Social Inclusion

Projects within social inclusion are based on capacity building and reinforcement of organizations representing individuals and members of marginalized groups. These undertakings encompass education, equal participation, advocacy and representation, alongside various activities that provide a better quality of life for all marginalized groups.

 

Inclusion in employment

Inclusion in employment

Donor: Ministry of Youth and Sport

Lead applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Duration: June 2015 – December 2015                   

Objectives: Improvement the employability of young persons with disabilities through activation, informal training, work experience and building a sustainable cooperation with employers.

Social Alternatives for Family Empowering - SAFE

Social Alternatives for Family Empowering – SAFE

Donor: European Union (“Open Arms” project)

Lead applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partners: Republic institute for social protection, Papilot-Institute for enhancement and development of quality of life, Creative Educational Centre – KEC, Association of users of psychiatric services and their families “Soul”

Duration: June 2014 – December 2015

Project aim is to contribute to enhancement of social inclusion, through creation of the innovative community based service (family counselor), enabling processes of deinstitutionalization, as well as ensuring empowerment of persons with mental disabilities and mental health disorders.

Sports Inclusion

Sports Inclusion

Donor: Ministry of youth and sport

Lead applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partner: Wheelchair basketball association Serbia

Duration: September 2014 – February 2015

Sports Inclusion Project aims to promote and develops adaptive sports, as well as to improve the environment for active sports participation of vulnerable young people. By encouraging and promoting participation of vulnerable young people in project activities, project will encourage their social inclusion, and create an environment of equal opportunity for all.

Program for support employment of persons with disabilities in open labour market

Program for support employment of persons with disabilities in open labour market

Donor: City of Belgrade, Department for Social Protection

Lead applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Duration:  January 2014 – June 2014

December 2014 – March 2015

April 2015  April 2016

Objectives:

– realization of education courses for professional empowerment of persons with disabilities

– support for job search

– professional practice

– informing companies about disability issues

Program for supporting families with a member with disabilities – for living in the community

Program for supporting families with a member with disabilities – for living in the community

Donor: City of Belgrade, Department for Social Protection

Lead applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partner: Association “Ideas”

Duration: October 2014 – January 2015

The project aims to create training programs and provide service for supporting families with a member with disabilities, and to strengthen competence of families for understanding the needs of members with disabilities and to establish functional patterns of behavior.

The project will enable the piloting of innovative service that represents the solution of key problems of the family in the process of de-institutionalization and prevention of institutionalization, enabling users to stay in the community.

Information and Communications Technologies Inclusion Platform

Information and Communications Technologies Inclusion Platform

Donor: Ministry of Foreign and Internal Trade and Telecommunications

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partner: IN Center

Duration: September 2013 – June 2014

The project was designed in order to contribute to a higher level of self-sustainability and to a better social inclusion of persons with disabilities through various educational activities enabling the applicability of information and communications technologies on daily basis.

Sustainable Social Support Services for Persons with Disabilities within Local Communities

Sustainable Social Support Services for Persons with Disabilities within Local Communities

Donor: Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Affairs

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partner: Association of Citizens “Perspectives”

Duration: July 2013 – January 2014

The project aimed at increasing self-sustainability and potentials of persons with disabilities alongside their inclusion and integration within the society through the applicability of sustainable social support services within local communities.

Center for Inclusion, Innovation and Integration

Center for Inclusion, Innovation and Integration

Donor: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partners: Inclusive Society Development Center, Association of Citizens “Perspectives”, “Here is the Hand”, “New Day”

Associates: National Employment Service

Duration: April 2013 – April 2014

Providing different kinds of assistance, the Center will offer logistical and working capacities to all organizations that need it, in one place. It will also propose many free amenities for persons with disabilities, such as free legal advice, volunteering services and existential information needed. Furthermore, the Center plans to organize various types of trainings, workshops and seminars that will directly help improve and advance the capacity and potential of organizations and individuals. Throughout two of its main areas, social entrepreneurship and social inclusion, the Center attempts to improve the position of the organizations dealing with people with disabilities as well as persons with disabilities themselves.

Sustainable Community Based Services for Persons with Disabilities

Sustainable Community Based Services for Persons with Disabilities

Donor: The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia (Civil Society Facility)

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partners: Inclusive Society Development Center, Citizens Association “The Chance, Association of Citizens “Perspectives”

Associates: National Employment Service, Republic Institute for Social Protection, Institute for the Improvement of Education, RC and CSU Network of Serbia – Association of Regional Centers and Centers for Professional Development

Duration: December 2012 – June 2014

The main objective of the project is to contribute to the development of social inclusion into our society, by providing the cooperation between the existing and new potential community based service providers within the areas of social protection, education and employment. Alongside, another goal of the project is to improve the position of persons with disabilities within local communities.

Inclusive Methods of Education

Inclusive Methods of Education

Donor: Embassy of the United States Serbia

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partners: Inclusive Society Development Center

Duration: April 2013 – December 2013

The goal of the project is to help young people with disabilities reach their full potential and have equal participation during their high school education. The idea is to create an open-minded environment, as well as to promote and improve the overall level of inclusive teaching and learning.

