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Active projects

“Voluntary Work – Community assessment and role in the establishment of the social environment”

 

The project have been implemented from 15.07.2002 to 15.09.2002. This is an Access' 99 macro-project supporting the activity of NGO and the development of civil society by assessment of the role of volunteer work in the building of social environment, in the qualification of volunteers, their contribution in the development of the cooperation with local authorities in the joint management of social projects. It contributes to the creation of a favourable legal base for exercising of volunteer work and protecting from exploitation of labour. Comprises organising of regional trainings, national conferences, preparing handbooks and sociological research that will assist in building an active conscience and initiative of citizens, unemployed people or those on flexible working hours and will help them in their realisation on the labour force market and in the society in general. The project target group exceeds 400 direct beneficiaries and over 3000 indirect beneficiaries of the project materials on the territory of Bulgaria and south-eastern Europe.

General objectives:

Target group (s):


Target groups and target regions.

The target groups of the project are: NGOs, entrepreneurs and their organizations, local authorities, representatives of Ministry of labour and social policy, Ministry of Economy and their parliamentary committees.
The project will take place on a national level by providing a territorial balance in the conducting the project activities. Priority will be given to the role of local authorities, NGOs and entrepreneurs in order to encourage the participation of local community in the access to information, to increase the motivation for realization of small projects and the cooperation with the local administration.


Brief description of the project:

The project will support the activity of NPO and the development of civil society by assessment of the role of volunteer work in the building of social environment, in the qualification of volunteers, its contribution in the development of the cooperation with local authorities in the joint management of social projects. It will contribute to the creation of favourable legal base for exercising of volunteer work and protecting from exploitation of labour. Organising of regional trainings, national conferences, preparing handbooks and sociological research will assist in building an active conscience and initiative of citizens, unemployed people or those on flexible working hours and will help them in their realisation on the labour force market and in the society in general. The project will include more than 400 direct beneficiaries and over 3000 users of the project materials on the territory of Bulgaria and southeastern Europe.

Justification

The year 2001 has been announced by the Organisation of the United Nations to be an International Year of Volunteers with the aim of assessment of the contribution of volunteer work for the society.
For youths volunteer work is not only a way of exerting influence on the surrounding environment but also a possibility for experimental education. Volunteers have an extraordinary great contribution to the surrounding environment, their neighbours and friends, and most important to the society as a whole.

Education

Volunteer work educates and motivates youths by offering them possibilities that help them give the best of their abilities and develop their skills for both their own benefit and for the benefit of the society. By giving them information, by teaching them different skills, by communicating international experience, volunteer work encourages youths to express themselves and achieve results that influence both their own life and the life of others in the community. Therefore volunteer work is an educational process that gives youths an opportunity to realise completely in our society.

Investment

Helping youth activities is an investment in an individual and public aspect.
Youth organisations, as a catalyst of projects, assist in the growing of young people, creating a sense of self-discipline, active civil conscience and solidarity with marginalized groups.
Purposeful work with youths is a condition for building up social capital in the future.

Real cost

Volunteers are not free workers. Volunteer youth organisations can be highly effective, but they need an adequate support -financial and methodological for carrying out trainings, resources and professional counselling.
All volunteer youth organisations provide a substantial part of the funds from their own sources or work paid. But they always win precious support from local communities, which consider them to be a very important component of youths' free time, they support the creating of active civil conscience and are one of the most successful methods for preventing risky behaviour and deviant attitudes.

Assessment of volunteer work

The public assessment of volunteer work gives an opportunity for measurement in quantities the time and skills acquired through volunteer work as a part of informal education.

Social contribution

Volunteer and free work is a social contribution for both man and environment. Volunteering and doing work without receiving remuneration is a social instrument that compensates for the most destructive effects of globalisation by increasing cultural identity and allowing the burden, resulting from socio-economic changes to be shared more evenly.

What is meant by social time?

Social time is the time that we spent to fulfil voluntarily our social responsibility.

The main effects that the project strives to achieve are:
To help the activity of organizations, working with volunteers, to increase society’s recognition of the contribution of volunteer work, to expand the cooperation between social partners in order to achieve measurability and public acknowledgement of social time, consideration of skills acquired, GDP resulting from services provided and to receive appreciation for the activity of non-government sector in general, as a partner in the development of the educational policy of the country.

