EDUCATION OF NGO WORKERS AND VOLUNTEERS’ PSYCHO-SOCIAL SKILLS (2009-2010)

 

The project was financed by the subsidy scheme “Strengthening of Non-Governmental Organizations in Lithuania” of European Economic Area Financial Mechanism and Norwegian Financial Mechanism.

Duration of the project: from 19 May 2009 until 18 May 2010.

The aim of the project: to assimilate and apply good experience of the EU countries in the field of informal adult education by organizing psycho-social educational programs designed for NGO workers and volunteers attending to old and ill members of the local community.

 

Results of the project.

Five staff members of the institution raised their qualification during the six-day long training-internship in Austria. During this training, they have acquired knowledge and experience how educational programs for NGO workers and volunteers, who attend to old and ill people, are created and organized; learnt how the host organization is administrated; acquired the information about the possibilities of cooperation with other European institutions in order to create a unite net of service.

Applying our own and newly acquired experience, we have created four seminars for psycho-social development of NGO workers and volunteers attending to old and ill people.

16 seminars were organized and conducted in four regions of Lithuania (Kaunas, Marijampolė, Panevėžys, and Klaipėda) during which 482 NGO workers and volunteers were educated and institutional facilities of 9 NGO were strengthened.

Publication–compendium of articles “Hospice. Leading to Life.” was prepared and released.

 

The data of scientific sociological research conducted during the project shows that:

·        training forms mature, civic, and capable of critical thinking person; encourages integration of intellectual, moral, and spiritual aspects of the education and learners‘ active participation in the educational process;

·         participants of the seminars gained theoretical and practical knowledge of the dignity of human life, holiness, meaning of suffering, nature of feelings, recreation, and their power sources in their daily lives;

·         training helped to motivate caregivers, discover a personal source of strength, reduce internal guilt, enhance self-worth and human dignity; developed the capacity to respond to complex emotional state of people under the auspices;

·         seminars enabled the learners to begin a new personal and professional maturity phase by their example promoting the idea of conscious volunteer work in Lithuania.

 

After the end of the project, we began to offer the psycho-social educational program for the wider circle of NGO workers/volunteers and other institutions working with people under the auspices.