European Centre of Youth Cooperation is a foundation situated in Torun, at St. Catherine Square since 1993. Being a non-governmental charitable organization, all the money is donated to the conduct of statutory activities, which include international cooperation and business development.
ECYC implemented more than 150 programs and projects, helping more than 100 thousand people, including:
• Since 1997, we coordinate Polish-American Educational Exchange Program „Au Pair”, which has enabled over 1,000 young girls go to the U.S., and during that time to combine education with childcare and to stay in the American family.
• Since 1998, we coordinate Summer Abroad Program, through which young Americans stay in Polish families, learn about the culture, customs, interesting places, learn Polish language and try Polish food.
• For several years we have been helping and supporting the Circle of Parents with Disabled Children in preschool and school age, which objectives include the integration of children with disabilities and the integration in school or preschool.
• We organize Regional Training Centre for European Social Fund, which among regional institutions promotes awareness about the opportunities associated with the activities of the ESF.
• Over 500 people participated in the International Youth Forum, held twice in 1999-2000, during which speakers from Poland and from abroad raised the problems of young people in Europe and worldwide.
• For four years, the newspaper called „the Centre” was created by ECYC. The newspaper was connected with cultural and social development of young people.
Currently we are engaged in:
• active promotion and support of academic entrepreneurship by conducting Enterprise Incubators. Their mission is to enable young entrepreneurs to develop their business based on innovations, as well as assistance in actions by creating favorable conditions for work and providing professional support, sharing of premises and office supplies,
• promoting healthy and active lifestyle among school children,
• supporting the future beneficiaries of the European Social Fund through providing those, who are interested in the use of European Funds, with information and advice,
• promoting education of enterprises and institutions’ personnel through trainings in the field of Modern Quality Management Systems,
• organization of consulting, trainings and conferences for students and doctoral students from the kujawsko-pomorskie, created to promote the idea of spin-off companies and academic entrepreneurship, as well as to support people, who are interested in establishing their own business,
• conducting practical trainings in the field of quality management, redesigning of jobs and their environment, improving the efficiency of working time, ergonomics and safety. The trainings are designed to allow completing or enhancing qualifications and skills of the workers (Lean Management),
• promotion of social economy and employment in the sector of social economy organizations through professional trainings,
• promoting the Continuing Education among the citizens of kujawsko-pomorskie voivodeship, by presenting the idea of „lifelong learning” as an effective method of improving professional qualifications and at the same time as a significant factor determining our attractiveness in the work market,
• integration of people all over the world, and organizing international exchanges to enable learning about new cultures and traditions.
|Name and characteristics of the project|
|1||15.09.2020 – 15.12.2023||The „Kujawsko-Pomorska Family Counseling Center” project is implemented for the inhabitants of the region, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, affected by the COVID-19 epidemic. The project includes, among others: organizing webinars – online meetings in the field of psychological assistance.
The European Center of Youth Cooperation Foundation, commissioned by the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, has been implementing a project titled: „Implementation of activities in the field of education and public safety aimed at shaping appropriate attitudes of social functioning in the event of epidemiological threats”, co-financed by the European Social Fund under the Regional Operational Program of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship for 2014-2020 and the budget of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship. As part of the project in the period from September 15, 2020 until April 20, 2023 The European Center of Youth Cooperation Foundation provided, among others: access to food, hygiene products and medicines for people in need of such support, in particular older people (60+), people with disabilities, lonely people and those in quarantine affected by the epidemic during the pandemic in the region. In addition, professional psychological assistance was provided for adults of all age groups and for adolescents and children struggling with loneliness, fear of isolation, fear of friends in quarantine, difficulties in returning to normal functioning in society, and the effects of the epidemic. The project is implemented under the name of „Kujawsko-Pomorska Family Poradnia”. A project website was created: www.kppr.org.pl. This platform was created on the initiative of the Marshal’s Office of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship in Toruń, thanks to the financial support of the European Social Fund.
