Equality in rights and freedom of creativity

Craftsmanship is one of the activities which doesn’t demand additional costs and a long list of documents necessary for registration. It is becoming more and more popular in Belarus. Craftsmanship is of great importance for people with disabilities who experience difficulties in finding a job in a free labour market because of the medical indications they have, for people without higher or special education.

An off-site activity within the framework of the project “Accessible work” was organized to discuss the following issues: how to register as a craftsman, how to find your niche in a labour market, how to learn new activities, how to implement supported employment service. 30 people from different regions of Belarus (Gomel, Minsk, Vitebsk, Mogilev, Smorgon, Luninets, Zhlobin, Volozhin and Vileyka) – persons with disabilities and specialists from Territorial Centres of Social Services to Population and representatives of primary organizations of NGO “BelAPDIiMI” – spent 5 days in a guest house “Zvezdniy”. 

This year we had guests from Russia – a representative of a nonprofit organization “Good thing” (Yekaterinburg). The organization unites a team of specialists who are engaged in socialization and rehabilitation of people who need special assistance and support: “Equality in rights, brotherhood in work and freedom in creativity”. Main areas of their work are: – provision of services in the field of vocational guidance and labour employment, social support; – promotion and creation of specialized working places for people in a difficult life situation; – realization, development and improvement of methods and technologies of complex rehabilitation, support and assistance to people with disabilities etc. 

We had a very busy schedule: every morning we participated in master classes:  

— handmade soap making. Territorial Centre of Social Services to Population in Vileyka;
— paper plaiting; how to work with graphic editors (creation of printing products), Territorial Centre of Social Services to Population in Vitebsk;
— making and decoration of wax candles, NGO “BelAPDIiMI” in Gomel;
— printed mugs, unitary enterprise “My perspective”, NGO “BelAPDIiMI” in Luninets;
— water-color felting, Yekaterinburg, nonprofit organization “Good thing”.

Every afternoon the participants from the regions presented their work: projects on ecology, creation of sheltered working places, implementation of supported employment service.
You can download a presentation “Assistance in the process of employment within the framework of the services provided by assistants” here.



You will find a few responses of the participants of our off-site activity below:

— We are thankful to the organizers of the activity and to all the participants for wonderful master classes and information, for a wish and ability to share their experience and knowledge. The materials were presented systematically; accessible words and examples were used. Every participant received useful experience, understood, analyzed, comprehended and found out something new. Also, everyone made a handmade masterpiece and took it home.  Attention was paid to everyone. I am sure that all the knowledge and skills acquired will be useful. We received precious experience.

Zaytseva N., State Institution “Territorial Centre of Social Services to Population in Pervomaiskiy district of Vitebsk”  

— We would like to say thank you for such a useful activity. It helped us to adopt rich experience of other organizations who presented their master classes on occupation for young people with disabilities. We plan to use this knowledge in our work. All master classes were carried out in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere, it united all the youngsters. Everyone learnt something new. The organizations will definitely use the knowledge received during the trainings and master classes. And if someone forgets it, a present made by the unitary enterprise “My perspective” (a mug with a printed photo of all the participants of the activity) will remind him/her about that. 

Maxim and Vasiliy Yarmolchik, unitary enterprise “My perspective”, NGO “BelAPDIiMI”, Luninets

— We would like to thank the organizers of the off-site activity. Thanks to you we got acquainted with work on employment for people with disabilities in different regions of the Republic of Belarus and in Russia. We learnt much new useful information. We actively participated in master classes, shared work experience, asked questions and heard useful advice and recommendations. We were happy to get to know new people and communicate with each other. Youngsters found new friends too. We lived in comfortable rooms, ate delicious food. We also had time for rest and daily strolls in a pine forest and unique hydra park.  

Ray Elena, Ray Anna and Savchuk Anastasia, members of NGO “BelAPDIiMI”, Minsk region, Volozhyn


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