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  1. With creative inclusion to decent work

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     Short summary: the project foresees the establishment and operational process of the social – community cooperative as an innovative business model which will enable (1) equal participation of disadvantaged groups of people (with the focus on precarious workers and special focus on cultural and creative sector) in the processes of management, implementation and decision making processes of the cooperative, (2) support to the target group in horizontal activities, (3) composing creative teams for implementation of innovative project ideas or projects, (4) access to market through the co-creation of the supporting environment, (5) creation of sustainable and durable employment and employment opportunities, (6) co-creation of relevant policies and legal solutions, (7) creating better conditions for social activation of the target group through better negotiating position towards different institutions and stakeholders, (8) access to top level knowledge and experts in cultural/art area and contribution to revitalization of traditional industries in creative manner, (9) using concept of “labs” – strengthening entrepreneurial competences of the target group, by mentoring, knowledge transfer, education and training and empowering the members of this target group, (10) establishment an open information – communication platform with the use of digital ledger concept to record skills and competences of the precarious workers and enable employers and potential business partners and the community to reach them in the real time – and using digital ledger to increase the transparency, social security and access to this target group by the stakeholders and the community; The project will therefore be focused on 5 main activities: (1) establishment of the social-community cooperative, (2) creation of the transnational partnership, (3) creation of the analysis of the needs of specific target groups, potentials and best practices, (4) implementation of workshops, academies and a final conference with the purpose of transfer of knowledge, education and training, mentorship and building capacities and competencies and empowering of the target population; (5) development of the tool based on digital ledger and creative hub to ensure the long term sustainability of the operation. Common transnational objectives: (1) to identify best practices and cases, (2) to examine their transferability into Slovenian case, (3) to introduce the components of the best practices into Slovenian precarious workers solving problems, (4) to develop the solutions together and disseminate the recommendations from the analysis to wider European area Products/outputs/intended outcomes: (1) preparation of the analysis on the precarious workers and creating the recommendations, (2) co-organization of the Academies and the Conference, (3) participation in Creative Hub and preparation of the activities to include Creative hub into European network of Creative hubs (European Creative Hubs Network), (4) Examination of wider use of the tool based on distributive ledger technology Added value of transnational activities: (1) exchange the experiences concerning best practices, (2) integration of the already existing solutions into Slovenian policy making and implementation process, (3) increasing of social activation of precarious group of people and their social inclusion, which can as a result decrease the social and economic costs of the society, (4) achieving positive social impact by communicating the results on the EU level (through raising awareness, visibility and engagement of the stakeholders and the community) 
    TPI-1232
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  2. Overcome yourself with Mano Guru

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    Main  project aim is while providing social integration services, to help people experiencing social exclusion to integrate into the labour market.During project it is planned to work with these target groups: persons released from places of imprisonment; alcohol abusers; persons dependent on psychoactive substances; recipients of social benefits. The project is trying to solve social and economic exclusion issues,  target groups' lack of social and work skills, economic passivity, low potential, discrimination in the labor market.  During project cooperation is planned with Vilnius City, Vilnius District, Trakai District, Elektrėnai and Šalčininkai District Municipalities.During the project in these municipalities such activities will be carried out: individual or sectional motivation, assessment of personal needs, development, support and recovery of social and work skills;  psychosocial assistance; vocational guidance, information, counselling; development of general competences; development of practical work skills in the workplace; mediation or other assistance with getting to work and getting employed; capacity building of project implementation team and international cooperation. The planned duration of the project is three years; during the project implementation period, 250 target groups’ members will be involved. It is anticipated that 40% of TG participants will begin to study, seek employment or work. After the project, the situation with TG will improve, they will have more social and professional skills, they will be more motivated, they tend to work, legally pay taxes, do not harm themselves and society; will also improve the criminological situation, discriminate against members of the TG and reduce the number of people in the social exclusion. The project is implemented by an applicant with many years of experience since 2002 performing social integration in the salad bar "My Guru" (Vilnius).
    TPI-1220
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  3. A Chance of Living Sober – Social Support Center in Garliava

