From 9th to 22nd of September 2021, ELIX successfully implemented the project “TeamWorks for Solidarity” which was supported by the Council of Europe through the European Youth Foundation [EYF] and also the National Agency of Greece through the program of European Solidarity Corps [ESC].
The duration of the project was 14 days, located in Lesvos with the participation of 10 young people from different European countries. The participants, after receiving high-quality training adjusted to the needs of such work, were then deployed and implemented several activities with the target group.
This project proposal was created as a response of the devastating fire in Moria. In mid-September 2020, a new site in Lesvos opened to host at around 7000 refugees and Asylum Seekers. However, the living conditions in the new RIC are not even close to ideal and the infrastructure for the educational area has not been set up yet. An overview on the situation in the new RIC is provided by the participants in their observation paper.
The young asylum seekers and refugees that we addressed in our intervention are in need of a holistic project of integration which included activities such as job and life skills, recreational, capacity building for supporting their children and other population in the site for learning their mother tongue.
The project aimed to address the 2019-2020 priority 3, adopted by the Committee of Ministers on “Inclusive and Peaceful societies” and it was more specifically targeting a vulnerable group of young people, asylum seekers and refugees in the island of Lesvos. Further to the goal of the project was to enhance the competency of youth/social workers who work with vulnerable groups of young people, to prepare and train them to undertake recreational activities and raise awareness regarding the situation in the islands of Greece.
You can read more about the project, its methodology and activities here.
As part of the project, a Training Manual on volunteer-based intervention with vulnerable groups was developed, available here.