From March 09 to 12, 2021, community-level online pitching took place in Novovolynsk UTC, Volyn Oblast, as part of the Strengthening Cross-Sectoral Collaboration for Social Cohesion (SC3) project.
Local pitching is a call for social action projects with the financial support of the European Commission and the British Council in co-financing with local governments.
Social Action Project - a project aimed at positive social change in the community.
Who could participate?
Active citizens who were planning a social action project for the development of their community and wanted to receive financial support for its implementation could take part in the pitching.
Details of participation in the competition at the community level (local pitching)
Residents of the Novovolynsk UTC community from the age of 18 who had an idea to improve the life of the community, develop cooperation with local authorities to solve problems and achieve a common goal can participate in the local pitching.
All projects must be implemented by 13 August 2021. Reporting on implemented projects is provided until 13 September 2021.
What were the requirements for Social Action Projects (SAPs)?
The project must be based on generally accepted societal values, be well-planned and relate to local-global connections.
SAPs might also be aimed at:
- strengthening of social cohesion in Ukraine;
- creation and strengthening links between volunteers, local authorities, hospitals, businesses and other representatives of the social processes;
- support for older people and promote inclusiveness (enhancing equal access to the community, including disabled people);
- contribution to the improvement of the environment;
- promotion of youth development, popularization of active citizenship and leadership;
- support of mental health of the community citizens in condition of social distancing;
- promotion of the gender equality and ensuring equal rights and opportunities.
Here were some examples of ideas for social action projects:
- Creative space: creation of creative elements and picturesque corners of improvement on city streets.
- Carrying out activities to improve the health of young people, safe lifestyles and health culture among young people.
- Ecological and tourist ideas: laying eco-trails, creating new tourist attractions, etc.
- Creative initiatives: development of meaningful leisure of youth, youth festivals, events, activities, etc.
- Ideas aimed at providing access to public and tourist facilities for disabled people.
Up to UAH 30,000 was provided for one social action project
The total pitching budget was UAH 300,000, of which:
- UAH 150,000 was provided by the Novovolynsk City Council
- UAH 150,000 was provided within Strengthening Cross-Sectoral Collaboration for Social Cohesion (SC3) project
Local Pitching Organisers:
- NGO «Youth Platform»
- Novovolynsk City Council
- The British Council and the European Union, represented by the European Commission, in the framework of the Strengthening Cross-Sectoral Collaboration for Social Cohesion (SC3) project
- Youth Center ‘New Wings’
Winners of social actions projects competition in Novovolynsk UTC:
||Funding within the SC3 project
||Local authority support
||Aim of project
||The walls are not silent
||Creation of an art project of six murals on the territory of the Novovolynsk community to combine modern street cultures with Ukrainian dissident literature.
||Creation of a mobile leisure club "Nastolka" for the socialization of young disabled people.
||Delivering of the action concerning reuse, rational utilization and conditionally "ecological" liquidation of the used clothes, footwear and accessories.
||Creation of an educational course and media studio on the basis of the Youth Center "New Wings" in Novovolynsk for youth development and creation of high-quality Ukrainian-language content.
||Tourism as a leisure brand of modern youth
||Improvement of tourist and local lore work in the educational institution: conducting hiking and cycling trips, local lore expeditions; conducting classes of tourist and sports clubs; holding competitions; research of natural and historical monuments of the native land and encouragement of teenagers to active sports tourism.
||Creating a master class workshop for learning various techniques of folk and modern art and arranging a children's area for family comfort. Popularization of the museum among all categories of the population as a space for study, research of history, art, culture.
||The Health Nation
||Involvement of children and youth in regular physical activities and sports and combating bad habits among young people.
||Being eco-friendly is easy
||Developing awareness of the importance of the transition to eco-conscious consumption among community residents by filming 10 series of video lectures from ZERO WASTE Lviv and creating street art on the theme of eco-consciousness.
||Gingerbread for a Friend
||Creating a day care center (leisure club) to provide financial, integrated and psychological support for young disabled people.
||The cycling club «BoilingHotWheels»
||Creation and installation of bicycle parking on the territory of the school. Establishment of the cycling club "BoilingHotWheels". Studying and putting into practice the traffic rules for cyclists. Promoting healthy lifestyle among students, parents, lyceum staff and the community as a whole, spreading ecological thinking and promoting cycling.
Active Citizens is a social leadership programme that promotes intercultural dialogue and social responsibility. The programme is being implemented by the British Council in Ukraine since 2014.
Organisations – national partners:
- Kherson Regional Charitable Fund ‘UNION’
- Non-governmental organisation ‘Strong community’
- Non-governmental organisation ‘Youth Platform’
The Strengthening Cross-Sectoral Collaboration for Social Cohesion (SC3) project is a 36-month project aimed at effectively addressing development challenges and opportunities at local level through improved cooperation between civil society organisations (CSOs) and local authorities (LAs) in Ukraine. It is funded by EU and the British Council, and delivered by the British Council working with three experienced (CSO) co-applicants and will operate across all of the Government-controlled areas (GCA) of Ukraine, including GCA Donetsk and Luhansk.
European Union, represented by the European Commission
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, working with over 100 countries across the world.