From June 15, 2023 until December 15, 2023 As part of this project, the Foundation carries out the following tasks:
1. running a hotline and an online clinic, where people affected by the pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, as well as other residents of the region, will be able to benefit from professional psychological help;
2. preparing and conducting classes for children and adolescents related to psychomotor activity in schools and educational and/or cultural institutions in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship by specialists in selected sports disciplines and specialists in the field of psychology, in order to neutralize the effects of the pandemic caused by the SARS virus -CoV-2.
Participation in the project is completely free. As part of the project implementation until April 20, 2023. psychological support was provided to 1,191 people and food and hygiene packages were delivered to 20,021 people.
|2||05.09.2022 – 07.10.2022||Project „Summer camps in small towns 2022” for Ukrainian refugees arriving after February 24, 2022. and living in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, implemented in partnership with the „Freedom and Democracy” Foundation based in Warsaw, financed by UNICEF – an organization financing children’s aid programs. The project included the organization of training and meetings. Project regarding social and professional activation of the local (regional) community, adaptation of refugees in the local community.
As part of the above-mentioned, the project included 5 weekly stays for 125 people. Classes were conducted in the ECYC Foundation’s premises, and sports activities were conducted in community centers. The program included learning Polish for Ukrainian children, as well as numerous integration and cultural meetings (art, music, theater), trips to the cinema and other attractions available in the city or nearby.
The „Stronger Together” project was completed on time from September 5, 2022. until October 7, 2022. On the first day of each of the 5 stays, introductory classes with the group took place. All the participants introduced themselve, then integrated using movement games, e.g. Twister, and card games – DIXIT, UNO purchased as part of the project. Then they took part in Polish language classes. The first day of weekly classes ended with art therapy workshops using paints, painting and making paintings on eco-bags.
The second day of the stays began with classes with a psychologist entitled: „The concept of conflict, ways of resolving a conflict situation.” On this day, the groups also took part in classes with a psychologist in which participants learned teamwork.
Then there were classes with a Polish teacher. At the end of the day, a picnic was organized by the Vistula River. During the 4th session, floristry workshops were held, during which children created colorful flower wreaths with colors resembling the flags of Ukraine and Poland. On the third day, the groups participated in development training. They discussed personality strengths, life predispositions and provided valuable tips on choosing a future career path. Workshops were also held to support teenagers’ mental health and psychosocial skills. Then there were classes with a Polish teacher. Participants of the second and fourth rounds took part in a trip to the Toruń Planetarium for a screening entitled „Colorful Space” and „Midnight Lights”. Participants also took part in eco-bag painting workshops, the groups deepened integration using games, and during outdoor activities.
The fourth day of the stays began and ended with lessons of Polish language. Then there were classes with a psychologist. Their main topic was the issue of „Teenagers about parents”. The groups took part in development training. Their goal was to expand participants’ knowledge about the importance of art and fine arts for social, emotional and manual development. Eco-bag painting workshops and floristic workshops on making flower wreaths were continued. As part of Polish language classes, children from the 4th session went on a trip to the cinema. The group then took part in the second part of workshops aimed at supporting the mental health and psychosocial skills of teenagers. We also ended the day with art therapy with paints. The children of the 5th round went on a trip to the cinema to see the movie „DC League of Super Pets”.
On the fifth day of the stays, the participants took part in classes regarding „Team building, teamwork” with a psychologist. Then, as part of the Polish language classes, there was a trip to the cinema. Polish language classes and outdoor activities were carried out – in an urban field game. The group deepened its integration using motion games, e.g. Twister, and card games – DIXIT, UNO and others purchased as part of the project.
At the end of the project, in order to integrate most of the participants who expressed their willingness to participate, a bus trip to the Soap Village in Górzno near Toruń was organized. During their stay, participants took part in workshops on making soap and bath salts. They could take the soaps they created with them as souvenirs. Then they spent time in the rope park – outdoor fun with integration. After a day full of attractions, on the way back to Toruń, children and teenagers ate a traditional Polish dinner at the restaurant.
The trip of Polish and Ukrainian children and teenagers was the perfect moment to summarize the time spent together during classes as part of the project. In addition, the trip brought many benefits, including: learning through play, i.e. getting to know new places, traditions and culture, integration with peers of two nationalities, gaining respect and tolerance for other cultures, actively spending free time, learning independence.
