// MENTOintegRation: Mentoring in social and labour market integration of refugees
Implementation period: 4 September 2018 – 3 September 2020
Total cost of the action: 1.334.492,61
Project partner: Centre for Social Welfare Zagreb
Funding: The project is funded by the European Union with 1.134.318.72 HRK (85%) from the European Social Fund under the grant scheme Support to Social Inclusion and Employment of Marginalized Groups. National co-financing from the state budget amounts to 200.173,89 HRK (15%).
This project addresses the issue of deficit of individualized, systematic and appropriate services aimed to facilitate social integration, to increase integration capacities and sustainable employment of persons granted international protection and migrants. Accordingly, the goal of the project is to improve social integration and integration into the labour market of persons granted international protection and migrants in Croatia by developing and piloting tailor-made skills development programmes, as well as specific mentorship approach with aim to support sustainable employment and reduce dependency on social welfare benefits.
Specific goals of the project are:
- Improving socio-cultural and communication skills of persons granted international protection and migrants in order to facilitate successful social integration and labour market integration.
- Reducing dependency on social welfare benefits for persons granted international protection and migrants by increasing opportunities for sustainable employment trough individualized mentorship approach.
- Improving methods of work and capacities of experts who provide services to persons granted international protection and migrants within the scope of social integration and access to labour market
Following results will be accomplished by implementing the project:
- Two programmes for improving skills for unemployed persons granted international protection and migrants will be developed;
- 36 unemployed persons granted international protection and migrants will improve their communication and socio-cultural skills, aiming for a more successful integration into their communities;
- Programme of individual mentoring of persons granted international protection and migrants, and which are guaranteed minimal allowance beneficiaries, will be developed based on the principles of Solution Focused Brief Therapy;
- Minimally 24 experts who work with persons granted international protection and migrants in different sectors will improve their skills for individual mentorship;
- Dependency on social welfare benefits will be reduced for 50 persons granted international protection and migrants which are guaranteed minimal allowance beneficiaries, through increasing their opportunities for sustainable employment trough individualized mentorship approach.
Target group of the project are persons with granted international protection and migrants in the Republic of Croatia, out of who minimally 50 are guaranteed minimal allowance beneficiaries. The second target group are 24 professionals from various sectors: social welfare, employment and CSOs, and who work directly with persons granted international protection and migrants, as well as their social and labour inclusion.
Persons granted international protection participating in this project will be permanently empowered and will develop skills and gain experience which will in turn facilitate social and labour integration. Furthermore, their experience and skills will help them to be support network for others who will arrive to Croatia trough programmes of resettlement and relocation. This will enable a transfer of skills and experience acquainted during this project. The beneficiaries will compose mostly of men, but the project will have a specific focus on motivation of women to seek work (minimally 15 of them). The beneficiaries are coming from areas inflicted by war and are thus highly traumatized. Out of 24 professionals who will take part in the project, minimally 15 of them will be those working in social welfare system, minimally 4 in public employment offices, while 5 of them will be from civil society organizations.
Contact person: Dragana Knezić, firstname.lastname@example.org
// HOME SWEET HOME: employment of women in local community in community based social services
Implementation period: 30 May 2018 – 29 December 2020.
Total cost of the action: 3 443 284,36 HRK
Project partners: Dvor Municipality, Centre for Social Welfare Hrvatska Kostajnica, Croatian Employment Service – Regional Office Sisak
Funding: the project is funded by the European Union (European Social Fund – Programme for Employment of Women “Zaželi”) with 2.926.791,71 HRK (85%), and co-funded from the Croatian state budget with 516.492,65 HRK (15%)
This project aims to increase the employability of underprivileged women, who live in rural areas with fewer opportunities, within the social services sector.
Specific goals of the project are:
1. Develop and increase capacities and work potentials of minimally 14 unemployed women with lesser employability, from the Dvor Municipality area, in order to increase their employability in the long term
2. To improve the quality of life and social inclusion of at least 130 elderly and infirm persons from the Dvor Municipality area through improving and widening the impact of mobile social services.
