NORDPLUS ADULT programme project EMOTION is gaining a momentum. With a wonderful beginning in August in Šiauliai (Lithuania), this time partners met in a beautiful old city in Latvia – Daugavpils. Project team has already prepared the first part of the handbook on emotional management.
The project idea and the main result are very important and relevant for partners from Denmark, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Latvia and, of course, Lithuania. Adult educators, teachers working in adult training centers and schools face difficult situations with emotionally vulnerable learners who unexpectedly might get angry or too sensitive, feel tensed or too passive, etc. Partners have decided to collect the examples of those cases and propose tools, ways to de-escalate negative emotions and improve communication between the educator and the learner(s) so that such situations could be avoided.
During the meeting in Latvia (2-3 November, 2017) partners planned further steps, suggested case studies to be used in the handbook. We have a lot of work to do but we are waiting excitedly for the moment when the handbook is prepared.
If the information presented here is relevant for you, we kindly invite you to contribute creating this handbook. Please fill in the following questionnaire about the difficult situations you have faced when working with adult learners:
INforEX - “Innovative ways of including low qualified ex offenders and ex prisoners to labour market”
INforEX is a European project funded by the Erasmus+ programme that aims to improve the employability of ex-offenders / ex-prisoners. Organisations from 6 countries (Lithuania, Poland, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and Cyprus) have joined into a consortium to contribute solving this issue.
INforEX partnership has developed an integrated on the job working methodology that would enable ex-offenders with low qualifications to gain necessary social and work skills that are necessary for the today’s employers.
The methodology on the training programme involves three parts – training providers, entrepreneurs and ex-offenders or ex-prisoners. The training providers act out as intermediary body between entrepreneurs and ex-offenders / ex-prisoners and trainers of both parties.
Due to the certain peculiarities of the target group (i.e. ex-offenders and ex-prisoners), the preparation of trainers was considered as necessary. For this reason, from 9 to 13 October 2017, GINSO (partners from Spain), with the collaboration and support of the consultancy K-veloce I+D+i (http://kveloce.com/) organized the "Train the Trainer"workshop at its headquarters in Madrid for project partners.
Specifically, a 40-hour workshop was prepared in which discussion groups, role-playings, cases study and video visualization were conducted in order to disseminate and transfer skills and expertise to the experts involved in the project, from all partner countries. The main topics discussed were:
“How to be an affective coach”
• The Characteristics of Effective Coaching
• Communication skills: how to communicate with ex-offenders
• Psychologic and social factors when you work with ex-offenders
• Some recommendations for working with low skills adults
“How to evaluate competencies and skills”
• The Competencies-Based training
• Labour competencies and skills for the employment
“How to develop a checklist for labour competencies”
• Setting up a checklist that useful for employers during the training assessment
Furthermore, to finish the productive and satisfactory event, a visit was made to the “Teresa de Calcuta” Children's Center, in order to advertise and learn about the model of training and job training conducted with juvenile offenders in the Community of Madrid, as a model of good practice.
Next project step – to deliver training for entrepreneurs locally (each partner – to involve 12 enterprises) to share knowledge gained in Madrid. Each entrepreneur will train at least 2 former offenders or prisoners. As a result, 144 ex-offenders will be trained a concrete job and given a certificate and reference letter to help them further in their way to the labour market.
The project involves six partner organizations from six European countries: VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras (Lithuania), Eurosuccess Consulting in cooperation with the Cyprus Prisons Department (Cyprus), CASCAID (UK), Lazzarelle Cooperativa Sociale a r.l. (Italy), Collegium Balticum (Poland) and Gestión para la Integración Social -GINSO (Spain).
INforEX - “Innovative ways of including low qualified ex offenders and ex prisoners to labour market” (Erasmus+ KA2 project No. 2016-1-LT01-KA204-023242)
Learning Event in Madrid
Presently our organisation is implementing 5 Eramus+, NORDPLUS programme projects. We are always glad when we can learn from more experienced partners or share our work methods.
Three employees from ZISPB participated in the learning event in Madrid on 9 – 13 October. GINSO organisation delivered the training within the project INforEX (www.infoexproject.eu). Project partners from UK, Cyprus, Poland and Italy also participated.
