MyEU ANALYTICAL ACTIVITIES – READ THE REPORTS!

The reports concern identified needs, good practices & success stories in the field of successful participation of EU citizens in their host EU countries civic and political life.  The reports include:

1.      “REPORT on STATE of the ART Comparative Summary”

State of the art analysis answered two main questions:

1)      What knowledge and information concerning rights deriving from EU citizenship, and in what forms, are available at the each Partner country level,

and

2)      What kind of knowledge, and in what form, is needed for the youth to be able to exercise their rights deriving from EU citizenship.

The open on-line survey lasted three months, from mid-March 2018 till mid-June 2018. Four different translated versions were realized: English, Italian, Polish and Hungarian. The survey collected a total of 326 questionnaires: 100 Polish, 115 Hungarian, 100 Italian and 11 filled in English, where respondents came from France, Spain, Slovenia, Georgia, Armenia, Slovakia, and Romania. The results analyzed in this report consider both overall data (concerning all questionnaires collected) and national data specifications.

Read the“REPORT on STATE of the ART Comparative Summary”

 

2.      “REPORT on GOOD PRACTICES. Research and Analysis of good practices and successful stories of social and political activities of young EU citizens in their hosting countries. COMPARATIVE REPORT”

The National Reports of Good Practices presents a collection of the best practices collected in Poland, Italy and Hungary, inspiring with practical examples and showing the benefits of exercising the rights deriving from European citizenship while living in any EU host country in the fields of:

1) Job mobility,

2) Vocational training and counselling,

3) Volunteering and social & political life activity.

There are 15 good practices & success stories gathered in the Report; 5 for each Partner country.

Read the REPORT on GOOD PRACTICES…”

 

3.      Youth Citizens Forums Reports.

In the period May – June 2018 thee were 3 Youth Citizens Forums organised in: Jesi, Italy, Pszczyna, Poland andJászfényszaru, Hungary.

The aims of those forums were to

1)      Present and further discuss analytical activities results (on-line research, interviews) and clarify information needs in the field of active European citizenship of persons living in host EU countries,

and

2)      Developing recommendations for the contents and form of the MyEU Portal – main outcome of the MyEU project planned.
The aim of the MyEU Portal is organizing and gathering in one place (under one Internet address) European information resources on the rights of the European Union citizens residing in a country other than their country of origin, so that they become widely available and useful.

Read YCF Reports:
1. Polish Youth Citizens Forum Report
2. Italian Youth Citizens Forum Report
3. Hungarian Youth Citizens Forum Report

Soon we will invite you to consult the ideas for the MyEU Portal!

 

EUROPEAN YOUTH FORUM – JUNE 15th 2018 IN PSZCZYNA – FEEL INVITED!

The aim of the Forum is to develop recommendations for the MyEU Portal, which aim will be to suport young Europeans mobile within European Union (i.e. living in some other EU country than their country of origin due to studying/volunteering/working abroad) in excercising their EU citizens rights.

Registration and detailed programme of the Forum (available in Polish): https://europejskie-forum-mlodych.konfeo.com/pl/groups
 

The European Youth Forum is being realised in cooperation of 2 European projects realisers: „We upgrade our vocational skills and competences!!!”, co-financed within the Knowledge Education Development Operational Programme (2014-2020) and „MyEU. Youth in the move portal to active citizenship of the European Union” co-financed within the Rights, Equality, Citizenship Programme of the European Union (2014-2020). 

 

FELL INVITED! FOR A CONFERENCE SUMMARISING ACTIVITIES OF THE SPAR PROJECT: BUDAPEST, 8 - 9 OF JUNE 2018!

The SPAR Project involves six partners from across Europe working together to research and develop innovative and sustainable approaches to training and skill-sharing, in order to enable citizens in sparsely-populated areas to become cultural volunteers, connectors and conveners. Each country and region has its own unique challenges, advantages and resources. Research has been undertaken to find common ground and ways to share knowledge and best practice to benefit citizens across Europe.

Programme of the conference and registration form: https://www.sparproject.eu/events/conference-budapest

 

HELP US AT DESIGNING GOOD SUPPORT TOOLS FOR THE YOUTH MOBILE WITHIN EUROPE – SHARE YOUR OPINION!

Have you ever studied/volunteered/worked in other country than your home-country? If the answer is "yes" - please feel invited to share your opinion! https://it.surveymonkey.com/r/B7D7NM5
Investment: around 15 min. of your precious time.
Benefit: Developed new tools to support educational/work mobility of the youth within EU.
Thank you in advance!
The on-line research will be opened till May 13th 2018.

 

NEW FAIE’S PROJECT – SUPPORTING YOUTH MOBILE WITHIN EUROPE - MyEU!

Title:“MyEU. Youth in the move Portal to active citizenship of the European Union”.

Short description:
The main problem the project addresses is low level of engagement and democratic participation of the mobile European Union citizens in the political, civic and democratic life of their host EU countries. This problem is especially relevant for the young people, the youth.
The main target group of the project activities will be the youth (18 – 35 years old) already mobile or planning mobility (living/studying/working/volunteering/getting training) abroad.

The project activities will focus on 3 sub-groups of the youth:
1. Youth in vocational training and vocational counseling in their host countries;
2. Youth planning to work/working in another Member State than their country of origin - job mobility of the youth;
3. Youth who could use/use the opportunities to volunteer abroad in order to upgrade and develop their transversal and soft skills (such as group work, communication skills, motivation) that will then help them to find their place in the job market. Volunteering, taking often part in civil society organizations (NGOs) fosters social & political life activity.

As the research shows, that taking part in a mobility abroad helps young people to find their place on the job market. People who experienced living abroad are, in general, also more open, more tolerant, more self-confident and see more benefits of living in wider Europe. This often leads to increased activity in the social, cultural and political life both at local and European level.
The general objectiveof the MyEU project is to increase the level of engagement and democratic participation of theEuropean Union citizens, especially the youth, in the political, civic and democratic life of their host EU countriesthrough promoting opportunities, ways, tools and benefits for active democratic participation.

Period of realisation: January 2018 – June 2020.

