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Source of Funding: Swiss - Latvian Cooperation Programme 2009-2012
Program: NGO Fund of Swiss - Latvian cooperation program

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Youth Workers Association “Golden Bridge” (Jaunatnes darbinieku asociācija "Zelta Tilts") has developed subproject RE:START in close cooperation with the Baltic Guild of Doll and Toy Artists in order to improve quality of life of children and young people in Kandava district who face the risk of social exclusion and poverty. The project is also focused on seniors who would like to be more involved in the community life of the district.


Project Summary:

Society “Golden Bridge”, which was reregistered on 9th July as “Youth Workers Association “Golden Bridge””, has developed subproject RE:START in close cooperation with the Baltic Guild of Doll and Toy Artists in order to improve quality of life of those children and youth in Kandava district who face the risk of social exclusion and poverty. The project is also meant for seniors who would like to be more involved in the community life of the district.
Inhabitants of rural areas in comparison to urban dwellers have little access to information and non-formal education. This is due to the lack of resources necessary to organize non-formal education and leisure time activities. Therefore current supply in the field doesn’t really match the needs of the target groups.
In order to ensure advocacy of the target groups’ interests and opportunities for their personal development, the main aims of the subproject were defined as:

  1. promotion of civil participation, purposeful use of leisure time and lifelong learning of the groups facing social exclusion and poverty;
  2. fostering accessibility of public activities;
  3. providing an opportunity for the inhabitants to develop new skills, thus contributing to the solution of the unemployment problem;
  4. fostering volunteering and participation of inhabitants in local policy planning.
  5. motivation of low-activity social groups to further develop their skils and meaningful use of their free time.

Employees for RE:START were selected according to their professional background. Fees were compared and a research was conducted by phone. RE:START was restricted in time and take place during 6 months in 2012. The subproject aims to achieve that after it’s over - members of the target groups in Vāne parish can better involve into the life of community in a new quality.



Project results:
  • In the event "Salve! Esi sveicināts" (Salve! Welcome!), 159 participants learned about project ideas, objectives, and activities. A survey was also conveyed to find out their level of interest in the project and expectations;
  • During "Vairogs" (The Shield) activities, participants joined discussions and expressed their opinions about various psychological and mental issues — relations, stress, aggression, lies, empathy, feelings, emotions, different opinions, environment, etc. — thus studying themselves, mutual cooperation, and trust among group members;
  • "X-indeks" (X-index) training gave the participants knowledge about project writing, implementation, and business-related issues — business idea, accountancy, attracting financing, income and expenses, etc., during the training participants' business ideas were also analysed;
  • The participants acquired theoretical and practical knowledge about creating and administering web sites in the "StART" classes. Two new web sites were developed together with teacher — http://super.vane.lv and http://new.15vskliepaja.lv (web sites continue their operation);
  • Classes "Perspektīve" (Perspective) were aimed at acquiring knowledge about maintaining one's individual and social welfare by raising awareness about regularities of society's socio-political and economic development, set of ethic values, essential interaction of person's mental and physical development, healthy lifestyle and environment;
  • "FOTOskats" (PHOTOview) training gave the opportunity to try one's abilities in photo and video art. Participants worked in teams taking photographs about the surroundings (in total, 275 photographs) and participated in film making process — agreed on the plot, presented their idea, and made short films (in total, six short films);
  • Participants developed their creativity and learned new skills during "Kukažiņa" activities by making puppets and small souvenirs — bracelets;
  • Thematic evenings gave the participants the opportunity to familiarise themselves with culture and traditions of other countries and how they differ from latvian national identity, they learned about the new media profession and possibilities to study abroad, gained knowledge about foreign experience in treating addictions, thus broadening their horizons;
  • Objective of the activity "PaCeļam!" was to introduce participants to voluntary service and involve them in a joint clean-up. Territory of school and open-air stage was cleaned, as well as centre's premises before and after events;
  • Travelling exhibitions "Laika liecības" (Testimonies of Time) (30 works) and "Mīļie pasaku tēli" (Sweet Fairytale Characters) (15 works) were created exhibiting works created during the project;
  • A three-day final event "@staro" was organised, offering various activities (games, discussions, disco, toboggans, circle of thoughts, etc.) so that all interested people could participate.
Target group: Children,Young people,Seniors
Legal status of Project Promoter: Association/Foundation
Region: Kurzeme Region
Amount of Grant Awarded: 21522.64 LVL / 30 623.96 EUR
Amount of Grant Spent: 21006.93 LVL / 29 890.17 EUR
Project number: 2010.CH04/mic-231/41
Project Promoter: Youth Workers Association "Golden Bridge" (Jaunatnes darbinieku asociācija "Zelta Tilts")
Partner(s): The Baltic Guild of Doll and Toy Artists (Biedrība "Autorleļļu un rotaļlietu meistaru Baltijas Ģilde")
Start date of project: 05.06.2012.
Project finish date: 30.11.2012.
Place of implementation: Kandava county
Contact information: Ķeguma iela 52 k1-33, Rīga, LV-1039