Bootle-based Regenerus wins £280,000 EU contract to develop the next generation of ‘social innovators’

Training organisation is one of the partners in the Tomorrow’s Land project which has secured the funding from the European Commission’s Erasmus+. Tony McDonough reports.

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Regenerus is looking to develop the next generation of ‘social innovators’

A Merseyside organisation that provides a range of support services to new and existing businesses has landed its third major European training contract – worth around £280,000

Bootle-based Regenerus, formerly the South Sefton Development Trust, is one of the partners in the Tomorrow’s Land project which has secured the funding from the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme to help develop the next generation of social innovators in six countries.

Business specialists from the company will be working alongside partners from Portugal, Latvia, Germany, Denmark and Italy to create resources to support educators who are training new social innovators – people working to develop practical new solutions to social problems.

The aim is to create a more collaborative economy in these countries by fostering the creation of the next generation of innovators capable of influencing and developing a more inclusive society.

The announcement of the new initiative comes as Regainers nears the end of its second European contract helping out-of-work young people in the UK, Germany, Spain, Poland and Cyprus improving their life and employment chances.

Regenerus chief executive, Cate Murphy, said: “We’re obviously delighted to be involved in another project that has received European-wide recognition in this way.

“Building on the success of our previous contracts, Tomorrow’s Land will support educators in developing social innovators who will use their abilities for the benefit of their local communities.”

Key elements of the 26-month Tomorrow’s Land project will include the production of a strategic research paper, the creation of a learning framework and online learning resources and staging a major international social innovation conference in Liverpool.

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