First three meetings took place in May:

The first meeting (1): 7 – 14.05.2016 in Uzhorod, Ukraine

Topic: ‘Old-new borders: migration, integration, isolation’

Participants discussed the following questions: where our internal and external borders really lie? On what basis we create them for ourselves? Which limits and barriers affect acceptance or rejection of other people?

There were also practical events in the community organized: a 4-days long workshops in Roma district of Radvanka, neighborhood picnic with elderly in Shakhta district, an intercultural evening with foreign students from India and meetings in a refugee center in Mukachevo city.

The elaboration of the idea was a successful result of the meeting.

First meeting (2): 7 -14.05.2016 in Belye Luga, Belarus

Topic: Transformation of thinking: reality and technology

Participants discussed what role customs and traditions play in our lives and how new technologies influence these processes and our way of thinking and living. The village and the city: the archive of traditions or the catalyst of innovations. Modern technologies and ancient traditions as a stimulator for the development of individuals and communities.

There were a few interventions in the nearby villages held, a few common evenings with dancing, singing and fun activities for the inhabitants of the village organized.

First meeting (3): 14 – 21. 05.2016, Ruda Śląska, Poland

Topic: Why do we need the neighborhood? Challenges and solutions

The participants discussed what exactly the “neighborhood” means for them and which distance and space the term covers. What can be done, created or changed with the help of the neighbor? What makes the difference in creating the good relationships with neighbors from the house nearby or from Poland and Belorussia. What do those old good neighboring relationships and traditions teach us?

Together with the local community, there was an urban community garden created.

Project meeting (1): 17-23.07.2016, Bucha, Ukraine

Project meeting (2): 23-30.07.2016, Gdansk, Poland

55 participants from Poland, Ukraine and Belarus were exchanging their draft project ideas for local and international community projects, developed them by setting smart goals , designing logical frameworks of the projects, defining target groups, planning budget and fundraising for the projects, researching the opportunities for the involvement of the additional costs to the project.

Besides this, participants received the training and could practice their project proposal writing skills, acquired basics on PR and financial management in the frames of the program, along with a number of individual work and professional consulting support. Participants submitted final project ideas in proposals and signed project contracts.

The host institution In Gdańsk – European Centre for Solidarity – the partner organization of the program Neighbours 3.0 organized guided tour for the exhibition about the Solidarity movement in Poland and meetings with the ECS staff.

Theatrical training (1): 4-6.11.2016, Homel, Belarus

Topic: Sociocultural animation and work with diverse target groups

During the 3-day training 32 participants from Poland, Ukraine and Belarus learned about the basis of socio-cultural animation as an approach towards long-term collaboration with local communities. Explored methods of community diagnosis and reviewed their project applications in respect with new factors in order to have a different approach to the processes of collaboration and evaluation of the each phase of their project together with the local community responding to the requests and expectations. There were some methods of group work reviewed: establishing trust, group dynamics, and topic centered interaction. There was also time for individual consulting from the side of mentors and program coordinators.

Webinar 1: PR, work with social media and project promotion

The first webinar was held on 17-18. of December 2016. The program participants took part in it as well as the representatives of partner organizations. The topics of this two-days long training were the following: the creation of project-related quality content, launch and coordination of events and groups in social medias; precise identification and assessment of target groups, development and maintenance of relationships and partnerships with media, specifics of work with local and regional media resources.

Neighbors visits and job shadowing in partner organizations

During the implementation of the projects, participants visit each other and participate in short-term internships with an aim of job shadowing, in 10 partner organizations’ offices. The visits last from 5 to 7 days and 45 participants have an opportunity to take part in this action.

Topical training (2): 24-26.02.2016, Ukraine

Upcoming events:

Webinar 2: 1-2.04.2016
Neighbours Forum: 20-26.06.2016, Warsaw, Poland