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  • Bringing neighbours closer

    Bringing neighbours closer

    Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!

    About the programme
  • Bringing neighbours closer

    Bringing neighbours closer

    Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!

  • Bringing neighbours closer

    Bringing neighbours closer

    Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!

LLI-425 Development of Multifunctional Centers as Driver for Social Inclusion and Development of Local Community (OCTOPUS)

Similar demographic and social changes occur in the regions of Latvia and Lithuania: there is an aging population; demographic burden is rising; the number of people with functional disorders are on the rise; rural and peripheral areas are of higher risk of poverty. In the meantime availability of social workers decreases. Therefore demand for local multifunctional centres with effective social services and social inclusion measures in rural areas of regions is rising.
Therefore Zemgale Planning Region, together with six municipalities of Latvia and Lithuania, has developed a project aimed to promote accessibility of social services and promote social inclusion of people with disabilities and predictable disability, seniors, families with children with disabilities and children and youth at risk by creation and improvement of multifunctional centres where  social inclusion measures and social services will be provided.  In two years, 4 new social services like day center, day care center, community center, multifunctional social service center will be created in Jelgava, Auce, Vecumnieki and Plunge municipalities. 14 new social inclusion measures will be offered in Jelgava, Birži and Rokiški municipalities: sensory room, art and theater studio, English language courses, music making, sports, new technologies and information training for seniors, lectures for parents with children with disabilities, school of social skills, leisure camps for children etc. Specialists from partner municipalities will participate in four experience exchange trips and three day long training event. Guidelines for multi-functional centres where social services and social inclusion measures such as cultural and sporting activities for vulnerable groups are implemented successfully together will be created. Project partners will pilot such joint social inclusion measures like cross-border event for seniors, camp for children at risk, festival for disabled people.After pilot activities social measures will be evaluated and upgraded.
As the result of the project, multifunctional centres in project will be improved and social services and social inclusion measures in Latvia and Lithuania regions will become more accessible to at least 706 people with disabilities and predictable disability, seniors, families with children with disabilities and children and youth at risk.

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Phone: +371 630 27549
E-mail: zpr@zpr.gov.lv
Website: www.zemgale.lv
Address: Katoļu 2b, Jelgava, Latvia

15 July 2021

Project OCTOPUS activities at Rokiškis

Education Center of Rokiškis Municipality together with two Lithuanian and four Latvian partners is implementing the project OCTOPUS LLI-425 under the Interreg V-A Latvian-Lithuanian Cross-Border Cooperation Program 2014–2020. The aim of the project is promote accessibility of social services and promote social inclusion of people with disabilities and predictable disability, seniors, families with children with disabilities and children and youth at risk by creation and improvement of multifunctional centres where  social inclusion measures and social services will be provided.

In June, after the release of the quarantine, the project activities have already started. In June and July, members of the Pandelys (Rokiskis district) community were actively involved in the activities of the Music Studio, the Art Studio and the Sports Club. 10 members of the Pandelys community who participated in the activities of the Music Studio recorded the Pandelys anthem “Pandely, Pandely”. The women of the Pandelys community, who are involved in the activities of the sports club, not only play sports, but also maintain a healthy lifestyle. Art studio participants are eager to get acquainted with clay and ceramics, painting on silk, glass, oil painting. At the end of the activities, an exhibition of works by the participants of the Art Studio will be organized in the Pandelys Library and the Education Center of Rokiskis Municipality.

June 28-30 an Experimental Camp for Rokiškis Basic School students took place, funded by the project. For three days, the students carried out various experiential activities: they participated in the educational program “Grūdo kelias”, where they learned how bread appears on our table, how it is made, and how to bake the bread themselves. The participants of the camp visited the Museum of Ancient Technology in the homestead of Sodeliskes manor, where they were interested in ancient equipment and visited the animals kept on the farm (deer, fallow deer, mouflon, alpaca, etc.). Students visited the Witches’ Museum in Packenai, Utena district, where they made their own toys – terrible, visited the witch’s feast kitchen, tasted the branded candy “Toad in Chocolate”. Adomyne manor, Kupiskis district, the students participated in the educational program “Treasure Hunt”, got acquainted with the history of the manor, the old owners and moments of their lives, baked and tasted Adomynė “Pagrabines” buns. After a three-day camp full of excitement and experience, the students “went” on a warm summer holiday.

This article has been prepared with the financial assistance of the European Union. Education Center of Rokiskis Municipality is fully responsible for the content of this article. Under no circumstances can it be considered to reflect the views of the European Union.

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21 December 2020

New Social Service in Auce County will be available in 2021

Thanks to the approved Latvian-Lithuanian cross-border project Nr. 425 “Octopus” in year 2021 a new social service to inhabitants of Auce town and its surroundings will be available. It is a multifunctional day center for various population target groups (seniors, unemployed, children and young people from risk families) located in Auce town.
Within the framework of the project, the building belonging to the local municipality shall be repaired to two premises, adjusting them according to the availability of the environment, as well as by installing fire alarm safety and electricity. Also, in the project, it is planned to purchase the necessary equipment: furniture for rooms, computer technologies, household appliances for kitchen, TV, table for physiotherapy and various board games for high-quality leisure.

Total financing for all activities of the project- EUR 101 470.59, of which amount for construction works, construction supervision and purchase of equipment – EUR 85 079.

Photo: Ilmārs Matvejs

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17 December 2020

10 rooms in Lielplatone Day Care Center renovated

Within the framework of the Octopus project (LLI-425), in the future Day Care Center in Lielplatone, 10 rooms – two activity rooms, a sensory room, a consultation room, a kitchen, etc. – were renovated.

In the beginning of 2021, the premises of Day Care center will be equipped with the necessary equipment. It is planned that the day care center will open its doors in the 1st quarter of 2021 and will be able to provide social care, development of social skills, education and leisure during the day for at least 12 persons with mental disorders, as well as provide support in solving social problems legal representatives.

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Last updated: 27.07.2021 13:09