Disability Employment Union Platform

Disability Employment Union Platform

Donor: The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia (EIDHR)

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partners: SeCons – Development Initiative Group, Center for Independent Living Serbia

Associates: National Employment Service

Duration: June 2012 – July 2014

Key goal of the project is to contribute to the improvement of employment rights of persons with disabilities by providing a more active role to the civil society organizations, and enhancing the cooperation between these organizations and relevant local stakeholders. Other activities include the development of new and innovative platform regarding the employment policy monitoring, as well as the formation of the Union for the protection of employment rights of persons with disabilities.

Perspectives on Social Inclusion of Roma Population

Perspectives on Social Inclusion of Roma Population

Donor: City of Belgrade, Secretariat for Social Protection

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Duration: July 2012 – December 2012

The intention of the project is to broadly contribute to the social inclusion of the Roma population. In order to provide the necessary conditions for social inclusion, the project was envisioned as a campaign that contained series of different workshops with various themes that aimed to reach diverse target groups within the Roma population and the wider community. This project was based on the idea that the new law on social protection was not fully implemented among the most marginalized groups in society.

Together in School

Together in School

Donor: City of Belgrade, Secretariat for Social Protection

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Duration: July 2012 – December 2012

The project deals with the promotion of inclusive education as an important element in the process of social inclusion of children with disabilities. Inclusive education provides an opportunity for children with special needs to be a part of the school system and the community, so as adults they are able to fully and equally participate in their respective communities.

Local Platform for Career Guidance

Local Platform for Career Guidance

Donor: The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia (Support to Civil Society)

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partners: NGO “The Chance”, Pozarevac

Associates: National Employment Service, Republic Institute for the Advancement of Education

Duration: June 2011 – June 2012

Project aims to advance the dialogue within a civil society trough the development of the Youth Employment Platform (YEP) as an effective two-way communication and collaboration mechanism between the NGOs and other sectors inside local communities. This platform intends to tackle some of the crucial problems regarding the employment and other challenges that social disadvantaged groups encounter. The project aims to involve young people, members of marginalized groups and their parents, as well as persons working within the school system, public services and business sector.

Academy of Political and Leadership Skills

Academy of Political and Leadership Skills

Partners: Youth with Disabilities Forum, National Democratic Institute

Duration: December 2011 – March 2012

Project aims to strengthen the leadership potential among the young representatives of persons with disabilities being the driving force that initiate change in our society, numerous agents representing the interests of marginalized groups and all-important actors that help create the inclusive society in Serbia. The Academy combines educational programs intended for young people, various training programs for upcoming instructors alongside good practices regarding the socioeconomic inclusion.

Socialization and Career Guidance for Young Roma

Socialization and Career Guidance for Young Roma

Donor: City of Belgrade, Secretariat for Social Protection

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Duration: May 2011 – November 2011

In order to raise the level of social skills that would enable greater employment of the Roma population in the city of Belgrade, the project will directly contribute to the improvement of various competences needed for the inclusion of Roma into all sectors in our society.

New Skills for Persons with Disabilities

New Skills for Persons with Disabilities

Donor: European Commission (Progress 2007-2013)

Lead applicant: National Employment Service

Partners: Youth with Disabilities Forum, Institute Papilot, Slovenia

Duration: April 2010 – April 2011

The overall goal of the project is to tackle a large number of important problems regarding the employment of persons with disabilities and their inclusion into the labor market. Therefore, this project focuses on the advancement of institutional capacities through the creation of an innovative Disability Employment Platform (DEP), that will enable the cooperation between relevant institutions on the one hand, and stakeholders on the other. DEP is an official platform that successfully pairs job-seekers with an adequate vacancy, in regards to their training, skills and experience.

Anti-Discrimination Issues in the field of Social Protection in Serbia

Anti-Discrimination Issues in the field of Social Protection in Serbia

Donor: European Commission (Progress 2007-2013)

Lead applicant: Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Affairs

Partners: Youth with Disabilities Forum, Ministry of Human and Minority Rights, Civic Initiatives, Association of Public Prosecutors and Deputy Public Prosecutors, Center for Children’s Rights.

Duration: December 2009 – December 2010

This project aimed at increasing tolerance in the Serbian society by raising public awareness, and through the introduction of several EU anti-discrimination policies within the area of social politics in Serbia. The issue of discrimination was mainly addressed to public social services, children and young people, NGOs, various bodies in charge of national equality, alongside general public.

Inclusive Eco Forum

Inclusive Eco Forum

Donor: Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Affairs

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partner: Bureau for Social Research

Duration: June 2009 – March 2010

The project contributes to a better implementation of EU and national policies in the areas of environmental protection and social inclusion, through mechanisms of raising awareness and educating the public about the importance of including persons with disabilities in the process of environmental protection. Reinforcing the cooperation with relevant stakeholders ensures a higher level of employment and social inclusion of persons with disabilities, alongside poverty reduction, and creates better conditions for pollution reduction in the Republic of Serbia.

