Astangu teams up with Valakupiai (Lithuania) to learn about change management in social services sector

24. November 2014

Astangu Vocational Rehabilitation Centre and Public Institution Valakupiai Rehabilitation Centre (VRC, Lithuania) are participating in a training program for managers – Change Management in Social Services Sector, facilitated by Fred R. McFarlane, Ph.D., who is Professor Emeritus and Co-Director of the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University.

Astangu and Valakupiai face similar challenges in terms of employment of people with disabilities in our countries. We both participate in creating better services not only our own organisations but nationally by supporting our ministries and other service providers with our knowledge and experiences. Mutual training enables us to go deeper into understanding each other’s daily challenges and discussing possible solutions for the future. The project helps Astangu and Valakupiai to build up long-lasting cooperation and exchange of good practices that is easy to implement due to our similar background.

The training program combines theoretical information provided by the facilitator with practical change initiatives created by training participants. This allows for more effective change management in the future, as participants gain skills necessary to manage projects in a very well-analysed manner and to avoid potential problems.

The first training session took place in October 28–30, 2014 in Tallinn, Estonia. 10 people took part in the training, 6 of whom were from Lithuania.

The second training session will take place in March 2015 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

This program has been made possible by funding from the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation (BAFF). For more information about BAFF scholarships and speaker support, visit