Partners:
Fundacja Alternatywnych Inicjatyw Edukacyjnych (PL) www.fundacjaaie.eu (Lider)
Cooperativa Sociale COOSS MARCHE ONLUS scpa (IT) http://www.cooss.it/it/
Magyar Nepfoiskolai Tarsasag (HU) www.nepfoiskola.hu

Co-financing: Rights, Equality, Citizenship Programme of the European Union (2014 – 2020).

 

ALL THE BEST FOR 2018!

 

INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF THE LEVER PROJECT PARTNERS IN BIELSKO-BIAŁA

November 16th FAIE hosted in Bielsko-Biała Partners of the „LEVER. Voluntary culture in sparsely populated areas with added value for democratic participation and community bonding”project.It was the fourth meeting  of the Partners realising a 3-years long initiative, with involvement of civil socjety organisations form Denmark, Poland, Lithuania, Belarus and Finland.

Objectives of the project are:

1. To develop innovative ways of outreach to citizens engaged in arts and culture to be-come resourceful volunteers in cross-cultural activities in the local communities.

2. To complete innovative pilot works in 1-2 sparsely populated communities in the partic-ipating countries.

3. To publish a Handbook on methods and best practise as well as a Curricula Compendium for culture volunteers.

4. To provide a comprehensive dissemination of the results to the main target groups in the Baltic Sea region.

We are half-way through.

See the LEVER leaflet.
Feel invited to the LEVER official webpage: http://culture-lever.net/

Co-financing: Nordic Council of Ministers’ NGO programme for the Baltic Sea Region.

 

ARE YOU ORGANISING CULTURAL/ARTISTIC ACTIVITIES? PARTICIPATING IN SUCH EVENTS? SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE! Take part in an international research.

The questions in a short on-line survey (you need only 10 minutes to fil lit in!) concern your experiences in participating in/organizing  creative activities. By creative activities we mean all kind of events organised in the cultural/artististic (proffessional as well as amateur)/ cultural heritahe sphere – such as concerts, workshops, exhibitions, theatre plays, choir singing, digital creativity… and many more. Each of us participates/ has been participating in such events. What are your experiences?

Share your opinions with us! Please check the language preferred:

Polish: https://educult.limequery.org/525589?lang=pl

Danish: https://educult.limequery.org/2?lang=da
Dutch: https://educult.limequery.org/915834?lang=nl

English: https://educult.limequery.org/613624?lang=en

Slovenian: https://educult.limequery.org/561612?lang=sl

 

The research is being realised in Denmark, UK, Slovenia, Poland and the Netherlands in the frame of the “Bridging social capital by participatory and co-creative culture” (BRIDGING) project. The project is co-financed within the Erasmus+ Programme, Strategic Partnerships.

See the BRIDGING leaflet.
Feel invited to the BRIDGING Communication Portal.

 

THE FAEIs TEAM GOES FOR ERASMUS+ TRAINING

What is already behind us – is a preparatory meeting in the frame of the EDU-DESIGN project. What’s in front of us – is participating  a 10-days long training "The 6th International SDDP Facilitators Training School, being realized by our Cypriot Partner – Future Worlds Centre – in Nicosia, Cyprus. SDD means Structured Dialogic Design. Some of our workshops participants already have an occasion to experience working using this method during our trainings – still – in an analogue form. After training – we will be entitle to apply the full version of co-laboratories, supported by dedicated software. Wonderful!

All this in the frame of the Erasmus+ Key Action 1, Learning mobility of the adult education staff. Therefore we will be hard to reach between October 30th and November  10th:)
 

The FAIE Team is leaving for testing international training programmes

Pilot training courses are dedicated to managers and volunteers active in the cultural sector on sparsely populated areas. The trainings will take place the days 2 – 6 of October in Lousada, Portugal.
FAIE takes there a strong team of cooperating organisations: Local Activity Association Spichlerz, The Group of Various Initiatives and Foundation of Education, Social Policy, Sports and Culture. Apart from us there will be teams from Denmark, Hungary, UK and Portugal taking part in the trainings.

After testing and refining the training programmes and materials, they will be made available for all interested.

The SPAR “Curricula for culture volunteers and managers in sparsely populated areas” project was co-financed in the frame  Erasmus Plus Programme, KA 2, strategic partnerships.

For more information please visit: https://www.sparproject.eu/

 

NEW FAIE's PROJECT IN THE FIELD OF CULTURE & EDUCATION: BRIDGING

Title: Bridging social capital by participatory and co-creative culture” (Project acronym: BRIDGING)

Short description:
The decline of trust the last decade is one of the central challenges of our societies. Several surveys by UN, OECD, EU and others indicate that the declining trust refers not only to the usual suspects as governments, companies and mainstream media, but also to NGOs and even more concerning to an increased distrust of other people.

Trust is the fundamental element of social capital in a country, and the World Development Report (2013) shows that countries, where people are more likely to trust others, are also countries where there is less violence and more political stability, accountability and stronger economic growth.  Furthermore, trustful social relations are essential for happiness. The World Happiness Report (2012) indicates trust as one of the major reasons that some countries are happier than others. 

Trust among fellow citizens is also essential for the subjective well-being or Quality of Life.

Without trust, institutions don’t work, societies falter and people lose faith in each other. Here, we think, the European sector of participatory culture (amateur arts, voluntary culture and heritage) can make a difference. This sector is, next to amateur sport, the largest civil society sector in the EU member states, and it has in the last decade been the civil society area with the highest rate of expansion in members and new associations. A vast number of voluntary and paid staff and artists are employed in a myriad of associations to provide arts and culture based activities for about 38 pct of the peoples in the member states (Eurobarometer 399, November 2013).

However, the voluntary arts and culture associations could strengthen their societal engagement. Especially in these times, the learning providers in this sector should prioritise new initiatives that can help to counter the current decline of the cohesiveness and mutual trust in our communities.

The overall aim to bridge social capital and to promote inclusion, cohesion and trust by strengthening the participatory and co-creative culture activities in the European sector of amateur arts, voluntary culture and heritage.