A Chance for Success in the Labor Market

A Chance for Success in the Labor Market

Donor: UNDP

Lead applicant: Citizens Association “The Chance”, Pozarevac

Partner: Youth with Disabilities Forum; NGO “Stozer”, Sopot

The aim of the project is to improve the employability and to create better conditions for a further career development of young people, through the promotion of career guidance. Building partnerships and forming various networks of different services in order to improve the employability of the young will create the basis for a more adequate career choice and their full inclusion in the labor market.

Forum Info Inclusive

Forum Info Inclusive

Donor: Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Affairs

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partner: Bureau for Social Research

Duration: June 2009 – February 2010

Through the establishment of the Forum Info Inclusive innovative services, this project intends to give all necessary information, provide education, promote and implement social entrepreneurship, as a model for the improvement of social inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Sports Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Sports Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Donor: City of Belgrade, Secretariat for Social Protection

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Duration: March 2009 – October 2009

The project helped raise awareness and support within local communities regarding the inclusion and involvement of persons with disabilities in all sports. Alongside, within institutional and organizational milieu, it created all necessary conditions in order to increase the level of participation of marginalized groups, in the city of Belgrade.

Strengthening the Capacities of Inter-Municipal Organizations of Persons with Disabilities in Serbia

Strengthening the Capacities of Inter-Municipal Organizations of Persons with Disabilities in Serbia

Donor: UNDP

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partner: Inclusive Society Development Center

Duration: November 2008 – May 2009

Youth with Disabilities Forum initiated the project in order to reach full participation of persons with disabilities and promote equal rights in our society. Through capacity building and networking, inter-municipal organizations are empowered to actively participate in the process of promoting the standardization of the Serbian sign language.

Four Steps towards Equal Opportunities

Four Steps towards Equal Opportunities

Donor: European Integration Fund “Europeaid” (CARDS Program)

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partners: Inclusive Society Development Center, Association of Students with Disabilities, Bureau for Social Research

Duration: May 2008 – May 2009

The overall objective of the project is building capacities of persons with disabilities and local stakeholders within the field of activism and public advocacy. Partakers in this project aimed at promotion and a greater enforcement of the Law on Prevention of Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities as to increase the social inclusion of marginalized groups.

Network of Trust

Network of Trust

Donor: Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Affairs

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partner: Bureau for Social Research

Duration: April 2008 – December 2008

Through the establishment of organized and sustainable communication system, the project intended to build the capacity of persons with disabilities to live as independently and as fully as possible within their respective communities, empower self-advocacy, and provide the general public with more information about the problems that marginalized groups encounter.

Accessibility Bulletin

Accessibility Bulletin

Donor: Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Affairs, City of Belgrade, Municipality of Stari grad, Copy Center “Antique”

Duration: 2007 – 2008

This bulletin includes a list of all entities and institutions accessible for persons with disabilities that are of the utmost importance for a normal daily routine. One of the main purposes of this bulletin is to pinpoint a major accessibility problem that persons with disabilities face in public institutions as well as in other multifunctional objects.

Media and Us

Media and Us

Donor: Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Affairs

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Duration: 2007

The goal of the project was to introduce new approaches and trends in monitoring and reporting about the organizations dealing with persons with disabilities, as well as to train and educate journalists and broadcasters of both print and electronic media, how to implement such practices.

Regional Cooperation of Young People with Disabilities Conference

Regional Cooperation of Young People with Disabilities Conference

Donor: Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Affairs

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Partners: Association of Students with Disabilities, Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation

Duration: February 2007

The conference aimed at consolidating cooperation among regional organizations dealing with the needs and problems of young people with disabilities. Another goal was creating conditions needed for the establishment of effective partnerships that would be of common interest, and forming a regional network of organizations that deal with the persons with disabilities.

Support Program for the Employment of Persons with Disabilities

Support Program for the Employment of Persons with Disabilities

Donor: City of Belgrade, Secretariat for Social Protection

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Duration: August 2013 – December 2013

The objective of the program is to assist persons with disabilities to attain employment and to ensure that they have equal access and full participation in a productive and gainful employment in the open market. This program intends to provide the employers the support and all necessary information on the employment of persons with disabilities, as well as to enable employees with disabilities get specialized training and an opportunity for professional internships.

Promotion and Development of Social Services for Persons with Disabilities

Promotion and Development of Social Services for Persons with Disabilities

Donor: City of Belgrade, Secretariat for Social Protection

Lead Applicant: Youth with Disabilities Forum

Duration: October 2013 – December 2013

This project offers integrated services and support in order to contribute to capacity building of persons with disabilities, the creation of new sustainable models needed for social entrepreneurship, greater level of self-sustainability, and to a better and improved social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities. Alongside, the project tends to enhance the knowledge on social entrepreneurship and the development of business plans within marginalized groups.