Here at Europe Direct Leeds we are hoping to arrange a Human Library on Friday 27 April, to celebrate Day of Solidarity, which is part of the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations.
We’re looking for 6 to 10 volunteers to be “books” in our Human Library.
Ideally you’d be an older person who either volunteers or is otherwise active, or someone who works with older people, so that we can highlight awareness of the European Year and its main objectives:
- Promote active ageing in employment;
- Promote active ageing in the community including through active citizenship, volunteering and caring;
- Promote active ageing at home through enabling healthy ageing and independent living; and
- Enhance cooperation and solidarity between the generations.
Please get in touch if you’d like to be involved.
You can read more about the concept of the Human Library at http://humanlibrary.org/. Below is an excerpt from their website:
The Human Library is an innovative method designed to promote dialogue, reduce prejudices and encourage understanding.The main characteristics of the project are to be found in its simplicity and positive approach.
In its initial form the Human Library is a mobile library set up as a space for dialogue and interaction. Visitors to a Human Library are given the opportunity to speak informally with “people on loan”; this latter group being extremely varied in age, sex and cultural background.
The Human Library enables groups to break stereotypes by challenging the most common prejudices in a positive and humorous manner. It is a concrete, easily transferable and affordable way of promoting tolerance and understanding.