This is a reference for Tímea Sófalvi

East&West Included

The training activity took place
in Gdansk, Poland
organised by Salto and Polish National Agency
12-18 May, 2008.
Reference person

Tomasz Szopa

(SALTO EECA, organisers team)
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Aims & objectives

East&West Included.
Partnership Buliding Activity for 22 NGOs in disability field from program countries and Easter Europe & Caucasus region organised by SALTO and the Polish National Agency.
The main goal of this PBA was to introduce these organisations to each other so they would be able to build connections and creating projects together. Methods: we did groupbuilding activities, Bridges: Inclusion – exlusion simulation game, we gave them space to present their daily activities in workshops. Short study visit in a Polish NGO work with mentally disabled youngsters. Games about Youth in Action program and poject management topic.
Seven project ideas were born, we facilitated the planning process, the realisation to what-to-do lists.
I was one of the facilitators of the non-formal education training. Co-trainers: Anna Yeghoyan, Armenia & Wojciech Szczepanik, Poland
more details avaible in English:
http://www.salto-youth.net/East&WestIncl/
http://www.salto.org.pl/forum/album_cat.php?cat_id=19&sort_method=pic_time&sort_order=DESC&start=24

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

22 participants (and 2 support people) representing 13 countries of European Union and
Eastern Europe & Caucasus took part in this Partnership Building Activity. The participants worked with young people with disabilities - some them were people with disabilities themselves as well.

Training methods used & main activities

The “East&West Included” Partnership Building Activity brought 22 experienced youth workers representing active organisations and aimed at: establishing new contacts among organisations working with people with disabilities, building partnerships for future activities, exchanging experiences in the field of work with young people with disabilities, learning about the realities of work with young people with disabilities in all participant's countries and finally exploring the opportunities of the YiA Programme for the international work with young people with disabilities. We had established following objectives for the event:
• to establish new contacts among organisations working with people with disabilities,
• to build partnerships for future activities,
• to exchange experiences in the field of work with young people with disabilities,
• to explore the opportunities of the YiA Programme for the international work with young
people with disabilities,
• to learn about the realities of work with young people with disabilities in all participants’
countries.
Different non-formal methods were used to:
- share information and facts about reality of working with disabled people in their countries,
- take part in workshops organised by the local, Polish association working with mentally disabled people,
- create their own, common projects.

Outcomes of the activity

An important result that and integrated group of participants - disabled and non-disabled - could work together very effectively.
More details about the methods and the programme can be found here: http://www.salto-youth.net/tools/toolbox/tool/report-from-salto-eeca-pba-east-west-included.932/

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

My responsibility was to share my experiences about disability and equal opportunity topics. During the planing process we had to consider the methods, because in the integrated goup there were also phisically and visually impaired participants and we ha to find methods and games that are "accessable" for everyone.

I worked on this training for 5 days as a full time trainer.

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