By organizing the trip, we ensured the children’s necessary safety during the trip. Two buses were rented from a reliable company that uses only safe and proven vehicles, and all participants of the trip were insured against accidents.
All assumed tasks were completed and the project goals were achieved. We consider the strengths of the project to be the active participation of children, youth and project staff in the project, sensitizing children to the current situation in Ukraine, building mutual relationships, integration in Polish society, learning the Polish language, learning about our cultures and traditions.
The project has become a source of ideas for us to support children and young people from Ukraine in the future. The support provided certainly made it easier for Ukrainian children and youth to navigate the Polish reality. After a month of project implementation and contact with the participants, seeing their needs and psychophysical condition, we can certainly say that there is a need for a long-term form of support in the refugee adaptation process, in particular integration support, psychological support and greater opportunities to use Polish language courses.
|3||11.2016-09.2022||Adaptation of the property at ul. Saint Jakuba 3-5, Wola Zamkowa no. 8-10, Wola Zamkowa 10 a and Wola Zamkowa 12a.
In the years 2016-2022, an investment in renovation, adaptation and maintenance works was carried out in the office and warehouse building along with land development in accordance with the provisions of the notarial deed concluded on November 8, 2016 between the Foundation and the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship. As a user, we manage real estate located in Toruń at ul. Saint Jakuba 3-5, Wola Zamkowa 8-10, 10A and 12A, geodetically marked as plot no. 60/3 with an area of 0.4773 ha, no. 60/4 with an area 0.0087 ha, land and mortgage register no. TO1T/00052977/8 and no. 61/1 with an area of 0.9811 ha, land and mortgage register no. TO1T/00043547/9. We operate on the premises and in the field –
„Ecological Education Center – Atmosfera” and the activities of the „Pro-Health Education Center” established as part of the project „Creation of an educational path and the Ecological Club „Atmosfera”/”Atmosphere” in Toruń and implementation of information and educational activities to improve ecological awareness of young people.
Financial resources were obtained for the implementation of the investment from many sources, including:
– ESF RPO WK-P for 2014-2020,
– ERDF RPO WK-P for 2014-2020,
– Provincial Environmental Protection Fund,
– State Fund for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled,
– funds of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship from the Department of Culture and National Heritage,
– funds of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship Local Government.
Until the end of 2021 Foundation made useful expenditure in the amount of PLN 4,414,260.55.
The adaptation of the property was carried out in cooperation with a public sector entity – the Marshal’s Office of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship and in partnership with the Regional Center for Ecological Education in Przysiek.
In adapted properties, we carry out projects including the organization of exhibitions, training, meetings, conferences, seminars, symposia, etc. as well as projects regarding the social and professional activation of the local (regional) community.
|4||04.03.2022 – till now||At the headquarters of the European Center of Youth Cooperation Foundation from March 4 to June 30, 2022 there was an information and advisory point/office for Ukrainian citizens. The Marshal’s Office of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, in cooperation with the honorary consul of Ukraine in Bydgoszcz, Krzysztof Sikora, established three information and advisory points for Ukrainians, including one in Toruń (ECYC’s building at Wola Zamkowa St. 12A). At the information point, Ukrainian citizens received, among others: legal information and psychological assistance, support in looking for legal work or opening a bank account. Ukrainian citizens were provided with comprehensive assistance. In addition to the above-mentioned needs, refugees also reported urgent needs to get to various places, e.g. to change accommodation, to see a doctor, to meet their needs in aid institutions or public administration. In the period March-June 2022. Aid was provided to approximately 2.5 thousand people. citizens of Ukraine.
In addition, a mobile consular point was organized (5 times), where Ukrainian citizens (approx. 700 people) received the necessary support regarding identity documents (passports). Responding to the continuing needs of Ukrainian citizens, due to the end of the functioning of the marshal’s point, we would like to continue our mission of helping war refugees from Ukraine focusing on the most frequently reported needs, i.e. material support, psychological assistance, learning Polish, integration in society and other everyday matters.
From July 2022 we continue to provide full support, employing the full staff of the point: interpreters, psychologists, animators and educators who conduct educational and artistic activities for children, we conduct singing lessons, where whole families learn and sing traditional and new Ukrainian songs together, spend quality time and relax.
