Job Fair in Kutina
Mine Aid Association along with partner CES Regional Office Kutina invites to the Job Fair in Kutina which will be held at the Sports Centre Kutina on 10/23/2014. at 10:00h.

The Association shall, within the project "Through empowerment and education to social inclusion" participate in the Fair through the information desk in the great hall, and through participation in a roundtable called "OsnaŽena - with education to employment" that will present the progress and results of the entire project.

Job Fair

Our beneficiary Sladjana Pribilović found a job at the Textile House store in Sisak
Our beneficiary Sladjana Pribilović after successful completion of training for computer operator found a job at the company Textile House in Sisak. Otherwise, the grammar school senior, caregiver, and now the computer operator, now works as a saleswoman, and occasionally serves as the deputy head of the shift.

Sladjana states that the acquired computer knowledge is extremely useful in daily communication with other agencies, suppliers and other partners. Shop is open all day, so Sladjana is working in shifts. She is very happy with her job, working environment and salary.


Home for elderly "VILLA ENNA" in PETRINJA
Our beneficiary Sanela Kalc got a job at the home Villa Enna in Petrinja

As announced at the end of May this year on the radio show "That's Life" on PETRINJSKI radio and posted on the Portal 53 ( ) Our beneficiary Sanela Kalc after successfully completed her practical training as part of the education for nurse at the home for the elderly "Villa Enna" Petrinja and was also later employed there.

Home Villa Enna is the home for the elderly who acts a little more than two years and takes care of 20 patients. Villa Enna is the only place in Sisak, except the hospital, that provides quality palliative care for patients. The owners of this home are Andrea Strižak and Miljenko Strižak. dr. med. Spc. neurologist.

The owners are very pleased with Sanela’s work and describe her as a hard-working and responsible person who is dedicated to her work and the high quality approach to the elderly, and her qualities were observed during the conduct of practical work, which resulted in the hiring decision.

Sanela was very pleased with colleagues and working environment, and says she learned so many things and simply enjoy the job and is looking forward to every day when she gets up to go to work.

Home for the elderly "GOLDEN YEARS" IN KUTINA
Our beneficiary Mirela Dološ found a job at the home "Golden Years"

Home for the elderly "Golden Years" in Kutina has been successfully operating for 10 years. Home capacity is 50 people, and theirs users come from all over Croatia.

Our beneficiary Mirela Dološ got employed at the home “Golden Years”. Acting Director Milica Vujic says that Mirela’s abilities and diligence was what made her stood out among the other participants observed in the time of practical work within the framework of training for nurses. She spotted Mirela’s gentleness and calmness, a quality approach to the people, preference for learning and teamwork.

"Given that she was always in motion, always working, and quickly became an independent worker - Mirela got a chance to work and earn her salary, so she got a job and thus became a member of the family house "Golden Years"- said Acting Director Vujic.

Family home for the elderly "VITA" in NOVSKA
Our beneficiary Goranka Matos found a job in the family home "Vita"

Family home "Vita" has been operating successfully for a full seven years and was the first privately owned home for the elderly in the wider area of Novska. It has the capacity for 18 users and generally they are users that are immobile with advanced degenerative changes. The owner of the family home Ms Katarina Musić notes that they are further interested in developing the home in the direction of care for palliative patients.

Along with the owner of the home, staff is one medical nurse and two caretakers. Katarina Musić notes that the term "family home" really means to be in a home environment where all live as one big family because it means living together under the same roof.

Our beneficiary Goranka Matos was employed here as a replacement nurse for the summer period, but with further filling capacity of the house there is a possibility of permanent employment.

At this meeting a journalist from Radio stations Novska, Ms Monika Šporčić Harak, BSc. was present that followed this positive life story - she was talking to our beneficiary Goranka Matos, owner of the home Vita, Ms Katarina Musić and Dasha Poredoš Lavor from our mobile office.

As the journalist Šporčić Harak said - "This is an important event for our local community - after completion of training a single mother found a job in the community, and the job will allow her a better life existence. It would be nice to hear more of similar positive stories.

Certificates for ECDL specialist
All the beneficiaries who have under the Computer Literacy programme passed to the second stage of the ECDL specialists have successfully completed courses and passed all the exams. Accordingly they received certificates as well as international diplomas approved by the Croatian Information Technology Society. Damir Sljivar representative of POU Algebra expressed satisfaction with the activity and engagement of users!

Visit to Jasenovac
On 07.16.2014. in Jasenovac county a meeting was organized between our users and mayors of Jasenovac Marija Mačković and president of the Youth Association Komarac from Jasenovac Goran Dragić.

The purpose of the meeting was to introduce the representatives of local communities and civil society with our beneficiaries, and presentation of programs of already existing subjects in the community that could use the knowledge and skills of our beneficiary.

Head of the Municipality of Jasenovac pointed out the possibility of expanding the number of users of home help which could result in new employment primarily nurse.

Employees of the Mine Aid Association have expressed their satisfaction and gratitude to the mayor and municipality of Jasenovac that they were allowed to work in their offices in accordance with the needs of the project.

Meeting in Novska
On 9th of July 2014, at the local mobile office in Novska beneficiaries of the project “Through Empowerment and Education to Social Inclusion" from the area of Novska gathered in order to receive a final certificate of training for nurses.

The whole meeting was followed by Monika Šporčić Harak, BSc. a journalist from Radio station Novska. Beneficiary Gordana Kocijan made a statement to Radio Novska where she expressed satisfaction with the education and participation in the project.

Mr Željko Gašparović, editor of the city web portal, also attended the meeting and was especially impressed with the story beneficiary Kaja Kaurin that helped a colleague Goranka Matoš, unemployed single mother of three young children of preschool age - to get the nurse job during the summer period in the nursing home "Vita" in Novska.

Certificate of training awarded in Kutina and Sisak
On 06.12.2014. beneficiaries of the project „Through Empowerment and Education to Social inclusion" who have successfully completed training for nurses were awarded certificates.

With the above training beneficiaries become more competitive in the labor market and have already achieved some initial talks with potential employers.


On 11th of June at kindergarten Sisak Novi voluntary action was organized titled "One child, one flower," in which our beneficiaries who volunteer at the Association of Citizens' Initiative "My town of Sisak” took part and together with children cleaned the environment of the kindergarten. Sisak mayor Kristina Ikić Baniček also participated in this activity, so our employee of the local mobile office MSc. Dasha Poredoš Lavor briefly informed her with further implementation of the "Through empowerment and education to social inclusion" project. Mayor praised the work of volunteers and expressed faith that will all be successful in the labour market, as well as the hope for all of them to find a job in the profession for which they were educated.