Our colleagues from Spain presented tools about the work with low-qualified persons – how to assess their needs and competences gained, psychological and social work aspects, difficulties employers may face working with ex-offenders and how we – as trainers – could help them. A detailed programme may be found here: http://inforexproject.eu/en/english-outputs/english-learning-event/
Next step is to organise the training for 12 employers who will later provide an opportunity for 24 low qualified persons to gain skills necessary for the contemporary labour market.
Project meeting in Iceland
VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras together with partners from Norway, Sweden and Iceland are implementing project “Nordic-Baltic Collaboration in Creating Innovative Training Programme for Adult Educators To Work with Perpetrators, Women and Children who Suffered from Domestic Violence”.
Partners believe in the idea that in order to contribute to solving the problem of domestic violence it is necessary to work not only with survivors of domestic violence but also with perpetrators. Whereas specialists working with these groups need effective tools to help them.
Last week (13-15 September) partners met in a beautiful town named Ísafjörður. We were hosted by Solstafir. Partners have been discussing the preparation of the training programme, its structure, piloting.
Our organisation is planning to prepare a qualification development programme for social workers who very often are the first ones to observe problems in the family but they might not have proper knowledge to help them.
We are planning to have the programme finished in spring 2018. A group of social workers will be invited to test the created programme.
HOW TO MANAGE EMOTIONS?
The contemporary situation shows that the inability to manage emotions properly is a huge problem with negative consequences.
Every day media outlines the cases of violence against children, family members, relatives. The statistics is depressing – every 3rd women in Lithuania is abused, 42% of women in Iceland suffered physical or sexual violence.
Moreover, children are being bullied (Lithuania is in the 2nd place in Europe, Denmark – the 5th according the bullying rate). The specialists who have to work with target groups need effective tools to help their clients express negative emotions in a constructive manner and contribute to solving the most acute problems of society.
VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių ir plėtros biuras (Lithuania) together with partners from Dugni (Faroe Islands), Mācību centrs plus (Latvia), Vestegnen HF & VUC (Denmark), RightNow ehf Research, Innovation and Skills (RRIS) have decided to prepare a handbook of tools for specialists working with adults having different problems – inability to manage anger, suppression of emotions, depression, etc.
On 23rd – 24th of August specialists discussed that the colleagues working in their organisations need knowledge, tools how to act in situations when during workshops, training or lessons a participant becomes aggressive or starts to cry. Specialists are working under stress and would also like to know about self-help methods.
The main themes of the handbook:
-Emotions, their suppression and management;
-Anger management and de-escalation techniques;
-Negative emotions at work and self-help methods.
It is planned to finish the handbook in October 2018, pilot it in 5 countries and present during the conference in Denmark in April 2019.
The project is funded by NORDPLUS ADULT programme.
NORDPLUS Partners meeting in Sweden
The project “Nordic-Baltic Collaboration in Creating Innovative Training Programme for Adult Educators To Work with Perpetrators, Women and Children who Suffered from Domestic Violence” has almost reached its mid-term and this time partners from Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Lithuania met in Skövde (Sweden). The meeting was held for 3 days. The first two days mainly were dedicated for the training and the last day – to agree on administrative things (timesheets, things that are still missing, updating website, etc.). On Tuesday (28 of March) we had a pleasure to participate in the training delivered by Ragnhild Åkerstedt about the work with children who have been exposed to domestic violence. She presented two methods that she uses. One was play therapy and the other was the staircase method. The staircase method is a treatment that reaches out over a long time. On 29th we had another interesting training on the work with immigrant children who are in the middle of two fires – the customs, traditions and beliefs of their parents and the modern society where they fled to from war. This issue is particularly relevant today when countries accept refugees from Syria and want to help families but have thousands of questions since it is a new challenge to our societies. Thus this training encompassed not only work with children and violence against them but also a different perspective – the work with immigrants. On 30th we have all agreed on the final structure of the Handbook for adult educators and also agreed what principle to follow while composing examples that we find useful and worth mentioning for others. We hope to prepare Good Practice Handbook at the beginning of June 2017. We will share it on our project and partners’ websites.
