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NOT ALONE IN EUROPE

THE PROJECT “Not Alone in Europe” arises with the main task of giving a broad and specialised training on the LGBTQI+ paradigms to people who develop their work in contact with LGBTQI+ young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers (YMRA), such as youth and social workers, educators and community mediators, or even by themselves. The program purpose is to contribute to the social inclusion of the LGBTQ+ young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and encourage them to be actors of change, not only trough the organisation of capacity building courses and other multiplier events, but also by creating new materials in order to face their vulnerable situation.

THE GROUPS TARGETED by the program are both young workers, educators, community mediators and social workers in contact with LGBTQ+ YMRA, as well as the LGBTIQ+ young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers themselves.

As the results of the Becoming a part of Europe (BpE) project report show, the need to improve training in intersectional and LGTBIQ + issues is pointed out in order to include it in the work carried out by their organisations given the evidence of the delicate situation of this group and thus raise the awareness of the civil society.

THE OBJECTIVE of the project is to contribute to the social integration of the LGBTQ+ young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, as well as to promote the commitment, connection and empowerment of young people through the activities proposed throughout its calendar. Through the planned training sessions, the people involved will acquire the necessary skills to carry out activities in the same line and apply them to the different social realities of their work environments, and thus disseminate the inclusion and equity values throughout Europe. The organisations involved have the opportunity to share their experiences and cooperation strategies with others, which will enrich the creation of new materials and tools and then be disseminated to associated partners or other organisations. Through this strategy, the aim of the project is to connect young workers and organisations to create synergies that improve the opportunities of the LGBTQ+ young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS
Spain / AHEAD – Association of Human Rights Educators 
Estonia / Noorteorganisatsioon Trajectorya 
Turkey / UNHCR – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 
Serbia / Jesuit Refugee Service 
Italy / Cassero LGBT Center 
Greece / Allileggie Solidarity Now 

– Greece / August 2019 – Coordinator meeting,
In August 2019, the first meeting of coordinators took place in Athens, in which the master lines of action to be followed by each of the partner organisations were established. Among the agreements highlighted are the criteria for the celebration of multiplier events, whose activities pursue the empowerment, engagement and support not only of the LGBTQ+ YMRA, but of refugees and migrants in general; as well as the creation of opportunities for networking and sharing among youth leaders working with the target group. Therefore, it is established that each organisation must develop at least two multiplier events, which must address a different theme and that, as far as possible, must be connected with the specific needs of the social reality of the country that hosts them. After the celebration of these events, it is expected to involve as many people as possible (not only addressing LGBTIQ + refugee or migrant community, but also other people for the purpose of extending the notions of respect and defence of human rights and social inclusion of the LGBTQ+ YMRA.


– Turkey / March 2020 – Intermediate meeting
In March 2020, the Intermediate meeting will be held in Turkey, where organizations will meet again to expand details on the work undertaken during the past months; and in those who will give an account of the planning of the activities they will develop in the framework of the project until November 2020.


– Italy / April 2021
Dissemination Meeting will be held in Italy during April 2021 and representatives of all the entities that took part of the program will establish methods to share the material generated during it development, as well as a final balance of their work and possible steps to continue extending the legacy of the project in favour of the social integration of the young LGBTQ+ migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

 

– Sweden / October 2019 – Capacity Building
The Capacity Building course, that will be hosted in Sweden in October 2019 and attended by all participating organisations; participants will work with innovative youth work methodologies and practices, including guidelines, methodological approaches and activity proposals. The main task of the workshop is to prepare attendees for the organisation of subsequent activities in their countries covering the theoretical foundation of LGBTQI + issues, as well as how to reach the target group. At the end of the activity, they are expected to acquire sufficient skills to implement multiplier activities in each of their countries.


– Spain / October 2020 – Innovation Development
Once the different proposals have been carried out by the collaborating NGOs, we will meet again in October 2020 in Spain to celebrate the Innovation development training and exchange the experiences obtained in the realisation of the multiplier events, thus contributing to the creation of material based on key concepts of inclusion in youth work through the use of the developed intellectual output.

 

Turkey / March 2020 – June 2020
Sweden / March 2020 – June 2020
Italy / April 2020 – July 2020
Greece / April 2020 – July 2020
Estonia / May 2020 – September 2020
Serbia / May 2020 – September 2020
Spain / July 2020 – October 2020

 

Through the planned program, the people involved will acquire the necessary skills to carry out activities in the same line and apply them to the different social realities of their work environments, and thus disseminate the inclusion and equity values throughout Europe. To reach it, two types of intellectual outputs have been designed:

– O1: Cooperation strategy developing youth work practises on refugee inclusion / October 2019 – May 2021
focused on the methodology and with the purpose of developing methodological tools, innovative practices and open access guidelines;

– O2: Innovative youth work and intersectional practises for young
migrants and refugees / October 2019 – May 2021

focused on the development of youth work practices in the inclusion of refugees, with a workshop as innovative element in which the problems and threats of the target group will be addressed and the links between the organisations that disseminate the material produced from the meetings will be reinforced.

The organisations involved will have, then;  the chance to share their experiences and cooperation strategies with others, and thus contribute to the materials. In summary, the aim of the project is to connect young workers and organisations to create synergies that improve the opportunities of the young LGBTQ+ migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

 


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