“Give Hugs, Not Drugs"
Erasmus+ Training Course organized in Lithuania, in partnership with Fundacja "Zielony Słoń" (Poland).
Nowadays, many youngsters experiment with drugs. Consequently, some youngsters get addicted to these materials, which leads to long and effort-requiring treatment. In the 25 European countries with available data, 18 countries demonstrate the increase of the overall number of first-time entrants to drug treatment centres. Thus, the problem is evident in the continent.
Many treatment centres focus only on the addiction itself when they try to help youth break the habit and reclaim control of their lives. However, addiction is often only the consequence of other problems which youngsters were encountering before starting drugs.
Among these - social exclusion, discrimination within society, lack of safety, negative school climate, limited capabilities to cope with unpleasant emotions, being surrounded by peers who are using harmful substances on a daily basis. Treating such conditions is a vital part of the recovery process to ensure that a youngster will not turn back to drugs in the future.
Even though there are existing methodologies for helping drug addicts recover, they are often outdated (thus their methods calls for being re-tested or improved).
That is why organisations from Lithuania, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Turkey gathered with the idea of youth work as a tool for better reintegration of former drug users into society and space for their personal development. Accordingly, the main aim of the project is to strengthen the competencies of youth workers in finding adequate approaches to fostering the inclusion and empowerment of young drug addicts.
To reach this aim, the following objectives were set:
- Increase awareness (and reduce stigma) about youth drug abuse and its related problems;
- Identify challenges young drug users face and ways to address them;
- Explore the role of youth work in helping young (former) drug addicts;
- Improve the capacities (knowledge and skills) of youth workers to address the needs of young drug addicts and to support their empowerment;
- Share tools and good practices of engaging with vulnerable groups in an international context;
- Create transnational partnerships on inclusion and empowerment of young (ex-) drug addicts among youth organisations.
The project is implemented in the frame of the ERASMUS+ Programme. Accommodation, living, working materials & other project related expenses are funded 100% by the European Commission, except the travel costs which are refunded to participants up to the limit set in the Infopack.
PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS:
4 participants shall be aged 20+ and work with the youths.
The participants shall have:
English speaking and developed communication skills;
Ability to implement activities in local community and online;
The need to improve skills and competences relating to the topic of the project;
Willingness to cooperate and develop within Erasmus+;
For further details regaridng the project and the recruitment procedure, check the Infopack and "Regulamin..." linked below.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.