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IMPORTANT VOICE – Support and creation of social councils (of seniors, people with disabilities, youth, public benefit) in the Tychy subregion

Project Promoter: Centrum Społecznego Rozwoju
Proposal: 1st thematic call
Co-financed from the program: 83 484,53 EUR
Partners: None
Duration time: 31.12.2022-30.06.2023

The aim of the project is to increase participation of social councils, including councils of seniors, of people with disabilities, youth councils and councils for public benefit in implementation of local policies in the Tychy subregion of the Silesian Province. The project responds to the diagnosed problems and needs, such as: a small number of entities involved in the process of public consultation, lack of social councils in most municipalities in the subregion, insufficient use of the potential of existing councils and a small network of cooperation between councils, NGOs and local governments. In the Tychy subregion there are only two councils of seniors, four youth municipal councils, two councils of people with disabilities and two councils for public benefit. The small number of social councils is due to the lack of grassroots initiatives of youth, seniors, people with disabilities and NGOs as well as resistance of local authorities. The project was prepared together with representatives of social councils and is a response to the needs of local communities. We want to develop the competencies of people acting in social councils, but also to network the councils with local authorities and to create new ones using the potential of social leaders. The direct target group is 75 people, including members of social councils, local government employees, local leaders, and representatives of NGOs. The indirect beneficiaries will be 120 people – inhabitants of the Tychy subregion. Within the project we conduct training for all project participants. We initiate the creation of two new councils or social organisations, we develop and implement 8 initiatives increasing the participation of residents. We carry out world cafe sessions in 4 municipalities. We initiate and strengthen cooperation between existing and new councils, NGOs and local governments.