Following results will be accomplished by implementing this project:
1. 14 women in underprivileged positions from Dvor Municipality area will be empowered and capacitated trough educational programmes, by learning and adopting “soft” skills, and trough continuous professional support in their work;
2. 14 women will be employed and get continuous professional support during the 24 months in providing social services, specifically care and assistance to elderly and infirm persons, which will result in higher long-term employability and decrease the poverty risk;
3. Increased quality of life and improved social inclusion is expected for minimally 130 elderly and infirm persons living in the rural area, especially areas difficult to reach within Dvor Municipality, resulting from in-home care and assistance services within the period of 24 months, which will be offered once or two times weekly.
Project target group are unemployed women with secondary school education as the highest level of education, with an emphasis on those of lower educational level and older than 50, as well as those in higher risks of social exclusion and long-term unemployment. All of them are inhabitants of rural areas and hard-to-reach areas, which significantly lowers their opportunities and possibilities. The project will increase their social and work participation, reduce the risk of poverty and prevent social marginalization.
Final beneficiaries are elderly and infirm persons living in rural, remote areas, in difficult social and material circumstances. The project will increase availability and quality of social services for these beneficiaries, while in the same time decreasing their social exclusion and improve the quality of their lives.
The project will attribute to widening, availability and improvement of the quality of community based services for elderly and ill persons, thus aiding to the process of deinstitutionalization and decentralization of social services.
Contact person: Valentina Zeljak Božović email@example.com
// WELCOMM: Supporting integration of third country nationals through developing learning and collaboration tools to build welcoming and inclusive communities
Implementation period: 1.12.2017. – 31.11.2019.
Total cost of the action: 576.042,94 EUR
Max. amount of EU financing: 517.459,58 EUR
Coordinator: Rehabilitation Centre for Stress and Trauma
Partners: SÜDWIND, Wien, Austria, CESIE, Palermo, Italy, SLOVENE PHILANTHROPY, Ljubljana, Slovenia and CENTRE FOR PEACE STUDIES, Zagreb, Croatia
The objective of the project is to contribute to pre-departure and post-arrival integration of persons in need of international protection, relocated within the EU or resettled from a third country.
Specifically, the action aims to:
– to facilitate integration of persons in need of international protection, particularly those being relocated or resettled, trough development of innovative, online tools to support pre-departure and post-arrival information provision, learning and socio-cultural orientation
– to strengthen capacities of professionals, practitioners, local CSO activists and volunteers to effectively facilitate and support integration of third country nationals in need of international protection
– to enhance integration capacities of receiving communities through mutual learning and exchange within developed and facilitated community of practice
The main product of the project is WELCOMM learning and exchange web platform for third country nationals as well as for professionals, practitioners and volunteers in receiving communities, with integrated language learning modules, skills and knowledge training modules and virtual space for the Community of Practice.
Language e-courses for A1 and A2 levels will be developed for Croatian and Slovenian language, piloted on sample of 40 learners and offered online for learners on Arabic and Farsi/Dari. In the first year of exploitation courses will be offered to round 1000 online learners.
In order to support better information of third country nationals, specifically those being relocated or resettled to Croatia, Slovenia, Austria or Italy, Informational packages will be developed as well as Guides on access to relevant support services. Socio-cultural orientation training for third country nationals will be developed, piloted on 80 beneficiaries and enabled for online learning. This will contribute to better preparation for round 6000 third country nationals for which countries of project partners formally pledged within relocation and resettlement scheme but also to other third country nationals in need of international protection.
