A partnership project of 4 partner organizations (Váltó-sáv Alapítvány, Crime Prevention Fund - IGA, Amaka NGO, Antropos Mental Hygiene Association) from 4 countries (Hungary, Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia) based on innovation, common experience and method exchange, knowledge extension and sharing, focusing on the especially vulnerable, disadvantaged target group of offenders, detainees and ex-detainees with a high criminality risk, addicts and those in a marginalised situation, as well as on professionals and experts treating them. Low school qualification and early school-leave is overrepresented in target group characterized by a lack of basic, key and transversal competences, and an overall knowledge and information deficit. Their experience in education is mostly negative, their school career path is full of failures, resulting in low self-esteem and self-respect. Prejudice from the majority society is significant toward this target group, making the outbreak from their marginalised position, and reintegration, rather difficult. The comprehensive goal of present project is to decrease marginalisation of target group of offenders, detainees, ex-detainees and addicts with high criminality risk, and to support their social integration. The project wants to achieve its goal through a strategic partnership working on tools extension, knowledge and experience sharing, and on employing innovative, non-formal creative programs and methods in order to facilitate personality development, motivation and learning need incitement in target group. It also focuses on mitigating their knowledge, information and competence deficit through tasks and activities during and after the project period.
The main target of the project is to organize and execute creative programs for crime prevention, as well as to develop methodology and process them in workshops. Also, to achieve personality development, improved manual, transversal, social and labour market competences with target group, thus increasing their life potentials.
The development of responsibility and civil competences in target group are also parts of the project goal, as well as training programs for experts (civilians, penal institution employees or volunteers) to extend their methodology and tools repertoire. It wants to achieve network development in this field by developing and improving local and international (re)integration programs.
During the project we plan 6 transnational partner meetings in the participating countries, with a parallel edition of 6 Workshop Booklets (in 10 different topics), and the development of 10 intellectual outputs. 50 multiplicator events are planned in connection with these intellectual outputs (10 per country). Project activities and impacts:
1. Publications – Workshop Booklets - related to the thematic workshops. 6 booklets per event: 1. Ways of using art therapy with marginalised, vulnerable social groups; 2. Educating the Educators II. (on the implementation of art therapy); 3. Release Diary (preparation for release by art therapy tools); 4. Free – as Women? 5. Game therapies and their possible use in adult learning; 6. Methodology of the use of Protected and Half-Way accommodation.
2. Surveys, data collection: collection/editing of best practices on a local and international level, opportunities of implementation.
3. Testing, trial, assessment, feedback, revision, correction.
4. Guidelines and methodology: interrelations between dimensions of (bodily-mental-social) health and learning; methodology development; Release Diary (preparation for release with art therapy tools) as a new methodology of reintegration; Free – as women? – a methodology developed especially for the disadvantaged women group with high risk and criminality factor; Game therapies and their use in adult education (non-formal, individual learning paths, method and tool development); Protected and Half-Way accommodations (a complex and synergic support for providing social and life management competences and training).
5. Development of common training material: Ways of using art therapy with marginalised, vulnerable social groups - best practice guidelines; Educating the Educators I. (basic), and also Educating the Educators II. (on the implementation of art therapy).
6. Impacts: decrease marginalisation in low qualified, high criminality risk target group of offenders, detainees, ex-detainees and addicts, increase their access to learning, and introduce knowledge as value. Developing target group educator competences, extending their range of methodology; innovations that can be taken over by experts working in other fields.
Váltó-sáv Alapítvány 2021