Local leaders – an engine for social change
Outcome:
empowerment of vulnerable groups
City (headquarters):
Gdańsk
Voivodeship (headquarters):
pomorskie
Dates:
31-10-2022 - 31-10-2022
Status:
in progress
Project cost:
89 702 EUR
Funding:
87 500 EUR
Outreach:
local
Types of activities:
educational activities, self-advocacy
Target groups:
LGBT+, local government, officials and employees of public institutions

Experience gained in Gdańsk concerning LGBT emancipation shows that long-term friendly, and content-related cooperation between organisations promoting equality and city institutions helps to get local government involved in activities to help vulnerable groups such as LGBT. A diagnosis carried out by the Project Promoter has shown that there are no LGBT community representatives in small towns in the Pomorze region that have the know-how necessary to work with local government authorities, and undertake watchdog and self-advocacy activities.
The aim of the project is to provide training for a team of approximately 10 leaders of change in small towns in Pomorze to work with local government partners, and conduct local watchdog and self-advocacy activities. The team will devise three standards for a municipal service that is friendly to LGBT in Gdańsk. This project will lead to increased knowledge on the part of employees of government authorities about LGBT needs, and how those needs can be met when providing municipal services.
Under the project, leaders will attend training on project work and self-advocacy, and take part in a study trip to Oslo. In the course of ten working meetings of leaders and Gdansk government authority employees, it will prepare and implement, as a pilot programme, three LGBT-friendly municipal service standards. Approximately 20 municipal employees will be given training on providing municipal services. One nationwide and two local professional practitioner forums will be organised on the subject of how to promulgate the devised standards.
The project will help ten LGBT leaders, 20 municipal authority employees, and 80 professional practitioners (such as teachers, doctors, lawyers, social workers, school education specialists, psychologists, etc.).
The role played by the partner FRI in Oslo will ensure transfer of know-how on how CSOs and local authorities can work together to devise and implement municipal policies with respect to LGBT.

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