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A narrative and story approach to empower cooperation, cohesion and change in communities through non-formal education.

Introducing our communities

We are pleased to be able to show you the variety of communities we were able to enthuse for our project. As you know, the aim was to work with a varied range of communities to find out which kind of narrative approach will fit best given certain situations and issues in different (cultural) contexts.

 

 

ITALY (AccoglieRete)

 

Short description of the community

The Guardians community of Accoglierete (the Association for the Protection of Unaccompanied Minors) in Siracusa provides support for and integration / inclusion of young boat refugees. The group of guardians is very heterogeneous: several religious, political and social statuses are represented. So there is also a very heterogeneous approach to the role they are playing.

Hence there are big differences in the quantity of time they dedicate to their pupil, inside the camp and outside; if they bring under-aged their house or not; if they buy mobile or no, and so on.

It would be very useful to find a common way to behave among the community, because the differences are very dangerous in respect of the under-aged. In fact the community of the beneficiaries communicate a lot with them.

 

Direct beneficiaries

Accoglierete will select about 10/20 guardians, among their volunteers, already involved in the work of care, who have attended at least three unaccompanied minors before. Accoglierete will also involve the Impact Hub Siracusa – that will help in testing the story – and the Sicilian Psychologist Association – whose members are working with us as partners.

 

Indirect beneficiaries

About 20 Minors Migrants will be involved, between the under-aged who have been arriving between the 5 of august till nowadays and who are leaving in the territory of Siracusa.

They mainly arrive from Gambia and Egypt and the age is between 14 and 18. In some cases they can be under guardianship until they are 21, considering the Italian laws and courts.

We will select two groups: 1) the youngest hosted in community, between 14 and 16 years old; 2) the group of the underage hosted in foster families, between 14 and 18 years old.

 

 

CLUTUREX (Spain)

 

Short description of the community

The selected community is Cáceres city, involving mainly entrepreneurs and all local small companies, and other stakeholders in the field of tourism and related sectors, as well as any citizen of Cáceres interested in participating.

 

Direct beneficiaries

The Cluster itself, including all the members interested in participating in the activities organized under the project, highlighting both the Network of Universities Readers and the University of Extremadura, which counts on professors with a deep knowledge in literature and culture of myths and legends in the region.

 

Indirect beneficiaries

As these activities are accessible to all citizens of Cáceres who want to participate and be part of the process, they are also considered beneficiaries.

 

 

SFV (Finland)

 

Short description of the community

The Kvarken Archipelago consists of two parts, one north (A) of the city of Vaasa and one south (B). In the south there are two municipalities (Korsnäs and Malax) that have some parts of their archipelago on the list, in fact it means parts from two villages Molpe (in Korsnäs) and Bergö (in Malax).

The population in Molpe is about 600 and in Bergö about 500, but many more people in summer time. These communities are very active, they have many NGO:s and local activity groups and entrepreneurs. Recent changes concerning the developmental context of the area (e.g. World Heritage and a  nature conservation program has led to uncertainty and a disturbing discourse as to the future destiny of the region. So here are many possibilities if we can turn the opinion.

 

Direct beneficiaries

Our employees are working both as educators and trainers for people employed in organizations and for local activity groups.  We are arranging a lot of seminars, workshops or other educational activities. We can also work for these groups as facilitators, mentors or coaches.

 

Indirect beneficiaries

In worldwide there is 1007 world heritage site on the UNESCO list, only 7 in Finland and of these only one as nature heritage. The nature heritage is called Kvarken Archipelago but it consists of parts of the archipelago in 7 municipalities. We are in fact talking about small rural villages. Next year, 2016, Kvarken Archipelago has been a part of the UNESCO heritage list for ten years but still there are many people, communities, organizations, entrepreneurs and so on that do not see the possibilities this world heritage site can give the local level when we are talking about development and creating new workplaces.

The big setback is given by the NATURA 2000, the conservation program. This program limits the development possibilities for the local people. The program itself has almost the same borderline as the world heritage site. Many people do not still know the difference between the world heritage site and the Natura 2000-program and there is also a kind of conflict build in the whole situation.