Period of realization: September 2017 – August 2018

Project partners:
Kulturelle Samrad i Danmark (DK), www.kulturellesamraad.dk(Coordinator)
Interfolk, Institut for Civilsamfund (DK), www.interfolk.dk
Voluntary Arts Network (UK), www.voluntaryarts.org
Fundacja Alternatywnych Inicjatyw Edukacyjnych (PL), www.fundacjaaie.eu
EDUCULT - Denken und Handeln im Kulturbereich Verein (AT), www.educult.at
Lietuvos Pilių ir Dvarų Asociacija (LT), www.dvarai.lt
Javni sklad RS za kulturne dejavnosti (SI), www.jskd.si
St.Landelijk Kennisinstituut Cultuureducatie en Amateurkunst (NL), www.lkca.nl

Co-financing: Erasmus Plus, KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, Strategic Partnerships for adult education.

 

TRAINING FOR THE MANAGERS AND VOLUNTEERS ACTIVE IN CULTURAL SECTOR: „NATIONAL, EUROPEAN AND PRIVATE SOURCES OF CO-FINANCNG CULTURAL ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE FOR THE YEARS 2014 – 2020. METHODOLOGY OF DEVELOPING PROJECTS”, Warsaw, August 31st, 2017.

The aim of the training is to prepare the participants to planning and developing successfull projects, in the frame of the current EU funding perspective as well as using national and private sources of co-financing, through conveying up-to-date, coherent and complex information concerning possibilities and rules for developing projects and their financing.

Audience of the training: Cultural and creative sector employees, managers and volunteers active on the sparsely populated areas.

Benefits for the participants:

Ø  Learning national and european granting programmes directed to the culture & creative sector institutions and organisations: possibilities of co-financing, beneficiaries, rules of co-financing;

Ø  Learning the offer of private foundations supporting cultural activities;

Ø  Learning the techniques of developing coherent and comprehensive projects;

Ø  Learning how to check if the institution/organization qualifies for co-funding;

Ø  Learnign how to prepare the contents to the application form;

Ø  Learning the ways of searching for and choosing project partners for the partnership projects.

Date and venue:Warsaw, 31st of August 2017 r.

Recruitment and further information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 511-551-439

The training i san element of thesting national pilot trainings supporting managers and volunteers of the cultural sector, active on sparsely populated areas. The international, partnership project is being realized in the frame of the “Curricula for culture volunteers and managers in sparsely populated areas”, acronym: SPAR project. The project is co-financed in the frame of Erasmus Plus Programme, Key action 2, Strategic partnerships for developing innovation.
To learn more please visit: https://www.sparproject.eu/

 

LEVER. OUR LOCAL PILOT TEAMS.

In the frames of the LEVER project we have the pleasure to cooperate with two local Pilot Teams, realising artistic and cultural activities on the sparsely populated areas. The aim of those activities is to revive those little cities and villages, making them more attractive both for their inhabitants, tourists and potential investors. The important goal also is to promote democratic participation and integration of the local communities.

We have the pleasure to cooperate with:

Stowarzyszeniem Działań Lokalnych Spichlerz from Czernica, Śląskie voivodeship – realising activities around the 700th anniversary of the Czernica village: http://www.7wiekow7zyczen.pl/

and with

The Group  of Various Initiatives from Góra Ropczycka, Podkarpackie voivodeship – promoting classical music for everyone and everywhere, as well as a beautiful local park – Buczyna: https://www.facebook.com/grupa.inicjatyw.roznych/

Co-financing: Nordic Council of Ministers’ NGO Programme for the Baltic Sea Region.

 

THE FAEIs TEAM GOES FOR ERASMUS+ TRAINING

What is already behind us – is a preparatory meeting in the frame of the EDU-DESIGN project. What’s in front of us – is going for a 10-days long training "Networking and good practices concerning research&training unit building" tailor-made for us by our Italian Partner COOSS Marche, http://www.cooss.it/it/. All this in the frame of the Erasmus+ Key Action 1, Learning mobility of the adult education staff. Therefore we will be hard to reach between May 29th and June 9th:)

 

SPAR: NEW PROJECT WEB-PAGE

Curricula for culture volunteers and managers in sparsely populated areas”, acronym: SPAR, is an international, partership project being realised in the frame of Erasmus Plus Programme, Key action 2, Strategic partnerships for developing innovation. FAIE is a project partner.
To learn more please visit: https://www.sparproject.eu/

 

NEW FAIE’s PROJECT: „WE KNOW WHAT WE WANT. COOPERATION FOR THE BENEFIT OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES”.

This is the 4th edition of the „We know what we want…” projects cycle. The 2017 edition answers the need of widening knowledge and skills of the Polish NGOs people concerning innovative methods of working in the 3rd sector and building partnerships for successful projects realization for the benefit of local communities. Involving the local communities.

The general goalof the project is to increase the number of citizens’ initiatives being realised by the Polish non-governmental organisations through applying innovative methods of local needs analysis and realising social, cooperation projects in local communities.

The members, workers, co-workers and volunteers of the NGOs active in 4 voivodeships of Southern Poland: Śląskie, Małopolskie, Podkarpackie and Opolskie, will be invited to participate in:

1.                 Three – days long workshops presenting two innovative methodsuseful at working in the 3rd sector: Structured Dialogic Design and Theory of Change. The 3rd day we will practice more “typical” method: planning and developing projects with the use of the Project Cycle Management methodology.

2.                 Two – days long workshop of practical development and budgeting of the partnership projects, after which partnership teams will be able to apply for co-funding of their local, social projects involving local community. There will be at least 3 project teams built and at least 3 local projects co-financed.

3.                 Advisory sessions, dedicated to the project – teams, to support them at successful realisation of their initiatives.

What is more: all interested NGO people, from whole Poland, will be invited to take part in 5 webinars and making use of educational materials in a form of Knowledge Pills, that will be developed during the project.

Participation in the project is free of charge.

The project will be realized in a period: April – December 2017.

The project is co-financed in the frame of the Civic Initiatives Fund Programme 2017 of the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy.

The project’s website is available HERE (information in Polish only).

