Project “Good Beginnings”

The Happy Way Foundation in partnership with the City Social Centre in Lodz and Robinson Crusoe Foundation is implementing the project entitled “Good Beginning” co-financed by the European Union under the Regional Operational Programme of the Lodz Voivodeship 2014 – 2020, Priority Axis IX Social Inclusion, Measure IX.1 Active Integration of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion, social and professional activation of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion.

The project is aimed at 470 foster care graduates from the Lodz Foster Care. The aim of the project is social-vocational activation of 470 (197K, 273M) foster care wards from Lodz who become independent or are preparing for the process of becoming independent.

The goal will be achieved in the period until 31.12.2022 through covering each participant with the reintegration path with the use of instruments of social, professional and educational activation, prepared on the basis of a diagnosis of the problem situation, resources, potential, predispositions and needs.

Activities implemented in the project will prevent marginalization and exclusion of the project participant from social life, through preparation to proper performance of social roles, including employee and parent roles. They will facilitate the project participant’s start in adult life, including preparing them to search for, take up and maintain employment.

Project implementation period: 1 June 2020. – 31 May 2023.
Total project value: PLN 3,531,332.60 
EU co-financing of the project: 3 001 482, 60 zł

Łódzkie Regional Operational Programme 2014 – 2020 
Axis IX: Social inclusion 
Measure IX.1: Active inclusion of persons threatened by poverty or social exclusion.
Sub-measure IX.1.1: Social and professional activation of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion

Support within the project “Good Beginnings”: 

  • services of an independence assistant, 
  • diagnostic trips specifying , 
  • support of specialists: psychotherapists, psychologists, pedagogues, tutors. 
  • individual and group addiction therapy classes, 
  • psycho-educational workshops – determining strengths of project participants, 
  • support groups for young parents, 
  • tutoring,
  • supervision for the staff.

Timetable of activities in the “Good Beginning” Project of the Happy Way Foundation.

Task 2 – Retirement Assistants

  • For the entire duration of the project
    • Individual meetings are adapted to the needs of the Project Participants and may take place 7 days a week from 8:00 to 20:00, according to their needs;
    • Individual meetings at the premises of the Szczęśliwa Droga Gymnasium (Wschodnia 69 ul. 2 U Łódź) are held from Monday to Friday between 12 pm and 8 pm.

Task 3 – Dates of workshops in the Skills Academy series

January 2021
14.01 Budget part 4
15.01 The ABC of independence part 1
16.01 The ABC of independence part 2
23.01 Health part 1
30.01 Health part 2
March 2021
06.03 My first job part 1
20.03 My first job part 2
27.03 The good side of the Internet part 1
April 2021
10.04. – Social skills training – conflicts and stress
17.04. – Social skills training – assertiveness
24.04 – The good side of the Internet – part 2
May 2021
08.05
22.05
29.05
June-August 2021
No action, implementation will resume in September 2021
September 2021
11.09. “Integration”
October
09.10. “Social Skill Training part 1”.
23.10. “Social Skills Training part 2”
30.10. “Social Skills Training part 3”
November
06.11. “Social Skill Training part 4”
13.11. “Economic education part 1”
20.11. “Economic education part 2”
27.11. “Economic education part 3”

Task 4 – Tutoring

  • Meetings adjusted to the needs of the Project Participants take place at the Gymnasium of Szczęśliwej Drogi in Łódź (ul. Wschodnia 69 lok. 2 U Łódź) from Monday to Friday between 12 pm and 8 pm.

Task 5 – Psychological and addiction therapy

Psychological Therapy

Until March 2021
takes place every Tuesday from 12 pm to 8 pm and on the last Friday of the month from 2 pm to 6 pm on the premises of the Gymnasium Szczęśliwej Drogi in Łódź (ul. Wschodnia 69 lok 2 U Łódź).

