The Group Matters is IFM-SEI's newest campaign to support our existing children and youth groups and people who would like to start running groups.
Group work is a priority area in IFM-SEI’s strategy and work plan 2013-2016; we want to promote and strengthen children and youth groups as most sustainable places for human rights education and education for democratic citizenship. Groups are the core cells of our non-formal education approach, where children grow up in solidarity with each other, learn how to participate and cooperate, gradually take more responsibility and analyse society together. Here you can get information about the different parts of the Group Matters campaign, lots of support materials to help set up a new group, and group activity ideas and resources shared from IFM-SEI's member organisations around the world.
Group Helper School
At the IFM-SEI Camp 2016 'Welcome to another World' there will be a dedicated programme area for the Group Matters project. At the Group Helper School participants can attend workshops about all aspects of group work; setting up a new local group, non-formal education methodology, the value of group work, and our socialist educational values. There will be everything from song-sharing workshops to sessions on self-organisation and group democracy.
New Group Journey
The New Group Journey is an interactive tool designed to help you think about the different steps you need to take to successfully start running a new children or youth group - from volunteers, to fundraising, publicity and planning your group's activity programme. From your first thought of “I want to set up a new group!” to making it a reality, by following each of these steps, setting up a new group doesn’t have to be daunting!
Group starter pack
As an umbrella movement for children and youth groups across the world, we want to share the wonderful work that all of our groups do by putting together a pack full of amazing activities relating to our core values that can be shared with new group volunteers, helpers and leaders. Please send your ideas, activities, games, crafts, songs - whatever you enjoy doing in your groups – to Bet email@example.com. In the mean time, search our publications for lots of fantastic activity ideas.
In autumn 2016, your group can receive a support visit from an ‘expert’ who is a more experienced volunteer or someone who has been successful in setting up new groups for their own organisation. They can help you develop your group and make it more sustainable by organizing workshops and giving practical advice. You can request a visit from an expert at the Group Helper School or by filling out this application form and sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org.