 

 

Soros Educational Center Foundation (Romania)

 

Short description of the community

The northernmost and biggest settlement of the Upper Ciuc Basin is Sândominic formed at the meeting of three valleys. Sandominic is a post-industrial village. It is the most populated settlement of Upper Ciuc with a number of inhabitants around 6400. It was named after Saint Dominic. The settlement lies in a beautiful setting, having a fine view of the Hăşmaşu-Mare and the Piatra Singuratică mountains.

By the beginning of the century the village was overpopulated and not able to make a living on its poor lands any more. In addition to the carrying trade and lime burning, wood processing and mining meant sources of income for the families and it is still the main source. Besides the logging and wood processing, the stone mining was carried out in industrial dimensions for more than 60 years (inlcuding the period of communism).

After the regime change (after 1989), the economic life, the agriculture and the spiritual culture of the village flourished for a period. Since the crisis the settlement has been facing various problems such as: high unemployment (the quarry has been privatized and now has just a few employees), lack of industry and agricultural business activities (the major part of the community’s income is assured by commercial activities which obviously does not generate any added value; agricultural activities are performed only on family level and not in form of small enterprises, lack of capital ), low  nr. of small businesses (due to lack of capital but also to low level of entrepreneurial competences of the population).

 

Direct beneficiaries

Educators/trainers of SEC

Educators/trainers of interested organisations

 

Indirect beneficiaries

The community SEC would like to work with in the RSRC project is from the village of Sandominic, an organically (closely linked to historical and economical circumstances) developing community from Harghita county where SEC is located.

The members of this community share values such as religion, tradition, family but in the same time lost their proactive and being self-sustained attitude due to the communist dictatorship they experienced during a period of 45 years.

 

 

OZARA  (Slovenia)

 

Short description of the community

In our everyday work we face many challenges in integrating the Roma population (some of the also with disabilities) into the community. There is still a lot of stigma and prejudice persisting in the general population towards this ethnic group. Since the Roma population have a strong traditional storytelling tradition, we see the RSRC project as an innovative approach towards a better integration and co-existence of the Roma minority with the general population in the community. We will pilot the project in the Western part of the country, where there is also a Roma settlement. After we will have the results and the evaluation of those we will do our best to transfer this approach to local key stakeholders (locally and regionally, if possible also on the national level) in other areas facing the problematic issues of Roma integration in the community.

 

Direct beneficiaries

Staff working with vulnerable groups within the company

Staff working with vulnerable groups in other organisations

 

Indirect beneficiaries

Roma

Other relevant key stakeholders with the company’s network

 

 

STORYBAG (Netherlands)

 

Short description of the community

AdA (Arbeidsfit door Adoptie) is a community of unemployed 50+ in the region of The Hague. The community tries to place unemployed professionals in companies (without payment, but keeping their welfare) to keep them in the workflow (= adopt them) and lettingthem keep up with developments in their profession (arbeidsfit = fit to work) , with the chance of becoming (temporarily) employed. Of course, this does not happen often, but for some ex-members it has led to jobs, sometimes even in a different profession. Members of the community had been present [break]

during our first national seminar in Zoetermeer. After the presentation of our project they became interested and agreed to work within the RSRC project on their stories (and future) for the next months.

 

Direct beneficiaries

Project objectives for Storybag were: a better cohesion and collaboration in the community (there was too much debating and also some blaming), higher self-esteem, positive attitude towards the future, increased empathy towards and readiness to help members of the community, seeing oneself and the situation in perspective and find a future (individual) story and concrete actions/steps to be taken

 

 

Czech DEX (Czech Republic)

 

Short description of the community

(beneficiaries) as seen / experienced NOW (kind of ‘zero measurement’) by the partner or the other interested party / parties:

 

People 50+ (50-65 years old) are increasingly facing problems with their employability. Not only are they seen as older and slower at work, with not enough IT and language skills, but also as people with not enough potential in comparison with younger people. Therefore, people 50+ are loosing jobs, cannot find new jobs in this age category as easily as others, and face many prejudices among employers. They can lack some basic skills (IT, languages) necessary today to get a job and get employed again. Therefore, people 50+ cannot simply change their job when they are dissatisfied at work, because of above stated challenges. Many times, their fears are high and they do not have other possibility than to keep the current job, if they are lucky enough to protect it.