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    The aim of the project is to contribute to the accessibility and quality of social services for the social risk persons that are addicted to the psychoactive substances in the Kaunas district. During the implementation of the project, a psychosocial support center will be operating (it will be able to assist five to ten people everyday), which is intended to help adults in social risk that are addicted to the psychoactive substances, as well as their relatives. There will also be a house of independent living (it will accommodate 8 people) for adults in social risk, who have completed long-term psychosocial assistance programs.The service of integration into society for persons dependent on the use of psychotropic substances, providing care at the home of independent living after long-term social rehabilitation is a very innovative matter and it will be the first time something like this is done in Lithuania. After living in a well-equipped community of rehab, it may be difficult to return to the natural environment, especially after losing one’s independence. People who are addicted to the psychoactive substance and who have completed the rehabilitation program, require an adaptation period at the appropriate institution. They may provide temporary accommodation services. Also, workplace skills training and collaboration in a job search. It should be noted that social integration in Lithuania is underdeveloped when comparing treatment or rehabilitation, that is why it is necessary to pay more attention to this area. This is due to many factors. In order for a person to integrate into society, one is necessary to have a fixed income, i.e. y work, as well as home, and in order to satisfy the needs of safety fully, one would want to have a family. It is more difficult to achieve these social objects, than to stop the use of psychoactive substances.The center will also provide counseling for relatives of addicts, and support groups for those who are overcoming an addiction. It is expected that the project will increase the possibility for those who need such services to receive them in a timely and quality manner in order to regain these people in the labor market.
    TPI-1219
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  4. Integration of persons experiencing the social exclusion because of their criminal conviction into the labor market

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     The project developed by Youth Career and Advising center in partnership with Kaunas Regional Probation Service “Integration of persons experiencing the social exclusion because of their criminal conviction into the labor market” is planning to share international experience with partners from two EU countries- Italy and Sweden. The choice of the countries was determined by different criminal situation and different work experience in this area. The project’s international activities would focus on experience sharing activities and staff in service training. The project is looking for potencial  partners in those two countries which work effectevly in legislative areas and meet project‘s needs. 
    TPI-1217
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  5. Stop the Poverty!

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    Project "STOP TO POVERTY!" will be implemented in 5 municipalities of Vilnius county: Švenčionys, Šalčininkai, Širvintos, Ukmerge and Elektrėnai. The project activities are modeled in stages: the formation of target groups, the individual assessment of each target group (skills and expectations). Further, an individual plan of activities of individuals will be established, which will provide for the development of key competences, individual and group counseling - training, vocational guidance training, assessment of professional competences and acquisition of practical skills in business enterprises. The final stage of the project activities is the assessment of the working and general skills of the representatives of the target group, using the new informal system of certification of employment competences "Certificate of professional competence". This system will be developed during the project with LPPARA and other social partners. Qualified coordinators will work by applying the latest methods in the field of social and employment integration. To this end, the coordinators will continue getting best practice by transnational cooperation, gaining new qualifications for working with the most vulnerable social groups in solving their employment problems.The total target group of the project is 340 persons, at least 40%. These people will gain the ability / will become motivated / will start actively looking for work. The duration of the project is 36 months. The project will be implemented by specialists and experts from the applicant and partners.
    TPI-1210
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  6. Choose, achieve and keep it!

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    The aim of the project „Choose, achieve and keep it“ is to help socially disadvantaged persons to integrate into labour market by means of social inclusion services. A certain set of concrete means will be used to integrate disabled, social risk families, their children as well as asylum seekers into the labour market or learning environment. The research has revealed that persons who are on social risk and socially excluded quite easily accustom themselves to being unemployed and learn to live without income from the job. During the course of time they become dependent on free social services, compensations and state benefits. Therefore, the application of the set of particular means, which are anticipated in this project, is the most effective way to help employable but due to some reasons (usually subjective reasons) persons to get back into labour market and ensure their active and long-term participation – social and economic autonomy. By the provision of a set of concrete means the members of target group will be encouraged to make a change in their life – to start looking for a job, study or work. Project activities:In order to include the members of target group into project activities 2 methods will be used – direct and indirect motivation. Also in order to form positive attitudes towards the work activities, the training “Motives of work activity: stimulus, reward and meaning” will be delivered.Project participants will improve their social behaviour. Different types of social skills development, support and recovery activities will be used: discussion groups, group activity for the development of personality socialisation, self-presentation and self-representation in interpersonal relations, training “The importance of positive thinking in the process of overcoming difficulties and crises”.Work/ labour skills will be developed with the help of the following activities: making the articles from leather, candle casting and weaving.Psychosocial help will be provided: individual psychological counselling, workshops in groups: psychological resistance development for teenagers and adults, training “Development of healthy life skills and addiction prevention”.When developing basic competences of participants, their different needs will be addressed in order to ensure equal opportunities for those groups which because of different personal, social, cultural or economic reasons have obtained poorer education, thus he / she needs a special support in order to implement his / her learning potential.Project participants will get support to choose a profession, will be informed about available job positions, vocational training, etc. Project participants are going to visit different organisations, enterprises and meet people having different professions. Persons who will not be sure about their future profession or will still lack motivation to actively look for the job will be sent for vocational guidance activities.For the development of practical works skills, innovative learning model will be used. It will be applied on the job and not in the classroom. Employers or their representatives will become participants’ trainers.Employment specialists will help project participants to look for a job, participate in job interviews, solve issues already having employment, etc.Qualification improvement will be organised for project employees as well as cooperation with partners from EU in order to ensure the quality of the provided services and their effectiveness.Project results:The members of social risk and social exclusion groups form the positive attitude towards work activities.Project participants improve their social, labour and performance of the task skills.Persons who have survived crisis or went through strong emotional experiences improve their psychological wellbeing.Participants of the project develop healthy life skills, habits and attitudes, and responsibility for their own health and health of the surrounding people.Target group members strengthen their individual basic competences.Participants gain work experience on the job training.The possibility to choose a certain profession and vocational training is ensured, also the support to get employment and upon employment.At least 40% of project participants start looking for a job, study or work.The project employees have their qualification improved and gain international experience.  
    TPI-1208
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  7. "I can"

