Visit http://www.generation1992.eu/ for more details.
We’ve come across the ecofair taking place on the 1st of May
“eco-fair is the largest environmental event in the North of England. We focus on real business issues and best practice case studies. Our themes for 2012 are waste, energy, greener buildings and strategy. Additional bitesized support sessions will be running all day on travel costs and environmental regulations.”
Visit the website for more information and to book your place http://www.eco-fair.co.uk/
and follow them on twitter @ecofairy
On 24 April (from 10:00 CEST to 12:30 CEST), the European Ombudsman will organise a major event in Brussels with European Commission President Barroso, European Parmiament President Schulz, and the Danish Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt, entitled “Europe in crisis: the challenge of winning citizens’ trust”. Further details are available at: this link
The event will be webstreamed at: http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/home.faces
The European Parliament and Europe by Satellite will also broadcast the event live.
Citizens from all over the European Union will have the possibility to ask questions to the four speakers via Twitter, using the hashtag #EO2012
To celebrate the Day of Solidarity between Generations we open our first Human Library on Friday 27 April.
Meet people who are involved in work with older people or who are ageing actively.
Friday 27 April 2012, 11am to 1pm
Central Library, 3rd floor meeting room
This event aims to highlight awareness of the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (http://europa.eu/ey2012).
So far you can borrow:
A Holocaust Survivor
who has been an active volunteer for over 20 years and regularly speaks in schools and to other organisations about her experiences as a child refugee arriving in England in 1939 and settling and making her life in Yorkshire.
who also runs her own business in Leeds.
A library assistant
who works for Leeds Library and Information Service, which of course caters for all ages, and who volunteers for Leeds Action for the Blind, and has volunteered for other organisations in the past. She has also studied textiles and loves knitting in her spare time.
A 65 year old gentleman
who has been diagnosed with dementia for a few years. He has spent all his working life on a farm and loves animals. He was referred to the Peer Support Service from the Younger People with Dementia Team. He now attends most of the support groups and also is a dementia champion. He is on the Peer Support Service board, attends meetings, conferences, training sessions, community group meetings and drop in sessions and is always happy to share his experience of living with dementia.
He has shared his story with the local media, including a radio interview and an article in the Evening Post. He wants to “give something back to the services that support him” and also wants to share his story to raise awareness and be helpful to others who are experiencing memory problems. He wants to encourage people to live life to the full and spread the message” living well with dementia”.
In retirement, eight years as a volunteer in the office of Older People’s Action in the Locality in Leeds 16. Also enjoying exercise classes and outings provided by OPAL, and knowing that I can turn to them for any problems and difficulties. Good to belong to an organisation that helps older people to live more happily and safely in their own homes.
You can read more about the concept of the Human Library at http://humanlibrary.org/.
The PES Group in the Committee of the Regions (CoR) is launching a photo competition for Europeans aged 18-108, inspired by the theme of the 2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations.
Amateur photographers are asked to send in a photo that illustrates the way they perceive senior citizens taking an active part in society and developing their potential.
“Life 2.0 – Ready for a new start” seeks to capture various types of turning the challenges of an ageing population into opportunities, be it by discovering new vocations, keeping moving, staying fit and healthy or fostering inter-generational learning.
The competition runs from 1 March until 30 June 2012.
The jury consists of members of the PES Group in the CoR – representing local and regional authorities across the EU – and professionals from the world of photography. It will select the best three photos.
Winners will be awarded a number of substantial prizes. The first prize of the competition consists of two trips for two persons to two European cities and a tablet computer.
For more information on the competition and promotional material, visit www.pes.cor.europa.eu.