Act Local

Creation of new employment opportunities for people living in rural remote areas through designing and piloting village community services

P4 Skilled and socially inclusive region

4.1. More people benefiting from stronger Central Baltic communities

Central Baltic

01.05.2019 - 30.04.2021

€264 787

€209 182

Project Summary:

Persons living in rural remote areas far from city centers are in weaker position to find a job. It is mainly related to family responsibilities and to long distances. There are different groups who have difficulties to find a job away from their home, like families with young children, single parents, persons taking care of their family members, young people with lower education level, seniors etc. In many villages local people are ready to contribute to better living environment. At the same time the cooperation between the municipality government and local NGO's/people is the best solution for ensuring the quality, flexibility and accessibility of public services. Partners will encourage and support local people's cooperation, so they could join their forces for creation of new employment opportunities for themselves. A new solution is designing “community services” needed for local people and for visitors. These can be for example: home care of elderly people, youth work, youth/children hobby and leisure activities, cultural services etc. As all involved municipalities from Estonia and Lavia are locating in regions, which are attractive for tourists, then another catergory of community services could be developed for visitors (community based tourism services). These services can be: providing local food, cultural entertainment, excursions, events, handicraft workshops etc.As a result of the project in Setomaa, Alutaguse, Ape and Engure communities the social-well being of local people living in 17 rural villages has been improved through higher employment. By the end of the project period ca 25 persons living in rural villages have got (mostly part-time) job in their home area related to providing community services to local people and visitors. Ca 10-15 persons are expected to find the job after project end. The provision of the services can be arranged via local NGO's, newly established companies or local people becoming self-employed.

Project Partners

Engures Novada Dome

Country: LV

www.enguresnovads.lv

Partner budget: 56.845 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 44.908 EUR ERDF

Expected results

Partners expect that ca 10 rural village communities are able to pilot the designed community services already during project implementation period. Other communities (ca 7) will start offering the services after project implementation period.
As a result of the project Setomaa, Alutaguse, Ape and Engure communities are stronger, as the social-well being of local people living in 17 rural villages has been improved through higher employment and incomes. It is expected that in average 1 new full time jobs will be created in each invovled rural community, which will be shared between 2-3 persons. By the end of the project period ca 25 persons living in rural villages have got part-time job in their home area related to providing community services to local people and visitors. Ca 10-15 persons are expected to find the job after project end. The provision of the services can be arranged via local NGO's, newly established companies or local people becoming self-employed. Other persons involved to project activities will contribute to the designing, piloting and further implementation process as volunteers. Most of the communities are expected to be actively involved in providing public services to their members in close cooperation of local municipality. This will strengthen the social inclusion of local people, who are ready to take more responsibility for the future of their home village. Also more people with high motivation and better knowledge and skills have learned from the experiences of other people/rural villages being in similar situation. Using the potential of people living in Setomaa, Alutaguse, Engure and Ape communities improves the regional cohesion of these areas and affects its social capital. For socio-economical situation in rural areas it is very important that the population in viable rural villages will not perish as a result of emigration of local people, who are looking for jobs in bigger cities or abroad.