Our advisory point/office for Ukrainian citizens keeps working and we try to meet their needs and provide the necessary information on matters of living.
We continue psychological workshops as part of a support group for women with war trauma and for children and teenagers. Individual and group consultations are conducted by psychologists from Ukraine we employ. We learned hundreds of stories of Ukrainian families fleeing from Russia’s aggression, stories about killed family members, burned houses, missing beloved mascots that children lost while escaping (Mascots, teddy bears, were and still are one of the most needed and favorite gifts for children), our knowledge about their needs is thorough.
Knowing their needs, we would like to meet them by offering participation in this project. In the corridors of our headquarters, we observed outbursts of anger, tears, total breakdown, somatic symptoms of stress, apathy, and desperate attempts to return to Ukraine, to places where hostilities are ongoing. We would like to equip project participants with tools/skills to cope with new situations, stress, also teach tchem assertiveness, as they may be exposed to various types of abuse and manipulation.
The project was implemented in cooperation with public sector entities – the Marshal’s Office of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship and the Consulate of Ukraine in Bydgoszcz.
The project included the organization of exhibitions, training, meetings, conferences, seminars, symposia, etc., as well as activities related to the social and professional activation of the local (regional) community.
|5||01.06.2018 – 30.09.2023||A partnership project called „Creating an educational path and the „Atmosfera” Ecological Club in Toruń and implementing information and educational activities to raise the ecological awareness of young people”
European Centre of Youth Cooperation (ECYC/ECWM)Foundation in partnership with the Regional Center for Ecological Education in Przysiek Spółka z o.o. is implementing a project called „Creating an educational path and the „Atmosfera” Ecological Club in Toruń and implementing information and educational activities to raise the ecological awareness of young people” under the Regional Operational Program of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship for 2014-2020 – ERDF. Project implementation period 01/06/2018 – 30/09/2023. The project assumes the implementation of a package of tasks related to the protection and enhancement of biodiversity and broadly understood ecological education. As part of the project activities, an ecological education center was created, located in the very center of Toruń, around which activities in the field of supporting biodiversity and ecological education of the communities of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship are focused. The ecological education complex created as part of the project tasks is located in the Bastion Menniczy at Wola Zamkowa 12AStreet and St. Jakub in Toruń and consists of several elements (main building of the educational center, educational path, audiovisual room, land development). Two nature reserves have been established in the center. A space was created in the building to serve as a place for ecological education and meetings for communities from the entire Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship (with preference for children and youth, including those with disabilities). As a project partner, we are involved in the following activities: – creation of the „Atmosfera” Ecological Club; – creating an educational path; – organization of ecological festivals; – land development with monitoring; – club equipment, including the creation of an audiovisual room; – creation of a nature reserve; – conducting ecological education classes at the club and paths; – bearing the costs of supervision related to construction works.
The project includes the organization of exhibitions, training, meetings, conferences, seminars, symposia, etc. and concerns the social and professional activation of the local (regional) community.
|6||01.10.2019-31.12.2023||„Social Economy Support Center in Toruń” (3rd edition).
The project „Social Economy Support Center in Toruń” co-financed by the European Union under the European Social Fund is implemented in partnership by the European Center of Youth Cooperation (Leader) and the „Tilia” Association (Partner), under Sub-measure 9.4.1 Development of social economy sector(social entities). The need to implement a project supporting social economy entities (PES/SEE) in the 2nd subregion of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship (including the counties of Chełmno, Aleksandrów, toruński, town – Toruń, Lipno, ) resulted from the problem diagnosed in this area, which is the poor condition of the Social Economy Fund. The small number of PES(social economy entities) operating in the area of subregion 4 indicated the need to stimulate the region’s inhabitants to create new entities. To stimulate the creation of new PES, the project envisaged tasks providing support for individuals (including those at risk of social exclusion – people with disabilities, jobless, homless, with low income, parents coming back from matternity leaves) and organizations in the form of training and consulting in the field of establishing PES. Thanks to the project, social cooperatives were created and people in need were employed, trained, given the new skills, The project promoted the activities of PES( among local communities through radio spots, press advertisements, website and information meetings. As part of the project, we provide general and specialist consulting services in the field of law, accounting and marketing (also job advisors, psychologist, coach) for the participants of our project.
