Bringing neighbours closer
Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!About the programme
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Project Duration: 01.07.2020 - 30.06.2022
Project ERDF Financing: 561928,39
Project call: 3rd call
Both Latvia and Lithuania have a high percentage of the population at risk of poverty or social exclusion and large number of families at social risk. Social risk leads to limitations in activity and participation that result in people experiencing social exclusion. Children from social risk families have lower scores at school and are more prone to job loss or earn less even while working; experiencing higher levels of poverty; suffers from a lack of community life. Due to inadequate social services, families at social risk are isolated and dependent on state aid. Project will improve the integration of children and youth at risk into society by improving the quality of social services, their accessibility and the creation of new social services such as work with youth on the street, work in the Day centers and etc. During the project the premises of children day care centers in Siauliai and Jelgava will be repaired, information campaign encouraging to adopt children will be implemented, consultations for families at risk will be provided, and social public service provision will be improved. Project partners will share previous experience, will develop social services, and will test them, increasing the efficiency of provided social services. Day center in Siauliai will be modernized and new day center in Jelgava will be opened. Social integration programs, such as work with youth on the street, will be developed, and measures for social inclusion, such us organization of free meal services for children from low income families at all schools in Siauliai will be provided.
Overall objective of the project is to promote social integration of at risk and social exclusion children and youth, through improvement of quality and accessibility of social public services,deinstitutionalisation of social services, also creating and implementing new social public services.
Project Specific objective 1 – modernisation of infrastructure for social public services. Modernization of infrastructure for social public services will improve accessibility of public services in the field of social integration and protection of at risk children and youth. Equipment and furniture, essential for project implementation will be purchased, actions and improvement of infrastructure for social integration and protection of vulnerable group will be taken – this will lead to achievement of overall project objective.
Project Specific objective 2 – improvement of present and introduction of new social public services in order to increase the de-institutionalisation process. The project aims at better social inclusion of socially deprived and vulnerable children and young people with behavioral,emotional and developmental issues through improved l services. During the project implementation informative campaign (to encourage people to become a career or an adoptive parent) and consultations providing knowledge and competencies for the care, care and adoption of children under guardianship, counseling, assistance and services will be organised, new social services for working with young people on the street elaborated, IT system for more efficient providing and administrating social services will be improved – this will lead to achievement of overall project objective.
Cooperation between Siauliai city and Jelgava city municipalities has a significant added value for the project partners, target groups, project area and Programme area. Both countries have effective and motivated professional structures in place, main working principles are similar and are based in the same values, targeting the same audiences and aiming to achieve similar results. However, active approaches, methodologies chosen and capacities of specialists differ. Cross-border cooperation and sharing of accumulated knowledge, skills and practices in work with at risk childern and youth is essential for tackling common territorial challenges in the field and building a sustainable and supportive social services -type system for the target group. Both countries have necessary essential components for building such system and the need for it is huge. Joining resources and sharing them will bring along bases for piloting and, based on pilot project results, establishing a new more effective and professional social support system for extremely vulnerable target group. Such system could be later adapted for the needs of any post-soviet and post-socialist area in Europe.