Trauma Healing and Community Resilience Development

Trauma Healing and Community Resilience Development, aimed at those working with disadvantaged and traumatized youth, refugees or CVE

Trauma Healing and Community Resilience Development
aimed at those working with disadvantaged and traumatised youth, refugees or CVE
Briefing for Interested Partner Organisations
Feminenza is applying for funding to conduct our Trauma Healing and Community Resilience Development through the EU Erasmus Plus Key Action 1. This paper provides a briefing for potential partners.
About the Trauma Healing and Community Resilience workshop
First implemented in Kenya (in response to the post-election carnage in 2008) independent surveys have shown that this experience can be life changing to participants of all ages, both genders, and of all religious backgrounds.
The 5 day workshop enables participants to (i) understand the basis for their fears, anxieties and stress triggers (ii) grasp how anxiety and fear encourage a cycle of violence; (iii) learn how to manage fears and anxieties effectively (iv) build self-esteem and enough resilience to re-establish intact inside-out decision making (iv) understand deeply the part that forgiveness plays in healing (vi) incorporate fear management and forgiveness as an effective alternative to anxiety and revenge; (vii) to grasp how gender and age impact how we perceive and respond (viii) leave the past behind.
Since 2010, it has been independently proven, elsewhere in Africa, Europe and in the US, to counter violent extremism by building community resilience to radicalisation of youth; to bring people together across religious, ethnic and gender divides; to help young women and girls (who have experienced severe gender based violence) to restart their lives. To date, the work has helped hundreds in Africa, Europe and America to rebuild their lives; to lift beyond guilt, shame, intolerance and poverty; to rehabilitate from the sink of atrocity; to find and engage their true, natural selves; to renew, to regenerate.
We presently aim to host the workshops in a European country (either Denmark, Netherlands or Germany) and in the Middle East (probably in Jordan) in the autumn of 2020, funding permitting.
Previous experience shows that youth workers benefit significantly. The insights gained over the 5 days, improve youth worker attitudes, perception and capacity to engage with the people in their charge. More than 86% report benefiting personally, and around 80% benefit professionally. The experience instigates inner change which continues to develop over years. Longitudinal reviews show that previous participants went on to impact significantly their immediate families, friends, communities and the people with whom they work.
Who this benefits
• Young people with a past or ongoing history of distress, chronic anxiety or trauma
• Victims and those at risk of Gender based violence– including those at risk of, or whose families have experienced, Female Genital Mutilation
• Refugees, during or post conflict, and child soldiers
• Gang members with violence in their history (ex-perpetrators)
• Travellers/Gypsies/Roma
• Teenage girls in disadvantaged neighbourhoods
• The homeless
• Community elders facing the need to reduce actual conflict, or conflict risk across ethnic, religious, political or community boundaries
• NGO or CBO workers working with those at risk
• School teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers
• Police and armed forces
• Families faced with:
o Children with developmental challenges
o Cancer
o Alcoholism
o Self-harming members
o Traumatic Bereavement
o Challenges of members in the military
Is this right for your workforce?
The Trauma Healing and Resilience Development workshop demands significant commitment to these very complex and serious issues at a practical, face to face level.
This is not:
• An exercise in theory, opinion, or a study in methodology and technique.
• For people who do not work with affected individuals and communities directly and/or for those who have not built a vocational track record in these areas.
• Practitioner training – which is covered in Level 2 - participants must not attempt to deliver this experience, or attempt to transfer the knowledge, skills and attitudes built during this workshop to others – unless they have become Level 2 fully accredited and licensed practitioners.
This is a Level 1 experience. Participants are required to apply this learning into their own lives. It is relevant to individuals committed to understanding and assisting those who carry an inappropriate burden in life. In short, this is for those who want to be the change.
The workshop itself will take place over 5 days in a residential setting. It is intensive and significant preparation is needed. Those who do not prepare find themselves unable to cope with the pace of the workshop. As part of the planning, delivery and evaluation of the workshops, participants must:
• Select material from an assigned list of films, books and other resources, which must be watched or read before attending because they provide crucial introductions to attitudes and inner life skills needed.
• Develop a learning plan and objectives in advance of the workshop. Your participant will be assisted by a Feminenza liaison officer. This isn’t difficult – but the participant must take time out to reflect on their future personal needs.
• Engage in reflective sessions throughout the workshop. These reflective sessions are vital. They enable the workshop to be continuously re-tuned to those attending and are vital to building the required inner framework of cognizance.
• Engage in follow up evaluation and dissemination of learning. This is how you and we assess how and where, if at all, there was enduring value to your team.
Please note: we will be evaluating the shift in knowledge, skills and attitude in the participants, how it impacted their work, their organisations and the communities with which they work.
Is this right for you?