Director of the kindergarten Ljubica Ivšić, educators and children thanked all participants of these volunteer activities for participating in "One child, one flower" action - with refreshment.


There is no development without economic development. There is no economic development without active social capital (people). Therefore On June 5th, the beneficiaries visited our Chamber of Commerce County of Sisak. At The County Chamber they were received by the Director Brankica Grd with associates Kristina Grabovica from the Department of the Centre for the EU and Dragoslav Krnjajić from the Department of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, investment and technological development.

Chamber Of Commerce - County Chamber Sisak was founded in 1870 as Trade and Crafts Association based in Military Sisak. Sisak County Chamber today is an integral part of the Croatian Chamber of Economy which is composed of 20 county-based regional chambers under the Croatian Chamber of Economy and the Decision on the establishment of county regional chamber. It works in the area of Sisak County and represents the interests of its members registered at the Commercial Court (legal entities). From representatives from companies in Sisak County the Economic Council is elected that solves or address the issues of interest to the economy of this area.

Director Brankica Grd and co-workers have prepared for our beneficiaries plenty of useful content, information and written materials so we could find out which is the simple process of establishing a limited liability company (jdoo), we met with the Agency's operations HITRO.HR, learned terms of opening trades, and the amount of monthly contributions craftsmen who pay income taxes and those who pay in a lump sum, aid self-employment, and actual support for self-employment that is intended for all persons, without limitation service insurance or work experience, occupation or qualification under the title "Your initiative - your workplace." The amount of this subsidy is 25,000.


On the 4th of June on the Day of the Town of Sisak and the patron saint of St. Quirinus Association of Citizens' Initiative "My town of Sisak" in which our beneficiaries volunteer received the commendation of the City Council of the City of Sisak for humanitarian work especially in the area of ​​assistance and support to marginalized groups of the population.

The ceremony was also attended by our volunteers, who have, together with the staff of the Office MSc. Dasha Poredoš Lavor, briefly informed Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic on the objectives and activities, and volunteer tasks within the project "Through empowerment and education to social inclusion", which was followed by a joint photography.


An important component of our project is volunteering and boosting civic activism. Therefore, our beneficiaries have visited LDA Sisak On June 5th 2014.

Local Democracy Agency (LDA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 as a pilot project of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe in order to support the development of local democratic processes and promoting human rights and active citizenship. It operates using specific methodology of multilateral decentralized cooperation in partnership with local and regional governments and organizations within and outside Croatia. Since 2006 act as a local NGO. LDA is a member of the Association of Local Democracy Agencies. ALD has 146 members from 23 European countries - local and regional authorities, associations of local authorities, associations and individuals.

Volunteer Centre of Sisak is part of the program of activities of the LDA Sisak. Opened on June 9th, 2011. Within a project financed by the European Union through the IPA Cross-border program Croatia-Bosnia and Herzegovina, and partly supported by the Bureau of Associations of the Croatian Government and the Sisak County. During 2014, the work of the Volunteer Centre is also supported by the Sisak City. Local Democracy Agency Sisak is a member of the Croatian network of volunteer centres.

Our beneficiaries have expressed their interest in the activities of the volunteer centre because they found out that they could volunteer in many interesting events and cultural events which can potentially open the door to in the field of employment.

On behalf of the LDA Sisak we were greeted by the president Ms. Paula Rauzan that invited users to join a large volunteer family of LDA.

MSc. Poredoš Lavor from our local mobile office presented Ms. Rauzan with a CD with biographies of all the beneficiary of this project.

More on LDA Sisak can be found on


On June 5th beneficiaries visited the Museum of the City of Sisak. Specifically, this institution is included because it often uses incentives for employment by employing people who are active job seekers, and have a need for volunteer support in a variety of cultural and social events in the community.

Museum director Mr. Vlatko Čakširan, senior curator introduced our beneficiaries with the settings of the City Museum, the real possibilities and limitations in terms of employment, current and upcoming cultural events, and invited them to participate in volunteer activities through which they can meet new people and gain valuable information for professional achievement.

Our beneficiaries were particularly interested about creative workshops organized by the Museum for the public as well as development plans for "culture industry" that would be based on the preservation of tradition and culture, but also the development and enhancement of historical and cultural sights that would ultimately mean the inclusion of more activists in the achievement of desired plans.

Museum Director Mr. V. Čakširan was presented with a CD with biographies of all the beneficiary of this project.

More about City Museum Sisak can be found on


On June 5th our beneficiaries have visited the Centre for Women Adela where they were received by the president of this association Ms. Marijanka Kovacevic.

Centre for Women Adela was established in 2003 aiming at the economic empowerment of women as well as providing assistance and support to victims of domestic violence. The aim of the Association is to protect and promote human rights of the citizens of Sisak County and other people who are in the area of Sisak County, in accordance with the Croatian Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations, in order to improve the quality of life and development of civil society.

The Association has a hotline for women and children victims of violence, which is open 24 hours, and the number is 044 888 888. From 1st of July 2008, the association has a secret shelter - a shelter for women and children victims of domestic violence. Some of our beneficiaries were hosted in that shelter during difficult periods in their life. Centre for Women Adela and its other projects sought to change public awareness about violence.

President of the Centre Adela Ms. Marijanka Kovacevic pointed out the great need in our area for the establishment of more homes for care for elderly and disabled persons. She suggested that all of us join forces, we follow the upcoming tenders for NGO projects, including a special emphasis on tenders of the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Social Policy and Youth, of which some might be soon published together when the Centre for Women Adela and NGO Mine Aid to apply with projects that would provide jobs in the local community for empowered beneficiaries who have completed a course for carers.

About the Center for Women Adela can be found on


Association of Blind SMC - Sisak one of the most successful and most active associations in the area of Sisak County which is actively involved in the community and hiring people through projects and incentives of Employment Office and various projects. Therefore On June 5th, our beneficiaries visited Association of the Blind SMC - Sisak, where they were received by the secretary Ms. Mirjana Vojnović and Ms. Estera Goga.

Association of the Blind Sisak-Moslavina County - Sisak was founded in the 1955, and today its membership count approximately 150 blind people. The association is firmly positioned and recognized non-governmental organization that has been successfully cooperating with civil society organizations, the business sector and state institutions of regional and local authorities. The Association carries out projects and programs by their content intended for children, youth, women, people of the third age, blind people, developing support groups and self-support, employment of the blind, various educational programmes for the local community. One of their most important program is the Living Centre for the Blind - the first of its kind in the country, supported by the Ministry of Social Policy and Youth, Sisak Countyand the city of Sisak. Today, the program includes more than 30 users with the aim of de-institutionalization, empowerment and development of independent living.

