Our association’s team consisting of five members and staff participated in a well-organized training program provided by ShipCon in Palermo, Italy, from April 10th to 14th, 2023, as part of the Erasmus+ KA1 project, “Empowering adult educators who support family carers.”

The five-day training program they attended was conducted in English and aimed to equip them with skills to manage stress and prevent burnout.

ShipCon’s 5-day training program in Palermo offered the chance to enhance the skills of adult educators who assist family caregivers. Τhe course provided practical knowledge on stress management techniques, including meditation, breathing practices, yoga exercises, and conscious communication. The course emphasized the importance of restful sleep and individualized responses to stress. Participants were satisfied with the course and provided positive feedback during the evaluation.

This was a master class course that was specifically designed to help participants gain understanding of the meaning of stress, its consequences, and provide them with knowledge of the essential techniques to handle everyday stresses, deal with disturbing emotions, communicate in a way that needs are met and create a lifestyle that supported their deepest intentions to become more vibrant, healthy, and alive.

While staying in Italy, we were able to engage with attendees from Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Spain and Sweden, and exchange insights on ways to prevent burnout.

On April 13th, 2023, we visited the organization CESIE in Palermo. CESIE is an international non-governmental organization located in Palermo, Italy, that employs innovative and participatory approaches to promote social, cultural, and economic development.  We had an engaging conversation during our visit to CESIE concerning their involvement in projects related to mental health and we explored the possibility of collaborating ahead of the October call for the submission of Erasmus+ project proposals.

Following our five-day training and study visit in Palermo, we not only feel more confident in handling stress and avoiding burnout, but we believe that our work in education and training, and social inclusion will become more effective. The visit also provided us with the opportunity to expand our potential collaborations with partners from diverse sectors and countries to effect positive social change at the national and international levels.

We extend our gratitude to the Greek National Agency IKY for their support in funding the “Empowering adult educators who support family carers” project, which made this opportunity possible.