Informational / active afternoon “Sasildies rudenī!” (Warm Up In The Autumn)

Creative Minds for Culture

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Organisation:

Creative Minds for Culture

Country:

Latvia

About organisation:

The Association “Creative Minds for Culture” (abbreviated as CMC) is a non-governmental organization founded by young people, and it focuses on to promote cultural and creative development of the society. The organization was registered in Sēja Parish, Latvia in 2014. Before that, from 2010, the organization existed as an informal group of young people. The maimindsforculture.comn target group of the organisation is youth with fewer opportunities.Aims of our organization:-to promote cultural and creative development of the society;-encourage youth and students to be active citizens in Latvia and be a part of foreign cultural processes;-to promote intercultural dialogue and tolerance for cultures and cultural heritage.Using non-formal education methods, CMC organizes various events - trainings, seminars, camps, discussions and workshops - on topics of interest and relevance to our members, volunteers and the target audience.

Contact person:

Elīzabeta Krēģere

Title of the project

Informational / active afternoon “Sasildies rudenī!” (Warm Up In The Autumn)

Start date:

October 5, 2023

End date:

October 5, 2023

Source of funding:

Eurodesk grant

Objectives:

The aim of the event was to provide young people with information on local, regional and international opportunities to spend their free time, to strengthen their cooperation, self-expression and mental health by engaging in the Eurodesk “Time to Move” campaign. The activity consisted of 2 sessions, where young people were:informed about youth opportunities through various organisations, networks and programs within Europe;invited to participate in a practical free movement workshop with a certified movement therapist and couch with aim to strengthen their mental health and abilities to regulate themselves in an everyday setting.As a result of the event, 18 young people from the Saulkrasti region learned more about various opportunities to engage at local, national and international level organised in Europe under Erasmus+, European Solidarity Corps and the DiscoverEU programmes. Young people got to know other young people, got together and learned about other opportunities to meet and experience, as well as were able to get to know themselves and their mental health better, and to learn a few useful methods to enhance their wellbeing on a daily basis.

Why does it correspond to the thematic category:

The event took place in Zvejniekciems village which is a quite remote place within the Saulkrasti district, where local young people do not get regular extra activities, regular visits from youth-friendly topical specialists or opportunities to comfortably get in and out of the village due to a lack of available regular public transport to other nearby places. Young people in this village are more prone to financial, social and geographical lack of opportunities and all kinds of similar risks, therefore the opportunity to participate in an event like this in their local environment was a good opportunity to help them come together.All the young people were invited and could participate in the event, and were encouraged to collaborate within different age and interest groups that met together in the event. They got to know information about youth opportunities that would normally potentially not reach them and became more open to the idea of youth participation and mobility opportunities.

The impact the initiative had on young people and the local community:

The young people that participated in the workshop concluded that they would like to try and participate in other, similar events and use the international youth opportunities in the future. They have also become a little bit more open to one another and more aware of the importance of their own mental health quality.Conversations between the local youth activity coordinators and the activity authors were led to discuss potential future opportunities to bring more similar events to the local young people of Zvejniekciems village and the area.

How it ensured the visibility and promotion of Eurodesk:

In the workshop participants had a discussion about youth opportunities in Europe and that included also talking about Eurodesk network, Erasmus+, European Solidarity Corps programmes etc. All the visual and promotional materials of the event had the Eurodesk logo embedded.

How it respected the green principles:

All the documents, publicity materials and photos created, wherever possible, were used digitally instead of printing them out. The coffee break and lunch provided for the participants of workshop were chosen to be in as green packaging as possible, giving first hand to fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy food that is not packed in plastic or paper at all.Travelling to and from workshops, the facilitators used public transport like buses and trains instead of going with a car.

The aim of the event was to provide young people with information on local, regional and international opportunities to spend their free time, to strengthen their cooperation, self-expression and mental health by engaging in the Eurodesk “Time to Move” campaign. The activity consisted of 2 sessions, where young people were:
informed about youth opportunities through various organisations, networks and programs within Europe;
invited to participate in a practical free movement workshop with a certified movement therapist and couch with aim to strengthen their mental health and abilities to regulate themselves in an everyday setting.
As a result of the event, 18 young people from the Saulkrasti region learned more about various opportunities to engage at local, national and international level organised in Europe under Erasmus+, European Solidarity Corps and the DiscoverEU programmes. Young people got to know other young people, got together and learned about other opportunities to meet and experience, as well as were able to get to know themselves and their mental health better, and to learn a few useful methods to enhance their wellbeing on a daily basis.