|7||01.06.2016-30.09.2019||„Social Economy Support Center in Toruń” (2nd edition)
The project „Social Economy Support Center in Toruń” co-financed by the European Union under the European Social Fund is implemented in partnership by the European Center for Youth Cooperation (Leader) and the „Tilia” Association (Partner), under Sub-measure 9.4.1 Development of economic sector. The need to implement a project supporting social economy entities (PES/see) in the 2nd subregion of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship (including the counties of Chełmno, Aleksandrów, totunski town – Toruń, Lipnowski) resulted from the problem diagnosed in this area, which is the poor condition of Social Economy Entities.
Support was provided in the form of general, marketing, legal, accounting and financial advice, and training was conducted in the field of establishing, running and operating Social Enterprises. The target group were people at risk of social exclusion and poverty, and legal persons (social economy entities, social enterprises, local government units) living in the 2nd subregion of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship.
The project underwent two accreditation processes ending with obtaining the High Quality OWES status from the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy in 2015 and from the Ministry of Family and Social Policy in 2016 and 2018.
|8||01.10.2013 – 30.09.2015||The OWES project -„Social Economy Support Center in Toruń”, 1st edition, co-financed by the European Union under the European Social Fund, is implemented in partnership by the European Center for Youth Cooperation (Leader) and the „Tilia” Association (Partner), under Sub-measure 9.4 .1 Development of social economy sector entities. The need to implement a project supporting social economy entities (PES) in the 2nd subregion of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship (including the counties of Chełmno, Aleksandrów, Toruń, Lipno) resulted from the problem diagnosed in this area, which is the poor condition of the Social Economy sector,entities.
Support was provided in the form of general, marketing, legal and accounting consultancy, and training was conducted on establishing, running and operating PES. The target group were people at risk of social exclusion (including the long-term unemployed, people with disabilities) and legal persons (living in the 2nd subregion of the Kuj. Pom. Voivodeship. As part of the financial support (subsidy), 2 social cooperatives were established, which were also granted additional financial support, the so-called bridging. Vocational courses were organized for social cooperatives. Educational classes in the field of social entrepreneurship were conducted with young people (junior and post-secondary schools) and with students of Nicolas Copernicus University (510 people). As part of the animation, 27 partnerships were concluded. The project passed accreditation process obtaining the status of a High Quality Social Economy Support Center from the Minister of Labor and Social Policy in 2015.
|01.06.2014 – 31.08.2015||„Solidarity in the region – innovative in action” – POKL.08.01.03-04-013/13-00 – co-financed by the Human Capital Operational Program under the European Social Fund.
The project was implemented in partnership with NSZZ Solidarność Region Bydgoski (Leader), ECWM (European Center of Youth Cooperation (Partner).
The target group of the project were representatives of the Bydgoszcz Region (RB) in the province. Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, including employers, employees and management staff of enterprises (MSMEs) and representatives of Business Environment Institutions (BEIs), i.e. local government units, non-governmental organizations, employers’ organizations, trade unions, labor market institutions. The support was directed to the above-mentioned groups through media, the Internet, as well as direct activities, i.e. conferences, seminars, happenings, animation activities. Models of human resources management and partnership cooperation in practice were promoted. The aim of the project was to: increase the adaptability of entrepreneurs and their employees from the Bydgoszcz Region, increase knowledge in the field of organizational management among MSMEs and BEIs from (RB), popularize solutions for effective adaptation to changes of entrepreneurs and their employees, improve local cooperation of enterprises and BEIs thanks to establishing 3 local cooperation partnerships for the adaptability of the Bydgoszcz Region.
|2005 – 2014||„Regional Center of the European Social Fund in Toruń” – PRC.IV.3040-UE/6425/2008.
The Regional Center of the European Social Fund in Toruń has been part of the nationwide network of Regional ESF Centers since 2005, when it was established. The project was implemented in the Kuyavsko-Pomorskie region area and addressed to the inhabitants of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship in the Toruń-Włocławek subregion. The project was implemented in partnership with a non-governmental organization – the Pomeranian Foundation for Development, Culture and Art (Partner), our foundation European Center of Youth Cooperation as a Leader. Project co-financed by the European Social Fund.