Our beneficiaries, many for the first time, had the opportunity to see what it looks like and how to write a text in Braille - tactile letter intended for blind people. Also praiseworthy was the information that the Ministry of Social Policy and Youth few times a year invites tenders for the job of companions, and that the terms are minimum high school education and at least three months of experience in working with the blind that can be acquired by volunteering. Our users are invited to volunteer at the Association of the Blind if they wish to apply for the future job openings, to get to know the life and capabilities of blind people, so as to obtain the requirements for applying for a grant.
MSc. Poredoš Lavor from our mobile office gave a CD with biographies of all the beneficiary of the project to the secretary of the Association Ms. Mirjana Vojnović, after which the secretary Vojnović proposed that all users of day care centre for the blind in the area of Sisak and Petrinja will be given contacts printed in Latin and braille of all nurses from the Sisak area so they can directly contact them if they will need the help of the nurse.

More about the Association of Blind SMC - Sisak can be found on


Aiming to introduce the local community with users who are involved in our project a visit was organized to the Association of Civil Rights in Sisak On June 5th, 2014.

Civil Rights Project Sisak is a non-governmental, non-political, non-profit, humanitarian organization, registered in Sisak on 02.12.2003. CRP Sisak continues the work of Civil Rights Project of the Norwegian Refugee Council. The aim of the association is to provide humanitarian assistance to displaced persons, refugees, returnees and socially vulnerable people, as well as the promotion and protection of human rights and values of all citizens in regard to the construction, strengthening and consolidating democracy and humanism, and to protect and promote the human, civil and political rights.

Thus, our beneficiaries were familiarised with a lot of information which can be useful in everyday life, such as that there is a legal free phone number 0800 200 098 at which legal experts in the period 8-16 hours give legal advice or arrange on personal meetings with interested parties . Also, they were familiarised with the existence of the website on which one can also get free legal advice and assistance. Some of the users already have used these free legal services especially in terms of the right to support children, prosecution of domestic violence, discrimination in the labour market, etc. With a variety of educational and informational materials, each beneficiary has received a copy of the recently published Bulletin "I'm entitled" which contains a number of useful tips and hints in the area of human rights.

On behalf of CRP Sisak we met Ms. Anita Košar Ulemek, Mr. Aleksandar Kojić and Mr. Saša Zeljug who invited our beneficiaries to join their work. They were also given a CD with biographies of all the beneficiary of this project.

More on Civil Rights Project Sisak can be found here


Association of Unemployed in Kutina was founded in August 2012 and is the first association of such a character in Sisak-Moslavina County. The reason for their establishment was a large number of unemployed in Croatia, and more than 2,000 unemployed in Kutina, of which as many as 58% were women.

„UNUK“ implemented various projects to help people with disabilities, old, sick and disabled people in the form of help in the home, so the mobile office worker MSc. Dasha Poredoš Lavor organized a meeting for our beneficiaries with representatives of this associations Ms. Marijana Loznačić, Ms. Mirjana Lončarić and Mr. Zdenko Lončarić, which took place on 05/29/2014.

Mr. Zdenko Lončarić informed the attendees with the objectives of this association, which is provision of assistance and exercise of the rights of the unemployed, especially women over 40 years of age, single mothers, the long-term unemployed women and other unemployed through the realization of their own and other programs / projects, in order to raise their competitiveness in seeking and obtaining employment. Annual membership in this association is 20 HRK.

Our beneficiaries participated in the conversation of exchanging information and experiences on the implementation of current and future programs and public initiatives, related to the topic of employment and self-employment.

More about the Association unemployed in Kutina you can find here.


There is ever-growing number of elderly people and there is an increasing need of decent and quality settlement of their needs. Thus, experienced entrepreneur Ms. Branka Misirača decided to open a retirement home for the elderly with up to 20 users. If this venture proves successful, she is considering expanding the capacity.

Therefore, on the 29/05/2014 we organized a meeting for our beneficiaries who attended training for nurses/caretakers with Ms. Branka Misirača who presented to them their plans and capabilities. Thus we learn that the home "Idila" is located in a quiet part of town, it is a process of gathering queries for accommodation from future user, and it would primarily serve for the elderly that are mobile or semi-mobile.

Ms. Misirača invited our beneficiaries to contact her upon obtaining a certificate for nurse, and she will conduct an interview with them so those who meet all the necessary criteria would actually be employed.

Our beneficiaries were asked questions of interest to them related to the job, and Ms Misirača gave them information leaflets about home "Idila".

Mrs. Misirača was given a CD with biographies of all the beneficiaries of this project.


A number of beneficiaries who have completed a course for IT operators volunteer at the association Citizens' Initiative "My town of Sisak" in Sisak. It is a non-governmental organization which promotes human rights and equality, advocates for the protection of nature and animals, and works on the development of volunteerism, civic activism, lifelong education and humanitarian work in the community. The Association operates across the Sisak County.

Our beneficiaries with their knowledge helped to a large extent to this association to create a complete database of users with a clearer division of the same by gender, age, social and health status and needs, while keeping the records of collected donations in kind, and of particular humanitarian work in the community and visits to families in need, and age of single-person households. President of the Association Mr. Tihomir Lavor expressed satisfaction with cooperation with our students, praised their diligence, wished them every success in finding a job and thanked them for chosing Citizens' Initiative "My town of Sisak" for their volunteering.

On 28.05.2014. the National Library Vlado Gotovac Sisak organized a final gathering of volunteers and staff in which the beneficiaries spoke about their experiences of several weeks of volunteering activities carried out in this institution. We found that they are extremely satisfied with the work atmosphere and positive relations, that they were glad they were able to give their knowledge in the form of library work for the benefit of the community and that their time spent in the library passed quickly. Beneficiaries filled out volunteer booklet, which they then verified by Director prof. Dubravka Šurlan. Then the beneficiaries had the opportunity to anonymously evaluate satisfaction with the organization of volunteering.

Director prof. Dubravka Šurlan and Ms. Martina Bašić have expressed satisfaction with the cooperation and quality of work of volunteers. Our gathering was attended by the reporter Ms. Slađana Marković from Quirinus Radio who made a summary of events for the central news programme. We continue to work through the local office planning a series of introductions and linking project of beneficiaries that have strengthened and enriched with new knowledge and skills with local community representatives - which the beneficiaries gladly accepted.

