Inter-Active Community Learning in Dacorum
Start date: Feb 1, 2016,
End date: Jul 31, 2017
The Inter-active Community Learning in Dacorum project objective is to provide two young people the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge, to use their initiative and creativity and to foster their ongoing participation as active citizens. We will recruit two participants (one French and one Latvian) to volunteer for 10 months from July 2016 in Hemel Hempstead, UK. We will target in our recruitment volunteers with fewer opportunities. We will provide a varied programme of volunteering within the host partner projects to build the experience of the participant, working with a range of target groups and ages. The activities will include Radio Dacorum (studio equipment, presenting show and marketing), Community Transport (volunteer escort on shopping trips and day outings), assist at Community Events, with delivery of European projects, adult learning classes, with school teams in a social enterprise challenge and to use their language skills in training to be interpreters / improving their English. We will also build in flexibility to the timetable to engage in other community activities which match with the individual interests of each participant.The host partner is Dacorum CVS (UK) and the two sending partners are Pistes Solidairies (France) and Pozitiva Doma (Latvia). The project partners have developed good working relations through other European projects / networks and have similar work ethics and ethos in placing a positive experience for the volunteer at the centre. The project delivery will have clear phases and roles assigned to partners and volunteers, it will follow good practice models and ensure that the volunteers achieve a Youthpass Certificate with strong evidence in all eight core competences. Active communication channels will underpin the project achieving successful outcomes.The participants will benefit from living in another country for 10 months through increased language skills and competence, increased confidence, more clarity on their future goals and aspirations, an enhanced CV, better intercultural knowledge and understanding and new friends and contacts who they can draw upon for future support mechanisms. Through active dissemination using a range of channels the EVS will be positive role models to promote EVS and encourage other young people from all three countries and beyond to be part of the programme. The longer term benefits for the EVS volunteer will be the confidence and capability to their aspirations in terms of future employment, education or mobility. In essence to set and achieve their own goals. They will be more socially aware of the needs of others in society and be motivated to be more active in and contribute to the wellbeing of their community.At partner level the longer-term benefit is to build further positive project co-operation experience and to provide a platform for future collaboration which can also benefit other NGOs in each locality.
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