In 2018 Community Action Dacorum is acting as host for six youth workers from Spain, who are visiting Dacorum to job shadow and observe best practice in order to develop their professional skills.
The youth workers involved are already working with young people from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds in the following ways:
- promoting social and labour inclusion, including career and professional guidance;
- information on cultural activities and volunteering at local level;
- promoting intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity;
- supporting young people facing religious and ethnic discrimination;
- guidance on gender-based violence and social equity.
The purpose of the visits is to:
- improve the professional curriculum of participants, by improving their professional and linguistic competences;
- increase their motivation and confidence;
- give greater understanding and responsiveness to cultural diversity and a higher capacity to deal with the needs of young immigrant/refugee people;
- improve the perception of youth work, by improving the understanding of youth work due to different approaches (cultural, methodological, etc.);
- increase their participation in a European programme;
- enhance their intercultural and European awareness.
Each visit lasts for nine days and involves extensive job-shadowing and observing public and private organisations, associations, clubs and charities.
The first visit offered the chance to observe at first hand the work of The Swan Youth Project and St Francis Hospice in Berkhamsted, Youth Connexions, Sunnyside Rural Trust and the Mayor’s Parlour. Our three visitors also gave a talk on Spanish culture to a group of 7 year olds at The Hammond Academy and were interviewed on Radio Dacorum.
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The partners are from:
UK: Community Action Dacorum
Spain: Asociacion Cultural Integra
For more information please contact Musarat Inayat, telephone 01442 253935.