The IRENE project arises from the need to offer a multidisciplinary and multicultural response to the different forms of violence that can occur in the family context; such as gender violence, child abuse, child-to-parent violence, or elder abuse.

Across Europe families are in crisis and we strongly believe it is time that there should be a suitable family – centred educational approach that will prevent families from reaching the point of crisis. With targeted educational interventions addressed at a family level, and with effective referrals to the available social services in each EU Member State, the concrete objective of the IRENE project is to support families to take action to prevent and eradicate domestic violence within the family unit, across Europe.

Project Aim

Through the IRENE project what we want to achieve is to promote peace among European families and to protect vulnerable members of European families from experiencing, and witnessing, instances of violence and abuse.

Specific Objectives

Through IRENE project we aspire to: 

  • Support parents in their role as primary educators of their children
  • Integrate grandparents and senior adult learners into the family learning model
  • Create a ‘whole-family approach’ to addressing instances of domestic violence and abuse, which represents a significant innovation in the field of family learning.


  • Programme for parents to Build Positive Family Relationships
  • Family Learning Toolkit – Comic Strips, Interactive Digital Magazines and Audio Books
  • In-service Training Programme for Adult Educators


To inform the development process and validate the outputs developed, key stakeholders will be integrated into the project work-plan and partners will return to their local family learning support groups at regular intervals for testing, peer reviews and feedback. This process will help ensure that key local stakeholders feel a sense of ownership of the results developed. This will encourage them to act as local advocates of the project promoting the results achieved within their peer groups. The IRENE consortium will follow a bottom-up approach to working with local families to address the issue of domestic violence, and to build their resilience to address this issue within the family unit. Partners will implement each of the following activities on a monthly basis to ensure all project objectives are met and all results are developed on time and within the proposed project schedule.


Asociación andaluza de apoyo a la infancia – ALDAIMA

The Aldaima association arises in 1998 from the experience of a group of professionals in the field of child protection with the main purpose to protect and support vulnerable children and adolescents. As one of the first entities authorised by the Regional Government of Andalusia, we have been since 1999 managing the family Foster Care Programmes in the province of Granada to offer children in need a family environment where to grow up, as an alternative to institutional foster care centres. Our team is made up of professionals from different disciplines (psychology, social work and education, law), specialised and committed to the protection of children’s rights.
We provide therapeutic support to children who have experienced crisis situations or family violence, with interventions of contrasted quality and based on a participatory approach. We develop projects based on solidarity and social commitment, as tools to ensure the protection of children and adolescents, promoting a culture of good treatment, the recognition of the rights of children and adolescents and working to favour integration and prevent the appearance of violent behaviour in adolescents and young at risk.

The Rural Hub CLG

The Rural Hub was established in 2012 by a group of education, training, and rural development professionals in response to the impact of the economic crisis on small rural villages and towns in Ireland. Since its establishment, The Rural Hub has been providing a wide range of training and capacity development programmes to local residents, professionals, community groups and NGOs. We specialise in community development, social inclusion and network building and offer a range of local initiatives engaging disadvantaged rural youth, migrant communities, isolated older residents, families, and front-line workers.  We work with these groups, using creative approaches and the testing of digital media resources to support greater social cohesion among local communities in County Cavan.  We have a developed network of county-wide stakeholders who support our work on a thematic basis. Through our community-based office, we deliver informal adult and youth education programmes through our Social Mornings and Educational Afternoons programmes; and through our ‘youth into digital media’ programmes we run in our Digital Media Zone (DMZ) in Virginia, Cavan.


The IoD is an organisation established 2003 with a vision to contribute to the improvement of the society’s quality of life through the continuous development of the individual, the family, and the human resources of business and educational organisations. The Institute promotes resilience, sense of wellbeing, mindfulness, mental health, and a positive outlook to life, the boost of creative skills, increasing performance, resilience to stress and experience of happiness. It has considerable know-how and expertise in the design and offering of training opportunities in the fields of teacher empowerment and wellbeing, self‐awareness, self-esteem, emotional intelligence, stress management, cooperative learning, values and creative thinking, life and employability skills, positive psychology applications, career guidance.


Co&So is a consortium of cooperatives located in Florence, Italy, which includes 40 cooperatives working in the social, educational and cultural field. Co&So has 29 employees who provide services to the associated cooperatives, the main services are: administration, monitoring the calls and submitting tenders mostly on public procurement, offering European opportunities in order to promote innovation in the cooperatives in terms of improving employees’ competences and services, quality certification, communication. All together the staff working in the associated cooperatives is 5000 professionals and the annual income of Co&So is about €90.000.000 which is composed by the services provided by all the cooperatives. In Co&so there is a special office just working on European funding with very skilled staff who has more than 15 years of experience.

Six of Co&So’s cooperatives work directly with the target group of the project and manage educational services and projects for children and their families. An important service run by Co&So is the Family Hub which provides educational services to disadvantaged families. These cooperatives work in the area of Florence, Lucca,Grosseto, Prato and Arezzo and manage around 185 services from nursery to primary schools, some on behalf of the Public Authorities.

Générations Solidaires Val-d’Oise

GSVO 95 is an association was created in June 2010, with the aim of acting for intergenerational solidarity and for the sustainable development of the Val-d’Oise department. The main activities of GSVO 95 are intergenerational socio-cultural learning activities aimed at fostering the social integration of various target groups. Through collective training, workshops and socio-cultural activities, GSVO 95 promotes social diversity, tolerance and equality.


The foundation “Viva Femina” is a women foundation located in Podkarpackie region in Poland. Our main aim is to act for the benefit of women, people with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups on the labour market. We are implementing good practices in gender issues, and promote equal opportunities for women and men in all areas of life as well as implementing good practices in education.

Viva Femina works directly with its target group, especially with women with disabilities (both physical and learning disabilities), mentors and coaches in our region, providing vocational guidance, psychologist services, vocational and social activisation, works with companies to organize practices for people with disabilities in gastronomy sector, offers mentoring and coaching for this target group.

We are promoting entrepreneurship among women and work-based learning.

Proportional Message – Associação
Proportional Message is an association that supports people with disadvantaged backgrounds through the development of humanistic education values. We encourage people to engage in activities for social support, learning and inclusion, which comprise all monitoring, support, and research activities. We aim to meet the needs of migrants, refugees, and victims’ in similar situations. Additionally, we also embrace activities of open education and social actions for marginalised children, adolescents, adults, and families. Proportional Message holds education and training activities intended for disadvantaged young people and adults and carries out with a view to acquiring and deepening knowledge and competences.

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