The Center’s activities focused primarily on: encouraging potential project providers to apply for ESF funds, providing information about the possibility of taking part in projects implemented in the Center’s area of operation, conducting consultations on the possibility of co-financing projects from the ESF, assistance in preparing projects and application forms for the ESF and assistance in implementing ongoing projects. Training and consulting in the field of, among others: preparation of projects eligible for ESF funding, project evaluation, settlement and reporting, building and developing partnerships for local development, changes in the HC OP implementation system and legal issues (state aid, public procurement law, personal data protection, employment of project staff). As part of local animation, 6 development partnerships were supported. The topics of the meetings were devoted primarily to local development and creating forms of effective partnership cooperation.
26 training courses were organized.
455 participants completed the classes.
533 hours of ESF consulting were provided and 42 applications were created.
|11||10.2013 – 28.02.2015||„ISEC Towards a Polish Cybercrime Center of Excellence” – HOME/2012/ISEC/INT/4000003858.
The European Center of Youth Cooperation participated as a project partner within ISEC Towards a Polish Cybercrime Center of Excellence – HOME /2012/ISEC/INT/4000003858.
Project Coordinator (Leader) was the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń.
The project included the organization of exhibitions, training and meetings.
A comic book was created for children to raise awareness of existing threats online. Workshops were held for 155 primary and middle school teachers and 500 students, during which practical problems faced by young people on the Internet were presented, how to deal with them and what security measures to use to avoid existing threats.
The project was implemented in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship and addressed to its inhabitants.
Project regarding social and professional activation of the local (regional) community.
|12||01.03.2013 – 31.08.2014||„Improving the competences of employees and management staff of the BRATEK TORUŃ NETWORK” – POKL.08.01.01-04-485/12-00 – co-financed by the Human Capital Operational Program under the European Social Fund.
The project was implemented in partnership with BRATEK TORUŃ Sp. z o. o. – private sector unit (Partner), us- European Centre of Youth Cooperation (ECYC/ECWM) – Leader.
The project included the organization of training, meetings, conferences and seminars.
The project was implemented in Kuyavian-Pomeranian Region(K-PR) and was addressed to companies based in K-PR.
Supporting the development of professional qualifications and consulting for enterprises. The project assumed support for 13 micro-enterprises (20 owners and their 46 employees), and was part of the effect of the implementation of the HC OP, increasing the number of companies and trained employees supported under the HC OP. 64 store employees (including 21 management staff) took part in the project.
|13||01.07.2012 – 30.04.2014|| „Modern physiotherapy – theory into practice” – POKL.08.01.01-04-185/12-00. – co-financed by the Human Capital Operational Program under the European Social Fund.
The project was implemented in partnership with a private sector entity – Niepubliczny Zakład Zdrowia Zdrowotnej REMEDIS sp. z o.o. (Partner), European Centre of Youth Cooperation( Leader).
The project was addressed to entrepreneurs and their employees from the medical industry specializing in physiotherapy and based in the province. Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship. The training included: strength training in kinesiotherapy, active preparation for childbirth and sensory integration, strength training and its applications in rehabilitation of the musculoskeletal system, muscle strengthening based on functional structure. The program also included issues related to the physiology of pregnancy and childbirth, physical activity and the impact of exercise on the pregnant woman’s body, and indications and contraindications for the rehabilitation of pregnant women. 155 people from 107 companies took part in the project.
Project regarding social and professional activation of the local (regional) community.
|„Find a niche – supporting creative industries” – POKL.02.02.01-00-024/09-01 – co-financed by the Human Capital Operational Program under the European Social Fund.
The project was implemented in partnership with a non-governmental organization – Foundation for the Promotion of Innovation (Leader), European Centre of Youth Cooperation (Partner).
The project included the organization of training and meetings. The project was addressed to all enterprising and active people in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian and Pomeranian Voivodeships who planned to start or were already running their own business in the broadly understood creative industry. The aim of the meetings organized as part of the project was to create a space for communication, exchange of experiences and mutual inspiration among people in the business environment. The integration of this economic sector is a necessary factor for development, and the resulting benefits may bring positive results.
|15||03.01.2011- 30.12.2013||Project „Promotion of the social economy and employment in the social economy sector” – POKL.07.02.02-04-010/10-01. – co-financed by the Human Capital Operational Program under the European Social Fund.
