is the age of initiative groups participants
In Belarus, there are 53 initiative groups in Brest, Viciebsk, Hrodna and Minsk regions. They unite about 1,500 people aged 56-97, 74% of whom are women and 26% are men. BRCS employees identified eight of the most effective groups, two in each area, and made them resource groups. The resource groups participants undergo additional training in order to train other groups and spread the experience of successful work.
Earlier, some of the initiative groups underwent training on promoting their interests and received assistance in organizing activities to improve life in their communities. As a result, the groups were able to draw attention to the needs of older people and people with disabilities in local communities. These are several examples of successful initiatives of the elderly: repairing wells in the agro-town Chodcy in the Siennica district); printing store price tags in a bigger font so that visually impaired people can see the costs (Dubrovna, Viciebsk region); re-planning of the local agricultural mini-market (agro-town Novka in the Viciebsk region); launching sports and computer classes for the elderly (Svislach, Hrodna, Zelva, Uzda, etc.); providing discounts for shoe repair and hairdresser services for elderly people (Ašmiany).
If you are interested in joining one of the initiative groups, creating a new group or helping the project, please contact Aleksandra Kolesnikovich, a participative community work approach specialist of the Belarus Red Cross Society at +37517 328-49-90, as well as participative community work approach project coordinators in the regions:
Brest region: Oksana Grishan,
Tel.: +37516 220-86-84;
Viciebsk region: Natalia Potapenko,
Tel.: +37521 242-61-34;
Hrodna region: Elena Pavlenkovich,
Tel.: +37515 268-02-60;
Minsk region: Julia Knatko,
Tel.: +37517 500-45-80.
You can find the location of the closest group on the map.