 

INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH CONCERNING COMPETENCES AND SUPPORT NEEDED BY THE CULTURE MANAGERS AND VOLUNTEERS - PLEASE TAKE PART!

Answering the on-line survey questions should not take more than 15 - 20 minutes. The research is opened until March 14th 2017. The research takes place, simultaneously, in Poland, Denmark, UK, POrtugal and Hungary.
Link to the questionnaire (Polish language version): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EGkUgrHaXEerxFCrwvH13LgaMMuF6LQbzvx3Wnigoww/edit

The overall aim is to map the essential conditions for successful culture volunteering in the sector of amateur arts, voluntary culture and heritage in sparsely populated areas to provide cross-disciplinary arts and culture opportunities for the local communities with an added value for civic participation, community bonding and local identity.

The objectives are

·         To outline the key competences of currently successful culture volunteers

·         To outline good practise on how to engage culture volunteers in sparsely populated areas

·         To outline good practise on how to train culture volunteers in sparsely populated areas

·         To outline good support from voluntary culture associations to the culture volunteers

·         To outline good support from other local stakeholders to culture volunteering
 

The research takes place within a project "Curricula for culture volunteers and managers in sparsely populated areas".
The project is co-financed within Erasmus Plus Programme, key activity 2, strategic partnerships.

 

NEW FAIE's PROJECT IN THE FIELD OF CULTURE - SPAR

Title: “Curricula for culture volunteers and managers in sparsely populated areas”
(Project acronym: SPAR)

Short description:
Sparsely populated areas need active culture NGO's to strengthen active citizenship and locally engaged communities by developing enlivening arts and culture opportunities with an added value for civic and democratic participation.

To secure cultural sustainability, we need to strengthen the “citizen help citizen" or "peer to peerapproach", where amateur arts and voluntary culture associations and their volunteers provide available and involving arts and culture.

The overall aim is to recruit and educate culture volunteers in sparsely populated areas to gain new competences to provide cross-disciplinary arts and culture opportunities for the local communities with an added value for civic participation, community bonding and local identity.

Period of realization: September 2016 - August 2018

Project partners:
Voluntary Arts network (UK), www.voluntaryarts.org
National Association of Cultural Councils (DK), www.kulturellesamraad.dk
Interfolk, Institute for Civil Society (DK), www.interfolk.dk
Hungarian Folk High School Society (HU), www.nepfoiskola.hu
Foundation of Alternative Educational Initiatives (PL), www.fundacjaaie.eu
Municipality of Lousada, Division of Communication, heritage, culture, education and sport (PT), http://www.cm-lousada.pt

Co-financing: Erasmus plus, key activity 2, strategic partnerships.

https://www.sparproject.eu/

 

“EDU-DESIGN. Education for designing the future” project got started!

We are pleased to share the news that, with beginning of August, we are starting realisation of a project “EDU-DESIGN. Education for designing the future”. The project is devoted, this time, to the FAIE’s staff professional development.

The general aim of the project is learning various models and forms of life-long-learning organising and supporting being realised successfully by the Partner organisations, in the field of non-vocational, non-formal adult education. Our staff will go to the Partner organisations in Hungary, Italy and Cyprus to job-shadow, consult and get training – in order to work more effectively for the benefit of the Polish NGOs and all active leaders in their communities. This is possible thanks to the grant received in the frame of the KA1 – Learning Mobility of the Erasmus+ Programme. Details soon.

The project Partners are:

Magyar Nepfoiskolai Tarsasag, Węgry: http://www.nepfoiskola.hu/

Cooperativa Sociale COOSS MARCHE ONLUS scpa, Włochy:http://www.cooss.it/it/

Future worlds Centre, Cypr: http://www.futureworldscenter.org/

The project will be realised in the period form 1st od August 2016 until Novemner 30th 2017.

EDU-DESIGN was co-financed in the frame of the KA1 – Learning Mobility – Adult education staff mobility of the Erasmus+ Programme for the years 2014 – 2020.

 

LEVER PROJECT: A study on state of the art of cultural activities on the sparsely populated areas in published

The overall aim of the study is to clarify the current state of art by providing baseline surveys in each partner country with recommendations for the subsequent pilot work.

The baseline surveys were prepared for Poland, Denmark, Lithuania, Belarus and Finland.

All the publications can be reached HERE

The LEVER project main webpage is available HERE

 

NEW FAIEs PROJECT: „WE KNOW WHAT WE WANT. THE INTERNATIONAL PROJECT REALISERS NETWORK”

The „We know what we want…” projectis an answer for the need to widen knowledge and skills of the Polish NGOs in the field of planning, developing and realizing international, partnership projects.

International projects realisation is a challenge, still – from the other side – it gives many benefits: it is possible to keep the continuity of the activities realised, it is possible to keep the work places and creating new ones. Thanks to international contacts the level of innovation in the organization rises. You gain new inspiration, you get the access to the world’s best practises, you may exchange thoughts, methods of work, experiences. Your offer for your clients is wider and richer. Your workers, co – workers, volunteers gain great opportunity to upgrade qualifications, rise competences – to vocational development and self – development. This gives them better opportunities on the open job market. Your organisation grows and become more professional.

We will invite the members, workers, co-workers and volunteers of NGOs from all over Poland to take part in:

1.       Workshops, concerning planning, developing and realizing international, partnership projects.

2.       Advisory sessions,aiming at developing a specific, international project concept, including choosing the project partners.

3.       Co-creating and using an internet portaldesigned to support international, partner cooperation. Here we will invite also NGOs from other countries!

First workshops will take place in May 2016.

The project was co-financed in the frame of the Civic Initiatives Fund Programme 2016 of the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy.

The project will be realized in a period: March 2016 – December 2016.

 

NEW FAIE's PROJECT IN THE FIELD OF CULTURE - LEVER

Title:“Voluntary culture as leverage of cross-cultural activities in sparsely populated areas with an added value for democratic participation and community bonding.”

(Project acronym: LEVER)

Short description:
During the last years, we have seen more political and public interest for reviving the rural and sparsely populated areas in the Baltic Sea Region. A few steps to revive the villages and remote areas have among other countries already been taken in a Danish context, but progress is slow, and the models for how it is done, is not described.

