Period: April 2015 - April 2016

This project has been submitted in October 2014. The path length of one year starting from April 2015 and it involves a young Spanish girl who is doing her volunteering activities in a mental health hosting community in Pordenone.

The main goal of this area is to grant the possibility for individuals to reach a state of well-being and to be able to share the journey taken to reach that state together with the people who are significant in their lives.

With GET STARTED ON we want to create an opportunity to encounter stories, biographies and reflections that are capable of overturning beliefs and stereotypes on mental illness, to help contaminate borders and to dismantle taboos and differences. The goal is to build activities engaged within the territory, aimed to encourage civil leadership, citizen solidarity and to restore social contact.

Activities will be held in wellbeing shared spaces through a variety of forms of expression such as painting, reading and writing, photography etc.; the activities and the realized products will be shared with the local community, allowing further opportunity for contact and dialogue.

The role of the volunteer, added to a team of highly qualified staff, will be to participate in an educational experience with the function to support and to engage. Voluntary activities aim to improve tolerance among young people towards mental health illness and to contribute to reduce the preconception towards psychiatric users.

The goals of this project are:

  • Raise awareness of the local environment to the knowledge of mental distress
  • Promote the transmissibility of the EVS experience within the local community;
  • Transmit fundamental concepts like tolerance, culture, peace and cooperation between people, the fight against racism and other kinds of discrimination;
  • Encourage volunteering activities among young people;
  • Promote volunteering as a means of spreading the value of solidarity and an active and responsible citizenship
  • Promote acquired skills recognition through volunteering activities participation, promote youth social commitment recognition and promote the value of volunteering as a means of transition from training to employment.