I am here
Summary of project results
Analysis of segregation phenomenon of persons with mental disorders and their families suggest that specific attention should be paid to attitudes of the communities towards such persons. Social research revealed direct links between attitudes within the communities and activeness of the vulnerable groups – the higher the tension and uncertainty between community members and persons with mental disabilities, the more isolated and excluded are the vulnerable groups. Project „I AM HERE“ solves community segregation problems of people with mental affection/illnesses and their relatives. The implemented project helped the community to know its members through three fundamental forms of presentation of information (seeing, hearing, speaking). I SEE, HEAR AND SPEAK – essential aspects of project activities, that helped showing the vulnerable groups as not only a part of community, but also as an active participants of it. Binding link of the project – LIBRARY. The concept of library was perceptible in all links of the project activities – starting from social photography cycle and finishing with creation of virtual informational-methodical library for vulnerable groups. Project aimed at enabling vulnerable groups to take part in social life more actively by creating favourable conditions in community. Project tasks implemented: a) awareness of community members in regards to vulnerable groups increased; b) complex information on social services and inclusion opportunities provided to vulnerable groups in Klaipėda region; c) volume of psychosocial services to vulnerable groups increased; d) administrative skills of NGO staff participating in the project enhanced. Key achievement indicators: a) 10% increase of members in organizations participating in the project; b) persons directly involved in the project – social workers of NGOs, volunteers, representatives of state sector contribute to enhancement of social activeness of project beneficiaries (individuals with mental affection/illnesses and their relatives) through the activities for increasing consciousness of community members. c) Representatives of vulnerable groups strengthened inner motivation and restored emotional stability. Analysis of results suggest that project has had a complex impact on the situation of persons with mental disorders – from changes in the environment of vulnerable groups and fostering of NGO sector to sensitization and increase of awareness of local communities.
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