In this project, we intend to develop new methods and approaches to revive the areas and secure sustainability by applying the “citizen help citizen" or "peer to peer approach", where civil society associations and their volunteers from the cross-cultural sector of amateur arts, voluntary culture, heritage and cultural centres are engaged to provide available and involving arts and culture activities with an added value for civic and democratic participation and community bonding.

The overall aimis to promote cross-cultural activities in the sparsely populated communities in the Baltic Sea region with an added value for civic and democratic participation and community bonding.

Period of realization:January 2016 – December 2018 (1st stage: 01.01.2016 – 31.12.2016)

Project partners:The partnership circle includes six national/regional associations from Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Poland and Belarus that is active in the field of voluntary culture and liberal adult education:al adult education:
Interfolk, Institute for Civil Society (Coordinator), www.interfolk.dk
National Association of Cultural Councils in Denmark, www.kulturellesamraad.dk
Finnish Swedish Youth Association,www.fsu.fi
Foundation of Alternative Educational Initiatives, www.fundacjaaie.eu
"United Way" Belarusian Republican Non-Governmental Organization,http://en.ngo.by
Lithuanian castles and manors Association, www.dvarai.lt

Co-financing:Nordic Council of Ministers’ NGO programme for the Baltic Sea Region

Please see the project's leaflet HERE

 

The project
 «ACTIVEU.
Let’s get active! Incentives for citizens active participation in the democratic life of the European Union»
was funded with the support of the European Union under the Programme "Europe for Citizens"

 

Measure 2.3 "Civil Society Projects"

7 events have been carried out within this project:

Event 1. The preparatory activities – preparatory meeting of all the Partners
Participation
: The event involved 9 citizens, including  2 participants from the province/area of Ancona (Italy), 2 participants from the city of Nicosia(Cyprus), 1 participant form the city of Iasi (Romania) and 4 participants from the city of Bielsko-Biała (Poland).
Location/ Dates:The event took placein Bielsko-Biała, Poland, from 14/01/2015 to 16/01/2015
Short description:  The aim of the event wasto meet the partners face to face and to introduce the key persons involved; to agree on tools of communication and information exchange; to detail the activities planned; to exchange information on state of the art of research on active democratic participation on the EU level in the respective countries and to set the ground for research process and it’s promotion. 
 

Event 2. Open on-line research designing, conducting and summing-up
Participation:The event involved  701citizens, including  175participants from Poland, 224 participants from Romania, 169 participants from Italy, 26 participants form Cyprus as well as 107 participants from other countries.
Location/ Dates:The event took placeinPoland, Romania, Italy and Cyprus from  01/02/2015  to 11/07/2015.
Short description:  The aim of the event was to create a space where EU citizens could share their opinions, needs, expectations and ideas concerning active participation in the democratic life of EU; to learn the reasons and root causes of not participating in the democratic life of the EU;  to learn what the possible incentives, that could increase the citizens to participation in the EUs’ policies shaping, could be; to exchange results of the on-line research through digital workspace.
 

Event 3. The 4 National Citizens’ Forums designing, conducting and summing-up
Participation:The event involved  130 citizens, including  30  participants from16 towns/small cities from Italy, 38 participants from 14 cities from Poland, 37 participants form 16 cities from Romania and 25 participants for 2 cities from Cyprus.
Location/ Dates:The event took placein: Jesi, Italy,on the 20/05/2015; Bielsko-Biała, Poland, on the 9/06/2015; Iasi, Romania, from 10/06/2015 to 12/06/2015 and Nicosia, Cyprus, on the 7/09/2015.
Short description:  The aim of the event wasto sum-up and discuss the results of the open on-line research; to group these results into the main thematic areas; to develop national recommendations for diminishing the obstacles for active participation/ introducing incentives for becoming an active citizen.


Event 4. Developing and conducting information campaign encouraging to take part in the open on-line research and the National Citizens Forums.
Participation
:The events reached directly 199 citizens in Italy, 243 citizens in Poland, 1300 citizens in Romania and 51 citizens on Cyprus. Indirect recipients are estimated for around 123 439.
Location/ Dates:The event took placein Poland, Italy, Romania and on Cyprus from  03/01/2015  to 31/12/2015.
Short description:  The aim of the event was to inform about the on-line research the widest possible networks of the Partners; engaging as many citizens from various social groups as possible to take part in the research; underlining benefits/ rising awareness of importance of participation and involvement in community life.

 

Event 5. The International Citizens Forum designing, conducting and summing-up.
Participation:The event involved 25 citizens, including  2  participants from the city of Ancona (Italy), 3 participants from the city of Iasi (Romania), 3 participants form the city of Bielsko-Biała (Poland), 15 participants form the city of Nicosia (Cyprus) and 1 participant form the city of Nicosia (Turkey) and 1 participant from the city of Ljubljana (Slovenia).
Location/ Dates:The event took place in Nicosia, Cyprus, from  15/10/2015  to 17/10/2015.
Short description:  The aim of the event was developing possible solutions for increasing the citizens’ participation in the democratic life of EU; developing recommendations for relevant EU/ national institutions and organisations/ European and national authorities  in the defined thematic areas.

Event 6. Summing up the recommendations in a final document to be presented to  the  relevant EU/ national institutions and organisations and to a wide public.
Participation:The event reached directly 50 citizens in Italy, 64 citizens in Poland, 50 citizens in Romania and 50 citizens from Cyprus.
Location/ Dates:The event took placeinPoland, Romania, Italy and on Cyprus from  01/08/2015  to 31/12/2015.
Short description:  The aim of the event was formulating feedback  & recommendations for more active democratic participation of the EU citizens in a final document and to disseminate those solutions to the  relevant EU/ national institutions and organisations in the defined thematic areas, as well as to present the recommendations to a wide public.