On February 16-18 Asta Jaseliūnienė and Gintarė Černikienė visited Kilkenny (Ireland). This was already a 4th project MA&A (Museums Art & Alzheimer’s) partners’ meeting hosted by Butler Galley at a wonderful Kilkenny castle.
Partners have worked intensely for 3 days to decide and agree on the main outputs of the project:
- online course about how to design and build museum programs for people with dementia with special attention to the caregivers;
- online guidelines dedicated to family and professional caregivers and museum educators, on how to communicate with people with dementia through art.
The following project meeting and dissemination conference for the created outputs are planned on May 25-27.
First project INforEX partners’ meeting in Naples
14-15 December, INforEX partners’ meeting was held in Naples, Italy. The representatives from CASCAiD (UK), GINSO (Spain), Lazzarelle (Italy), Collegium Balticum (Poland), ŽISPB (Lithuania) met in person to start officially the project, discuss the upcoming activities, plan the next steps.
The coordinators of the project paid a lot of attention to present the whole project, its changes and finances as well as administrative matters, redistribute some tasks among partners.
Partners from Cyprus during the videoconference presented the guidelines for the needs analysis and focus groups in order to have a solid basis for the creation of training and certification model.
Two days were spent productively and effectively. Next steps – to meet relevant stakeholders (representatives of vocational training centers, employers, labour exchange offices, etc.) and identify what skills are missing and in which direction INforEX project should turn in order to meet the needs of unqualified exoffenders and employers.
NEW QUALIFICATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME!
We are glad to inform you that our programme for social workers (16 academic hours) –
„Timeslips“ and other innovative methods in social work with elderly and demented persons has been approved!!!!!
On 29 June – 1 July the fifth project “DSH Positive Choices” international meeting and training was held in Romania by Institutul Bucovina (http://bucovinainstitute.org/).
We participated in the intensive training about how photography and pantomime technique may be used in the work with young people to help express their emotions.
Partners from Romania also presented their country and culture – we had an opportunity to visit a beautiful monastery, a museum and several social enterprises. Next project meeting is planned in October in Greece.
NEW QUALIFICATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME!
We are glad to inform you that our programme for social workers (8 academic hours) –
“SELF-HELP METHODS TO MANAGE EMOTIONAL STRESS AT SOCIAL WORK” has been approved!!!!!
NEW PROJECT GRANTED!
VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras was awarded the grant to work additionally with 20 people who would like / were ordered by the court to participate in the programme to change their violent behaviour.
The project implementation period is from 01/07/2016 until 31/12/2016
The project is financed by Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania.
NEW PROJECT GRANTED!
EU Member States, until relatively recently domestic violence (DV) was considered a private matter in which the state played only a limited role. It is only since the 1990s that violence against women has emerged as a fundamental rights concern. The effects of family violence are broad, impacting on the individual experiencing abuse, children who are exposed to the violence and the wider community. DV hurts deep inside and can leave permanent psychological and emotional scars, having huge impact on future life, functioning in society. Different strategies are created to tackle this problem. Services are created to help victims of DV, change behavioural patterns of perpetrators. Usually, those services are scattered and help provided for separate individuals. The background of our project is based on the belief that it is necessary to apply a holistic approach of helping all parties involved in domestic violence (DV) perpetrators (abusers) and victims of DV (women, children).
Our organisation together with partners from Iceland, Norway and Sweden prepared and was awarded NordPlus Adult 2016 grant to implement the project “Nordic-Baltic Collaboration in Creating Innovative Training Programme for Adult Educators To Work with Perpetrators, Women and Children who Suffered from Domestic Violence”.
The aim of the project is to develop 1) handbook of tools, methods and 2) innovative training programme for specialists working with perpetrators, victims of domestic violence (women, children) with the aim to promoting holistic approach of all parties involved in DV.
Other main results will be:
1. 3 international training for adult educators for experience exchange of working with perpetrators, victims of DV;
2. 12 local training workshops to transfer, multiply, evaluate the knowledge gained nation-wide for relevant stakeholders;
3. The competences and the work improved of 12 consortium members, 48 local training participants and 48 adult educators of pilot testing of the created programme.