Employee of the mobile office MSc. Dasha Poredoš Lavor and beneficiaries of the project visited the Association of Persons with Disabilities Sisak County "Little House" in Novska, and secretary of the Association Ms. Aleksandra Milkovic introduced them to the needs and the projects their association is implementing and preparing, precisely because such projects use the services and knowledge of nurses for which participants of the project were trained and educated for. Also, a CD with biographies of all the beneficiaries of this project was given to Ms. Milković so that the representatives of the Association's "Little House" could be better acquainted with their skills and capacities as active employment seekers in the labour market.

Later they visited Radio Novska where beneficiaries were guests on the show, "Open Studio" hosted by Monika Šporčić Harak. On the show Ms. Daša Poredoš Lavor spoke about the implementation of the project "Through empowerment and education to social inclusion", as well as the terms of employment and unemployment, the negative psychosocial effects of long-term unemployment on mental health and motivation. Beneficiaries Ms. Krunić and Ms. Matoš spoke about their experiences during training, performing practical work and volunteering in the community. With this radio show we have contributed to this issue of the fight against discrimination in the labour market, information and promotion of our project aimed at linking local communities and empowered beneficiaries enriched with new knowledge that are active job seekers.

Our beneficiaries who have successfully completed training for computer operator conducted volunteering activities at the National Library Vlado Gotovac in Sisak to implement the acquired knowledge and skills for the benefit of the community. In groups of two or four beneficiaries, in accordance with the needs of the Library, beneficiaries volunteered for six working days on jobs of sorting and stacking library materials, input the required data into information database, categorizing content in the computer-base, word processing (transcript, customization, making tables and etc.), participate in the preparation and archiving of library materials for the write-off, etc.

Head of the shift Martina Basic, prof. and Library Director prof. Dubravka Surlan expressed satisfaction with the activity of our users, and it was agreed to organize final socializing of volunteers and employees of the Library when they will together evaluate past weeks of this cooperation. During volunteering activities beneficiaries were regularly visited by our employee of the mobile office MSc. Dasha Poredoš Lavor in order to support them and be a source of important information for further action and active performance in the labour market.


The first training within the IT literacy training is completed. The training has included 17 beneficiaries and so far 15 of them have successfully completed training for computer operator and received certificates to be entered into the electronic work booklet. As a part of the program it was continued with the training for specialists for the ECDL which is attended by eight beneficiaries.


Family home - become a foster carer - help and care at home
In the section "Brochures" we have added new content, the publication "family home", "Become a foster carer" and "help and care at home."
Brochures can be downloaded here.

25/03/2014. JOB FAIR, Sisak, Hotel Pannonia

Mine Aid Association and the beneficiaries of the project "Through empowerment and education to social inclusion" participated at the Job Fair in Sisak. Beneficiaries have presented their works made during creative workshops and informed numerous visitors about their experience gained through the project activities as well as the value and importance of the project.

At the same time project manager gave a presentation as part of the round table "The importance of information and communication technologies in the labour market", in order to inform about the results achieved, particularly in the area of IT literacy and awareness of the needs and capabilities of unemployed women.



Training for caretakers
In Kutina on 17th February 2014 started the training for the second group of beneficiaries of the project.

The beneficiaries will undergo training for caretakers where they will acquire the knowledge and skills to perform the duties and tasks of caretaker (assistance in the implementation of personal hygiene of patients/residents and environmental hygiene/nurse, patient - ward/, care for linen, assist in the division of food and feeding patients, assist the patient in performing physiological needs, attend and dress the deceased, take care of the transport of the deceased, implement disinfection of tools for patient care and the environment (mechanical and chemical), implemented depedikulation, recognize changes in the patient/resident and notify the nurse); learn about the structure and function of the human body as a whole; develop humane attitude towards the sick people, his family and the environment; develop positive attitudes in relation to health, disease and infirmity; develop cultural and hygienic habits, conscientiousness, tidiness; develop the ability to understand the requirements and work demands placed before caretaker by the medical staff.

Upon completing the beneficiary will receive a certificate that is entered into their electronic work booklet.

Training for computer operator
In Sisak on 3rd of February 2014 started a new education for project beneficiaries.

The beneficiaries will be trained for computer operator where they will acquire the knowledge necessary to work independently on the computer such as data entry and word processing, graphics, authoring documentation, work tables, charts, calculations, using the Internet and more.

Upon completing the beneficiary will receive a certificate that is then entered into their electronic work booklet.


"Basics of Entrepreneurship - first steps in self-employment"
On 01.30.2014 a workshop was held in Sisak, entitled "Basics of Entrepreneurship - first steps in self-employment."

Through the workshop beneficiaries were familiarised with the basics of entrepreneurship in the direction of how to become an entrepreneur, the importance of the work, ethical responsibility and teamwork. Also, we talked about the various forms of business (trade, enterprise) and the creation of a business plan and market research.

The beneficiaries worked on a personal assessment of themselves as potential entrepreneurs; what skills and knowledge they have, what are their strengths and weaknesses in initiating a concrete business.

Given that this workshop was the last in a series of 15 thematic workshops that were organized and conducted in the area of Kutina and Sisak, beneficiaries received certificates for their efforts and the work and celebrated the successful completion of this project activity.


"Business Ethics"
On 01.28.2014 in Sisak a workshop titled "Business Ethics" was held.

When we talk about professional, entrepreneurial or business ethics we are talking about just and natural operations in accordance with conscience.

In the workshop we addressed the principles and ethical business principles, responsibilities of employers and workers, as well as social responsibility.

We defined codes of ethics, and the beneficiaries, through personal experience, spoke of codes of ethics in organizations in which they have worked so far and ethical dilemmas especially when it comes to actions that are not defined as a crime, but are morally referral.

It also touched the topic of business conduct under which the beneficiary assessed personal level of knowledge in this area.


Creatively; OSCAR - more powerful and more secure in myself, I make a step forward

After a series of meetings that were aimed to emotional empowerment, learning from the field of business communication, developing a variety of creative skills, we can really say with certainty that our beneficiaries are more secure in themselves and know how to make a step forward in their personal life and take actions aimed at professional achievement. So we held a workshop where we tried to access via socio-dramatic display various situations in business relations of a person applying for a job and employers called " OSCAR - more powerful and more secure in myself, I make a step forward ". The workshop was led by M.Sc . Dasha Poredoš Lavor .

We live in a time when different people cope in different ways. Some are less, some more honest, many lie and pull on "masks". Let us ask ourselves when and why we act, how we feel when others act us and pull their masks on us? Based on a variety of life experiences using socio-dramatic expression we have tried to show several meetings of job seekers and employers - with the aim of improving the quality of these highly sensitive, stressful and demanding contacts and relationships.

