The Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020 finances result orientated cross-border cooperation projects in Estonia, Finland (incl Åland), Latvia and Sweden

4.1. More people benefiting from stronger Central Baltic communities

The financed projects under

Priority 4. Skilled and socially inclusive region
Specific Objective 4.1 More people benefiting from stronger Central Baltic communities

Positive attitude development - access to labour market for young adults with mental health problems

The project PAD aims at influencing public attitudes to become more positive towards young people suffering from mental health and social problems. The idea is to improve social inclusion of young people with mental problems, especially through better access to labour market, and decrease stigma concerning mental health problems.

The main activities will take place in two countries: in the cities of Helsinki, Vantaa, Espoo in Finland and Tallinn, Haapsalu, Keila in Estonia. The project will organize face-to-face meetings with citizens and employers and educational trainings for professionals. The purpose of the activities is to develop the target group’s skills in interacting with their social environment. The project will launch a media campaign and an informative website to reach the public.

As a result of the project the employment possibilities for the young people with mental health problems are expected to improve, attitudes increase by 20% to become more positive among employers and citizens. A survey will be conducted in the end of the project to measure the impact. All in all, the project will support youth employment and decrease challenges concerning social exclusion.
Lead partner:
Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland
Project partner:

Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia

Development of Parent Involvement Models for Bilingual Pre- and Primary School

The PIM project aims at supporting bilingual education for children in Russian-speaking minority groups in Estonia, Finland and Latvia by developing parent involvement models for bilingual learning process.

The main responsibility in bilingual education in the partner countries has been on the teachers and schools. The project will enable the Russian-speaking school communities to improve their home-school cooperation. In practice the project will combine traditional models of parent involvement with bilingual education specific themes and methods. The project will also take into account the context of old and new immigrants.

As a result of the project home-school cooperation and awareness about multicultural education are both expected to increase. The process, in turn, will have a direct impact on broader Russian-speaking communities gathered around the schools in the same town, and the same region. Through the schools, the changes can be initiated from the grass root level, but the overall influence will have an impact on the whole society.
Lead partner:
University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
Project partners:

University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

Let us be active!              
Social inclusion of older people through volunteering in Estonia, Latvia and Finland

The project ‘Let us be active!’ aims at decreasing social exclusion and loneliness among older people in Estonia, Finland and Latvia through involving them in voluntary work. The problem is accurate as the population of people in retirement age is growing and loneliness influences negatively their overall health and wellbeing. The idea is to develop a programme that will allow older people to stay active and participate in their communities by doing voluntary work.

The project will analyse existing activities available for seniors, examine their needs in the area of volunteering and produce guidelines for social and health care workers to promote and support voluntarism of the older people. Workshops, meetings and events for seniors, health care workers and social workers will be organized to develop the new form of voluntary activities. At the same time, the information platform in each city will be established and is to be managed by seniors themselves. The experts from the World Health Organization support the project implementation.

As a result of the project social inclusion of older people is expected to improve. The project activities will contribute to the improvement of the health and well-being of older people and their communities. It is expected that at least 100 older people and their families in every municipality will be influenced by the results of the project. Ultimately, the project will strengthen and support the resilience of the communities in the Baltic Sea Region, contributing to the programme’s objective.
Lead partner:
Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association, Turku, Finland
Project partners:

Riga City Council, Riga, Latvia
City of Pärnu, Pärnu, Estonia
City of Turku, Turku, Finland

Project website

Reacting to Growing Immigration - Strengthening social inclusion of Estonian migrant families in Finland and Estonia

The project REGI supports Estonian migrant families divided between Estonia and Finland due to work-related reasons. As migration from Estonia to Finland has grown in the last 5-10 years it has brought along a variety of social issues, for example unhealthy or broken families. The project builds stronger and healthier communities and societies both in Finland and in Estonia.

During the project social work professionals together with the families will develop solutions best suitable for supporting families from Estonia and ways to solve the related problems. The activities focus on training the social work professionals and volunteers to notice challenges related to work migration before they grow to be problems. This is a multi-directional process in which family-members not only receive support, but act as supporters in group activities. The activities include sharing first-hand information and skills on how to develop effective support methods.

As a result of the project the wellbeing of families and their members improves and wholesomeness increases on the community level. Successful implementation of project activities increases the number of communities with improvements as the piloted methods and practices are disseminated and adopted throughout Estonia and Finland. The developed methods are universal and transferable and can be used also in other countries.
Lead partner:
Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku, Finland
Project partners:

Tallinn University Rakvere College, Rakvere, Estonia
South-West Finland's Estonian Center, Turku, Finland
Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association, Turku, Finland

Project website

Promoting Social Inclusion of Elderly through Well-being Parties

The project SIPPE aims at increasing the well-being and social inclusion of the elderly by offering them better possibilities for voluntary work and participation in the society through social activities. The idea is to prevent problems like loneliness, health loss and depression by developing cost-effective methods to activate the elderly and, in this way, maintain their well-being.

In practice the project develops a concept called the “well-being party” where the model comes from network marketing businesses (e.g. Tupperware) but has no monetary aspect involved. Voluntary people are trained to hold parties for the elderly people’s own networks in their own homes or other places under different themes like healthy eating, physical activities and social participation possibilities. The project hopes to trigger a snowball effect where participants of the parties become encouraged to host own parties and even become registered volunteers themselves.

As a result of the project elderly communities both in Turku and in Tallinn have encountered several improvements. Participation of the elderly in communal voluntary activities has increased and thus also the social inclusion of the elderly has improved. SIPPE activities strengthen local safety networks and elderly are more capable to take care of themselves as well as of other older people in the community.
Lead partner:
Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku, Finland
Project partners:

The Association for Vicinity Services in Turku, Turku, Finland
Tallinn Health Care College, Tallinn, Estonia
The Self-Help and Advisory Association for Senior Citizens, Tallinn, Estonia

Theatre Expanded

The project Theatre Expanded aims at raising competitiveness of freelance artists and independent companies. The idea is to develop target group’s entrepreneurial competence and establish international networks and innovative models.

This project will offer training courses to nearly 1000 people in Estonia and Latvia during a two-year period. The courses are organized for both local and joint audiences. In addition, two dozens of producers are expected to raise their qualification in process leading, budgeting, and marketing for leading international co-productions in the Performing Arts Sector. Another priority of the project is to teach creative artists how to find new ways to put their professional skills to practice. The project activities are expected to lead to increased confidence and creativity as well as increased professional satisfaction.

As a result of the project new networks and stronger ties between communities are created. The project activities will support more active regional collaboration, especially between Latvia and Estonia, encourage more theatre managers working professionally on the independent theatre scene and increase the value of arts in the society.
Lead partner:
Foundation Open Space, Tallinn, Estonia
Project partner:

New Theatre Institute of Latvia, Riga, Latvia