The results of the project will be accessible on the project and partners’ websites, Handbook shared in each of the participating countries during local activities, training, the training programme accredited in at least one country.
1.Applicants and Coordinators - ŽISPB (Lithuania);
Our organisation from 24 th to 27 th of May organised introductory training for social workers’ assistants.
Participants came from different Lithuanian towns – Akmenė, Josvainiai, Raseiniai, Kėdainiai, Strėvininkai and Telšiai. They were eager to gain some knowledge and new experience, performed practical tasks, also tasks related to acting, analysed the causes of problems and tried to find different possible solutions. Members shared with others with various conflict situations related to their work and tried to help each other, offer alternative ways for problems solution.
On the 21st of April, lector Asta Jaseliūnienė from VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras delivered practical training for social work specialists - "Problem Solving Using Forum Theatre Method" in Šeduva Care Home.
During the training participants have learnt how to solve problems in a creative way, worked on improving their communication skills, strengthening self-confidence, tried to get rid of communication fears. During the training all participants had certain roles, acted out various problem situations, tried to find out creative ways for solving problems. Employees working in Šeduva Care Home are devoted for their work, caring about their clients, understand the meaning of their work and have a wonderful director who unities the team, promotes team building so as to go forward altogether. Well done!
The 4th project “Positive Choices” partners’ meeting was organised in Aksaray on 11-15 of April.
We’ve done a great job! We participated in the practical training, received a lot of methodical material on working with young people who have difficulty in expressing their feelings and emotions. We had a wonderful lecturer who took his work seriously and not a minute was wasted – we’ve worked to the fullest! We who came from Lithuania, Greece, Romania and UK were so lucky – we have gained not only useful knowledge, practical advice on working with young people but also had an opportunity to visit some famous sightseeing places. We tried to see as much as we could. We visited places of interest in Kapadokya. We had a chance to go into caves and underground cities where people lived even until 1924. This experience left unforgettable memories!
Conference and Training in Florence
The 2nd project „Museums Arts and Alzheimer“ partner‘s meeting took place on 21-25 March in Florence (Italy). This time partners gathered for the Learning Event.
The agenda was intense – there were so many things to do!
On the first day partners discussed about the learning platform for museum educators who want to create programs for people living with dementia and the skills course for their carers.
Bairbre-Ann Harkin from Butler Gallery delivered a workshop on language related to disability and dementia.
On the second day of the learning event international conference “Making Art Accessible for People with Alzheimer’s and their Carers and Families” was held. The conference attracted about 200 people!
After the conference all participants went to the Marino Marini museum and participated in workshops conducted by partners from Germany, Italy, Ireland and Lithuania. It was valuable experience for all of us to see how the professionals of their field work.
On the third day we have tried out dance and movement therapy in the museum and created a common work from clay in Open Studio.
The last two days of the learning event were dedicated to the creation of the main outputs of the project.
1st project meeting of the Erasmus+ KA2 project A4A - Harnessing the Arts for Wellbeing in mental Health and Social Care (Art4Alz) The first project partners meeting was organised on 27-29 November in Duisburg (Germany).
The meeting was hosted in Wilhelm Lehmbruck museum (http://www.lehmbruckmuseum.de/?lang=en ) and we were really welcomed by art educator Sybille. The project consortium consists of organisations coming from Italy, Lithuania, Germany and Ireland.
On the 1st day of the meeting partners were introduced with the main rules of project management. In the evening partners had a possibility to visit Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord (http://www.landschaftspark.de/der-park) which attracts more than 1 million visitors every year.
During the 2nd and 3rd day of the meetings partners discussed about project activities implementation, meeting dates, inclusion of people with dementia and their carers, family members, and the improvement of communication between them with the help of arts.
On 27-29th of October the 2nd project “DSH Positive Choices” partners’ meeting was organized in Šiauliai. Our organization welcomed partners from Greece, Romania, United Kingdom and Turkey.
