Youth and Culture NGOs

This initiative started following the involvement of VisMedNet in a Grundtvig Learning Partnership project called Yes, You Can ! – How to support the cultural activities of disadvantaged groups. The project pooled together experience and expertise as well as examples of good practice of small organisations that have the right frame of mind when it comes to seeking opportunities for fund raising and financial support for their activities. 

This initiative is the result of a partnership between VisMedNet Association and ValIda Association of Rome itself being a very young organisation working in the fields relevant to this course.

The course is intended for individuals and organisations who have the right mindset to find the best way forward for the sustainability of their activities through the development of the right digital and funding strategies that are fit for the size and ambitions of the operation. The course is in part based on the Practical Guide that was produced by the partners of the Yes, You Can ! project and will involve practical and engaging sessions on the setting of cultural operations on to viable avenues.

For more information about the YesYouCan ! project visit http://www.vismednet.org/VisMedNet_yesyoucan or Http://www.yesyoucanproject.com 

The training course is usually held in Malta and during the days of the training there will be meetings with NGOs and organisations that work in youth, culture and social work for exchange of experience and looking at viable operations.

There is also a culture programme for all participants.

If your organisation wishes to send participants for this training please get in touch on training@vismednet.net

Are you aware that your organisation can receive financial support for training and mobility under the Erasmus+ programme ? A number schools and organisations have benefitted from funding and they have taken part in training with us in Barcelona, Valletta, Citta della Pieve, Palermo and Rome. Our team offers support with the application process in order that your organisation may benefit from such funding bringing the most needed results for the organisation and its members of staff. Contact training@vismednet.net for more info.


Preparation before the course

Before the start of the course the participants will be invited to join an online discussion forum on the mission and ambitions at individual and organisational level. This will not only help participants know about each other but it will start up the networking frame of mind that is usually the hallmark of the activities of VisMedNet Association. It will also establish the lines of discussion that will be developed during the days of the course.

Objectives of the course

The course has two objectives :

- the development of the right mindset for participants who will work at balancing small time possibly non-commercial operations in NGOs and such small operations with a consciousness of issues related to viability, economic feasibility and long / medium term planning through a professional approach and

- the excitement of the minds of the participants to active and constructive networking that is part of a strategy to reduce dependence on sponsorships and financing and a reorientation to raise funds by tapping and generating new opportunities for oneself and for the beneficiaries of one's actions.

Methodology 

The content of the course is high on interaction and it will involve areas of activities that are general and common to any small voluntary or cultural operation and areas in which participants will work on their own plans for short and medium term.

Tools engaged in the course will include :
- scenario building and foresight tools and techniques that help understand change, trends and possibly future change in the medium term,
- profile development and digital footprint generation for organisations operating in youth, culture and the social sector,
- development of audiences and followership, community building strategies and
- techniques for internationalisation mindset of visibility or action for growth even in the case of strictly local operations

Follow up

At the end of the course the participants will develop a short and medium term plan for themselves and for their respective organisations in the very same forum that will have been started as preparation before the course. This will serve as a concluding note for the course and at the same time as the start of further networking between the partners in the Yes, You Can ! project that inspired the course and the participants in key with the networking spirit that will also be one of the topics of the training course.


Programme of Activities

Day 1
0930-1030 : Introduction of the works
                    Follow up to the preparation discussion forum and presentations by participants
                    Background story of the Yes, You Can ! project.
1030-1200  Introducing scenario building
                   Designing the wild card
                   Compromise paths between ideal and medium best scenarios
1200-1300 Practical attempts at scenario building by participants
1300-1430 Lunch
1430-1600 Meeting local cultural operators
                            
Day 2
0930-1030 Getting friendly with the Practical Guide produced in the Yes, You Can ! project
1030-1130 Working ways through mind maps
                  Self assessment through the use of Yes, You Can ! mind map tools
1130-1300 Development of paths in foresight for organisations using mind maps
1300-1430 Lunch
1430-1530 Concerted effort with social media at corporate level
                   
Day 3
0930-1030 Net Working : internationalisation paths for growth and sustainability
                  Being contributors and takers
                  Selection and assessment of profiles of prospective partners
1030-1300 Meeting / visiting local social and culture NGOs
1300-1430 Lunch
1430-1530 Marketing knowhow assessment in the participants pool
 
Day 4
0930-1030 Practical session on social media strategies
1030-1300 Audiovisual strategies for organisation and events marketing
                  A-Z in audiovisual production
                  On set friends and foes
                  Generating video archive for track record visibility
1300-1430 Lunch
1430-1700 Cultural excursion and meeting with social and cultural operator/s
 
Day 5
0930-1030 Closure of the works and validation of course experience
1030-1200 Planning follow up and active creative session on future joint initiatives

Are you aware that your organisation can receive financial support for training and mobility under the Erasmus+ programme ? A number schools and organisations have benefitted from funding and they have taken part in training with us in Barcelona, Valletta, Citta della Pieve, Palermo and Rome. Our team offers support with the application process in order that your organisation may benefit from such funding bringing the most needed results for the organisation and its members of staff. Contact training@vismednet.net for more info.