On 5-6 of November, 2018, the kick-off meeting of EDGE project was held in Milan. The meeting was held in a wonderful country house where an organization engaged in the education and employment of people with disabilities has been operating. At the meeting, project partners were able to monitor the excellent example of integration of people with disabilities: in farmstead disabled people not only live, but also a lot of farm work is done by themselves. Participants of the meeting (Consorzio Sir Solidarieta in rete (SIR) (Italy)) and partners from England INOVA CONSULTANCY LTD, Greek UNIVERSITY OF THESSALY – UTH, Portugal FENACERCI, Austria Die Querdenker, Lithuanian Social Innovation Center (SIC) and Italian R.Q.SRL and Melazeta srl presented the activities and experiences of each of the organizations represented, promoting the integration process of the disabled and providing comprehensive assistance to social groups that lack social or work skills. After the presentation of the partners, the project’s objectives, expected results and project management plan were reviewed in general by the coordinating organisation (Consorzio Sir Solidarieta in rete (SIR) (Italy)). Each of the responsible organizations introduced the expected intellectual outputs. At the end of the first day of the meeting a quality plan for the implementation of the project was presented and discussed.

On the second day of the meeting the dissemination plan of the project activities and the role of each of the partner organizations in disseminating information about the activities being carried out were discussed. Also discussed were the calendar of project activities, the potential dates for meetings and the required reporting, the ways and means of internal communication. The meeting ended with a summary of the next upcoming steps.

Project title: Integration Pathway for New Adult Migrants and Refugees – IPNA MAR)
Program: ERASMUS + KA2
2017 – 1 – SE01 – KA204 – 034522
The aim of the project:
Create and test a training tool for professionals working with new migrants and refugees. The essence of the methodological tool is to develop social skills and civic competences.

The Social Innovation Center, together with partners from Sweden and Romania, is implementing the Erasmus project+ project “Integration Pathway for New Adult Migrants and Refugees – IPNA MAR “. The 2nd meeting took place in Bucharest Romania from 28th – 30th September 2018.
The partners met for the second time to talk about implemented project activities, first results and future steps.
Also we talked about the outcomes and did analysis on the strip and adult educators’ tool`s materials for the intellectual output and discussed about the quality indicators identified at each partner level and organizations working in the field that could be used in the future distribution to other education providers in partners’ countries and EU at large.

At now, Social Innovation Center planning date for multiplier event of final meeting for final evaluation in Lithuania, Šiauliai.

Project partners:
The Organization for Poverty Alleviation & Development – OPAD (Sweden)
Public Institution Social Innovation Center – SIC (Lithuania)
AMV Association (Romania)

The Kick-off meeting of MENTOR was held in Skopje, FYROM on 1-5 of October, 2018. The participants Project coordinator – VsI Socialiniu inovaciju centras (LT) and Partners from UK – Apricot Training Management LTD, SE – Folkuniversitetet stiftelsen vid Lunds Universitet, FYROM – Proficio Skopje, ES – INSTITUTO EUROPEO DI DESIGN SL and TR – Aydin Valiligi presented their organisations’ activities and experience and practice in mentoring, coaching, employability and soft skills development programmes. Vilma Tubutiene from Project’s coordinating organisation presented idea, objectives, overall activities, expected results, and intellectual outputs of MENTOR. Then Dissemination and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy and Quality Assurance and Monitoring Plan were discussed. Hilary Hale from Apricot Training Management LTD introduced with Self-awareness tool which translated into partner languages will equip Career mentors with an effective instrument for self-diagnostic of mentees. Project manager Rita Brijunaite provided Administrative information: contracts, funding rules, project documentation, IT tools for communication and data, regular and effective communication, setting dates of PM, etc. Official part ended with Meeting evaluation.

Receiving organisation Proficio Skopje organised an exiting Social programme-networking for meeting participants. The Old Bazaar, Turkish Hammam, Macedonian Ethno Village, Memorial House of mother Teresa and other wonderful places were visited.