During the first two days partners participated in the training conducted by our trainers Indrė Katauskienė, Justina Kiudytė, Viktorija Paškauskaitė and Gerda Žymantaitė. Youth workers were introduced with forum theatre and its techniques (invisible, image, newspaper theatre, etc.). Upon returning to their countries partners will pass the knowledge to other youth workers and youngsters who have troubles in expressing emotions (alexithymia).
On the 3rd day of partners’ visit the administrative meeting was held. Partners presented activities after the training in Plymouth (the material and knowledge received was conveyed, disseminated to youth workers in each of the participating country), also the date of next meeting in Athens was set.
The last meeting of the Project “Competent To Do” in Liubliana (Slovenia).
On 3-4 September social programmes coordinator Gintarė Černikienė participated in the last meeting of the Project “Competent To Do” in Liubliana (Slovenia). The meeting was hosted by project coordinators CDI Univerzum. Partners summarized all work packages, discussed what still has to be done until the official end of the project at the end of October. The greatest attention was paid to the development of final project product – Handbook for tutors of female prisoners and ex-offenders and how to ensure that it will be exploited. There’s a still lot of work to be done!
More information about the project www.competenttodo.com or Facebook.
4th international project COMPETENT TO DO partners’ meeting
On 28-29 of April "Competent to Do" partners from Slovenia, Croatia, Germany and Lithuania met for the 4th time. This time the meeting was organised in Šiauliai (Lithuania) by VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras.
The meeting agenda was really tight as there were lots of things that had to be discussed: pilot implementation in Lithuania (which ended on 21 April) and Slovenia (which hasn't finished yet; the end of the pilot is anticipated at the end of May), dissemination and other project activities, also a press conference was held with the regional television present as well as partners visited Panevėžys Correction House. And all this - just in 2 days.
Well done partners!
The next and the final project meeting is anticipated on 3-4 September in Liubliana (Slovenia).
Project COMPETENT TO DO training in Panevėžys Correction House
ŽISPB together with employees of Panevėžys SMC organises workshops / training in Panevėžys women‘s correction house the aim of which is to develop / help to gain social and entrepreneurial competences which would facilitate easier (re)integration into society and labour market for the target group. The training is organised within the framework of EU co-financed LdV TOI project COMPETENT TO DO (LDV-TOI-2013-1-SI1-LEO05-05355). There have been 9 women selected who study computer basics, work in teams, try to solve conflicts constructively, basics of one’s business creation, etc. Workshops are delivered by persons who participated in the training organised within the project in Berlin. The training in the correction house will be implemented until the end of April.
The 1st „Forgotten Treasure“ Meeting in Huta Polanska
On 23rd November 2014, within the framework of the European Project ERASMUS+ “Forgotten Treasure”, the first meeting of the project partners was held in Huta Polanska, Poland. The meeting was attended by members of the delegations from Lithuania, Poland, Hungary and Croatia. From NGO ZISPB meeting was attended by this Project coordinator Gerda Zymantaite and three volunteers: Akvilina Sarauskaite and Airidas Banevicius from Siauliai Julius Janonis gymnasium and Ignas Jaseliunas from Siauliai Simonas Daukantas gymnasium.
At this meeting, which was held in good organizational and collaborative climate, partners talked about projects idea, implementation and future plans. Also issues related to local communities and youth engagement were discussed and, in addition, issues on how to make living in a small communities as fulfilling and multifarious as in big cities.
On 25th of November we visited museum of Mangura National Park and had a meeting with special guest from Lemkos ethnic minority.
From this meeting participants came back full of new ideas and motivation to successfully work further.
New Erasmus+ project for youth “Forgotten Treasure”
NGO Zmogiskuju istekliu stebesenos ir pletros biuras is starting new Erasmus+ Key Action 2 project Transnational youth initiative “Forgotten Treasure”! The main objective of TYI Forgotten Treasure is stimulation of activities in the local community among youth from rural or underdeveloped areas, by finding and promoting attractive objects or monuments of their places.
Young people are going to develop their local community and their cultural heritage by discovering or rediscovering places, objects or other things, which could be interesting for local communities, to increase their knowledge about places of their residence and for tourists - to show them that there are more attractions and these places are worth to visit.
