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VOLOZHIN WITHOUT BARRIERS


Increasing Local Capacities for Provision of Social and Recreational Services for People with Disabilities

            

Social services in Volozhin district will become more accessible to people with disabilities, while comfortable facilities for their recreation will appear in Nalibokskaya puscha, a dense forest located in the region, including an environmental and educational trail easily accessible to all potential visitors. And in the town of Volozhin, the first Belarusian hostel for people with disabilities will open.

 

 

 

IMPORTANCE OF THE PROJECT

 

Today, around 2100 people with disabilities live in Volozhin district. Just like in other Belarusian districts, these people’s needs in social and recreational services are treated with insufficient attention. And within the framework of a regional accessibility program for 2011-2015, rampants were made for only 5 buildings: two schools, a bus station, and two clinics.  

However, in 2007, a local center for social services opened in Volozhin; it now also hosts a day center for people with disabilities where they can improve their labor skills, do arts and crafts.

Nevertheles, there is still no district-wide strategy for social integration of people with disabilities that would include not only labor-related measures but also outline directions for the development of social and recreational services. This problem is common for all Belarusian regions. Therefore, this project will:

 


 

EXPECTED RESULTS

 

The results of the accessibility monitoring will inform a unified Plan of activities for improving the infrastructure and quality of social and recreational services provided for people with disabilities in Volozhin district. The Plan will be prepared by a working group that will include members of the municipality, experts, and representatives of non-state organizations. 

 

 

  

 

 



In order to disseminate the accessibility principles, a contest among the owners of farmsteads from Volozhin district will be organized. Five winners will receive grants to make their farmsteads more comfortable for people with disabilities. Moreover, providers of social and recreational services will have a chance to attend special trainings where they will be able to learn how to make products and services accessible. 



 

ACHIEVED RESULTS (UP TO THE MOMENT)

 

 

 


 

PARTNERS IN THE PROJECT

 


 

OBJECTIVES

 

To increase the capacity of and support Volozhin district authorities, non-state organizations, and other providers of social and recreation services in making Volozhin an exemplary district where social and recreational services are accessible to people with disabilities and where social inclusion is encouraged and practiced. 

 

  1. To promote inclusive society in Belarus.
  1. To enhance living standards of people with disabilities in Belarus.
  1. To improve local governance in the sphere of provision of social and recreational services for people with disabilities in Belarus.

 


ABOUT NON-STATE ACTORS AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES IN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

 

The overall objective of the Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development Program is to support operations aiming at promoting an inclusive and empowered society in partner countries in order to:

(a) benefit populations out of reach of mainstream services and resources and excluded from policy making processes;

(b) strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations and local authorities, with a view to facilitating their participation in defining and implementing poverty reduction and sustainable development strategies;

(c) facilitate interaction between state and non-state actors in different contexts and support an increased role for local authorities in decentralisation processes.

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CONTACTS AND MORE INFORMATION

 

Irina Ivanova, Project Manager:

+ 375 25 983 29 59 (mobile);  + 375 17 334 24 76; ivanova@eu-belarus.net

Svetlana Poddubnaya, PR Manager

+375 29 383 59 83 (mob.); +375 17 280 13 30; poddubnaya@eu-belarus.net