Crafts workshop for disabled adults opens in Latvia

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A specialized workshop for adults with mental disabilities has been set up in Naukšēni district, said Naula Dannenberga, representative of the Vidzeme Region Deinstitutionalization Project "Vidzeme Includes", February 9.

The workshop was set up with financial support from the European Regional Development Fund following recommendations for the development of a de-institutionalization plan for the Vidzeme planning region.

The participants in the workshop will acquire new skills and develop social networking skills that reduce the chances of getting placed into institutional care.

"We'll start working with clay first, later it's planned to work with wood and paper. There will be a variety of lessons, including movement therapy and individual counselling. We will include walking outside and exercise.

"In our view, such lessons will help people to feel themselves as personality, increase their self-esteem. We hope we will succeed!" said Aleksandra Ločmele, head of the social services of Naukšēni county.

There are 35 adult people with mental disabilities in Naukšēni district. The municipality will also offer the possibility of particpating in the scheme to residents of nearby Rūjiena.

The workshop will be fully operational following the lift of the strict restrictions imposed to curb the Covid-19 pandemic and subject to all the rules on epidemiological safety.

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