Tell us about your partnerships
The partnership has been established with 7 respectable associations of persons with disabilities of Istria County: Association of the Blind, Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Society of Persons with Cerebral Palsy, Autism Association, The Association of Paraplegics and Quadriplegics, Society of Persons with Muscular Dystrophy and the Association of Visually Impaired Persons, and also with Riding school "Haber Farm" that will provide therapies. Cooperation has been established with Istrian Volunteers' Centre in order to involve at least 5 volunteers to provide support for users during therapies.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?
Association TOWERING POPLARS is in contact with many European CSOs, through other projects that we developed. Since the Republic of Croatia is about to become a member of EU in 2013., we aim to raise this project in future, and our activities in general, on European level, develop cross-border cooperation and involve CSOs from EU, and their beneficiaries. Of course, we are open for cooperation with organizations from all over the world, but the European cooperation will increase our chances to become a user of financial resources from EU funds. And we also wish to promote this method in EU.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
Reliable partners and associates (CSOs of people with disabilities active for more than 50 years); experience of the members of our Association; motivated users; experienced and professional therapists, internationally recognized as experts in their field. Good preparation of project implementation and organization, regular briefings/meetings of project partners, volunteers and other staff working on the project, in order to discuss the upcoming project activities, prepare an implementation plan, agree on delegation of tasks, evaluate implemented activities, etc.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
Association TOWERING POPLARS welcomes all potential associates, partners and promoters of the same social values from around the world. We actively work on networking and wide promotion of innovative models of rehabilitation and education, as well as on development of new projects for improving the quality of life of vulnerable and marginalized social groups, especially children and young adults.