Welcome to the Social Empowerment Podcast! Tune in to our three episodes: you will get to know people from different countries in the Baltic Sea Region who didn’t have the easiest path in life - we would say that they belong to marginalised or vulnerable groups – but who took matters into their own hands, got involved in some very interesting co-creation projects in the field of social services and now tell us about their experiences. And you’ll get to know people who work for various types of organisations in social services who helped these initiatives get off the ground and cope with the challenges of becoming entrepreneurs or setting up new organisations. To learn more about what it is all about, we recommend to begin with our short introduction episode:
Episode 1: Hear Me Out
"Hear Me Out" is an initiative for young and grown up people with mental health difficulties. The purpose of the project is to develop methods and activities so people with mental health difficulties can get a voice in society and express themselves in order to fight prejudice and inform others about their difficulties and their challenges.
Episode 2: SIVAN's Hundtjänst
In Luleå, a group of committed citizens tackled employment and income challenges by transforming an already existing, but still rather informal dog care service (SIVANs dog service) into an integrated social enterprise. This approach particularly suitable for job training for men and women with mental disabilities. In addition to the creation of jobs and income, the social enterprise will furthermore offer job training for people facing difficulties entering the labour market.
Episode 3: Testing Empowerment Tools in Karelia
Together with two NGOs, "Overcoming" and "House on the Rocks", the SEMPRE Accelerators partners from Karelia tested different Empowerment tools from SEMPRE Accelerators in the Russian context. You can find out more about these Empowerment tools (and also about the Karelian experience with these tools) in the second edition of the Empowerment Handbook.