Within the framework of the “Mitigation of COVID 19 Impact through Community Intervention” project, capacity building of social workers and volunteers was conducted between February 19 and March 12 in Ararat, Armavir, Gegharkunik, Shirak and Lori marzes. In total, 121 participants from 25 communities were enrolled in the sessions: representatives of community municipalities, territorial centers of Unified social service, NGOs, pedagogues, and volunteers, who were earlier engaged in various social assistance projects.
The training module consisted of two main parts.
The first part was aimed at discovering the impact of COVID-19 on communities, families and children. In this context the experts presented the opportunities to engage the local and national level social services in the fight against the pandemic. In particular, the following issues were discussed.
-Negative impact of COVID on children, families, communities and society.
-Social protection system, mechanisms, protection risks, definition of families under risk identification of such families, prevention of social problems and levels of prevention.
-Resources and mechanisms of identification, organization of support networks in social protection sphere, their work and coordination processes aimed at providing social services to vulnerable families and solving their social issues.
-Social services mapping, network collaboration, factors affecting quality of collaboration formed to solve particular social cases.
The training session was also focused on safety rules and prevention measures during the pandemic. The participants presented practical cases in which the possibilities of interdisciplinary approaches in terms of compliance with safety rules and risky situations in order to reduce the vulnerability of families were discussed.
The second part of the training was focused on discussing the following themes with participants: professional work with vulnerable groups, social-psychological approaches during work with elderly, accessibility of educational and social services during pandemic.
At the end of the course the participants gained knowledge of approaches to overcoming COVID-19 impact and involving social service providers, adopted safety rules to prevent pandemics and mastered professional work with vulnerable groups, particularly the elderly.
"Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 through Community-Led Interventions” project is funded by Asian Development Bank and Japan Fund for Prosperous and Resilient Asia and the Pacific.