Event 7.Developing the exit strategy for the Partnership
Participation:The event involved  reached directly 10 citizens in Italy, 10 citizens in Poland, 15 citizens in Romania and 10 citizens of Cyprus.
Location/ Dates:The event took placeinPoland, Romania, Italy and on Cyprus from  01/11/2015  to 31/12/2015.
Short description:  The aim of the event was to use the results of the current project as an input to the next one aiming at implementing the ideas for increasing democratic participation of the EU citizens in the EUs policies and EUs’ future shaping.

The number of citizens indirectly reached by the project exceeded 409 000.

The project was being realised in the period January – December 2015.

 

"Let's get active!": Recommendations for more active democratic participation of the European Union citizens published and sent...

Based on the results of the year-long international research and consultations process, including over 850 direct participants and reaching over 160.000 indirect addressees from all over Europe, the Recommendations for more active democratic participation of the European Union’s citizens were developed. You may read the recommendations HERE.

The Recommendations were sent to the following European Union level bodies:
- The European Ombudsman, Mrs. Emily O'Reilly
- The Chair of The European Parliament the Committee on petitions, Mrs. Cecilia Wikstrӧm
- The Chair of The European Parliament the Committee on Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Mr. Claude Moraes
- The President of The European Parliament, Mr. Martin Schulz
- The President of the European Council, Mr. Donald Tusk
- The Director of The European Agency for Fundamental Rights, Mr. Michael O'Flaherty

The Recommendations will be also sent to national level bodies/institutions/organisations in four countries of the project partnership as well as disseminated among w wide public.

Attachments to the Recommendations are:

1.  The International Open On-line Research Report;
2.  The National Citizen’s Forums reports for 4 countries: Poland, Romania, Italy and Cyprus;
3. The International Citizens Forum Report.

You may read them HERE

 

 

Wishing you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2016!

The FAIE Team

 

"Let's get active!...": The International Open On-line Research Report is now published!

We have the pleasure to announce, that the English version of the On-line Open Research Report concerning active democratic participation is now published. The national language versions of the report (Polish, Romanian, Italian and Greek) will be available in December.

The goal of the open on-line research was to create a space where the European Union’s citizens could share their opinions, needs, expectations and ideas concerning active participation in the democratic life of EU, in order to: learn the reasons and root causes of not participating in the democratic life of the EU;  to learn what the possible incentives, that could increase the citizens to participation in the EUs’ policies shaping, could be. 

There were 701 persons, who took part in the research answering at least the mandatory questions. The research was initially designed to take place in Poland, Romania, Italy and Cyprus, still, thanks to the English version, in total, respondents representing 40 various countries took part in it.

Participants came from both inside and outside Europe: Poland (175 questionnaires collected), Romania (224 questionnaires collected), Italy (169 questionnaires collected), Cyprus (26 questionnaires collected) and: Portugal, Hungary, Scotland, Lithuania, Morocco, France, Slovakia, Spain, Bulgaria, Croatia, Albania, Greece, Austria, Germany, UK, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Bosnia And Herzegovina, Turkey, Ukraine, Switzerland, Pakistan, Ecuador, Lebanon, Argentina, Armenia, Lithuania, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Tunisia, Montenegro, Latvia, Slovenia, Serbia and Belgium.

The open on-line survey lasted 3 months, from April 2015 till June 2015.
The research was being realized in 5 language versions: English, Italian, Rumanian, Polish and Greek.

The survey engaged 4 specific topics and the questionnaire was organized in 6 different groups of questions gathered by area of interest (Personal Data, Get involved, Get Active, Elections and Participation, EU and Participation, Note).  

The English version of the report you will find by clicking HERE.

The report will be now translated into 4 national languages of the project Partners. The national translations will be available in December 2015.

 

"Let's get active!..." - we invite you to contribute your ideas in regards to civic engagement and participation!

How? by using Idea Prism, a mobile application specifically designed to enable on-line participation!

By becoming a member in the dialogue "Let's get Active" you would be able to respond to one of the challenges that the project aims to address: What changes or incentives do you think should be introduced to encourage democratic engagement and participation in the democratic processes?

The application is free and you can download it via Apple or Android Store.

Participation is immediate! After downloading the App, individuals can contribute their ideas just by signing-in with their email.
For further information or any queries please send us an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Members of the dialogue may contribute ideas in the form of single-sentence statements, and subsequently add a paragraph as clarification. Members can also shoot short videos right from their device and upload a lively clarification to the cloud for others to consider. The dialogue will be in effect from the 1st of October until the 14th of October. The ideas will be presented during the International Citizens Forum which will take place at 15th – 17th of October in Nicosia, as a part of the EU co-funded project Let's get Active.

For more information on the application please visit: http://www.ekkotek.com/products/wisdom-tools/idea-prism.html

For more information on project Let's get Active please visit our website: www.letsgetactive.eu

Please feel invited!


Information session for the youth and youth workers - Time to Move. Discover ways to experience Europe -  September 28th at 14.00, Social Activity Incubator in Bielsko-Biała.

 

 

Feel invited!

 

The open on-line research, concerning active democratic participation, is now closed. Thank you for sharing your opinions!

At the beginning of July we have closed the open on-line research concerning active democratic participatiation, being realised in Poland, in Italy, in Romania and on Cyprus. In total 731 persons from Europe (and even outside Europe) shared their opinions with us: We have receiver 175 answers from Poland, 224 from Romania, 26 from Cyprus and 169 from Italy.  Additionally 137 coming from countries outside the project partnership took part in the research. The research report will be published in September. Thank you very much for participation in the survey and for sharing your opinions!

The research was realised in the frame of the "Let's get active! Incentives for citizens active participation in the democratic life of european Union" project. More about "Let's get active!...": http://www.letsgetactive.eu/

 

How to increase civil activity of the Poles?

„ABOUT THE EUROPE - CREATIVELY”

We invite you to take part in a forum summing-up the results of the open on-line research

Where?

Galeria Bielska BWA, 3 Maja 11 street, Bielsko-Biała

When?

9th of June 2015 r., 10.00—15.00

Information:

http://www.letsgetactive.eu/national-citizen-s-forum

Registration*:
Formularz zgłoszeniowy

Organiser:
Foundation of Alternative Educational Initiatives

 

The National Citizens Forum is being organised in the frame of "Let's get active! Incentives for citizens active participation in the democratic life of european Union" project, supported by the European Union in the frame of the Europe for Citizens Programme.