The project was implemented in partnership with a non-governmental organization – TILIA Association (Leader), European Centre of Youth Cooperation (ECYC/ECWM) (Partner).
The project consisted in developing the social economy sector in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship by supporting the functioning of 100 social economy institutions and 200 people. The actions taken during the implementation consisted of free consulting, training and coaching in the functioning of ES (Social Economy) in the legal, financial, marketing, search for funds and ecology context. 7 seminars were organized to promote ES among social economy entities as well as labor market and social integration institutions. Increasing the activity of the local community in the field of joint solution of ES problems – organizing 4 two-day workshops aimed at establishing two local partnerships.
|16||01.01.2010-30.06.2010||Project „Get international qualifications – CIA Internal Auditor (Certified Internal Auditor)” – POKL.08.01.01-04-115/09-00 – co-financed by the Human Capital Operational Program under the European Social Fund.
The project was implemented without the participation of a partner.
The aim of the project was to acquire new or increase professional qualifications of people from the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship. The activities that were undertaken during the project implementation included preparation for obtaining the CIA diploma (the most famous qualification for internal auditors in the world), which is a certificate of appropriate theoretical preparation and professional experience in internal auditing or related fields. The title is recognized all over the world. The course consisted of 4 modules: The role of the internal audit process in the field of corporate governance, risk and control, Performing internal audit tasks, Business analyzes and information technologies, Business management skills.
|17||01.09.2010-30.06.2011||„Your Study – Your Future” – POKL.09.03.00-04-004/10-00 – co-financed by the Human Capital Operational Program under the European Social Fund.
The project was implemented in partnership with TVP Bydgoszcz (Partner), European Centre of Youth Cooperation (ECYC/ECWM)- Leader.
The aim of the project was to promote the idea of continuing education among the society of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship. Promotional activities included, among others: on broadcasting spots and a billboard for the Weather Forecast. The spots were divided into 5 groups: the unemployed, women 45+, men 45+, residents of rural areas and all residents of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship.
|18||01.08.2010-10.12.2010||„Everyone different – all equal – the same” – SPN.III.8145-5-45/3052-42/2010.
– financed from the funds of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship Local Government.
The project was implemented without the participation of a partner.
The implementation was based on organizing a photography competition for people with different disabilities and producing and broadcasting spots in the context of disability issues, as well as raising social awareness and sensitizing recipients in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship for its inhabitants. The aim of the photography competition was to activate the community in the region (empowerment) to take action to help people with disabilities.
|„Lean Management as an effective way of improving enterprise management techniques” – POKL.08.01.01-04-237/09-00 – co-financed by the Human Capital Operational Program under the European Social Fund.
The project included a comprehensive support system for beneficiaries from the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, for this purpose 24 two-day practical training courses in the field of quality management were planned, a total of 3 cycles of 8 training sessions each. The training topics include: Lean Management, Value Stream Mapping, 5S, Work Standardization, SMED, OPF, TMP, Kanban and Heijunka. Each participant received a guide containing necessary information and practical tips on improving business management techniques. The guide was intended to help project participants consolidate and systematize the knowledge acquired during the workshops. All necessary information regarding the issues discussed during the training was also available on the Project’s online platform.
|20||01.10.2010-31.07.2011|| „Self-employment – your better future” – POKL.06.02.00-04-099/10-00 – co-financed by the Human Capital Operational Program under the European Social Fund.
The project was implemented in partnership with TVP Bydgoszcz (Partner), European Centre of Youth Cooperation (ECYC/ECWM)- Leader.
The aim of the project was to promote entrepreneurial and creative attitudes and self-employment, as well as to disseminate good practices among the inhabitants of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship through an information and promotion campaign. Project activities covered the entire area of the voivodeship and were addressed to the entire society, in particular to people under 25 and people 45+.
|21||01.03.2009 – 29.02.2012||„Modern quality management systems – education of staff of enterprises and institutions” – POKL.08.01.01-04-179/08-02 – co-financed by the Human Capital Operational Program under the European Social Fund.
