Stowarzyszenie WIOSNA

WIOSNA Association (literally SPRING Association) was established in 2001. We are a non-profit organization. Our mission is to promote solidarity with the needy, to mediate in the organization of assistance and create a civic society. First and foremost, we want people to effectively help each other.

We operate mainly through volunteer work. Only last year we cooperated with over 11 800 volunteers and community leaders. All our projects are based on aid mechanism, which relies on a careful diagnosis of needs and only then involving smart, well-designed and most effective ways of helping people in need, so that it inspires them to change their lives.

What distinguishes our organization from others is our efficiency. The value of aid has been gradually growing. Last year alone, we helped and assisted over 19 500 families and 1 800 children with a total aid value of whooping EUR 8,000,000!

During the last years WIOSNA and WIOSNA's staff have been awarded the following prizes (most important):

• Magellan 2012 - prize for the President of the WIOSNA ASSOCIATION for the best managerial skills and create new, changing vision of the world.
• Social worker by the weekly Newsweek Year - prize from Newsweek for the President of the WIOSNA ASSOCIATION for the creation of an independent working model for people, which helps them to organize help yourself and others.
• Award of the Polish Business Council named John Wejchert - prize for the President of the WIOSNA ASSOCIATION for excellence achievements in social activities.
• European Citizen’s Prize- for WIOSNA ASSOCIATION for the building of civil society
• PRoton 2011 and 2015 - prize for Marketing Director of WIOSNA ASSOCIATION for communication in institutions or non-governmental organizations.

What we do:

NOBLE PARCEL (SZLACHETNA PACZKA) is a nationwide campaign of Christmas aid organised since 2001. Its main premise is the idea of providing direct aid so that it is effective, concrete and meaningful, but also giving hope and an impulse to act to the families that found themselves in a difficult situation. In NOBLE PARCEL project private donors respond to the needs of socially excluded people from their city or neighbourhood in the following manner: first volunteers who look for families affected by poverty, visit them and ask about what they need most. About a month before Christmas, the information is placed in an anonymous Internet database allowing the donors to select a particular family and prepare a Christmas parcel especially for them.

ACADEMY FOR THE FUTURE (AKADEMIA PRZYSZŁOŚCI). Implemented from 2003 is a yearlong program of educational meetings for individual children growing up in difficult conditions who also have problems at school. Here, every child has the right to be successful! Our basic standard is individual commitment: during weekly classes a personal tutor (our volunteer) helps a child cope with a specific school problem such as fractions or spelling. In addition to overcoming difficulties at school, the volunteer also supports the pupil in the discovery of their other dimensions. They try to prove that contrary to earlier difficulties, the child is unique and important.

Labour market projects. The WIOSNA also has wide experience in improving the employability of socially excluded people (i.e. unemployed people with disabilities, 50+, graduates without work experience). Our methodology of working is aimed at their professional and social activation, based on an individual approach to each person and his needs. Depending on the skills and competences that they already posses, for each person there are stages of activation established through individual work with a work advisor (i.e. training on social competences, individual work advice and psychological counselling, inspirational meetings, training on transversal skills vocational training, internship). In recent years, the support received more than a half thousand unemployed.

International projects which we implement since 2012 - aimed at the exchange of good practices, integration of people at risk of social exclusion, improving the quality of education for volunteer coordinators. We cooperate with organizations from Austria, Greece, Italy, Malta, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and UK.

Read more: www.wiosna.org.pl/main/pl/sec/280.htm

Contact person:

Anna Woźniak
Projects manager
e-mail: anna.wozniak@wiosna.org.pl
m. +48 783 430 183
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