The Euriopean Youth Week patronage for "Let's get active!..."

We are pleased to inform that "Let's get active!..." - the on-line research related activities - has received the European Youth Week patronage.

we ask you for opinion!

Our goal is to learn the reasons of low level of involvement of the youth in democratic participation on the European Union level. We also want to learn some possible incentives that could encourage the youth to be more active citizens.

Join the research! We ask for 15 minutes of your time!

Your opinion is important!!

GO TO THE ON-LINE RESEARCH

Patronage for "Let's get active!..."

European Youth Week 2015: https://europa.eu/youth/eyw_en

 

Join the on-line research!

obstacles for active participation/ introducing incentives for becoming an active citizen!

The project partners set up a quick survey and invite you all to participate to the on-line research! The questionnaire will take only 15 minutes of your time!

Your answers count…Let’s get active!

GO TO THE ON-LINE RESEARCH


Please feel invited for www.letsgetactive.eu!

We are just about to start the on-line research in the frame of the "Let's get active! Incentives for citizens active participation in the democratic life of the European Union" project. The research will be open in Poland, in Italy, in Romania and on Cyprus; still - if you live in any other EU country - please feel free to participate. We will ask, among others, if you are satisfied with your countrys' membership in the EU? Are you interested in this subject? Would you like to have more influence on what's happening in the EU? Or you just don't care?

Details soon.

www.letsgetactive.eu

"It is worth preparing - 2015!"  Training sessions initiated in connection with beginning of the new EU 2014 - 2020 financial perspective and new grant-programmes as well as new editions of the national, international and provate grant-programmes is being continued.  

Training sessions entitled „European Union funds for the years 2014 – 2020. Sources of co-financing educational, cultural, social and enterpreneur activities" as well as workshops based on the project - cycle - management methodology re-started in 2015.

The trainings and workshops are going to be realized cyclically on the South of Poland, beginning form January 2015. 

 

Merry Christmas!

We know we might be celebrating on various periods, but regardless when - we wish you Merry, Peaceful Christmass, lazy and pleasant winter holidays and good, inspiring New Year 2015!

 

In January 2015 we start international partnership project realisation in the frame of Europe for Citizens Programme – Civil Society Projects in 2015!

We are happy to share an information that the partnership project entitled "Let's get active!  Incentives for citizens active participation in the democratic life of the European Union" which is coordinated by us, was successful and has been selected for receipt of the grant. The project will be realized in the Partnership comprised of Polish, Cypriot, Romanian and Italian Partners.

The main aim of the project is to increase the level of engagement and democratic participation of the European Union citizens in the democratic life of the European Union being aware of the role they can have in shaping the EUs’ policies and thus the future of Europe shaping. To achieve this, we will ask a lot of questions to learn why most of the EU citizens do not engage themselves in the process of shaping the EU politics. We can’t wait to face the challenge!

By the way we would like to congratulate the other Polish successful project leader - Fundacji Rozwoju Regionalnego Viribus Unitis from Nowy Sącz.
As the Europe for Citizens Polish Contact Point informs, among the 27 selected projects, 17 have Polish partners. We wish you all great and valuable realisations!

 

Since September 2014 we became the EURODESK Regional Information Point!

 

It is our proud to inform that, after taking part in the competition, we were chosen to work as the Eurodesk Regional Information Point in Bielsko-Biała. Eurodesk is the main provider of information on European policies and opportunities for young people and those who work with them. The Eurodesk network works in 33 European countries and is supported, among others, by the European Comission. The other supporter, in Poland, is the National Ministry of Education. Our role as Eurodesk consultants is to provide information regarding opportunities for education, training, traineeships, voluntary work and work in Europe for the youth and the youth workers. The advisory is free of charge. If you are looking for training/ studying/ voluntary work opportunities in Poland or if you are searching for Polish partner for your project - please feel free to write:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +48 511 551 439. We will use the Eurodesk network to help the best we can.

 

 

HOLIDAY LLL ACTION – EDUCATION by the FAEI EXPERTS!

Not to get too lazy – in Agust - we invite the NGO – people and other fans of Life – long – learning the best we have (free of charge of course…):

1.      A legal and administrative advisory (excluding tax-law) – for NGOs and for individual persons;

2.      English – polishing sessions (for example before you go for vacation abroad…) – group or individual;

3.      Advisory on possible source of co-financing projects for your NGO.

 

If interested – please write: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call: +48 511 551 349. We will make an appointment in our office/online.

The HOLIDAY LLL ACTION is opened 1 – 31st of August 2014. Still you may make na appointment earlier.

Please feel invited!

The FAEI Team

 

"It is worth preparing!"  Training sessions initiated in connection with beginning of the new EU 2014 - 2020 financial perspective and new grant-programmes as well as new editions of the national, international and provate grant-programmes.  

Training sessions entitled „European Union funds for the years 2014 – 2020. Sources of co-financing educational, cultural and social activities ant the methodology of developing project proposals” are being realized cyclically on the South of Poland, beginning form February 2014.  

The goal of the trainings is:

To prepare participants to successful planning and developing projects, in the frame of the new EU perspective as well as national and private grant programmes, through teaching comprehensive and coherent information on opportunities and rules to acquire co-financing for project realization.

The trainings are adressed for:

1. Board members, workers, co-workers and volunteers of the non-governmental organizations;

2. Owners and workers of the micro-, small and medium enterprises;

3. Workers of the local government sector;

4. Other persons interested in planning, writing and realizing projects and applying for project grants.  

Information about the current trainings together with the application form and the detailed description of the training programme are here: http://www.fundacjaaie.eu/index.php
 

Additional information is available in Polish. Still there is a possibility to organize the training in English. In interested, please write: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +48 511 551 439.

Feel invited!

 

“We know what we want. The academy of international projects implementers Poland – South” was successfully closed the day of December 31st 2013.