In the educational part of the meeting, Poredoš Lavor spoke about discrimination and mobbing - in society in general and at the workplace. In the world there is no single definition of discrimination and, in fact, is often a subjective experience of denial of certain rights or options. Discrimination is considered to put some people at a disadvantage based on a misconception of the existence of grounds for discrimination. Bullying is hostile and unethical communication which is directed in a systematic way by one or more individuals, mainly toward one individual, who is, due to this abuse, put in a position where one is helpless and unable to defend himself, and held in this position by the constant activity of the bullies. They often appear (at least once a week) and long term (at least 6 months).

Thus instructed as to what discrimination and bullying are, the beneficiaries used socio-dramatic approach based on years of practice at seeking for job held several acts (as they are popularly called sketches) where they were encountered with a variety of employers, thereby showing the situation of positive experiences, healthy communication, personal culture and professionalism, but also those less quality meetings in which they experienced discrimination, humiliation, invasion of privacy, sexist performance, nepotism and other similar phenomena. So they created the following sketches :

- "Nothing without bags" showing bribery and corruption
- "Well, you cannot win because you're a woman" which displayed discrimination based on gender
- "The superiority of fear" in which we displayed a cold and superficial attitude of the employer, but also a lack of self-esteem and job seekers
- "2 in 1" is a story that shows the incorrect attitude towards professional growth and development of job seekers, fear of competition, and also the nepotism when selecting employees
- " Bob’s Your Uncle" in which the emphasis was about getting a job through political connections, relatives and acquaintances
- "Without connections" is a story that points to the difficulty in recruiting women with more children that are in addition single mothers
- "Volunteering is important" emphasizes the importance of patience, perseverance, inner motivation and positive attitudes towards work that is done with a view of the value of volunteering
- "Business deception" is an interesting short story in which a formal advertisement of the need for worker turns into a scam for gathering clientele for a tarot card deception
- " It is better to lay for a buck then to work for two" - a story that talks about the lack of interest among job seekers, despite the quality and correct relation of employer

During the meeting in Sisak , which was held on 23rd January of 2014 we were guests in the "News" programme at Quirinus radio led by editor and journalist Carmen Valenta, where participants were project manager Mary Breber who spoke about the development of the project and further content guidelines, and the head of psychosocial and creative workshops Dasha Poredoš Lavor that talked about today's topic of the workshop, and the beneficiary Sonja Jurkovic from Sisak and Nena Majcen from Kutina who spoke about their impressions concerning this education and their roles in the sketches.

Thanks to all users who participated in the Socio-drama and very well displayed the situations that may be encountered in everyday life in the labour market.

Regardless of the previous negative experiences, our beneficiaries are truly being empowered and more secure in themselves they are making a step forward.



The skills of active job search
On 21.01.2014. in Sisak, a workshop was held, titled "The skills of active job search."

The workshop included a range of topics such as the ways and possibilities of obtaining information about job vacancies, how to write resumes, how to write a job application and motivation letter, how to prepare for a job interview, etc.

Beneficiaries have developed through practice their CV in Europass form which will, in collaboration with the local office, be revised and placed on the project website.

Also, beneficiaries prepared and presented brief self-introduction of themselves to potential employers through the display of their motivation for a specific job, and acquired specific knowledge and skills.


Presentation and Negotiation Skills
On 06.01.2014. in Sisak, a workshop was held entitled "Presentation and Negotiation Skills".

Within the workshops we dealt with topics related to oratory, qualities of a good speaker, what are the pitfalls of public appearances and how to deal with nervousness. Furthermore, we used concrete tasks in the process of making a presentation where the beneficiary through group work prepared and presented presentations on assigned topics, and in front of an audience of about thirty people.

Also, users were familiarized with the styles of communication and the importance of adapting the same. Strategies of conflict resolution and the importance of negotiation as the best form of resolving business conflicts. Furthermore, we processed concrete steps in the implementation process of business negotiation skills and a good negotiator.


Business communication
On 14.01.2014 . in Sisak, a workshop titled "Business Communication" was held. Business communication is a form of communication that is used for personal promotion or promotion of the organization, product or service. It is the transfer of information within the business world.

Accordingly, a range of topics were processed from non-verbal communication, professional conduct, to written business communication. Nonverbal communication is important for creating an impression during job interviews, presentations, business meetings and the like.

The fact is that 90 % of people creates an opinion about us in the first four minutes, with 60-80% of the impression produced on the basis of non-verbal communication. Furthermore, in written business communication, which accounts for 70 % of total business communication, means of conveying messages are written words.

Accordingly, the beneficiaries were familiarized with the basic rules of written business communication, advantages and disadvantages, types of business letters and composing skills of various types of letters, records, certificates, etc.


Origami technique
Being introduced to a new culture, life values, art and people, is always a new challenge and a breath of knowledge in life. So our next workshop, held in Kutina and Sisak and led by M.Sc. Daša Poredoš with guests, was dedicated to introducing the Far East, Japan and origami techniques. If we look back we can think of some familiar contents which show in great detail the Japanese tradition and culture. In youth we certainly read a literary work by Karl Bruckner "Sadako wants to live" in which a young girl is making a thousand paper cranes for peace in the world, and seven years ago romance novel by author Arthur Golden's "Memoirs of a Geisha."

In the educational part of the meeting Poredoš Lavor spoke about "Origami in modern society", emphasizing different world experiences related to the use of origami. Origami techniques is well accepted in European countries which is visible by numerous New Year's decorations when, instead of using living trees from nature to decorate homes and storefronts in the holiday period, many used interesting and imaginatively coloured trees made of paper and cardboard. The biggest origami Christmas tree was created in 1993 in the Netherlands. In the city Eyndovene at the central square paper Christmas tree 15 meters high was made, which was decorated with various origami objects.

We also had a guest - Ms. Nada Tušak , prof. , A member of the of Japan - Croatian Friendship Society who told stories and legends about origami, the beneficiary met with the peculiarities of the Japan - Croatian Friendship Society, the importance of origami in everyday life , and then she taught beneficiaries in making simple and modular origami. They created origami envelopes, decorative stars, cubes and cranes. The bolder ones started making Kusudama health balls that need more time and patient centred work. During the workshop, we've listened to several traditional instrumentals, all beneficiaries have received a CD with recorded images of the process of making origami objects to also be creative and create at home.

During the meeting in Sisak , which was held on January 9th 2014 we came with an idea for beneficiaries together with Professor Tušek to set up Origami Society Sisak in the form of association, and the workshops to take place in Sisak - CAPRAG ( neighborhood known as Sisak steel mill that was once an industrial giant, and now barely survives). According to the interpretation of the beneficiary " Maybe just making cranes that symbolize health and longevity have helped this socially deprived area to revive and move from stagnation to progress ." Tušak believes that such social activism would received support from the Japanese Embassy in Croatia as well as the Japan - Croatian Friendship Society.