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    The aim of the project "I can" is to provide a set of certain means of social inclusion that would enable persons who experience social exclusion to better (re)integrate into the labour market. The target groups of the project are: ex-prisoners, ex-offenders, former residents of children's care homes and special boarding schools and receivers of social benefits. They will be encouraged to make positive changes in their lives - to look for a job, to study or get employment.The main activities of the project: individual and group consultations with target groups members to evaluate their needs and motivate to study and work; development of their social and labour skills; individual and group psychology therapies; provision of information about the labour market, individual career plans formed, CVs, motivational letters, contacts with potential employers established in order to find possible employment for them; finding out what profession suits the person the best (based on their wishes, interests, possibilities and skills); general competences developed: computer literacy, citizenship skills, initiative and entrepreneuship skills development; practical placement in the enterprise / company/ SME, etc.; project participants will be able to gain a profession; employment mediators will help to find a job and to stay on it; project participants will also get support to create a work place for themselves.Anticipated project social impact - reduced unemployement and offending rates; provision of suitable, needs-orientatated high quality social rehabilitation services for the target group; a more positive attitude of the society towards the target group; better contacts of the target group with employers, community; the development of basic competences; increase of labour mobility and psychosocial skills, integration into society.Anticipated economic impact - the need for social and unemployment benefits reduced, less funds necessary for law enforcement institutions, more taxes collected into the state budget, more effective distribution of the EU, state and municipality financial resources, greater return on those funds. 
    TPI-1206
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  8. Development of Spiritual and Social capital of Lithuanian people experiencing problems with social adaptation

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    This social project, using Vedic knowledge, seeks to develop human capital for democratic leadership, education and empowerment of employees (in organizations) or community members (communities). The project solves a fundamental problem: there is a poverty in Lithuania in the area of working or developing its business because there is no social system in Lithuania that includes socially vulnerable groups of the population in the active economic and civic activities of the society. Such activities will not only enable them to become full members of their spiritual community but also of civil society and the state. In other words, apart from the spiritual knowledge that relates to economics, management, and spiritual capital, there is no belief that problems can be solved.
    TPI-1204
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  9. Studio "Find Yourself in the Labour Market"

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    At present in social support to people vulnerable to social exclusion dominate distribution of material social benefits and control over their use. As a result these people often got trapped into a vicious circle of dependency poverty and deepening exclusion. Even having access to variety of social services such as free vocational training or job search counselling, offered by territorial labour exchange, target groups often do not take full advantage of available opportunities.  It happens because people at risk of social exclusion lack essential social skills and often disrupt ties with communities the live in. As a result, these people lose self-confidence and motivation to compete for work in the labour market and virtually exclude themselves not only from the labour market but also from community life. Such people need complex social support based, from one side, on individually tailored interactive training, consultations on essential social skills and competences and occupational awareness. From another side, no less important, on multisided support not only from social workers but from community they live in (neighbours, community leaders, local NGOs). Integration of the vulnerable to the labour market should not be one- off action that include personal training and separate community  events. Effective social integration is a unified process  based on consistent application of the innovative, empowering integration social service model that combines two essential  components individual empowerment and building capacity of the community to be inclusive and supportive to the vulnerable.The project Studio – Find Yorself in the Labour Market will be implemented in Utena District covering communities in five regions.Project partners: Anyksciai District Social Service Centre; Moletai Social Support Centre; Utena District Social Service Centre; Visaginas Social Service Centre; Zarasai District Social Service Centre.
    TPI-1199
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  10. Service User involvement into education and labour market

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    In this project, we want to analyse, experiment with, and disseminatie good practices in service user involvement in higher education in Flanders and other EU countries aimed at integrating vulnerable groups in the labour market in a respectful way. We furthermore want tot increase competences of social professionals with regard to dealing with an increasingly diverse group of clients/students with complext problems. We focus on the conditions to employ service users in a durable manner. 
    TPI-1180
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