ForAge Network

The ForAge network has a core group of 15 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 its funding continued until 31 March 2015. During this period ForAge core partners set up and developed the network and prepared 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           

Between 2012 and 2015 the Forage Project was led and managed ably and with great good humour by Professor John Benyon of the University of Leicester. We regret to announce that John died on 19th May 2016.
To read obituaries and tributes visit:


ForAge Core Partners


Graz, Austria   


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.