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Start date: Aug 1, 2015, End date: Nov 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The 12 months European Voluntary Service project is developed at Centro Social de Palmela(CSP), in Palmela's council. starting in september 2015. It has as European partners Bund der Dt. Kath. Jugend Mainz - German & Centre regional Information Jeunesse des Pays de la Loire - France and as local partners Câmara Municipal de Palmela, other local cultural, youth and social organizations & networks. The 2 young female volunteers from Germany and France will create, support and develop activities with children, youngsters and adults by using creative and dynamic non formal educational methods, in the kindergarten and Okupa - Youth department and in the community in general. The project "BE ONE" gives the opportunity to youngsters and adults to have access to certain activities, youth information/meetings and European awareness etc . Will also motivate youngsters to active participation, to participate on EVS and to better understand and live European values and its potentialities, but also problems as poverty and exclusion, together with employment & social services located at CSP. The volunteers will work together with animators, educators teachers helpers and youth workers, creating, planning, developing and evaluating activities. In the project there is space given to the ideas of the volunteer in order to create a personal project according with the interests of the volunteer, the organization and the community. Its a project developed at Palmela's council (35km from Lisbon), divided in rural (strong long term unemployment and strong geographical, educational and cultural isolation) and urban. Palmela is in the top of a hill, with a big Castle from where we can see Sado River (Setúbal), the ocean, the mountain (Arrábida Natural Park), Lisbon, etc. The population of Palmela is growing up very fast during the last years. In 1991 Palmela’s council had about 44 000 inhabitants divided by 5 villages: Marateca 3600, Palmela 14100, Pinhal Novo 15400, Quinta do Anjo 6400, Poceirão 4500.The population is divided between the rural areas (Marateca and Poceirão) and the “towns” (Palmela, Quinta do Anjo e Pinhal Novo). Main economic sectors: small industries (automobile) responsible for the main employment, the wine and seasonal agriculture. Setúbal is an important urban centre of Portugal (100 000 habitants). It’s a problematic area, since unemployment and exclusion are high. It is the administrative head of the local and regional area. The economical activities of the city are big industries, port activities, and, since the 60’s, we assisted to the growth of the Services. Significant parts of the population are immigrants, of other Portuguese regions or foreigners, in a very heterogeneous community witch, sometimes, create an urban tense environment. The origin of the project is connected with the needs of our social center and the needs of our local partners and community, urgently looking for better answers to their social, educational, participative, employment and inclusion needs. With a difficult current situation in Portugal, at social and economic level, its crucial to promote participation and to create new possibilities of inclusion, refreshing answers, teams, methods and motivate to action and change with positive thinking and creativity. General objectives of the project: - give an international and inclusive character to the activities of the HO - spread the European ideal & Erasmus+ opportunities; - promote the exchange of cultures, knowledge and traditions; - create a real possibility to young volunteers of non formal education in areas of their interests, contributing to their personal, social and professional development, promoting professional inclusion and entrepreneurship. - refresh and enrich the activities and projects of the HO - educate for multiculturality and tolerance (team, youth, children, community) - be an example for other youngsters, concerning mobility, volunteer work and active participation. The main goal of this project is children and youth (and adults) social inclusion. Volunteers have the opportunity to meet the local reality and can envisage new forms of performance, motivating to the EVS, for example, as a way of clarifying career goals and develop skills, and disseminating programs that promote job mobility and training in Europe. Its expected that the learning objectives for the volunteers are reached totally; at least to develop a new partnerships with the partners, to motivate at least 10 youngsters for EVS ; spread Erasmus + opportunities among 200 unemployed/social income users. With this project children and young people are invited to be aware and accept the new european challenges and opportunities for all, BEing ONE stakeholder of and for local development helping to fight poverty by active participation. Its a totally new approach to themes which are not yet totally covered by CSP and its in the frame of the Erasmus + & Development Year objectives.
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