Fourth international meeting of SEEDS
The fourth international meeting of the project SEEDS took place between 21-25 April 2016. The meeting was hosted in Alba-Iulia, Romania. by Asociatia pentru Consoldiarea Societatii Civile – Valea Jiului our Romanian partner organization.
The aim of the SEEDS project is to develop and test a workshop that includes different methods aiming to present the concept of social economy and social entrepreneurship as an alternative to NGOs dependency of public funds.
The meeting brought together the European partner organizations from Sweden, Italy, Greece, Finland and Romania. The purpose of the meeting was to evaluate the testing of the workshops developed previously in the project. Every partner organization was asked to test the workshop modules at local level. DAC have tested the modules on 9th of April when we organized, together with the Anna Lindh Foundation, the SEEDS for NEEDS event.
As said, the meeting in Alba-Iulia was organized so that it gave the partners the possibility to present the local events they have organized and based on the feedback from the participants and from the facilitators to identify how do the methods included in the workshops can be improved and/or adapted. Beside these, the participants had the possibility to go through the timeline of the project, report their local events and visit two different social enterprises.
The first social enterprise was a factory producing peleti and weapon storage boxes. The social enterprises started with EU funds allocated through the European Social Fund. The factory is situated in an economically disadvantaged area and started with 10 male employees coming from different disadvantage backgrounds: drop-outs, Rroma minority and/or unemployed.
The second social enterprise was also financed through the European Social Fund and managed by the NGO “I am”. The social enterprise is providing four types of services: body therapy (measuring cerebral electromagnetic waves, massage etc); counseling, coaching, art psychotherapy and ergotherapy; nutrition counceling and event organizing services.
For more information about the association and its social enterprise visit: http://www.asociatiaeusunt.ro/