Volozhin without barriers project goes into the new phase. Spring 2017 will be the time for survey for residents with disabilities in Volozhin district and announcement of the contest among tourist farmsteads. These issues, name a few, were being discussed on January 23, in Volozhin.
At the moment the Working group helps organize the course of the project. It includes people with disabilities, public representatives, Volozhin executive commitee, tourist business, Volozhin tourist information and recreation center.
During the meeting, the group chose the head (deputy chief for social issues department Piotr Bibik), as well as approved the plan for the coming months. Thus, on February 20th a "brainstorming" session on the further activities is to take place.
In March 2017 the Woring group will hold a survey among all people with disabilities residing in Volozhin district. This will help to define the problem points in the city environment which people from this social group face daily, and find the solution.
In April Country Escape association will announce the contest among farmstead owners from Volozhin district. The submission process will be open till June 2017 for any everyone willing to introduce non-barrier principles. Up to five entrepreneurs are to receive the grants for adapting the farmsteads to the needs of people with disabilities.
Moreover, a special Plan of activities for improving the infrastructure and quality of social and recreational services provided for people with disabilities will be drawn. The candidates to be responsible for compiling the document were also defined by the Working group. By drawing the Plan, the resuts of the monitoring realised in March - August 2016 will be also taken into account.
By today, the environmental trail had been constructed in Volozhin. It is specially equipped for tourists with disabilities. Before the official start it will tried at the promo-tour by media, people with disabilities and tour operators. And in 2018 first tourist information and recreation center will be opened. Alongside with the trail, it will be part of the product "Accessible Volozhin", and the spektor of tourist services will be broadened.
The project is being implemented by Interakcia Foundation, Belarusian Public Association Country Escape, Public Association Belarusian Association of People with Disabilities, Volozhin District Executive Committee (lead partner) and Volozhin Social Service Centre with financial support from the European Union.