On the 21st of April, lector Asta Jaseliūnienė from VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras delivered practical training for social work specialists - "Problem Solving Using Forum Theatre Method" in Šeduva Care Home.
During the training participants have learnt how to solve problems in a creative way, worked on improving their communication skills, strengthening self-confidence, tried to get rid of communication fears. During the training all participants had certain roles, acted out various problem situations, tried to find out creative ways for solving problems. Employees working in Šeduva Care Home are devoted for their work, caring about their clients, understand the meaning of their work and have a wonderful director who unities the team, promotes team building so as to go forward altogether. Well done!
The 4th project “Positive Choices” partners’ meeting was organised in Aksaray on 11-15 of April.
We’ve done a great job! We participated in the practical training, received a lot of methodical material on working with young people who have difficulty in expressing their feelings and emotions.  We had a wonderful lecturer who took his work seriously and not a minute was wasted – we’ve worked to the fullest! We who came from Lithuania, Greece, Romania and UK were so lucky – we have gained not only useful knowledge, practical advice on working with young people but also had an opportunity to visit some famous sightseeing places. We tried to see as much as we could. We visited places of interest in Kapadokya. We had a chance to go into caves and underground cities where people lived even until 1924. This experience left unforgettable memories!
Conference and Training in Florence
The 2nd project „Museums Arts and Alzheimer“ partner‘s meeting took place on 21-25 March in Florence (Italy). This time partners gathered for the Learning Event.
The agenda was intense – there were so many things to do!
On the first day partners discussed about the learning platform for museum educators who want to create programs for people living with dementia and the skills course for their carers.
Bairbre-Ann Harkin from Butler Gallery delivered a workshop on language related to disability and dementia.
On the second day of the learning event international conference “Making Art Accessible for People with Alzheimer’s and their Carers and Families” was held. The conference attracted about 200 people! 
After the conference all participants went to the Marino Marini museum and participated in workshops conducted by partners from Germany, Italy, Ireland and Lithuania. It was valuable experience for all of us to see how the professionals of their field work.
On the third day we have tried out dance and movement therapy in the museum and created a common work from clay in Open Studio. 
The last two days of the learning event were dedicated to the creation of the main outputs of the project.


1st project meeting of the Erasmus+ KA2 project A4A - Harnessing the Arts for Wellbeing in mental Health and Social Care (Art4Alz) The first project partners meeting was organised on 27-29 November in Duisburg (Germany).
The meeting was hosted in Wilhelm Lehmbruck museum ( ) and we were really welcomed by art educator Sybille. The project consortium consists of organisations coming from Italy, Lithuania, Germany and Ireland.
On the 1st day of the meeting partners were introduced with the main rules of project management. In the evening partners had a possibility to visit Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord ( which attracts more than 1 million visitors every year.
During the 2nd and 3rd day of the meetings partners discussed about project activities implementation, meeting dates, inclusion of people with dementia and their carers, family members, and the improvement of communication between them with the help of arts.
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On 27-29th of October the 2nd project “DSH Positive Choices” partners’ meeting was organized in Šiauliai. Our organization welcomed partners from Greece, Romania, United Kingdom and Turkey.
During the first two days partners participated in the training conducted by our trainers Indrė Katauskienė, Justina Kiudytė, Viktorija Paškauskaitė and Gerda Žymantaitė. Youth workers were introduced with forum theatre and its techniques (invisible, image, newspaper theatre, etc.). Upon returning to their countries partners will pass the knowledge to other youth workers and youngsters who have troubles in expressing emotions (alexithymia).
On the 3rd day of partners’ visit the administrative meeting was held. Partners presented activities after the training in Plymouth (the material and knowledge received was conveyed, disseminated to youth workers in each of the participating country), also the date of next meeting in Athens was set.


The last meeting of the Project “Competent To Do” in Liubliana (Slovenia).
On 3-4 September social programmes coordinator Gintarė Černikienė participated in the last meeting of the Project “Competent To Do” in Liubliana (Slovenia). The meeting was hosted by project coordinators CDI Univerzum. Partners summarized all work packages, discussed what still has to be done until the official end of the project at the end of October. The greatest attention was paid to the development of final project product – Handbook for tutors of female prisoners and ex-offenders and how to ensure that it will be exploited. There’s a still lot of work to be done!
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4th international project COMPETENT TO DO partners’ meeting 
On 28-29 of April "Competent to Do" partners from Slovenia, Croatia, Germany and Lithuania met for the 4th time. This time the meeting was organised in Šiauliai (Lithuania) by VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras. 
The meeting agenda was really tight as there were lots of things that had to be discussed: pilot implementation in Lithuania (which ended on 21 April) and Slovenia (which hasn't finished yet; the end of the pilot is anticipated at the end of May), dissemination and other project activities, also a press conference was held with the regional television present as well as partners visited Panevėžys Correction House. And all this - just in 2 days.
Well done partners!
The next and the final project meeting is anticipated on 3-4 September in Liubliana (Slovenia).

Project COMPETENT TO DO training in Panevėžys Correction House
ŽISPB together with employees of Panevėžys SMC organises workshops / training in Panevėžys women‘s correction house the aim of which is to develop / help to gain social and entrepreneurial competences which would facilitate easier (re)integration into society and labour market for the target group. The training is organised within the framework of EU co-financed LdV TOI project COMPETENT TO DO (LDV-TOI-2013-1-SI1-LEO05-05355). There have been 9 women selected who study computer basics, work in teams, try to solve conflicts constructively, basics of one’s business creation, etc. Workshops are delivered by persons who participated in the training organised within the project in Berlin. The training in the correction house will be implemented until the end of April.