Objectives

Assessment of volunteer labour - public assessment of volunteer work that expands GDP and makes possible the quantitative measurement of the time and the efforts, acquired during volunteer work;

Consideration of volunteer work as an element of work experience and its recognition as a type of qualification by the business circles when hiring workers;

Adoption of favourable legislation practicing of volunteer work and legal protection from exploitation of labour;

Consolidation of civil society and cooperation with the local authorities and the public administration. Development of the principle for joint management of social projects and expert cooperation in the implementation of the social policy in Bulgaria.

The realisation of these objectives will help the building of civil conscience and initiative in volunteers, over 80 % of which are students, unemployed or people on part-time jobs and will assist in their realisation on both the labour market and the society. The project will promote and help the initiative of organisations in under-developed or minority region by supplying training for their members and information for the available programs and the projects conducted in the EU-countries.

Concrete results, impacts and transfer of skills expected by the end of the project

 

 

Initiative for employment via acquiring new skills and qualification in the field of computer science and informational technologies and establishment of a permanently functioning training centre

General objective:

Establishment of proper conditions for sustainable employment via training and new skills acquiring in the sphere of computer science and informational technologies for family members of unemployed workers and servants from the steel-processing and steel-mining industries via establishment of permanently functioning training and retraining centre in the Sofia-municipality region of Kremikovtsi; Recruiting and employment of unemployed from the steel-processing and steel-mining industries in the reconstruction activities envisaged.

Target groups (beneficiaries):

60 young people, 17 – 29 years old, family members of unemployed from the steel-processing and steel-mining industries. They will be recruited by means of announcements, and with the cooperation of the Kremikovtsi municipality authorities and the local employment office. 30 of them will be given the opportunity for sustainable employment in the one of the fastest growing industries – the IT.

39 unemployed from the target steel-processing and steel-mining industries, who possess a minimum of reconstruction activities skills or would like to acquire such, will be employed for a six-month period, in the course of the envisaged reconstruction activities, related to the establishment of the Training Centre.

Within the framework of the project we envisage the following main activities:

Reconstruction of the building given by the Sofia-town municipality Region of Kremikovtsi so as to fit the training requirements. The reconstruction activities will be coordinated by the project partner “Alfa Lux” ltd. – a company specialized in building-reconstruction activities. Approximately all of the employed in the reconstruction-building activities will be among the unemployed from the steel-processing and steel-mining industries from the Sofia-town municipality Region of Kremikovtsi. Prior to starting work they will pass a weeklong orientation course on the skills that that they will need for their work as well as the respective safety rules and regulations. In particular the beneficiaries will be employed for 5,5 months as workers, painters, wood-makers, plaster-makers, surface-makers and tile-makers. Their work will be professionally managed by experienced brigade-leaders. The brigade-leaders are professionals in their respective fields so as the beneficiaries besides working experience will acquire practically based knowledge.

Providing the centre with the technical equipment needed for the training activities as well as providing permanent Internet traffic with the respective capacity.

Development of a detailed Programme for acquiring basic knowledge in the field of hardware and applied web-based programming.

Training of 60 young beneficiaries following the detailed Programme developed.
Assessment of the knowledge and skills acquired. Carrying out test for Cisco certificate. Taking an examination for acquiring a certificate in the field of Web-based Programming. Providing employment to 30 of the beneficiaries that have successfully passed the examination.

Details on how many working places will be established – temporary, permanent, including their names.

For the purpose of the restructuring 39 persons will be employed. They will carry out mainly manual labour / workers, painters, wood-makers, plaster-makers, surface-makers and tile-makers/ not requiring qualification. According to the project the building-reconstruction activities will be implemented mainly by means of manual labour. The beneficiaries will be employed for a six-month period and before that they will pass a weeklong orientation course on the skills that they will need and the respective safety rules and regulations.

After the reconstruction and the equipment of the centre 60 young people from the beneficiary families will be trained on the basics of the computer science and Informational Technologies. After the training course is over, the beneficiaries will be ranked according to the results they have shown at the tests and the first 30 of the trained young people will be offered sustainable employment at permanent working places, and the rest will have acquired relevant skills and knowledge making them competitive at the labour market in the field of a rapidly developing economy sector presently opening a bigger number of working places than the number of qualified people that the labour market can offer. Those who have successfully passed the final exams will be certified experts in the sphere of hardware and networks sustaining and will also have a certificate for having basic knowledge in the field of Web-based programming. They will be able to work as service technicians of standard hardware and/or networking software experts having a personal option to continue studying higher education.

