ForAge Network

The ForAge network has a core group of 16 partner organisations. These partners are members of the ForAge project team who have come together, supported by funding from the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme, to initiate a major European network  focusing on later life learning.

The ForAge project began in January 2012 and will come to an end in December 2014. During this period ForAge core partners will seek new contacts and members for the network as part of a longer term sustainability plan.

Each of the core partners has a ForAge network page on their own websites that can be viewed by clicking on the appropriate link.

ForAge Project Coordinator

Institute of Lifelong Learning
University of Leicester

128 Regent Road
Leicester LE1 7PA
Telephone: +44 116 2525914           


ForAge Core Partners


Graz, Austria   

Finnish Adult Education Association

Helsinki, Finland

50plus Hellas

Athens, Greece    

Trebag Property & Management Ltd

Budapest, Hungary


Rome, Italy

The Elephant Learning in Diversity BV


PRO-MED sp z.o.o.

Gdansk, Poland


Lisbon, Portugal   

EUROED Association

Bucharest, Romania

Association for Education and Ageing

United Kingdom

Comenius University

Bratislava, Slovakia


Graz, Austria

The Slovenian Third Age University

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Cordoba University

Cordoba, Spain

Age Action Ireland

Dublin, Ireland


ForAge Associate Partners

As well as the core team, ForAge has a number of Associate Partners who, whilst not being part of the project implementation group, are influential in the development and direction that project work takes.

Age Platform Europe

Brussels, Belgium


Bonn, Germany

Workers Educational Association NI

Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Aims and objectives of the ForAge Network

The ForAge project team will develop a single access point for information about later-life learning in Europe, connecting different activities and projects.

It aims to extend recognition of the value of learning for older people as a means of fostering inclusion, participation and intergenerational solidarity in European societies.

The objective of the network is to contribute to the international research and evidence base for later-life learning and to increase access to innovative and progressive ideas and practice in Europe.

Outputs from the ForAge Network

ForAge will promote the value of later-life learning by creating an accessible archive of past projects, research findings, policy statements, statistical evidence, and examples of best practice. Outputs will include:

The ForAge database

Website and newsletters

Reports and commentaries 

Annual conferences on later-life learning 

Workshops to address priority themes

Glossary of relevant terms

The ForAge team will achieve these outputs through extensive dialogue with, among others, policy makers, politicians, strategic players at national, regional and local level, researchers, practitioners in adult education, seniors, organisations and institutions with real and potential links to later life learning.  

As well as sourcing material for the archive, ForAge partners will seek to advocate on behalf of later life learning and to support others in doing so through the provision of a comprehensive catalogue of theory and practice to underpin the promotion and development of later life learning.

ForAge target groups

The ForAge network targets the following groups:

  • older people and later-life learners;
  • volunteers and organisations involved in lifelong learning; 
  • teachers, managers and planners in adult education;
  • researchers in this field;
  • trades unions;
  • politicians and policy makers.



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