On the subject of international projects planning, developing and realizing we have trained the members, co-operants, workers and volunteers of 34 non-governmental organizations from 3 provinces on the south of Poland: the Śląskie, Małopolskie and Podkarpackie Provinces.

During the advisory sessions there were 9 concepts of international projects developed. There were 16 persons, representing 11 organizations, participating in these sessions.

We have also recorded 14 „Knowledge Pills” containing tips on how to approach to the biggest challenges at international projects realization (you may see them here: http://www.pl-pd.wiemyczegochcemy.pl/pigulki-wiedzy).

What is more – we have implemented and tested a pilotage trainee programme preparing the trainee to  work as a medium-size project assistant. Our trainee was great, we hope to cooperate at our next projects. The trainee programme will be continued.

Webpage of the project: http://www.pl-pd.wiemyczegochcemy.pl/

 

We are the member of Non-governmental Organizations of Bielsko-Biała Threaty.

Since November 2013 we are member of the of the Non-governmental Organizations of Bielsko-Biała Threaty. We want to work together to widen our possibilities to realize our missions and obtain the synergy effect. One of our goals is to create the Social Benefit Council which is to be an advisory body representing the Third Sector in the region, working at the President of the city Bielsko-Biała Office.

 

We are on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FundacjaAIE

 

The “we know what we want…” project will be continued!

We have a pleasure to announce that – since May 2013 – we begin the 2nd edition of a project supporting non – governmental organisations (NGOs) at planning, writing and realising international projects.

International projects realisation is a challenge, still – from the other side – it gives many benefits: it is possible to keep the continuity of the activities realised, it is possible to keep the work places and creating new ones. Thanks to international contacts the level of innovation in the organization rises. You gain new inspiration, you get the access to the world’s best practises, you may exchange thoughts, methods of work, experiences. Your offer for your clients is wider and richer. Your workers, co – workers, volunteers gain great opportunity to upgrade qualifications, rise competences – to vocational development and self – development. This gives them better opportunities on the open job market. Your organisation grows and become more professional.

The project “We know what we want. The academy of international projects implementers Poland – South” in the year 2013 will be realized in 3 voivodeships: The Śląskie voivodeship, the Małopolskie voivodeship and the Podkarpackie voivodeship. The project is directed to workers, members, co – workers and volunteers of 30 NGOs from these regions.

In the frame of the project there will be workshops on planning, acquiring co-financing, writing and realising of the international projects. We will show the opportunities that NGOs have to finance their international activities and we will show advantages (and disadvantages) of such activities. We will outline how to find and how to build cooperation with an international partner (partners). We will teach how to plan projects that could be successfully implemented, how to write a project proposal to get co-financing. This is especially important in the context of the new EU financial perspective for the years 2014 – 2020.

Next – we will offer possibility to take part in advisory sessions. During the advisory process a full, complete international project proposal will be
created – ready to use for preparing an application for the specific call for proposals.

What is new: There will be 2 levels of training groups offered – for the beginners and for persons who already have experience at projects realisation. You may choose the group which suits you best. If your organisation will be accepted for the advisory stage -  you will also obtain a list of grants available for you in line with the goals of the organisation’s statue activities and your development plans. We will also develop some “knowledge pills” together – presenting tips on how to approach the biggest challenges of international projects creating and realising.

The project “We know what we want. The academy of international projects implementers Poland – South” will be realised in the period May 2013 – December 2013.

The project is co-financed in the frame of Government Programme Civic Initiatives Fund 2009 – 2013.

More information will be published soon.

 

Free courses for persons in age 60+

Recruitment for courses beginning in 2013 is now opened. We offer 4 subjects of courses:

1. English lessons lead using the studiecirkel method.

2. Consumer's rights and patient's rights.

3. Safe saving and investing.

4. Travelling and planning travels with use of Internet tools.

The courses will take place beginning from February untill June 2013 in Bielsko-Biała. All the courses are free for persons in the age 60+ living in Bielsko-Biała city, bielski district, żywiecki district and cieszyński district. All the information you will fing here: http://www.paszport60.fundacjaaie.eu.
(Information available in Polish only. If you would like learn more about our projects please feel free to write: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call: +48 501 639 754).

The project "Passport of an active senior" is co-financed by "The Governmental Programme of Social Activity of the Seniors 2012 - 2013".

 

We know what we want - project successfuly closed!

With the date of December 31st we have finished realisation of the project "We know what we want - driving license for international projects for Silesian NGO's". 
During the project realisation 22 persons representing 12 silesian NGOs took part in workshops concerning planning, writing and realizing international projects. 11 persons representing 7 organisations took part in advisory sessions concerning planning and writing full international project proposals. 

Congratulations! We keep our fingers crossed for successful realisation of your projects!

 

We know what we want - recruitment opened!

Recruitment of participants of the project  is now opened.

Feel invited to participate in free workshops and advisory sessions concerning planning, writing and realizing international projects. Project participants will also learn how, and where to search for co-financing for international projects realization. Then, with support of experienced advisors, they will develop complete project proposal ready to submit for defined call for proposals.

Recruitment will take place in the period August 29th - September 29th .2012.

Detailed information and application form you will find here: www.wiemyczegochcemy.pl
(Information available in Polish only. If you would like learn more about our projects please feel free to write: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call: +48 501 639 754).

  

In June 2012 we invite for  free of charge workshops and advisory concerning international projects creating and realisation:

In June 2012 the Foundation of Alternative Educational Initiatives has begun realization of a project entitled "We know what we want - driving license for international projects for the Silesian NGO's".

In the frame of the project there will be workshops delivered for workers/co-workers/volunteers of 12 of Silesian NGO?s. The goal of the workshops will be to give some essential knowledge and skills on planning, preparing and realizing international projects. Author organizations of the best 6 project ideas developed after workshops will take part in advisory sessions. The goal of the advisory sessions is to prepare complete proposals of international, partnership projects as well as finding a proper international partner for the project realization.

The project will be realized since June 2012 until December 2012 in the Silesian province.

The project is co-financed in the frame of Civic Initiatives Fund.

More information: www.wiemyczegochcemy.pl (webpage only in Polish language)