Creatively; Waste is not garbage  

It is important to save resources and therefore behave responsibly towards nature, renewable energy sources, but also the home budget. So we had our next workshops that was held in Kutina and Sisak, which was led by M.Sc. Daša Poredoš Lavor called "Waste is not garbage - creative skills to improve household budget." In this workshop participants have brought a variety of household items that could be characterized as "waste“ to help them refine them using creativity so that they become decorative and/or useful items. There were paper and cardboard packaging that became decorative boxes, glass bottles that became vases, various torn textile items that have become imaginative flowers (brooches and hairpins) and quite a few more.

In the educational part of the meeting, considering it was the last one in 2013, group leader Poredoš Lavor held a workshop titled "Let us accomplish new successes in the New Year". She explained why most people do not understand success - " There is no magic wand and happiness does not fall from the sky. This is not the lottery. It is not enough just to stop on the way home, buy a lottery ticket and then wait to hit success. Nor is it a place you will get into in a magical moment of life. Success is not a destination – it is everyday life. The only way you will achieve it is that you are working on it day by day. To be successful, you don’t have to be lucky or rich, but you should know this: You are what you do every day, first you are shaping your habits, and then they shape you; habits of success is just as easy to develop as well as the habit of failure; every day are in the process of being and, depending on where you dedicate yourself, you become better or worse."

We also had guests from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce - Chamber of Crafts Sisak County Mr. Nenad Joksimović, OK SMC secretary who informed the participants about the work of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and held informational and educational lecture with a discussion titled "Registration of a craft trade in the Republic of Croatia." Thus, the participants were informed about the types of trades, the legislation relating to trade, the costs of starting up the business etc. Participants showed a lot of interest related to trade services that can be performed as seasonal jobs for Public call for projects of Sisak County "Traditional and artistic crafts" and the list of products that can be homemade. The participants were given various information brochures relating to the encouragement of craftsmanship.

The particularity of this meeting was the moment when the participant Ivančica Velić presented part of handicrafts she has been making for years in the art of thread and silk to the Secretary of the Chamber of Crafts SMC Mr. Nenad Joksimović. After a brief conversation, our Ivančica was invited to join in the work of the Chamber of Crafts SMŽ, the Association "Souvenir" and received an invitation to present her work on the big souvenir fair in Opatija which will be held in the spring of 2014, to which exhibitors come from all over Croatia, and is visited by visitors from all over the world, of course, with the help and support of OK SMŽ.

This was a moment of great joy and elation - bravo Ivančica!

During the meeting in Sisak, which was held on December 12th, 2013 we were again guests at the "News" on Quirinus radio led by editor and journalist Carmen Valenta, where along workshop leader Daša Poredoš Lavor, Mr. Nenad Joksimović from the Chamber of Crafts SMC and our users Andrea Smolčić, Marija Tomić and Ivančica Velić also participated.

Nurturing tradition and multiculturalism during these workshops in Kutina, participant that we affectionately call Betty, introduced us with Macedonian traditional music and customs, and in Sisak our user Azra wrote the theme of the workshop and the names of all participants in Arabic.



"The creativity and ingenuity in everyday life"

As we have learned, creativity provides multiple opportunities in everyday life. Therefore, we have titled the following workshops which were held in Kutina and Sisak, and led by M.Sc. Daša Poredoš Lavor, „Creativity and ingenuity in everyday life.“

We also had guests from the Association of Persons with Disabilities Sisak County (also known as the Little House) president Samira Spoja and secretary and leader of program activities Aleksandra Milkovic, B. Sc. journalist. Association OSI SMŽ operates in a wider area of the county so their offices are in Petrinja, Novska and Glina. From the associates of the Association of OSI SMC, we have learned about the needs for services of nurses in the Novljanski area that will result from their project in which we will be sure to include.

In the educational part of the meeting presenter Poredoš Lavor held a workshop on subject "how to avoid debt and preserve health" in which the emphasis was on rational use and finding ingenious solutions to everyday life in order to prevent family conflicts conditioned by a lack of money, the realization of potential savings, as well as the harmonization of one’s desires with one’s financial possibilities.

In this workshop participants are being familiarised with the basics of decoupage techniques or the napkin technique, and using ropes and textiles to decorate and produce decorative items.

Technique of decorating items of solid materials with napkins experienced a revival - as in the 17th century when it began to be applied. The old technique, which came to us from the East, has become a hit in many households. The point is in cutting and combining parts of the paper (napkins), paste them onto a coloured or specially prepared surface and painting. Retro spirit returns with napkins and wooden, glass, metal, ceramic surfaces. Although at first glance this technique can seem difficult, the creative work is extremely interesting, and its implementation takes time and a good deal of patience.

In this workshop users created wooden plates and napkins decorated ornaments with beads, bottle decorated with a string of textiles and brooches.

Good mood, inventive inspiration, skilled hands and a heart full of motivation has created various masterpieces ready for many exhibition events.



Sixth Workshop - creatively with fimo mass and gypsum

Our future activities are directed towards creative workshops in Kutina and Sisak which continue to be led by M.Sc. Daša Poredoš Lavor.

Creativity can be defined as the capacity to achieve new solutions to problems. It is the basis of mental health. It should be noted that the creative art therapy does not deal with artistic talent. It starts with the claim that everyone knows for example, to draw, to design and create no matter how nice aesthetically or technically correct it looks, because it does not matter. It's what a drawing, figure or artwork expresses and contains, as well as its emotional and communicative value. More important is the process of creating the final product. Some of the elements of creative work through which they can express emotions are a movement ( movement can be calm / aggressive / nervous ), colour (hot / cold ), different materials ( " hard " or " soft " , synthetic or natural ) and composition ( eg rich / poor detail , organized / chaotic ). Through the creation the person translate its inside world to the outside world. Unlike speech, drawing or creative piece of work are a permanent record of internal processes and can always be revisited.

At the first creative meeting attendees were introduced to fimo mass and gypsum. From fimo mass they created a variety of decorative objects (such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc.), and a variety of plaster figurines which were then adorned - as stand-alone figures, magnet affixed or affixed to a wooden base. There were combinations with other (natural) materials, so they created the „tree of life " - from stone, wire and polymer clay balls.

