Social Entrepreneurship Skills for Young CAREgivers of people with chronic Illness – SESYCARE virtual kick-off meeting on 18 December 2020

The kick-off meeting of the Erasmus+ SESYCARE project took place on 18.12.2020. Due to the pandemic, we couldn’t meet in person, but nevertheless, the online meeting went very well. It was indeed very productive and the project partners went through all the project’s details and planned the next steps to fulfil all its goals as effectively as possible.

The meeting commenced with a workshop on social entrepreneurship and young caregivers.

The theme of social entrepreneurship, the vulnerable team of young carers, the Erasmus For Young Entrepreneurs program and the British Council Life Skills program, on how to develop social entrepreneurs were developed. An interesting presentation was made by the Italian partner EUROSUD on the contribution of volunteers to the development of organizations.

We continued by introducing the members of the project consortium, who then presented their organizations from the perspective of their daily agenda, implemented projects, and staff.

The presentation was followed by a detailed description of the project – its objectives, milestones, the learning activity in the Netherlands, and the anticipated impact.

We discussed the project timeline, deadlines, and allocated tasks in order to produce the anticipated output. It will be the SESYCARE website (www.sesycare.eu) that will provide a space for networking, learning, and sharing good practices for young caregivers who want to become social entrepreneurs. The second output is the good practice guide that will help youth workers to figure out how to promote social entrepreneurship to young caregivers. We will also organise relevant webinars in Greek and English and the content will be uploaded on YouTube. Finally, policymakers (such as members of the European Parliament) will also share their message on the important role of young carers in the sustainability of health systems in Europe.

At the end of the meeting, we discussed our plans and proposals for the dissemination of the project, its sustainability and, above all, we agreed on its effective management through the appropriate tools

We are very much looking forward to our cooperation and believe that our project will contribute to streamlining social entrepreneurship for young caregivers  in Europe

The project, currently in its first phase, is delivered in partnership with eleven partners, namely: EPIONI, Anemos Ananeosis, AKEP, IED, Saronic Nephrological Center and University of West Attica (Greece);  Consorzio SGS and EUROSUD (Italy); DFW2W (The Netherlands), Istanbul Gelisim University (Turkey), Eurocarers (Belgium).

In the context of the kick-off meeting, two webinars (One in Greek and one in English) for social entrepreneurship and young caregivers were conducted. Both are available at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh0DRwaBl1g&t=14s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FieXfzi4Zxc

During the next 23 months, SESYCARE will focus on offering skills and information about EU funded opportunities or training for young people who wish to develop their social entrepreneurship.

EPIONI and Anemos Ananeosis organized in 18.9.2020 an Online seminar on Social Entrepreneurship.

1) the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program,

2) the British Council Life Skills program, developing social entrepreneurs,

3) the social cooperative Diaplous,

4) the legal framework

5) The contribution of higher education to social entrepreneurship

We would like to acknowledge the valuable support of INEDIVIM and the Erasmus+ programme of the EU