ActiveMoms

ActiveMoms – social inclusion of women staying at home with their pre-school-age children through employment, entrepreneurship, networking and volunteering in Latvia and Estonia

P4 Skilled and socially inclusive region

4.1. More people benefiting from stronger Central Baltic communities

Central Baltic

01.08.2019 - 30.06.2021

€239 574

€189 263

Project Summary:

In Latvia and Estonia stay-at-home mothers of pre-school-age children belonging to ethnic minority groups - generally of Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian and Polish origin - are often at risk of social exclusion. Their potential in the job market is left unharnessed.
 
The project aims at creating a model to foster their employability and involvement in entrepreneurship through an interactive ICT platform and a series of supporting events. The platform will offer mentoring, networking, matchmaking and self-learning possibilities. Round-table discussions on employment, Entrepreneurship Days “Running own business is an option!” and Networking people-to-people events will be organized. Volunteering options will be provided.
 
The expected result of the project is more self-fulfilled mothers that could contribute to creating a healthier community. It is expected that 460 mothers and 100-120 other stakeholders will be involved in the project.

Expected results

As a result of project activities, social inclusion of women who stay at home with their pre-school-age children, do not participate in labour market and belong to Latvia’s and Estonia’s largest ethnic minorities will be significantly improved.

It is expected that at least 460 TGRs from Riga and Zemgale in Latvia (230 persons) and Kirde-Eesti in Estonia (230 persons) will participate in project activities. Thus, 460 TGRs together with their familities, friends and colleagues will be influenced by the project.

The total number of TGRs involved was calculated the following way:
- 80 TGRs (20 x 4) will take part in round-table discussions on employment;
- 120 TGRs (30 x 4) will attend Entrepreneurship Days;
- 120 TGRs (20 x 6) will participate in networking events;
- 120 TGRs will actively use the ICT platform during the project life-time;
- 20 TGRs (10 x 2) will take advantage of volunteering opportunities.

100-120 stakeholders will be involved in project activities.

Holistic model for social inclusion of TGRs through employment, entrepreneurship, volunteering and networking will be developed, piloted and released for all interested parties. Therefore, relevant organizations, such as educational institutions, municipalities, social services, business support organizations and NGOs will be able to serve the needs of TGRs more effectively.

ICT platform for TGRs will be developed, piloted and updated to the final version based on feedback received.

Better visibility and increased awareness of problems and needs faced by TGRs will be achieved.

Due to the project, communities in Riga, Zemgale and Kirde-Eesti will become stronger, cohesive, healthier and more resilient, as the social and professional well-being of TGRs will increase as a result of a more active engagement in social and work life. Risk of marginalization will be decreased.