Details on the training places offered and the names of the courses.

Reconstruction-building activities will be carried out in the course of the project and respective working places for beneficiaries will be opened. Prior to starting work they will pass a weeklong orientation course on the basics of the work that they will subsequently undertake including the safety rules and regulations. In the course of the 5,5-month-long practical experience they will assimilate the skills acquired and will also acquire many new ones.

The training in the training centre will follow two general schedules – hardware and software. The final exam will have two modules, respectively:

  1. for acquiring Cisco certificate for sustaining and servicing networks and hardware
  2. for acquiring certificate on basic knowledge on Web-based programming.

The Programs and scheduling of the courses envisaged can be found among the annexes of the project.

A Charter for the cooperation between the civil society and the public institutions In the name of the social interest

 

The project have been implemented from 01.11.2001 to 30.12.2002. The Charter stands the main partnership areas between the public authorities and non-governmental sector, principles of cooperation, realization, funding opportunities and assessment of the cooperation-ship efficiency. In the Charter are set the rights and commitments of the both sides in their equal partnership and their common efforts for development of participative democracy. The Charter is a symbol of synergies good European practices. It is discussed in the Parliamentary Commissions and will be ratified.
It launched a large-scale nation-wide informational campaign and consultation process that will result maximum support and participation of the civil society.


International Youth Workshop Human Rights

Supported by Youth Net, the project was implemented from 01.03.2002 to 04.03.2002. The aims of the workshop were:

 

Implemented activities and projects

Working out a marketing strategy, advertising and publishing materials for the “Youth for Europe” program - project with the National Agency “Youth for Europe” - 1998
“Financing regular monitoring on the state of environment and nature in the territory of Pazardzik district” - project signed with the district governor of Pazardzhik - from August 6th, 1999.


Establishing an initiative committee and founding a Regional Youth Council - Sofia, a joint project with the Committee on Youth, Physical Education and Sport – 1999 “The Future Generation of Leadership” - a training seminar in which took part over a hundred youth leaders from various political and non-governmental youth organizations. The seminar was realized in collaboration with the Political Academy for Central and Eastern Europe. Lecturers: Mr. Donald Simpson and Mr. Scott Carpenter.


"NATO and the Euro-Atlantic integration at the end of the second millennium. New tendencies and opportunities for young people after Washington '99". International conference that gathered 80 young leaders from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania and Romania. The official opening was by the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign and Integration Policy of Republic of Bulgaria and the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Policy of the Republic of Macedonia. The conference was held with the kind support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Coordinative conference of youth leaders from South-Eastern Europe working on the programs of the Stability pact and the programs of the European Union - “Youth”, “Leonardo” and “Socrates” - hosted in Bulgaria and Macedonia - May, 2000. In the conference lasting 10 days took part over 100 representatives of the South Eastern countries.


"Youth tourism and social-economic development of the abandoned regions in Bulgaria" - project of Bulgarian, Romanian, Greece, Polish and Netherlands organizations for development of the social entrepreneurship in the sphere of tourism - March 2000 "Collecting and processing information for the youth NGOs and publishing a handbook of the youth organizations in Bulgaria both in Bulgarian and English language" - project from the beginning of 2000, partly financed by the "Youth for Europe" program and further development of a dynamic data base in Internet concerning youth NGOs.


“ Regional program for financing small projects of citizens and civic organizations in South-West strategic region of the Republic of Bulgaria” financed by the PHARE program in the period 2000 - 2001 through Foundation “development of Civil Society”. After a contest there are supported 17 projects (the total amount of money that is allocated is 50 000 Euro) in four program areas: “Defending, developing and integrating the minority groups”, “Fight against crime and corruption”, “Social entrepreneurship for minority groups and youth” and “Preserving nature and environment”


“The civil sector facing the challenge of the social vulnerability; Research of the capacity of the NGO sector” - The project was implemented from 06.01.2000 to 30.04.2000. The overall objective of the project is to make needs assessment of the vulnerable groups, research of the capacity of the NGO sector and its relevance to its needs in their realistic dimension.