Change of therapy dates in April 2021:
06.04 from 12 – 20 pm
13.04. from 12.00 pm to 8.00 pm
16.04. 12.00 pm – 6.00 pm
20.04. from 12.00 pm to 8.00 pm
23.04. from 12.00 pm to 6.00 pm
Meeting dates in June 2021
01.06
08.06
15.06
22.06
Meeting dates in July 2021
06.07
13.07
20.07
27.07
Meeting dates in August 2021
17.08
24.08
30.08
31.08
Meeting dates in September 2021
07.09
14.09
21.09
28.09
Meeting dates in October
05.10
12.10
19.10
26.10
Meeting dates in November
09.11
16.11
23.11
30.11

Addiction therapy (group and individual)

Until March 2021
Meetings take place every Wednesday from 12pm to 8pm (69 Wschodnia Street, 2 U Łódź).
April 2021
Meetings with the therapist take place every Wednesday between 12pm and 8pm, and (Wschodnia 69 lok. 2 U Łódź).
Group meetings take place at the Happy Way Gym in Łódź (Wschodnia 69 lok 2 U Łódź) on designated Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm.
May 2021
takes place every Tuesday between 12pm and 8pm (Wschodnia 69 lok 2 U Łódź)
June 2021, meeting dates:
02.06
23.06
30.06
July 2021, meeting dates:
07.07
21.07
28.07
August 2021, meeting dates:
04.08
11.08
18.08
25.08
September 2021
Classes not held due to lack of therapist. Waiting for referral of new specialist to resume classes.
October 2021:
14.10
21.10
28.10
November 2021
09.11
16.11
23.11
30.11

Task 6 – Support Group for Young Parents

30.01.2021 – Meeting 4 – “Boundaries – why they are so important and how to skillfully put them”.
27.02.2021 – Meeting 5 – “Feelings – how to show them and deal with them”. 
20.03.2021 – Meeting 6 – “Feelings cont. – How to show them and cope with them”.
30.04.2021 – Meeting 7 – Punishments and consequences, how to distinguish? Negative impact of using punishments.
29.05.2021 – Meeting 8 – Penalties versus consequences, how to distinguish? Negative impact of using punishments. Part 2
29.06.2021 – Meeting 9 – Playing with the child, elements of sensory integration.
08.07.2021 – Meeting 10 – Home – a roof over the head or a safe haven?
28.08.2021 – Meeting 11 – Adaptation action – how to prepare a child for a nursery/preschool
25.09.2021 – Meeting 12 – The adaptation action cont. – group play skills
30.10.2021 – Meeting 13 – Helpful praise and encouragement.

Meetings take place in the premises of the Gymnasium of Szczęśliwska Droga in Łódź (Wschodnia 69 lok 2 U Łódź) on designated Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Task 7Tutoring

  • Individual meetings are adapted to the needs of the Project Participants and may take place 5 days a week from 12:00 to 20:00, according to their needs.

Classes were held on the following days:

January 2021February 2021March 2021April 2021May 2021June 2021
04.01. 02. 02 05.03 07.0412.0518.06
05.01. 05. 02. 11.03. 09.0419.0521.06
07.01. 09.02. 15.03. 13.0421.0523.06
11.01. 10.02. 19.03. 26.0425.0528.06
15.01. 15.02. 26.03. 30.0430.06
22.01. 24.02. 31.03.
25.01. 26.02  
26.01.    
July 2021August 2021September 2021October 2021November 2021
01.0702.0816.0908.1004.11
02.0709.0821.0911.1009.11
05.0716.0824.09 14.1012.11
06.0718.0826.0915.1019.11
07.0725.0827.0920.1029.11
08.0727.08 31.03. 22.10
09.07  
12.07    

Task 8 – “Know Your Strengths” Workshop

11.03.-14.03. 2021 – The workshops took place in the Retreat and Recreation Centre “Dobry Zakątek” ul. Słowackiego 8, 05-510 Konstancin – Jeziorna.
April 2021 – Due to sanitary-epidemiological restrictions in force, it is not possible to carry out the task.
13-16.05.2021 – The workshops took place in “Wiecha” Guesthouse, 22 Gościnna Street, 05-555 Kawęczyn.
June-August 2021 – no off-site workshops
30.09.-03.10.2021 – Off-site group workshops for younger Project Participants took place in “Wiecha” Guesthouse, 22 Gościnna Street, 05-555 Kawęczyn, 8 hours of classes per day.
14.10.-17.10 – group workshops for younger Project Participants took place in “Wiecha” Guesthouse, 22 Gościnna Street, 05-555 Kawęczyn, 8 hours of classes a day.
Next away workshops will take place in June 2022