The target groups of this transnational youth initiative are young people, who are interested in issues related to local area, like promotion of small, local attractions, developing rural area of their living, looking for new opportunities to develop or improve their entrepreneurial skills. Young people who are open for transnational connections and what is the most important, they would like to give some of their free time for local activities.
The other target group is local community - the aim is to show inhabitants that there are still old-new attractions which could be interesting especially for them: do they know about history of such places, do they know how many natural treasures they can find around? This information, which the project is going to provide, can be used by them to make this region more attractive for tourists.
The last target group involves students of local schools, who often do not see a lot of opportunities and places to visit in their area, and they say this is a boring place without perspectives to develop.
The third project’s “A Positive Journey” partnership meeting in Šiauliai, Lithuania on 8th-12th of September
In the beginning of autumn the third partner’s meeting was held in Šiauliai. All partners from Greece (Mental Health Center of Agrinio), United Kingdom (Volunteer Cornwall and Plymouth & District Mind Association), Italy (Cittadinanza Onlus) and Lithuania (Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras) participated in this meeting. This meeting’s objectives involved the overview of progress since the last meeting and presentations on the ways partners find people for the interviews in “A Positive Journey”.
The second day of the meeting was dedicated to the visits to the establishments for people with mental or psychiatric health problems. During our visit to Psichikos dienos stacionaras we had a tour around the premises and saw quite a lot of different therapies' rooms (all in all 21 different therapy). The multisensorial therapy room left the biggest impression and it is the only one this modern in Lithuania.
We also visited Aukštelkė Social Care Home for adults with mental or intellectual disabilities. These visits allowed project partners to compare social care homes and social care system in different European countries, get new ideas for improvement.
The educational and cultural part of the meeting included the programme of bread baking in Žaliūkiai old mill where each participant baked his/her own loaf of bread! During cultural programme we also took a peek to an old village Kleboniškės where we saw daily surroundings of ordinary villagers. To see the life of old aristocracy we visited the Pakruojis manor.
All in all the meeting had nice balance between working on project and having cultural activities. All participants left Lithuania with smiles in their faces. To summarize the meeting we could only say: „It’s not the beginning of the end its just the end of the beginning!“
3rd meeting of the project “Competent To Do” in Zagreb, Croatia
3rd project meeting within the project "Competent To Do... - The transfer of competences for tutors to achieve business (vocational) and social competences of female prisoners and ex-offenders" was held at the University College Nikola Subic Zrinski on 4th and 5th September 2014.
The meeting was attended by Mr Albert Štrancar from CDI UNIVERSUM from Slovenia, Ms Silke Faubel from FCZB (Frauen Computer Zentrum Berlin) in Germany, Mr Toni Vrana from the Centre Spirala from Slovenia, Mr Matej Brank and Ms Tatjana Brank Pečko from MIT (Institution for a wider social acceptability and acceptance) from Slovenia and Ms Gintarė Černikienė from ZISPB (Human Resources Development and Monitoring Bureau) from Lithuania.
Project ''Competent to Do“ is conducted within Lifelong Learning Programme, sub-programme Leonardo da Vinci: Transfer of Innovation. The aim of this project is transfer, adaptation and improvement of training programme for women prisoners and ex-prisoners. During two days of meetings, the coordinator and the partners presented the aims of the project achieved so far, updated the action plan of the project and determined next steps to be taken in order to achieve the aims of the project. In particular, they discussed the open curriculum that will be prepared by University College Nikola Subic Zrinski - for trainers and ex-prisoners or in specific the development of two modules for the training of women prisoners: general entrepreneurial and social competences as well as a pilot project and its implementation in Slovenia and Lithuania.
A special part of the meeting was the presentation of Ms Zdenka Kokić Puce from the Ministry of Justice, the Central Office of the Prison System. Ms Kokić Puce presented the Croatian prison system and legal framework with special emphasis on education within the prison system. Partners had many questions, with an emphasis on women prisoners and education in the Penitentiary in Požega. Ms Kokić Puce and her colleague Ms Valentić were answering patiently.
Project meeting ended with defining the upcoming project activities and tasks of each partner, awarding certificates and with the announcement of the next project meeting in Lithuania, on 28th and 29th April, 2015.