It was addressed to working adults living in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship who wanted to acquire new, supplement or improve qualifications and skills, and in particular for employed people with low or outdated qualifications. The project included 52 two-day training courses conducted in the form of workshops. The program included ISO 9001 and 19011 standards, preparing documentation, creating a quality book, procedures, etc. A total of 878 people were trained over 36 months.
|22||01.08.2009 – 28.01.2011||„Promotion of the spin-off idea – an opportunity for SPINKA students and PhD students” – POKL.08.02.01-04-025/08-02 – co-financed by the Human Capital Operational Program under the European Social Fund.
The project was a comprehensive support system for students living in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship who wanted to start a spin-off business and was an action promoting the idea of academic entrepreneurship. For this purpose, 8 training courses were planned in the form of workshops. Thematic scope: commercialization of research, spin-off activities, procedures for establishing spin-off activities, possibility of financing investments from European Union funds, acquiring partners, Venture Capital. E.t.c.
|„SPIN-OFF for the start” – POKL.08.02.01-04-006/08-02 – co-financed by the Human Capital Operational Program under the European Social Fund.
The project was addressed to first- and second-year students of universities from the province of Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship. The main goal of the project was to inspire and create business ideas among students and prepare them to start spin-off business activities. The project included training in the form of workshops on setting up a spin-off business, possibilities of financing investments from EU funds, acquiring business partners, forms of financing innovative investment projects, rules for granting a patent to protect a new market product, using the results of research.
List of our projects and initiatives implemented in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship in 2010-2023
|1. Hungarian photography exhibition.
2. Exhibition titled „Natural treasures of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship”
3. Post-competition exhibition of photographic works
4. Siberians – yesterday and today.
5. Polish roads to freedom
6. Spitsbergen through the eyes of scientists; Polish Station named after Nicolaus Copernicus in Svalbard
7. Crazy in culture – exhibition of youth works
8. Ukraine through the eyes of children and youth
9. „Trust in hope” – Saint John Paul II, Patron Saint of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship
10. Kujawsko-Pomorskie „I AM ECO”
11. Exhibition presenting the activities of Social Economy entities
12. Kuyavian-Pomeranian Borscht Festival
13. House keys – happening
14. International Youth Day
15. International Artillery Days
16. World Youth Day – program support (183 people)
16. On the Wings of Love – exhibition
17. Polish Days to the Sea – Gdynia – exhibition
18. Ecological festival on the occasion of the opening of the Atmosfera Ecological Club, Concert of the Blues Band
19. Co-organization of a sporting event – CUK Angels Toruń (volleyball professional club) – volleyball matches
20. Concert of Christmas carols in Ukrainian and Polish
21. Cultural promotion in Poland and abroad during sporting events (fencing)
22. Sport as a path to social and cultural integration
23. International Meeting House
24. The concept of establishing and operating the International Youth Meeting Center
25. The concept of establishing the Fortress Cultural Park
26. The concept of creating a community center in Górsk
27. Revitalization project of the Jabłonowo Castle Park and Palace Complex
28. Youth Center for Counteracting Unemployment – Business Incubator
29. Social Economy Incubator
30. Parents of Children with disabilities Club
In addition, activities were carried out to promote the social economy, including: international meetings with social economy (including a conference, study visits), co-organization of the Social Economy Conference and Fair as part of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Social Economy Forum, radio spots, press publications.
We are an organization for youth. We want young people to acquire knowledge by participating in programs carried out by foundation. We want them to gain skills and attitudes and to develop in a way that will help them to become active and mature individuals ready to face the challenges of the constantly changing world. Our initiatives promote international cooperation and build mutual understanding between people of different races, cultures and nationalities. We oorganize projects for international and educational exchange and the transfer of experience between different groups. We help to improve the skills and knowledge about the world today. We also support a number of local initiatives aimed at young people in Torun – the communities from which they derive. We are a non-governmental organization that is not acting for profit. Our activity is financed from funds obtained from the authorities cooperating with us, foundations, donations from businesses and individuals.