In order to raise awareness and prepare host communities for integration of third country nationals, capacities of professionals, practitioners, local CSO activists and volunteers to effectively facilitate and support integration of third country nationals will be enhanced. For this purpose intercultural awareness and competences training will be developed and piloted on 120 persons from host communities and then offered online on WELCOMM platform to broad audience of professionals and practitioners in EU countries. To further enhance integration capacities of receiving communities, mutual learning and exchange within developed and facilitated online and face-to-face Community of Practice will be facilitated. Community of Practice will involve in exchange and shared learning 120 persons from EU countries, engaged in supporting integration of third country nationals.
This project was funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund
// CARE@NET – Support network for foster families and foster children
This three-year programme was developed as a response to insufficient, unavailable, and unsuitable support system to foster families in implementation of individual care plans for children in general, but especially in the field of work with children that come into foster families with developmental, learning or behavioural difficulties.
Overall objective of the project is to contribute to development of foster parenting and to enhance the quality of care for foster children. The project has started on 1st November 2016 and will finish in November 2019.
Specific project goals are:
– to improve support system for foster parents within the area of Centre for social care Vrbovec authority
– to develop a prevention and early intervention model in the field of education for children in foster families in the mentioned area.
In order to achieve the first specific goal the following activities will be implemented:
– Establishment, continuous coordination and continuous work of mobile team that will provide individual support and counselling for the foster parents. The team will be consisted of experts of various professional backgrounds, both from Centre Vrbovec and from RCT, who will provide counselling and support to foster families as well as individual support and counselling to family members during field work, in their homes;
– Organizing and coordinating support groups for foster parents of children in risk;
– Team meetings regarding individual care planning for children in foster families that will be attended by experts from Centre Vrbovec, foster parents and other relevant stakeholders from education and other sectors;
– Educational seminars covering specific topics regarding psychosocial support of foster children and foster parents;
– Development of a Handbook for professionals in welfare system, foster parents and stakeholders during the third year of program implementation.
For the achievement of the second specific goal, following activities will be implemented:
– Identification of children with learning and behavioural difficulties, which will be carried out by Centre Vrbovec in coordination with schools within its area of authority;
– Workshops for foster children in order to improve their social skills;
– Individual learning support for foster children with assistance of volunteers.
The target group of the program are 36 foster families and 30 foster children during the period of three years. Centre for social assistance Vrbovec is implementing partner. The programme is funded by Ministry for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy.
// Small family, big opportunities – psycho-social support to single parent families
Implementation period: 15 December 2018 – 1st November 2019
Project coordinator: Rehabilitation Center for Stress and Trauma
Project partners: Primary school Dvor, Primary school Davorin Trstenjak Hrvatska Kostajnica, Social welfare centre Hrvatska Kostajnica
Funding: The project is funded by the Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy within Call for applications for projects of organizations working with family support and promotion and protection of rights of children.
The project is aimed to improve the quality of life of single-parent families in risk in Croatia, as well as to raise awareness of their needs, development of their social skills and supporting parents in overcoming obstacles they encounter.
The project had two specific goals:
1. To increase competences of single parent family members, primary school students and their parents for dealing with stressful and traumatic situations and of school councillors in providing assistance;
2. To contribute to development and increase availability of social services within an underprivileged municipality trough professional work with teachers and school’s school councillors, as well as employees of social welfare centre.
// POWER OF YOUTH – HUMAN RIGHTS CLASSROOM
Implementation period: 28th November 2018 – 28th February 2019
Project coordinator: Rehabilitation Center for Stress and Trauma
Project partners: Primary school Vukomerec
Funding: The project is funded by the City of Zagreb Budget trough 2018 Call for applications for funding programmes and projects of organizations working with youth or youth organizations. The project is implemented in partnership with Primary school Vukomerec.
The general goal of this project is empowering students of the primary school to be more active and more efficiently participate in society while advocating for their interests.
The project had two specific goals:
1. Developing skills, knowledge and attitudes of young people which are necessary to participate in social and political life of our country
2. Improving the environment of human rights in the school community
3. Improving activism and voluntarism in the school community.