In the EU, 21 % of the population faces the risk of poverty or social exclusion (Eurostat, 2019). These disadvantaged people in Europe are part of various cohorts including: People suffering from mental health problems: 7% of the EU population suffer from chronic depression with women particularly affected (Eurostat, 2014), Older people: Over 20% of people over 65 in Europe, Former drug or alcohol users, People with special needs, Early school leavers, immigrants and refugees. In many cases marginalization is intersectional, some of the above groups will experience increased discrimination and lack of opportunity due to additional aspects related to gender, race, ethnicity and coming from certain socio-economic backgrounds. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these issues of social isolation and exclusion and has also affected the mental health of a previously unaffected proportion of the population. Progress presents an opportunity and a need to build strong social networks where no one is left behind. Building a better Europe, a Europe of solidarity and care, will require better integration and support of previously neglected groups in society. The future also includes challenges linked to climate change, environmental sustainability and food security, as outlined in the European Green Deal, the 2030 Biodiversity Strategy and the Farm to Fork Strategy. These challenges need to be addressed not only with technological advances, but also with slow and small-scale, accessible local solutions that are human-centered and human-driven. A holistic approach to the regeneration of ecosystems and communities, in line with the objectives set by the EU through its policies, is that of permaculture, and more specifically, social permaculture. The concept of permaculture incorporates sustainability through working with nature and building resilient communities. His ethics can be simplified into three main aspects: Care of the Earth, Care of People, Fair Share. Working in a group, designing together, creating gardens, community spaces or built structures (eg water catchment unit, compost pile, compost toilet, small pond, growing bin, etc.), seeing the plants and growing food, organizing community events, focusing on local governance, health and wellbeing issues, being outdoors as a community – these are all exercises that have plenty of benefit for the mental well-being of participants, as well as providing life skills in the design aspects, of co-designing, executing a community project. Permaculture offers a holistic and complex yet simple and realistic framework that can be applied basically anywhere in social and natural environments. Despite all these benefits, social workers / educators / trainers and people working with disadvantaged adults will not necessarily have the skills to carry out such activities and build self-sustaining permaculture gardens, social or material structures with the vulnerable adults in their care. This teaching material aims to fill this knowledge gap and build on the work of existing projects to create a social permaculture training for people working with vulnerable adults, as well as for vulnerable adults to increase their knowledge and skills to be able to use tools from social permaculture and nature healing to improve well-being and social resilience.
We are excited to inform you about an additional opportunity available to you upon course completion – EuroPass certification.
The EuroPass certification is a valuable credential that can enhance your professional profile and make your skills and qualifications recognized and transparent throughout Europe.
To request your EuroPass certification for this course, please follow these steps:
- Complete all the required coursework in modules 1,2, & 3, and final assessments for the course.
- Ensure that your personal information in your course profile is accurate and up-to-date.
- Contact one of the project partners in your country of residence and request your EuroPass certification. Please include your full name and course details in the email.
Our certification team will guide you through the process and provide you with the necessary documentation to complete your EuroPass profile.
If you have any questions or need assistance with the certification process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.
Thank you for choosing our course, and we wish you every success in your learning journey.