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Общи :: Internal Organizational Changes for Improving the Work of Institutions for Young People with Learning Disabilities (YPLD)

Internal Organizational Changes for Improving the Work of Institutions for Young People with Learning Disabilities (YPLD)

KMS LogoGroup photoLovech, November 24-25, 2016

One of the aims of Keep me Safe project of Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health (BFPA) is to increase the work on prevention of sexual violence and harassment of YPLD. The efforts of the team together with the organizations working with and for young people with learning disabilities are to create supportive environment and better conditions for health-educational activities.
A two-day upgrading workshop, part of the prolongation of the Keep me Safe project of BFPA took place in Lovech in November 24-25, 2016. Participants from organizations and schools from Pleven, Dolni Dubnik and Lovech who were trained in interactive techniques during the active phase (2013–2015) of the project participated in it.

Work groupBesides new knowledge and approaches to work on topics connected with personal hygiene and health and types of addictions – the main topic was on how to initiate and perform internal organizational changes so that to improve the work on saving reproductive health and the prevention of sexual violence.
Maria Gineva, chairperson of Future for Children Association from Kazanlak, shared experience and good practices as a result of changed attitudes and internal organizational policies after their team was trained two years ago under the project. She prepared for the small group work practical cases from the fieldwork in Kazanlak. New materials to work on hygiene and prevention of diseases were presented. The team of BFPA – dr. Radosveta Stamenkova and Ralitsa Zgalevska, as well Julia Georgieva, chairperson of Center for Humane Practicies, implemented the interactive training.
During 2016 BFPA currently supports organizations with which is working on Keep me Safe project

KEEP ME SAFE is a two year (2013–2015) European initiative, coordinated by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and co-financed by European Commission (DJ Justice – Program Daphne III).

 

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Second training of the peer educators from Sofia Academy for health education

Petrohan, April 12-14, 2019

In the three days between April 12 and 14 took place the second module of the preparation of peer educators from the Health and Sexuality Education Youth Academy, realized with the support of the PIST directorate of Sofia Municipality. The focus of the second stage of education was upon elaboration of communication skills, teambuilding and team work, acquiring of knowledge about the prevention of trafficking of human beings, knowledge of hygiene as a starting point to peer education, adopting healthy eating habits and preventing eating disorders, work with vulnerable groups. In addition to health knowledge, the future peer educators acquired also social and personal ones – how to define one’s personal space – useful when working with young people with disabilities, and how to plan their own free time.

 
The health mediators from Montana, Zaichar and Pirot share their experience

Zaechar – Pirot, March 20-21, 2019 

On March 20th and 21st 2019 the health mediators from Montana participated in working meetings with their colleagues in Zaichar and Pirot. The meetings are organized by BFPA and  take place within the final phase of the ZOV (HEA) programme (Health and Education for All), supported by the Bulgarian – Swiss Cooperation Programme. Besides the members of the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) from Montana, in the study trip were included health specialists working with vulnerable communities in the field, representatives of the Regional Health Inspectorate and of the local municipality. Their colleagues were expecting them in Serbia: representatives of local authorities, local NGOs in Zaichar and Pirot, health specialists, volunteers from the vulnerable local communities.
The key topics on which Bulgarian and Serbian colleagues worked together were exchange of ideas, presenting good practices related to improving the access to health services, education and social services for marginalized groups. The health mediators from Montana were selected to share their experience due to the good results they achieved in their work on the ZOV Programme.

 
First field activities under the Project “My Body, My Rights”

Sofia, Montana, Yambol, February 18-28, 2019

 Partners in the project ‘My Body, my Rights’ (2018–2021) gathered in Sofia on February 25 and 26, 2019 to exchange experience and information. The initiative for health care, information and services for vulnerable people from marginalized families is implemented in Sofia, Yambol and Montana. The meeting gathered the team of BFPA, local project coordinators and health mediators form the three locations, as well as municipalities representatives.
So far, the project team conducted 24 focus groups in the three project locations Montana, Sofia and Yambol - 6 in each one. Participants in the focus groups were girls and boys aged 12-15, 16-25 and over 25 years old. The aim is to explore the attitudes of young people in the communities (especially marginalized groups) towards the family planning services offered and whether they can take independent decisions about their reproductive health.

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Общи :: Internal Organizational Changes for Improving the Work of Institutions for Young People with Learning Disabilities (YPLD)