What kind of messages do we want to spread to external audience about Scouting? What is advocacy and what should we advocate for? Why and how NSOs should look for funding?
These are only few of the several questions which 19 participants from 10 countries tried to answer during a Study Session held from 13 to 18 February at the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe in Budapest.
In the frame of the cooperation between the European and Eurasia Regions of WOSM, the Study Session “Tell the Story! Better communication to strengthen Youth NGOs” was organised thanks to the support of the Directorate of Youth and Sport of the Council of Europe with the following aim: to stimulate youth non-governmental organisations in Eastern Europe and Caucasus to create and manage effective advocacy and communication strategies and promote new effective ways of participation for young people.
The 19 participants, coming from NSOs of both the Regions, had the opportunity to explore three main elements related to the broad theme of external relations: Advocacy, Communication and Fundraising. The facilitation provided by the preparatory team and the external experts supported the participants in deepening the topics. This was achieved through a combination of theoretical inputs and practical exercises in the view of identifying the main concepts and steps to become active, efficient and successful in this field. Thanks to the great facilities offered by the European Youth Centre of Budapest it was been possible to run the whole session with simultaneous interpretation English-Russian, and this surely eased the delivering of the different sessions and the interaction between the participants.
Some of the outcomes of the Study Session can be seen on the following dedicated blog page:http://scouthub.org/studysession
Moreover, all the participants designed a concrete follow-up plan to ensure the dissemination of knowledge and expertise within their sending NSOs. The experience has been a great personally but they also all committed to bring back home all the different ideas and suggestions heard at the Study Session!
From both the Regions a big thanks goes to:
Study Sessions are a great opportunity offered to Youth NGOs by the Council of Europe – Directorate of Youth and Sports. European and Eurasia Regions warmly suggest NSOs to check them out for their projects and will surely use again this great opportunity and organise Study Sessions.
Project supported by the Council of Europe - Directorate Youth and Sport