If your organisation works with one or more of the above groups, and your potential nominees are aligned to the profile of participants we seek, then this could be relevant to your organisation.
What does my organisation need to do next?
Please fill in the questionnaire and forward it to your Feminenza liaison officer (normally this is the individual who forwarded you this document). (S)he will work with you to understand what you do and are trying to achieve and, with you, to determine whether this workshop is relevant and appropriate for you.
If it is agreed that this workshop could indeed be of value, these are the next steps:
1. Create an EU login account. Go to this site and fill in the forms. It isn’t difficult and it takes about 15 minutes. Please go to link:
2. Make sure your EU registration has been confirmed. Then register your organisation with the European Commission’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).
• Go to this site and fill in the form:
• On completing the form your organisation will be granted a OID (Organisation Identification Code) which will now allow you to participate in EU proposals and projects, not just with Feminenza, but with other organisations of like interest.
3. Once assigned an OID, contact your Feminenza liaison officer who will then assist you in the remaining processes needed to participate in the Erasmus proposal currently being submitted.
The application deadline is 12th February 2020 and the decision is usually made within 6-8 weeks. Our internal deadline is for partners is the middle of January 2020.We can also help you to budget for your involvement, based upon Erasmus rules and regulations. Note that not all costs are covered, however Erasmus programme funding goes a long way to helping with your direct costs.
Selected partners will be required to sign an EU mandate form prior to the application, guaranteeing their participation in the project, if the application is successful. When the proposal is issued, you will receive a copy. While funding is not guaranteed it is likely. We have been successful in the past in securing funding from Erasmus+. You will be kept informed of progress.
If we are successful, the Erasmus+ grant includes a travel allowance for each of the participants attending the workshop. The travel allowance is based on the distance the participant is travelling from their country to the Venue (you can find the Erasmus + distance calculator here: Briefly:
• 10 to 99KM: we can refund a maximum of 20 EUR per participant.
• 100 to 499 KM: we can refund a maximum of 180 EUR per participant.
• Between 500 and 1999 KM: we can refund a maximum of 275 EUR per participant.
• Between 2000 and 2999 KM: we can refund a maximum of 360 EUR per participant.
• Between 3000 and 3999 KM: we can refund a maximum of 530 EUR per participant.
Any costs above the allowance would need to be covered by the organisation. As the host organisation, we may need to use some of the travel allowance to transport participants from the airport to the venue where the workshops will take place, so the maximum refund amount may be reduced.
We expect that the costs of the training and accommodation for the participants should be covered by the grant money but we will inform you if this is not the case once we have received the grant.
What is the difference between Level 1 and level 2?
This is a Level 1 project, an introductory experience. It stimulates inner change which continues to help the individual develop intactness, more able to make sound, inside out decisions. Its impact is entirely private and personal. Participants are not required to continue their learning and there can be no assumption that, having completed the workshop, the participant is somehow qualified to work with individuals at risk.
Level 2 requires significantly more commitment. Each applicant must:
• Participate in an interview to ensure that the individual has the vocational commitment and can make the time and deliver the community workload needed.
• Set aside the time needed to attend 20 days of mandatory face to face education, plan and execute a project into which the learning is applied.
• Be willing to be periodically accountable to, be monitored and assessed by, a Feminenza mentor.
• Undergo formative and summative assessment.
During the project the trainee’s development is tracked: establishment of key knowledge, skills and attitudes, and the outcomes of the trainee’s project, are independently measured. At the end there is a summative assessment and, if passed, the trainee will be given a formal accreditation. There is no guarantee that a person who participates in Level 2 will pass, although most actually do. A fully accredited and certified Practitioner may then go on to provide this intervention as a public service to his/her chosen at-risk community groups.
We are continually working to fund and provide spaces for Level 2 training. Those who have completed the Level 1 workshop and have demonstrated a genuine vocational inclination for this kind of work will be informed of places when they become available.
If you want to discuss this, or have further queries don’t hesitate to contact your Feminenza liaison officer or, if urgent, Vera de Wit.

Vera de Wit
Project Manager - Feminenza Erasmus+ projects

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We're looking for:
10 more partners
from Russian Federation, Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Western Balkan countries, Southern Mediterranean countries, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU, Eastern Partnership countries
Deadline for this partner request:

Contact person: Vera de Wit


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Project overview

Trauma Healing and Community Resilience Development is a project by
Feminenza International
taking place
from 2020-09-01 till 2020-10-31
This project relates to:
Capacity Building
and is focusing on:
  • Conflict management
  • Health
  • Peace and conflict

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