 

Direct beneficiaries

(e.g. educators / mentors the partner organization itself and/or (other) interested organizations with adult educators / trainers / coaches / volunteer managers etc):

 

Czech DEX (the partner) has chosen to cooperate on this project (in addition to our own staff) with both formal and non-formal organizations to get the complex view and experience sharing with the community. From formal organizations, we will collaborate with local subsidiaries of Labour office, whose people are frequently in contact with the community members. The local labour offices are Liberec, Jablonec nad Nisou, Semily and Česká Lípa (all in northern Czech Republic). From non-formal organizations that work closely with people in category 50+ regarding their employability, we will cooperate closely with PLUS 50 o.s. and ALTERNATIVA 50+ o.p.s.

 

Indirect beneficiaries

(short characterization of the community members the partner and/or the direct beneficiaries want to facilitate):

 

Indirect beneficiaries of this project will be people of age between 50-65 years old in their last productive working period before going to pension. People of such age face problems with loosing job, fears of changing job in such an age, prejudices from employers and lack of some skills.

 

 

CERES EUROPE (NI) LTD (Northern Ireland)

 

Short description of the community

The selected community is the area called the Roe Valley, which is a beautiful rural area along the North Coast of Northern Ireland, not far from the Giant’s Causeway, one of the 7 wonders of the World.  Ireland is a small island with a very big “footstep” in the World because of the potato famine which forced so many families to emigrate to other countries.  The Irish War of Independence 1919-21 split the Island into Northern Ireland (rules by the UK Government) and the Irish Free State (southern Ireland) with its own Irish Government. This split remains today and loyalties in both states are still often divided by religious differences.

 

Direct beneficiaries

For this project they are seen as the storytellers of the area (and beyond) who tell the history of the last 100 years as educators/trainers/coaches/mentors and any other interested organisations and community associations.

 

Indirect beneficiaries

Ceres Europe has a strong training ethos within the cultural and historical area of the region.  In addition to training people for qualifications which lead to employment, Ceres staff and management believe in using social media and ICT to embrace the rich diversity of Irish, Scottish & English heritage which fills the small villages and towns in the Roe Valley.  Music, poetry, dance & storytelling draws people together and informal learning spans across all ages, all religions and can be embraced by both formal and informal organisations.  It is intended that the outcomes from this project will be used by all community members in the area and beyond.

 

 

IN DIALOGUE (NL/DEN)

 

Short description of the community

In Dialogue has been so far involved with two communities. Yet as the contact person of In Dialogue for the RSRC project lives in Denmark (even though In Dialogue is registered in The Netherlands), these communities are in Copenhagen and Odense, both in Denmark.

 

At the start of the project In Dialogue has been working with a local community in the ‘Norrebro’ district of Copenhagen, working with people with a Somali background. However, this community was not yet at a stage to commit to regularly meet, to discuss and develop the methods of the RSRC project manual further. For that reason In Dialogue connected with an Odense based organisation called Man-Fred. This organisation is a so-called man-in-crisis organisation, who offers guidance and counselling to man in violent relationships (not as perpetrators!). Next to that they work on advocacy to change the gender bases discourses and narratives around man and manhood, especially when these are disqualifying them as subjects to (physical and mental) violence in a relationship. For instance ‘he is a loser that he let this happen to him’ and ‘get over it’ could be stories that support such narrative and discourse.

 

Direct beneficiaries

We are working together in supporting the leadership of the organisation in strengthening their capacity as a community based organisation. This means we work together on a small scale with the leadership, and not with their communities, which they will do themselves. The direct beneficiaries are the leadership and some councillors of this organisation. We will become their sparring partner to assist them in their development process, yet in such a way they can carry on themselves, also after the end of the RSRC project.

 

Indirect beneficiaries

These are the man they help on an individual base (counselling) and sometimes in a group setting. Also, participants in educational events, (co-) organised by Man-Fred will be affected by this project.

 

 

 

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