From 5 to 10 May we were in Pontevedra, Spain, to attend the Stick2Gether contact-making seminar, organised by Asociacion FOGART in collaboration with ONCE, in the framework of the Erasmus+ programme.

The event gathered professionals and volunteers from organisations that work with youth with visual impairments, offering a space to share and learn from each other’s experiences, to build partnerships with entities working in the same field and to develop projects related to social inclusion, tailored for young visually impaired people.

Participants sitting in the venue, interacting

During the seminar, we connected with the various organisations and familiarised ourselves with the ways of work in the different national contexts. The activities encouraged us to share our experience and best practices, and to find joint solutions to the common challenges related to adapted international mobility projects, such as the fear of the unknown and adaptation to new places holding participants back, or new forms of engagement to make our programmes more attractive and stimulating for our beneficiaries.

The event was also an opportunity to learn more about the functioning of the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes, the different kinds of mobility projects that can be organised within them and the ways to make international mobility programmes inclusive and participatory for young people with visual impairments.

Finally, we dedicated the last days of the seminar to establishing strong partnerships with the participating organisations, to sharing our plans and expectations for our future work, and to coming up with exciting new ideas for joint projects to develop over the course of the next few years!

This exciting opportunity was completed by the breathtaking setting of the medieval city of Pontevedra, where we could enjoy some sun, try some incredible foods and dive into the enchanting Galician culture.