MeTura in the UK

Thrive is the UK partner for the MeTura project. You can follow the progress of the project in the UK here.

MeTura: Back to the roots

MeTura is an international project aiming to improve the lives of adults living with learning disabilities by encouraging family gardening and cooking as a way of supporting ongoing learning and independence.

Gardening and cooking are activities that provide great opportunities for learning and practicing the skills needed for independent living. They provide adults with learning disabilities with opportunities to continue lifelong learning in a social family setting, through activities that the family can easily support.

The project ultimately aims to develop toolkits and resources to enable families and educators to make the most of the lifelong learning opportunities that gardening, and cooking can provide, It will give insights into the social and therapeutic benefits of these activities and show families how they can help loved ones with a learning disability prepare for a more independent life.

Funded by the EU, this Erasmus Project will last for three years and see Thrive working with other not-for-profit organisations in Slovenia, Croatia and Italy.

The project so far 

Pre-work for the project suggested that many adults with learning disabilities live at home with their families and that it may be beneficial to develop lifelong learning activities that can be carried out at home and involve the wider family, while promoting independence and developing life skills for the adult with learning disabilities  – gardening and cooking are ideal examples of this kind of activity. 
 

 1st International Meeting

In May 2019 we held our first international project meeting in Karlovac (Croatia) at a host organisation familiar with running cooking workshops adapted to people with disabilities. The next meeting will be held at Thrive’s site near Reading, UK in March 2020.
 

Information gathering

Over the last 6 months we have been gathering information from Adults with learning disabilities, their families and educators and activity providers who work with these adults, about their thoughts on  approaches, opportunities and barriers to life long education. We are currently wanted to understand the  current opportunities for life long learning for adults with intellectual disabilities and their families, the kinds of training and resources that families and educators need to support this kind of learning, and how gardening and cooking can be used to encourage self-directed learning in the home environment. The reports below summarise the findings from the four partner countries.

  •  IO1 –  Investigating the current opportunities for lifelong learning for adults with learning disabilities and their families in their local environment and their interest in  continuing lifelong learning at home in a family setting. Read the summary of the findings here. IO1 summary synthesis report_UK
  • I02 – Understanding the skills and resources needed by educators to support and encourage self-directed (andragogical) lifelong learning for adults with learning disabilities and their families. Read the summary of the findings here. IO2 Summary synthesis_UK
  • IO3 – Identifying best practice and the most effective methods for motivating adults with learning disabilities and their families to engage in lifelong learning in a social setting. Read the summary of the findings here. IO3 – Summary of Synthesis report _UK
  • IO4 – Understanding the potential opportunities, obstacles and therapeutic benefits  of using family cooking as a method of encouraging self-directed (andragogical) lifelong learning for adults with learning disabilities in a family setting. Read the summary of the findings here. IO4 Summary of the Synthesis_UK
  • IO5 – Understanding the potential opportunities, obstacles and therapeutic benefits  of using family gardening as a method of encouraging self-directed (andragogical) lifelong learning for adults with learning disabilities in a family setting. Read the summary of the findings here. IO5 Summary of the Synthesis report_UK

Many thanks to all the families and educators/activity providers who contributed to these questionnaires!

Next steps

The next step in the project is to identify the best methodologies and approaches for providing lifelong learning support in gardening and cooking for adults with learning disabilities and their families. This will guide us in developing  the tools, resources and training needed to support these activities.

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