poniedziałek, 31 marzec 2014 00:00

Empowerment through non-formal education N. 2

Liverpool (September 16th-19th 2013)

In the Liverpool visit in particular, after an extensive presentation of CAB (Citizens Advise Bureau) North Liverpool and Walton branches activities (roles, different experiences of accessing advice services, impact of empowerment in advice and training activities), the main work of the group consisted in systematizing the discussion on measuring the Impact of empowerment.


A visit to Women’s Organization (while “inspecting the venue, at the same time, as potential venue for the project’s ending seminar), and to the project called New Direction, were the occasion of keeping on in the activities of exchanging experiences with different organization, in order to gather and share knowledge about the different ways of intending and applying empowerment techniques. In particular, New Direction is a project partner-ship among 4 advice agencies, that works with 13 ‘registered social landlords’. An innovative project that supports people on a one-to-one basis to better manage their finances, especially in relation with housing issues. A session reserved to the mid-term evaluation reporting (positive aspects + problems/ barriers of the project, strategies to overcome difficulties) closed the visits’ program.

Oporto (January 14th-15th 2014)

The forth visit of the project, held in Oporto, was the occasion for an update of the project and an overview of the programme so far. The visit programme then focused on starting the second part of the “country diagnosis” reserved to the challenges, obstacles and constraints to the promotion of empowerment (individual presentation by each participating partner, Q & A, debate and systematization of conclusions to build final recommendations). The systematization work on the constraints issues, as debated by the partners, is still in the working phase and it will be finalized by the end of February.
The part of the visit programme related with the exchange of experiences and models based on empowerment included the meetings with the staffs that in APDES are working in sex work field (“Sex work is work” – Actions for the social and political recognition of sex work), and with CASO, the first drug user’s organization in Portugal. To visit was concluded with a presentation of the ongoing activities related with the video production.



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