The 1st „Forgotten Treasure“ Meeting in Huta Polanska
On 23rd November 2014, within the framework of the European Project ERASMUS+ “Forgotten Treasure”, the first meeting of the project partners was held in Huta Polanska, Poland. The meeting was attended by members of the delegations from Lithuania, Poland, Hungary and Croatia. From NGO ZISPB meeting was attended by this Project coordinator Gerda Zymantaite and three volunteers: Akvilina Sarauskaite and Airidas Banevicius from Siauliai Julius Janonis gymnasium and Ignas Jaseliunas from Siauliai Simonas Daukantas gymnasium.
At this meeting, which was held in good organizational and collaborative climate, partners talked about projects idea, implementation and future plans. Also issues related to local communities and youth engagement were discussed and, in addition, issues on how to make living in a small communities as fulfilling and multifarious as in big cities. 
On 25th of November we visited museum of Mangura National Park and had a meeting with special guest from Lemkos ethnic minority.
From this meeting participants came back full of new ideas and motivation to successfully work further.

New Erasmus+ project for youth “Forgotten Treasure”
NGO Zmogiskuju istekliu stebesenos ir pletros biuras is starting new Erasmus+ Key Action 2 project Transnational youth initiative “Forgotten Treasure”! The main objective of TYI Forgotten Treasure is stimulation of activities in the local community among youth from rural or underdeveloped areas, by finding and promoting attractive objects or monuments of their places.
Young people are going to develop their local community and their cultural heritage by discovering or rediscovering places, objects or other things, which could be interesting for local communities, to increase their knowledge about places of their residence and for tourists - to show them that there are more attractions and these places are worth to visit.
The target groups of this transnational youth initiative are young people, who are interested in issues related to local area, like promotion of small, local attractions, developing rural area of their living, looking for new opportunities to develop or improve their entrepreneurial skills. Young people who are open for transnational connections and what is the most important, they would like to give some of their free time for local activities.
The other target group is local community - the aim is to show inhabitants that there are still old-new attractions which could be interesting especially for them: do they know about history of such places, do they know how many natural treasures they can find around? This information, which the project is going to provide, can be used by them to make this region more attractive for tourists.
The last target group involves students of local schools, who often do not see a lot of opportunities and places to visit in their area, and they say this is a boring place without perspectives to develop.

The third project’s “A Positive Journey” partnership meeting in Šiauliai, Lithuania on 8th-12th of September
In the beginning of autumn the third partner’s meeting was held in Šiauliai. All partners from Greece (Mental Health Center of Agrinio), United Kingdom (Volunteer Cornwall and Plymouth & District Mind Association), Italy (Cittadinanza Onlus) and Lithuania (Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras) participated in this meeting. This meeting’s objectives involved the overview of progress since the last meeting and presentations on the ways partners find people for the interviews in “A Positive Journey”. 
The second day of the meeting was dedicated to the visits to the establishments for people with mental or psychiatric health problems. During our visit to Psichikos dienos stacionaras we had a tour around the premises and saw quite a lot of different therapies' rooms (all in all 21 different therapy). The multisensorial therapy room left the biggest impression and it is the only one this modern in Lithuania. 
We also visited Aukštelkė Social Care Home for adults with mental or intellectual disabilities. These visits allowed project partners to compare social care homes and social care system in different European countries, get new ideas for improvement.
The educational and cultural part of the meeting included the programme of bread baking in Žaliūkiai old mill where each participant baked his/her own loaf of bread! During cultural programme we also took a peek to an old village Kleboniškės where we saw daily surroundings of ordinary villagers. To see the life of old aristocracy we visited the Pakruojis manor.
All in all the meeting had nice balance between working on project and having cultural activities. All participants left Lithuania with smiles in their faces. To summarize the meeting we could only say: „It’s not the beginning of the end its just the end of the beginning!“

3rd meeting of the project “Competent To Do” in Zagreb, Croatia
3rd project meeting within the project "Competent To Do... - The transfer of competences for tutors to achieve business (vocational) and social competences of female prisoners and ex-offenders" was held at the University College Nikola Subic Zrinski on 4th and 5th September 2014.
 The meeting was attended by Mr Albert Štrancar from CDI UNIVERSUM from Slovenia, Ms Silke Faubel from FCZB (Frauen Computer Zentrum Berlin) in Germany, Mr Toni Vrana from the Centre Spirala from Slovenia, Mr Matej Brank and Ms Tatjana Brank Pečko from MIT (Institution for a wider social acceptability and acceptance) from Slovenia and Ms Gintarė Černikienė from ZISPB (Human Resources Development and Monitoring Bureau) from Lithuania.
 Project ''Competent to Do“ is conducted within Lifelong Learning Programme, sub-programme Leonardo da Vinci: Transfer of Innovation. The aim of this project is transfer, adaptation and improvement of training programme for women prisoners and ex-prisoners. During two days of meetings, the coordinator and the partners presented the aims of the project achieved so far, updated the action plan of the project and determined next steps to be taken in order to achieve the aims of the project. In particular, they discussed the open curriculum that will be prepared by University College Nikola Subic Zrinski - for trainers and ex-prisoners or in specific the development of two modules for the training of women prisoners: general entrepreneurial and social competences as well as a pilot project and its implementation in Slovenia and Lithuania.
 A special part of the meeting was the presentation of Ms Zdenka Kokić Puce from the Ministry of Justice, the Central Office of the Prison System. Ms Kokić Puce presented the Croatian prison system and legal framework with special emphasis on education within the prison system. Partners had many questions, with an emphasis on women prisoners and education in the Penitentiary in Požega. Ms Kokić Puce and her colleague Ms Valentić were answering patiently.
 Project meeting ended with defining the upcoming project activities and tasks of each partner, awarding certificates and with the announcement of the next project meeting in Lithuania, on 28th and 29th April, 2015.
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