Youth Programme Workshop
Fri 2nd & Sat 3rd July 2004
Location: Hotel van Oranje, Noordwijk
Brynjulv Norheim – Norway
Shaki – UK
Chloe Scaplehorn – UK
Ian – UK
Hunglund – Sweden
Gunnarsdotter – Sweden
Mike Debiec – Poland
Jaqueline van der Wiel – The Netherlands
Muriel Stokhuyzen– The Netherlands
Nathalie van der Wiel – The Netherlands
Sunnette Hearn– South Africa
Shannon Cousins – South Africa
Carmen Summersgill – South Africa
Nikki de Kock – South Africa
Reto Hotz – Switzerland
Nikola Verhalen – Germany
Markus Georg – Germany
Noreen Power-Waldron – Ireland
Dave Waldron – Ireland
Pekka Veli-Rantanen – Finland
Cross Border Programme:
stimulate active enjoyment in the community
An opportunity for informal learning
An opportunity to meet people from other
countries and cultures
To bring young people in the EU closer
Dykstra reported that there are 3 actions under the EU Cross Border Programme
Exchange – from one country to another.
School – where an individual visits another country to work in the voluntary
sector. The EU covers the cost of
travel, accommodation and pays an allowance.
Initiative – aids the organization of a special event within a city/region
that would help bring people together.
would the Youth Group like to do?
youth group get-together of 5 days or for a long weekend with the following
new places, culture.
Trying new sports; sports for the visually
impaired, e.g. Goal Ball, table tennis (with bells in the ball), 10 pin bowling
An opportunity to share experiences
Talks on counselling, coping with life and
Advice on how to express oneself in school/work
and in daily life
Support & advice on improving quality of
life – access & mobility skills
Advice on career choices and relationships
Advice on services available – there is a
large difference from country to country.
Concert or party night
Painting with hands/body
Dykstra advised the group that “Action 1 – Youth Exchange” was the best
approach to suit their needs. In
the case of more than two countries the host organization must source the funds
from their own EU office. The best
countries for this approach are The Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and Finland.
The event must be based around a theme and be one to three weeks in
and Poland were put forward as venues for the next meeting.
Sweden was selected by a vote.
activities for Sweden and people responsible:
Ball – Baastian (on the Dutch National Goal Ball team).
on Communication/Body Language – M Debiec.
tours – Orli and the Swedes.
Night – The Swedes
– Caisa Ramshage’s name was suggested.
Therapy – N Power-Waldron could do a piece on stress relief, massage &
Experiences – N Power-Waldron with assistance from others.
Pro-Retina Germany has had workshops in this area recently.
Debiec stated that it is important at an early stage to have the commitment of
those who intend to attend. D
Waldron emphasized the need to stay in touch.
Dykstra closed the session by asking everyone to put forward a single word that
was important to them:
sharing, joy, challenge, fun, laughter, new-people, sunshine, company,
discussions, party, food”.
the official REY Youth Meeting was held
Georg retired as chairman of REY.
new chairman Mike Debiec (Poland) was elected.
chairs are Noreen Power-Waldron (Ireland) and Jacqueline van der Wiel (The
was agreed that the next international youth meeting will be organised 2005 in