Social Inclusion

Through sport uniting destinies. Young sportsmans cross-border network - TYN

The goal was to help participants from these vulnerable groups be recognised as complete members of society. An added benefit was to help those who do not belong to these groups, become aware of their issues and accept everyone as those with equal rights and abilities. At the end of every competition, all competitors received participation diplomas and the winners received prizes in form of sports equipment. “Through sport uniting destinies. Young sportsmans cross-border network (TYN)” project had a big impact on the sports situation with the cross-border collaboration between Chernivtsi Oblast and Suceavacounty.

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Contact- and consultation centre for Polish and German citizens along the cross-border area

In April 2011, the complete ‘freedom of movement for workers’ was launched. This new law meant a massive change and development for citizens in the Polish/German border area. In order to support people willing and able to work and live across the border, the ‘Euroregion POMERANIA e.V.’ and the city of Szczecin established a ‘contact- and consultation centre’. This centre is composed of two offices based in Löcknitz (Germany) and Szczecin (Poland). Both offices are a major contact-point not only for individual citizens and families, but for communities, administrations, offices and further institutions. By now, almost 9.000 requests were dealt with by the German/Polish colleagues in both offices. Requests and consultations on topics such as certifications on free labor movement, child-allowances, work permits, access to the health insurance system, and assistance for business registrations are dealt with on a daily basis. Furthermore, some families are simply looking for their ancestors on the other side of the border – they too get help as much as possible. Another task is the offices’ serve as a mediator when solving questions of law – a very challenging task. A further challenge is the help of the centre to establish institutional networks between Polish and German administrations.

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Integration of Roma population

Roma exclusion is the consequence of a complex and interrelated set of issues, some of which are consistent and are being experienced by Roma populations across many European cities. Ten cities (9 partners + Bobigny from France associated partner) started this project with the goal of producing local action plans that facilitate better services, through improved access and an integrated approaches to supporting the social inclusion of young Roma adults and through their transition into active adult citizens. The partnership and joint learning approach of ROMA-NeT has enabled partners to share their experiences of common problems, but equally as important, it has enabled partners to collectively deconstruct and examine some of the city specific issues. ROMA-NeT partner cities are not homogeneous in their attitude towards Roma inclusion, diversity and equality. Peer learning has been a critical component of the ROMA-Net joint learning; when those partners with more sophisticated, practiced and evolved approaches to social inclusion and diversity (for example Torrent and Glasgow) have challenged, coached and influenced the attitudes of those less developed partners, such as Karvina and Kosice.

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Challenging Gender Roles for Prevention of Trafficking

Within the project young men and women are empowered through involvement in free-time activities based on the Nordic girl- and boy-group method. Forty girl and boy group leaders on Åland and in Latvia received training to start and facilitate these activities for groups of teenagers. The GGBG Network project promotes gender equality work among youth and highlights the importance of questioning existing gender roles in order to reduce the risk of gender-based violence and gender inequality.

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FITS – Strategy for Fostering Social Inclusion and Mutual Cohesion of Visually Impaired People through Sports

Social inclusion is a notable problem all around the world, demanding huge financial and human resources. The social exclusion of the visually impaired people is the common problem in Belarus and Lithuania. The tight collaboration between the two countries in fighting social exclusion through sports is the core solution to this problem. Cooperation between Belarusian and Lithuanian NGOs through creation of joint sports events and exchange of good practice will combat the social exclusion of people with special needs and will foster mutual cohesion and collaboration of people. Objective: To contribute to combating social exclusion of the visually impaired people, by fostering their mutual cooperation through sports in Programme regions of Lithuania and Belarus and raising the consciousness of society upon this issue.Results&outputs: 1) 2 sports halls (1 in Lithuania, 1 in Belarus) renewed and fully adapted to the special needs of visually impaired people; 2) web-site of the project developed to further inform society and the primary target group about the ongoing activities and opportunities; 3) promotional materials prepared (posters, brochures, T-shirts) to raise the visibility of the activities of the project; 4) audio books (CDs) with the information on results of the project prepared and distributed among the participating organisations (also available for free on the web-site of the project); 5) society better acquainted with the sports of visually impaired people.

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Promotion of accessible free of border primary health care services in the area of Daugavpils rural municipality and Braslav district

According to the Intergovernmental agreement about simplified border crossing in the Latvian-Belarusian 50 km border area both countries are obliged to guarantee visitors the accessibility to primary health care services. Most of doctor's assistant points of Daugavpils rural area (Latvia) as well as Polyclinic of Braslav central district hospital (Belarus) do not meet the national requirements about adaptation of the medical institutions to the needs of disabled persons. There is also lack of information about health care system and location of primary health care points in the visit area.Objective: To contribute to accessibility of primary health services by adapting medical infrastructure for the needs of disabled persons and by developing of cross-border health care IT network in border areas of Latvia and Belarus.Results&outputs: 12 doctor's assistant points in Latvia and 1 hospital with polyclinic in Belarus will be renovated and adapted for the needs of disabled persons. The premises will be equipped with furniture and computer sets with Internet connection. Cross-border health care cooperation IT based network will be developed. 2 benchmarking seminars on providing cross-border health care services will be organised.

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