Ambassadors for good causes: developing inclusive volunteering
Outcome:
empowerment of vulnerable groups
City (headquarters):
Łężyny
Voivodeship (headquarters):
podkarpackie
Dates:
31-12-2021 - 31-12-2021
Status:
in progress
Project cost:
30 000 EUR
Funding:
30 000 EUR
Outreach:
local
Types of activities:
voluntary work of people at risk of exclusion
Target groups:
persons with disabilities

According to information from the Polish Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability, the voices of most people with disabilities, especially intellectual disabilities, go unheard. They do not have control over their own lives, are not given enough respect, and are undervalued. Families and carers, and custodians, do not give them freedom to make decisions, do not recognize their right to make mistakes, and do not provide support in taking greater control over their own lives. We also examined the needs of potential participants in the project in the form of questionnaires and interviews. The most important needs mentioned were a need to feel wanted, the ability to organize their time themselves, gaining experience, including professional experience, overcoming shyness, increasing their self-confidence, and being more open.
The main aim of the project is to develop integration voluntary work as a form of community activity of people with disabilities, and activate them professionally.
We will train assistants and volunteers with disabilities, and organize internships for volunteers and a volunteer work integration fair. We will give them the opportunity to take part in special events and coach them in advocacy activities. The participants in the project will form a network and will invite other people interested in voluntary activities to join the network. We will launch a website for the project, which will be a voluntary work platform. We will open a voluntary work integration center on a local scale, and this will be run jointly by people with disabilities.
People with disabilities will learn new skills and abilities, and through voluntary work they will become involved in local community life. 45 people will receive training in self-advocacy, and a voluntary work integration network will be set up.
The direct beneficiaries of the project will be 30 people with disabilities as volunteers and their 15 assistants.

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