The second newsletter to be published as part of the CONTINUE project is available now!

See below for the full PDF which contains updates on the local Conversation of Change events and the youth training in Vilnius. If you’d like to view the stories which have been gathered so far as part of the project, you can do so on the ICR website here.

The European COC event took place on Thursday the 7th of April and saw partners and young people come together online to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on young people’s lives on a pan-European scale. Stay tuned to our blog for updates on the learning that emerged from this event and future project activities – you can also visit the CONTINUE Project website here for more information.

CONCRIT: Manchester TNP & Liverpool Training

Earlier this month PVM hosted the CONCRIT TNP in Manchester, followed by a four day training in Liverpool.

On International Women’s Day PVM and other project partners visited the Liverpool Museum to take part in ‘Women In Action, an event hosted by Collective Encounters. As part of the event women presented stories of their lived experience in a hybrid performance engaging with the audience in the room and over Zoom. It was a perfect fit for the CONCRIT project and set the tone for the week of training, in which learning activities and tools were tested and developed.

The aim of the CONCRIT project is to create new educational tools to train, teach and empower communities that are deemed to be marginalised. Specifically, concentrating on critical thinking, the construction and de-construction of narratives and the development of digital skills through digital storytelling. The aim being to strengthen the self-confidence of the learners, empowering them to grow in self-confidence, find their own collective voice and to strengthen a sense for local action.

You can take a look at the case studies that have been studied as part of the project so far in the document below:

Stay tuned for future updates!

CONTINUE Project: Youth Training in Lithuania

Last week PVM took part in a two day training workshop in Vilnius, Lithuania as part of the CONTINUE E+ Project.

Young mentors from across Europe came together – including Georgia, a Project Worker with PVM – to learn about mentoring and social actions. The training was facilitated by Active Youth and Artemisszio and included a range of interactive activities that helped broaden the mentor’s understanding of how to develop social actions with young people. The workshop consisted of step by step activities which helped them explore social issues, identify what impact these issues have, then produce their own social actions to combat the negative effects.

Hate speech, inequality in the workplace and discrimination towards refugees were all topics that the mentor’s explored. They even got the chance to put their ideas into practice, demonstrating their social actions in Vilnius town centre! The social actions ranged from street theatre, flyer campaigns and public discussions and helped the mentors to gain valuable experience, which they can now pass on to the young people they are working with in their communities.

The next stage of the CONTINUE Project will put the learnings of the Lithuania training into practice. In the case of PVM, Georgia will be working with young people from Gorse Hill Studios in Trafford. They will work with Georgia to develop their own social action project, based on the findings of the Community Reporting sessions and Conversation of Change event that they have been involved with earlier in the project.

We’re really looking forward to seeing what emerges from the next stage of the project, remember to stay tuned for updates!