[WP 4] Chapter 1.0

C1 Organizational Skills

Kara Bobowski | Italy

The work by Kara Bobowski for both Organizational and Technical Skills (chap. 1 and 6) is based on the following conceptual scheme

Gibbs, 1988 in CERI-OCSE (1994), Valutare l’insegnamento

Christiane Lensch, International Bund | Germany

The plan developed aims to empower PWD (a person with a disability) to organize an event which is usually organized for them. The first step is organizing a smaller event, a birthday party, for example. In the second step, organizing a bigger event, such as a workshop, where PWDs teach other PWDs to produce a crafted object, such as pompons, mosaic or origami, for example, as well as providing the catering for this event is the target.


The skills needed to match all the necessary preconditions for the organization of such an event are:

  • Commitment
  • Punctuality
  • Communication
  • Patience
  • Reliability
  • Team ability
  • IT-Knowledge

The methods used by the team shall be group discussion/ brainstorming, visualization of steps/activities and workgroup (photos of participants) and role plays/interviews. A timetable and checklist were worked out and the dates for the next meetings and goals to be achieved according to the deadlines in the project were determined.

Kara Bobowski | Italy

The methods of choice were group discussions and games. For example, the group sat in a round, a ball of wool was passed from one team member to another. Everyone had to name an individual skill upon receiving the ball, forming a web between the team members. Skills and potentials were defined and the tasks were distributed connected to the respective skills.

 

The feelings the participants had before, during and after the event were expressed using visual aids, wooden boards with the participants' photos and emoticons to show their feelings during the project.

 

ESTIA | ALMA | Greece

The methods practiced were brainstorming, group discussion, role plays – in each of the different exercises, the strengths and weaknesses were defined by the group members.

 

The group sits at a round table and each particpant has to reflect on the individual strengths and weaknesses of the person sitting next to them. In a communal round thereafter, tasks are distributed according to strengths and weaknesses of each participant.

International Bund | Germany

The method chosen was group discussion, as the participants did not feel comfortable with an interview situation. Everybody could contribute their ideas, fewer impulses from the staff were needed.

 

The preparation, realization and postliminary work of a birthday party were planned in detailed steps and to-do lists were made.

Papillon Blanc de Lille | France

The event of choice was preparing two birthdays. Not all the participants knew each other before meeting in the working groups, the concept was similar to the German one.

 

All tasks are listed and each participant chooses the task they wish to perform, one is being responsible for selecting the music, one for the games, one for taking the photos, one for selecting the invitation, for example.


Pictures from magazines and the internet to represent the tasks are chosen and printed on cards, along with a photo of the responsible person. At the end, there were many cards, they were pinned on the wall and put into a timeline – before, during and after the party. The whole project was presented by pictograms, as there are non-readers in the project. The aim was to use as few words as possible.


The idea is to create a To-Do-List from all these cards, as the pin wall was not a useful tool in this instance. The next step will be the realization of a birthday party using these tools.


Role plays or role changes were not used. At the beginning of the process we did brainstorming  exercises with many ideas. The selection was made by election. The role of the staff was to limit the level of input at some points and at others to give hints towrads missing input.

Kara Bobowski | Italy

When organizing an event, ask yourself these questions:

 

What kind of event do we want to organize?

 

What do we need for it?

Presenting the Calendar

 

Our event was the presentation of the calendar 2018. The five PWDs (the STELLA group) decided to celebrate the 15 year anniversary of their educative working centre “La Coccinella” (they prepared the calendar between summer and autumn 2017. We chose this event because making the calendar was their idea and they felt very involved in this activity.

 

Together with our PWDs, we decided to organize the calendar presentation in conjunction with the usual Christmas meeting of our cooperative, where staff, volunteers and PWDs exchange Christmas greetings.

 

Objectives: Exploring what organization includes

  • Planning events | activities
  • Finding space | time | material
  • Sharing responsibilities

Levels of organization | organizing of

  • a simple (formal) self-presentation
  • a simple event (a birthday party)
  • a more complex event (meeting)

For more information and feedback to the methods go to C1.1 Events

 

 

When should the event take place?

 

22. December 2017

Finding a date that is good for you, your team and colleagues but also maybe for your guests.

 

 

 

Why are we doing this?

 

To empower PWDs in organizing events that are usually organized for them, allowing for the skills to be acquired for organizing bigger events further on in the project. And to enjoy a happy event together with our clients, friends and colleagues, of course.

 

 

 

How do we work together?

 

By strengthening team spirit, holding group discussions and visualizing 'who does what and when' on the note board.

Using a calendar to plan the stages of the organization and setting the date. Through evaluating our feelings and our work in interactive feedback sessions and reflecting on our individual skills. And evaluating strong and weak points.

 

Methods:

  • group discussions | brainstorming
  • using Power Point presentations
  • post it notes
  • role playing
  • guidance | tuition
  • experiential exercises

 

 

Who is responsible for the organization?

 

Who to invite?

Group description: Five PWD, semi-autonomus (mild mental disabilities)

 

Make a list of things to do:

  • people to invite
  • responsibilities
  • things to buy
  • things to prepare
  • and create an invitation letter or card

 

The practical exercises include things like going to the supermarket, preparing food, transporting the necessary items, using the pc to show the photos of the calendar at the presentation, for example.

 

Manual and technical skills

Logistics and managing money

 

Where will the event take place?

 

At our education centre La Coccinella, "The Ladybug"

 

The event was a success and the PWDs were proud of the party they organized and that
their calendar was very well received by the guests. The PWDs were very involved in the activities partly because it was something apart from their usual routine.

 

We met a month in advance to evaluate the organizational process and to start activities such as reflecting and discussing aspects such as the skills and abilities they have and use at work and in their daily life, as well as the necessary steps and skills required to organize an event.


We will treasure what we have put into practice and learned through this first event and look forward to sharing it with our partners during the meeting in Athens in order to organize our second, bigger event in June.

 

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ELLA Agreement Number: 2013 - 3444/001 - 001 Project Number: 539390-LLP-1-2013-1-DE-GRUNDTVIG-GNW STELLA: Agreement Number: 2017-1-DE02-KA204-004167