On 11 – 12 of February, 2019, in Greece, in the cozy town of Volos, the second meeting of EDGE project (Enhancing Disabled-People Greatness and Their Employability) was held. The meeting was held by partners representing the University of Thessaly in Greece. Please note that one of the aims of the project is to facilitate the employment of people with disabilities. Project partners from Italy, Austria, Greece, Lithuania (NGO Social Innovation Center), Portugal and the United Kingdom made the first important work to develop a methodology based on the latest recommendations for professionals working with people with disabilities. Together with the project partners, we are working to create an effective tool for developing the qualities needed for employment and for keeping young people with disabilities in the labor market.
For more information and follow-up on project activities and results, we encourage you to visit the project website https://www.edge-erasmus.eu and the project’s Facebook account @EDGEErasmusProject .
Public Social Innovation Center, implementing the 2014-2020 European Union Funds Investment Action Program “Integration of Socially Excluded Persons into the Labor Market”: Choose, Reach and Keep! No. 08.3.1-ESFA-K-413-01-0060, signed an international cooperation agreement with the Catholic Leuven University in Belgium, which not only trains more than 50,000 prospective professionals, but also carries out on scientific researches and international education.
On 23-24 January this year, the first international cooperation meeting took place and our partner, Noor Seghers, visited our Center. During her stay, she presented her city and revealed how Belgium is currently dealing with deinstitutionalisation, the importance of personal assistant assistance and how the Belgian authorities work for disabled people. The colleague shared various thoughts and methodological tools on how to work with unmotivated clients and motivated them to return to the labor market, how to help disabled people to enter the work environment and what measures work most in practice in Belgium. We have heard a number of good practice examples, but at the same time we have had the opportunity to present our country’s good examples, discuss project activities and achieved and expected results. We also discussed with Eglė Jurkutė, which is an expert in the process of transformation of Šiauliai region what is changing in our country after the institucional transformation. Thanks to her for being together!
During her stay in Lithuania, Noor Seghers, together with the Centre’s workers, visited the „Day Center of the Children with Intellectual Disabilities” in Kuršėnai. We had a wonderful opportunity to communicate not only with the employees, but also with the clients of the day center and their relatives. For a pleasant and meaningful time, we say a great thank you to the director of the day center, Virginija Norvaišienė, and even more to the clients of the Center for their wonderful gifts.
And one more thank you goes to Janina Baranauskaite, the director of Aukštelkė Social Care Home, and Laimonas Milinavičius, Deputy Director of Social Affairs, for the opportunity to get acquainted with the services provided by the residential home and to hear about the challenges and future prospects of providing personal assistant services.
We are looking forward to our next meetings, who will bring lot of new ideas and opportunities to get good practice from our partners.
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.
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.