My first experience as a consultant was the development of the SMS project: engaging with young people from a disadvantaged background in order to help them to develop their soft skills, mobility and European citizenship.This was worth €148 000 of European Funding for the three not-for-profit organisations that formed the partnership. My experience has been very diverse while working for Medway Council as a European Funding Officer. I have been given the opportunity to develop my skills and knowledge in different thematic areas:
Unemployment is a major challenge that calls for practical and tangible solutions – from identifying barriers to answering to training development needs or providing support to employers in increasing their staff retention rate.
Writing the Succès project (pre-employment support) has been very rewarding as this project has supported hundreds of long term unemployed residents to get back into work. Following this, I was then tasked to look into a project that would then help to support newly employed people into work. The Impress project has already made a big difference. Strengthened by this experience and helped by some very good partners, I then wrote the STEPS cluster to communicate and promote the benefits of soft skills training.Read more about:
Apprenticeships & work placements
Apprenticeships programmes and work placements have become an important source of experience for young people to develop their skills in the trade they favour. These have enabled young people to access the employment market and create a career path.
Following the approval of the GAPS project, the lead partner had to withdraw from the project so Medway Council decided to take the lead on the project, tasking me with finding new Dutch partners and getting the budget modification approved.Read more about:
Maritime heritage & ship reconstruction
Our heritage is the foundation of our present and future. It is important to keep remembering the great history, moments and findings of the past centuries so we can pass them onto new generations.
I had a fantastic time writing the bid for the Heroes 2C project: the partners were very passionate, enthusiastic and full of great ideas. The project focused on the reconstruction of three ships while helping apprentices and volunteers to get a variety of building skills.Read more about:
The creative industries covers a range of activities such as architecture, arts and craft, design, media, fashion, performing arts, film, music, software. Having struggled for a few years it is now recognised at national and European level as a key sector of growth.
My involvement in the development of the Incompass and Recreate projects has strengthened my knowledge of the creative sector and gives me the basis to develop projects to support creative businesses, creative centres and the creative and artistic economy.Read more about:
Environmental technologies, innovation and energy are key topics for the European Union and are present in many of European programmes. Whether they are used to boost the economy, lower our carbon foot print or combat fuel poverty, these are fundamental.
The Ecotec 21 project was technically the most complicated project I had to write: it focused on raising awareness and increasing the use of medium CHP engines in existing buildings. I had to make my own research on the topic as well as using the knowledge of the diverse partners: universities, local authorities, private organisations.Read more about:
Economic development & business support
"SMEs are the true back-bone of the European economy, being primarily responsible for wealth and economic growth, next to their key role in innovation and R&D” (europa.eu). It is therefore absolutely key to provide them with the support they need.
The TEN project is well known for its impact on supporting businesses towards cross border trade. Its success was mainly due to the lead of Estelle Timothy but I am glad I had the chance to manage the project for a year. This experience combined with my involvement as a partner on the development of the NDI and Bridge projects means that I have a good knowledge of developing projects that would support SMEs.Read more about:
Communities living in challenging neighbourhoods need support on all levels to improve their wellbeing and everyday life. Small projects and short term solutions can also make long term differences in the communities by creating a sense of belonging and ownership.
Leading on the development and managing for a year, the Inspirer project gave me a good range of knowledge around neighbourhood improvement: we combined activities about green spaces, housing, healthy lifestyle and waste management in order to improve the quality of life of residents in targeted neighbourhoods.My experience as a partner on the DNA project expanded my knowledge of community safety and health/well-being.Read more about:
Providing support to our communities means giving better access to services, dedicated outreach support and access to new opportunities that will transform the potential of our residents into success.
I started off managing the micro project Conmiixt that led onto the development of the ACCES project which I not only played an important role in the development of, but also project-managed for over a year. These two projects gave me the required experience to write the bid for the Cyber Youth Connection project that enables young people to develop their skills through Music, Cooking, Mechanics and Media activities.Read more about:
Since the European Union has opened the borders between countries, migration has certainly increased significantly, creating a range of opportunities but also developing ongoing challenges such as relationship between hosting and migrant communities, language barriers and so on.
The key elements of my involvement in developing the AIMER and AGIR projects were: leading on the partner search and the project development meetings; budget building and writing parts of the application form; preparation; management; sustainability and risk management. Thanks to the partners specialising in the topic, I got to understand better the difficulties of working on this specific subject.Read more about: