CoMe Strong aims to activate inactive men (aged 45-75), especially those who have risk of social exclusion. In addition, project promotes to improve the well-being of men and strives to give men skills and knowledge useful in private life but also in the labour market. All actions will be done in local level in order to build up stronger local communities.
Implementation starts with local kick-off events in which active local men are recruited as volunteers to take initial responsibility of the CoMe Strong club actions. Those men are then encouraged and trained to activate passive local men to join the clubs. Local clubs will have regular meetings with recreational and/or training activities. In addition, clubs will carry out small projects for the local community. Projects can be anything the local community benefits from and men can accomplish (e.g. school fence painting, freezing local ice rink or fixing children’s playground). These small projects create new networks between men and the local community and promote stronger coherence. CoMe Strong clubs from Finland and Estonia meet each other in the summer days for experience sharing and for mutual learning. Clubs document their activities with the help of experts by filming short video-clips for communication purposes.
As a result of CoMe Strong the local communities have experienced several improvements. Participation of inactive men has increased and the social inclusion of them has multiplied. Clubs have created many networks in the local communities and men are active participants in those. In addition to increased well-being and social inclusion, participating men have also learnt skills useful also in the labour market.
Partner consortium (TUAS, UT and Aurala) is cooperating closely with local communities, for example municipalities and NGOs, so that they can carry out implementation in the grass-root level. Engagement of them also promotes sustainability of the results.
Expected Results (EN):
R4.1. Communities with improvements
Expected Outputs (EN):
As a result of CoMe Strong the local communities participated in the project have experienced several improvements. Participation of inactive men has increased and the social inclusion of them has multiplied. CoMe Strong clubs have created many networks in the local communities and men are active participants in those. In addition to increased well-being and social inclusion, participating men have also learnt skills useful in the labour market. As a concrete result of CoMe Strong project men in age group 45 – 75 have been encouraged to be the first CoMe Strong volunteers and they have done small and concrete projects in their own communities with other inactive men of the same age.
The first CoMe Strong club volunteers have been trained locally in their own communities. During the training they have gotten readiness to activate inactive men, who have risks of well-being and exclusion. All the men in clubs have got skills which are related to searching and doing different projects with local actors in the community. Training has continued all the time during the project. Training needs of men have been met in different situations. Border crossing exchange of knowledge and skills has happened also during the summer days organized both in Finland and in Estonia. Every participating local community has established at least one CoMe Strong club which has regular meetings with recreational activities and small useful projects going on with the different actors in the community.
CoMe Strong clubs have documented and presented their projects and other activities by filming video clips. Men have done the clips together with experts. The clips have been collected together and made for one document which describes the whole CoMe Strong process. This video document has been used as a main tool to disseminate the results of the project to other interested stakeholders to promote the transferability of the results. Clubs have very important role in the dissemination work.