P4 Skilled and socially inclusive region
4.1. More people benefiting from stronger Central Baltic communities
01.09.2017 - 31.08.2019
ENDED. The overall objective of the MUCH MORE project is to contribute to improved social inclusion and health of middle-aged men with a past addiction problem, who want to stay away from alcohol. While in general the health of men is worse than women, the middle-aged men, after heavy alcohol use, experience several vulnerabilities, as their social and working life ties have suffered. The public services face challenges in providing a complex life guidance for this difficult-to-reach target group. There is lack of low-threshold, attractive and empowering activities for men that focus on manual work or trips to nature and at the same time provide health and life advice.
The project will develop an intervention model, which combines do-it-yourself and nature-based activities with social and working life counselling in peer-groups. Furthermore, the training concept and project experience will be spread among health and social professionals. As a result, men should be better prepared to reunite with the society and their families.
Partner budget: 28.075 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 21.057 EUR ERDF
Itämeren alueen Terveet Kaupungit ry
Partner budget: 58.895 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 44.171 EUR ERDF
Sininen nauha ry
Partner budget: 68.560 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 51.420 EUR ERDF
Rīgas domes Labklājības departaments
Partner budget: 45.198 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 38.419 EUR ERDF
Stickan, En krismottagning för män
Partner budget: 70.558 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 52.919 EUR ERDF
Much more contributed to social inclusion of the middle-aged men with addiction problems in their past
The Much more project contributed to better social inclusion of the middle-aged men who have had addiction problems in their past. The project objective was to provide social support for men and thus empower them to reunite with their families and the society. Over 120 men were reached through peer-group activities in Sweden, Latvia and Finland.
The project partners from Gävle, Riga and Turku developed and tested an intervention model on how to involve target group men in planning and taking part in peer group activities. Based on the peer-group participants’ interest, the men tried different things from art therapy, cooking, hiking, and peer-group discussions in non-judgemental atmosphere. The methods used in different cities varied, but they all focused on participatory and easily accessible peer-group activities. Over half of the men kept coming back to the meetings and found them beneficial to them, so the project goals were reached.
Furthermore, the project also contributed to the capacity of health and social care professionals working with the target group that is difficult to reach. The partners organised several trainings for professionals who wish to try new methods to work with their clients. In total, over 50 professionals were reached in the project trainings.
The project compiled their most relevant learnings from trainings as a toolbox to be further utilised by other professionals. In addition, pros and cons of different participatory methods tested in the peer-groups were presented in the SWOT analysis.
Project website: projectmuchmore.weebly.com
- The project objective was to provide social support for men and thus empower them to reunite with their families and the society.
- Over 120 men were reached through peer-group activities in Sweden, Latvia and Finland.