Helping youth with AMO Le Cercle
01 November 2020 – 31 October 2021
Location : Ciney – South of Belgium
Looking for one volunteer
Due to Covid-19 crisis, dates are subject to modifications.
Hosting organisation : AMO Le Cercle
The organisation “Le Cercle” is part of what is called, in Belgium, a non-constraint help to youth
(AMO – Aide en Milieu Ouvert). It is a place where young people can ask for support regarding any difficulty they are meeting in their lives: at home, at school, about health, relationships, finances… The organisation has a local range of actions, since it works on four different municipalities (Ciney,
Hamois, Somme-Leuze and Havelange). Though it works with all young people, Le Cercle has a more specific attention towards marginalised, isolated or at risk young people and their families.
In order to achieve its goals, the organisation has developed different activities where active listening and participation will allow the young people to receive the support needed.
The organisation has two levels of actions…:
- Individual, where active listening and accompanying the young person is the core of the action;
- Collective, by the creation and implementation of activities whose objective is either to contribute to social inclusion of the young people within their own community, either to work on awareness about essential topics such as addiction, school dropout, images on social media, bullying…
…And three axis of intervention:
- Psycho-social individual support (NOT PART OF THE VOLUNTEER’S TASKS): accompany young people and their parents in administrative work related to school, emotional and sexual life, education, relationships among the family…
- Collective projects: theatre workshops, cultural excursions, workshops for parents, summer camps… Raising awareness workshops in schools about social Medias, bullying, addictions…
Daily, the organisation office is open to allow young people to meet the workers whenever they want, but also to spend some time together, have lunch, and so on…
- Community projects : on a regular basis, activities and projects are implemented in order to modify and improve the young people environments, by calling out to public authorities or politics if needed
On a concrete level, the organisation implements several activities such as:
– Diver’cités: meeting with the young people living in housing estates to bring animations such as crafts, workshops, circus activities… every Wednesday. The objectives are to provide access to alternative leisure time activities, to raise awareness about sensitive topics, and to give young people from housing estate an opportunity to get to know about Le Cercle and what support it can offer them
– Sac’ados: expeditions focused on sport and/or culture for the young public of the organisation, together with teenagers (13-18 years) from a nearby asylum seekers centre. This activity, once a month, aims to facilitate access to culture and sport as well as contribute to the intercultural understanding
– Kot’idien: meeting once every two Wednesdays for young people living on their own and having different questions. It’s also a space for them to meet people being in the same situation than them
– Improvise-toi: Theatre workshops, organised every Thursday. The activity gathers children from an asylum seekers centre nearby, children from a specialised school, and children in contact with Le
Cercle. The objectives are to raise the self-confidence and encourage the intercultural diversity
–Chacun sa Yourte: This pilot project addresses school drop outs from an alternative perspective. Its target group is young people being 15 years old or less and being about to drop or already have dropped out from school. During one week, a group of maximum five of these young people are offered a space, different from school (a yurt, to be precise), where to reflect about their difficulties at school and initiate a reflection about how to solve them. This project is taking place once every two weeks, with a different group of young people every time.
Le Cercle is also part of a non-formal associative network called “Droûve tès-oûyes”(DTO – Open your eyes in Walloon dialect). It is described as a “short circuit network of solidarity for socio-cultural profit”. The members are active in the municipality of Havelange and are “associations of natural persons”. They all share common values. Four times a year, the organizations meet in order to increase the mutual resources, share, develop new common projects and galvanize the social work in general. The gatherings often lead to workgroups and then to concrete local actions. Thanks to this collaboration, Le Cercle was able to create the pilot project “Chacun sa yourte” in partnership with “Le Foyer l’Aubepine”.
The staff is made of 7 social workers. Trained in social work and at providing individual support, the staff is well equipped to welcome and accompany the volunteer in its learning process. Indeed, every member of the staff is working at the individual and collective support level in an intercultural context and the whole team is used to supervise young people doing their high school internship within the organisation.
CBB host in total 19 international volunteers around Wallonia. The ESC team of CBB try his best to connect this network of volunteers together trought different collective activities, seminar …
Support organization : CBB
In addition to this, the hosting organization is supported by the Association des Compagnons Bâtisseurs, aka CBB located in Marche-en-Famenne. CBB is a non-profit, non-political youth organisation recognized and financially supported by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. The organisation proposes different kinds of activities, based on volunteering and non-formal education: local and international workcamps, medium and long term voluntary services (including ESC), and leisure time activities for and with disabled people, campleaders trainings…CBB is active within the different European Programmes of volunteering and non-formal education since 1997 and also hosts ESC volunteers each year.
CBB’s role as support organization is to:
- Promote of the project and link between local and the international networks;
- Support in the selection and preparation of European volunteers before arrival;
- Manage of administrative matters: budget allowances; support in the creation of the bank account and enrollment at the municipality; enrollment in insurance (if not done by sending organization); preparation of activity agreement;
- Provide pedagogical support for the volunteer and the hosting organization: ensures the participation to the NA seminars; organization of auto-evaluation meetings for the volunteer and the hosting organization to reflect on learning outcomes;
- Handle practical arrangements: information about health insurance system in Belgium; indications about French lesson possibilities; online language tool…
- Create networking between all ESC volunteers of the hosting organizations we support.