AttThese workshops users designed various ornamental, but also some everyday items that are the results of motivation and creativity of women whose own life endeavours are directed towards self-realization. During creative workshops in Sisak we had a visit from a journalist crew from Apple TV, who filmed a piece about the whole project and made a very interesting and high-quality display that is shown in Sisak chronicles.


Fifth Workshop on the role of women in modern society
After successful psychosocial workshops on characteristics of communication, improvement of social skills with special emphasis on motivation, importance of self-esteem and the prevention of stress we held a workshop on "The role of women in modern society" which was led by M.Sc. Daša Poredoš Lavor in Kutina and Sisak.

Women in our society are increasingly employed, therefore involved in the creation of a significant portion of GDP, gradually becoming managers, investors, the politics is slowly opening its doors, women already secured places as distinguished university professors, doctors or lawyers. Women increasingly openly express their ambitions, they earn more, but not the same as men, increasingly make independent important decisions in private and business life and are increasingly affecting the majority of purchases for the household.

Today's "ideal woman" should be successful businesswoman who built his career, and takes care of the family with the help of a member of the family, according to a survey conducted by GfK on a representative sample of 1,000 respondents in Croatia ( source :, 1.7.2008.). That is what 40 % of respondents believe, while 33 % of them considered that the „ideal woman" is the one that is employed but working on less responsible positions, and takes care of the family by herself.

15 % of respondents believe that the "ideal" housewife/mother is the one who is primarily devoted to family obligations. Various scientific studies have shown that for women it is important not to remain housewives who will only be in charge of cooking, home and children, but their happiness also depends on having a good job. EU conducts that women in Croatia must make up to 60% of employees by 2010. We are now at the end of the 2013 and we see that we have not achieved this goal. Despite EU legislation on equal pay, women earn 15 % less than men, and this gap is reduced considerably slower than the difference in employment.
Particular attention was paid to women in rural areas as many participants of this training are women from rural areas. In rural areas women constitute 45% of the female population and over 51% of the total rural population. They have low education (only 2.6 % of women had completed college or university), traditional understanding of the role of women is still present, and there is also a form of isolation present (isolation of women from social and political life of the village). The woman that lives in the village is working without determined 8-hour work day, often underpaid or unemployed, can face discrimination in the workplace and in the family. She cannot leave home when she wants and cannot go to a professional conference or vacation, without well-organizing the workload at home. Therefore, let us not be envious when the woman from the countryside came to town nicely dressed and in a good car, and buy a more expensive thing and pay in cash because these are only a few moments of her freedom, while not common everyday life of many urban women - living on the hype and with bank loans.

Prejudices and rigid attitudes rooted notions about the existence of „male" and “female“ are becoming faded and jobs become family affairs. The most important thing is that both partners feel the mutual contribution to family life.

During this meeting, which was enriched with many experiences for participants, they were given the opportunity to display personal knowledge, skills, capacities and capabilities that make them special. Thus, the participants displayed their handicrafts, imaginative winter store recipes and liqueurs, reading poems, proven collected culinary recipes and their recipes published in the cookery, delicious cakes, decorative and usable items, and more .

It was a pleasure to see that, despite the fact that participants are not employed, they have many skills that can help them in their daily lives, improve the quality of life of their families and make some positive present in the labour market.


Workshops on coping with stress

The word "stress" is often used in everyday communication. Many people today are under the "stress", many have experienced various "stressful" experiences and for many the life stages of unemployment is a "stressful" reality which is reflected in all aspects of life as an unemployed individual, and the members of his family. Therefore, we have dedicated one of the psychosocial workshops in Kutina and Sisak, held on 27 and 28 November and led mr . Sc . Dasha Poredoš Lavor to the subject of coping with stress.

Stress is a complex emotional, physical and/or behavioral reaction that occur when we assess certain event as hazardous or disturbing. Stressor or source of stress is an event or series of events that we estimate to threatens our lives and/or the lives of people important to us, material goods, self-esteem, etc. This is an event for which we believe that it can disrupt (amend) the normal, everyday course of our life. Stressor is an external event, while the stress is an internal situation or experience. Stress itself is fairly neutral. Good stress can act as a spice of life. It is important whether a reaction to stress leads to better adjustment (adaptation) of the organism or in the wrong adjustment and illness.

Stress causes an earlier menopause. High levels of stress is considered to be a need for rapid performance of tasks and perform multiple tasks at once. This is confirmed by the French survey conducted on 1500 respondents. Stress affects the balance of hormones which can accelerate aging of ovaries. Menopause is averaging began at 52 age, and in 9 % of respondents who stated they are under stress in the family and at work, it started a few years earlier. Almost the same effects can be produced by smoking more than 10 cigarettes per day.

The basic prerequisite for successfully confronting and overcoming stress and crisis is timely identification, determination of its source and supporting factors, knowledge of the possible consequences of the personal and family functioning, with the adoption of the technique of self-help and support from close people.

Movement is the most natural and most effective anti - stress activity. A bad mood is dissolved during a walk in nature. Also important is the proper nutrition. Substantially relaxing are dance and music - music is the most powerful tool for changing the chemistry of the brain, for the person in stresss a beneficial effect have the music of Bach , Mozart, Tchaikovsky, but also other kinds of music, depending on individual taste. Stretching exercises relieve muscle tension. The massage creates a sense of relaxation and rest, relieves the pain. Yoga balances the mind, body and soul. Humor and laughter – those who laugh gladly and often usually have a positive attitude towards life, knows how to rejoice and enjoy the little things, and is sociable and pleasant in society. Laughter relieves tension, prevent aggression and anger.

For this occasion, for the purpose of the anti - stress effects, both groups of participants were singing, and the bravest ones even danced. Despite many shared experiences by the participants who truly experienced many stressful situations – a day of conversation about stress was not stressful but it ended with a lot of care and mutual support.


The third workshop on self-esteem

On the 25th and 26 of November and the following psychosocial workshop was held entitled „The importance of self-esteem for personal growth and development „- in Kutina and Sisak, which was led by mr . Sc . Dasha Poredoš Lavor.

It is clear that long-term unemployment can significantly undermine self-esteem, adverse effects on the creation of a positive image of oneself, and compromises and confidence in own capacities and integrity of the world in which we live.

In a very dynamic atmosphere followed with a lot of personal experiences participants mutually shared their life stories - accompanied by praise and corrections by the group and the leader of the workshop. Group work significantly helps to more thoroughly experience ourselves, learn from others' experiences, change ourselves, and grow and develop in a favorable direction.

Self-esteem is the way we see and what we think about ourselves, how much we appreciate ourselves, how much we think we are worth. Self-esteem is not only a reflection of our own estimates but arises from the reaction of other people, especially people that we love and that are important to us. We create a picture of ourselves all our life and it is therefore important to invest in a whole - life education.

