P4 Skilled and socially inclusive region
4.1. More people benefiting from stronger Central Baltic communities
01.04.2016 - 31.03.2018
EmpowerKids addresses social exclusion and inadequate health information and social advice among the children in low-income families in Estonia, Finland and Latvia. Currently, health and social workers lack methods and approaches for promoting daily healthy choices for young children in families with low socio-economic status. There is need for more appealing methods to improve the situation in vulnerable families, which can be found in cooperation between the cities and universities.
Traditionally, low income families and young children are considered a difficult target group to be reached with the health information, even if they need support the most. Research confirms that socioeconomic status of the family is directly correlated with the experienced health of its members, as well as with social inclusion and participation in the labour market. People with lower education and income experience poorer health, their social participation is lower, and they are more often excluded from the labour market. Their children’s health, social inclusion and future socioeconomic prospects are strongly affected.
To improve matters, the project will be working with an interview-based interactive tool that facilitates health and social advices for children and their families. The EmpowerKids Tool, developed by all partners with the methodological support of University of Turku, will utilize targeted counselling and interventions, according to the real needs. The cross-border cooperation will allow partners to learn from each other, share experiences and support each other with their specific expertise.
The project results will be widely distributed through the existing and developing networks in Central Baltic and beyond. The results include children who are able to make healthy choices in their daily lives, improved quality of health promotion, social work in participating municipalities, enhanced social inclusion of children from vulnerable groups, increased knowledge of health care personnel, social workers and kindergarten teachers about the empowering tools and methods.
Itämeren alueen Terveet Kaupungit ry
Partner budget: 81.905 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 61.429 EUR ERDF
Partner budget: 62.931 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 47.198 EUR ERDF
Tallinna Ülikooli Rakvere College
Partner budget: 59.008 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 50.157 EUR ERDF
Jūrmalas pilsētas dome
Partner budget: 0 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 0 EUR ERDF
Jūrmalas pilsētas domes Labklājības pārvalde
Partner budget: 57.616 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 48.974 EUR ERDF
EmpowerKids - a tool to improve well-being and healthy living of small children
EmpowerKids developed an Internet-accessible tool that promotes healthy living habits and well-being to small children. The tool was developed in close cooperation with health care workers, social care workers and children. The aim of the tool is to supports professionals in consultations regarding physical activity, nutrition, family resources and daily activities, by providing children an easily-approachable and attractive way to receive and reflect on such information.
In addition, the project organised workshops for children and their parents. Topics included healthy eating, sandplay therapy sessions, physical activities and good sleeping habits.
Experiences gained from using the tool and the workshops were gathered into a collection of good practices.
Altogether, 628 children participated in project activities. Approximately 300 of the participating children came from low-in-come families and thus the target of 180 was exceeded. In total, 45 health care and social workers participated in the project, topping the goal of 30.
- Over 600 children involved
- An online tool to promote healthy life
- Good practices for well-being of children