A person of high self-esteem feel she deserves nice things, recognize that it is valuable despite the imperfections, is more determined to achieve the goal, is more optimistic, finds easier to cope with criticism and negativity, is happier, more satisfied, physically and mentally healthier, higher resistance to stress and is more efficient. A person of low self-esteem feels weak and inadequate, insecure, self-doubtful, often self-criticize, afraid of rejection from others, often feels is worthless, afraid to leave a bad impression, will not succeed, give up easily, is more concerned and less effective.

Self-esteem is built by thinking positively because there are no unsolvable problems, accepting our weaknesses and limitations, because no one is perfect, but it is important to improve our skills and become a better person, by persistence where initial failure should not discourage us and with the responsibility because our life is in our hands.

The proposal worth further attention and engagement arose while working with users from Kutina, referring to their desire to help them establish the Women's Association of Moslavina that would deal with the protection of women's rights, prevention of domestic violence, assistance and support to single mothers, mothers of children with disability, etc.


"Learning of successful social skills"
Workshops on "Learning successful social skills" were held, and a specialty of the workshop was also direct participation in the program of Radio Quirinus.

Together with presenter Daša Poredoš Lavor in the "Aktualno" program of Radio Quirinus, participants Jadranka Demonja, Azra Mulabdić and Dragana Vasilj were also included, who spoke about the project, the characteristics of workshops, personal expectations and satisfaction to participate in project activities.




The first two psychosocial workshops have been successfully held in Kutina (on 11/18/2013) and Sisak (on 11/19/2013) titled "How to Advocate for Yourself with Good Communication" which was led by mr. Sc. Daša Poredoš Lavor. The involvement of participants was absolute, and their activity very dynamic.

Communication fulfills the basic human need to be in touch with other people. Everything we do in life requires communication. Both personal and professional success often depends on how well we understand others and how well others can understand what we are trying to convey with our communication. True listening aims to truly understand what the other party wants to say.

The listener can actively respond to better understand the other person. Such listening is called active listening and is the foundation of successful communication (nodding, sub-questions, comments, etc.). Very few people know how to listen. Studies show that over 75 % of what is said is ignored, misunderstood and quickly forgotten. Even rarer is the ability to fully understand the deepest meaning of what somebody was trying to tell us.

Teamwork is the key to modern business management. The team of brilliant individuals is often less effective than a brilliant team of average individuals.

In everyday business communication is a „circulatory system“ of each company because no "circulation" of information makes business processes impossible. Most problems between people arise as a result of poor communication. Therefore, our participants had along educational also practical work in small groups or teams, where they made an educational and informational posters on the theme of communication with your partner, children, and in the workplace. Through a very imaginative and creative display complemented with various life experiences, all participants have adopted newly content with adequate knowledge and thus achieve the conditions for participation in the following psychosocial workshop which will discuss learning more successful social skills. Photos testify that serious work was done in a cheerful atmosphere.



On 18/11/2013 first proactive workshops where held within the project "Through empowerment and education to social inclusion." There will be 15 thematic workshops through 30 meetings in total, in the towns of Kutina and Sisak.

The first themes were focused on communication, assertive approach and successful personal commitment and peculiarity of social skills and the importance of motivation in seeking for employment.



On 23/10/2013. at the Job Fair in Kutina a round table was held on the subject "The European perspective of Kutine in education and employment." Pursuant to the above Mine Aid Association gave a presentation with purpose of presenting the project "Through empowerment and education to social inclusion" and to raise awareness of the difficulties in the employment of women.

The roundtable was attended by representatives of the city government, public institutions and private sector representatives.


Beneficiaries were once again briefly presented with the project "Through empowerment and education to social inclusion" and the IPA program under which funds were approved for the implementation of project activities.

The meeting discussed the global activities and the time frame needed to implement them, and furthermore agreed details regarding the implementation of psychosocial and creative workshops and workshops to raise the professional knowledge and skills as the first next step in the implementation.

The meeting was held in the House of Eugen Kvaternik by courtesy of the City of Sisak.

Local mobile office started operations

Within this project establishment of the local mobile office was organized, which opened its doors 09/06/2013. The Office provides psychosocial counseling, information about legal rights and referrals and linking with appropriate organizations and institutions at the local level, it also provides an informative and technical support in relation to employment (job creation plan, writing and sending CVs, etc.).

The specific value of the office is its mobility. In order for the service to the beneficiaries of the project to be as accessible as possible, an employee of the office, Master of Social Work Božica Ivaštinović, field visits each of the four areas covered by the project. It is therefore important that the users notice the phone number +38591/768-3943 and schedule their appointment. So far, the office was visited and contacted by over 60 unemployed women.

We would like to use this opportunity to thank our partner CES regional office Kutina for providing work space in Kutina and Novska, civic initiative Moj Grad Sisak for providing the work space in Sisak and Municipality of Jasenovac for work space in Jasenovac.

Launch of the Project implementation: "Through empowerment and education to social inclusion"
Mine Aid Association has begun the implementation of the project entitled "Through empowerment and education to social inclusion" in partnership with the International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance and Croatian Employment Service regional office Kutina .

The project is funded by the EU under the IPA Component IV, conducted in the Sisacko-moslavacka County. EU contribution amounts to € 111,811.86 and 835,234.59 HRK.

The project is aimed for women 25-65 years old in the area of Sisak, Kutina, Novska and Jasenovac, who have been unemployed for more than 1 year (while not necessarily being registered at CES) and are users of any rights or services pursuant to the Law on Social Welfare. Special attention will be focused on women people with disabilities, victims of violence and ethnic minorities.

The project goal is to empower unemployed women through appropriate psychosocial support and education, increase their competitiveness in the labor market and help them in finding employment. This will be achieved through : the establishment of a mobile local office which will provide professional assistance and psychosocial support , organizing 15 proactive and creative workshops that aim to improve the professional and personal capacities of the beneficiary ; and two types of training programs : Computer literacy and education for caretakers followed by practical volunteer work. All activities included in the project are free for users, we also cover the transport costs, and completed course shall be entered into the electronic employment record.

It is expected that project activities will result in an emotionally and socially empowered users, raised level of knowledge , skills and experience needed to enter the labor market and raised level of internal motivation and self-esteem of unemployed women.

We hereby invite potential users to engage in the project and improve their personal and professional capacities, gain new experiences and present themselves to potential employers or start their own private business.

Contact person: Bozica Ivastinovic
Mobile: +38591/768-3943

  VIDEO (presenting the beneficiaries)


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