Tijdens het VRAC eind evenement nemen we je mee doorheen het project. We doen dit in acht workshops waaruit je er twee kan kiezen, nl. één in de voormiddag en één tijdens de namiddag.

Maak je keuze en schrijf in vóór 7 november. De plaatsen zijn beperkt.


During the VRAC final event, we will take you through the project. We will do this in eight workshops from which you can choose two, i.e. one in the morning and one during the afternoon.

Make your choice and register before 7 November. Places are limited.


Workshop 1: The topic of working with Talent: experiences - English

Workshop 2: The topic of creating a shared vision to support networks - English

Workshop 3: The topic of transition as a key issue for young people and their school career - English

Workshop 4: The topic of youth participation: voices of young people the Village - English

Workshop 5: The topic of the Wraparound Care Training - French

Workshop 6: The topic of the Wraparound Care Training - English

Workshop 7: The topic of parental involvement - English

Workshop 8: PIT methode - Nederlands


Workshop 1: The topic of working with Talent: experiences - English

Our talented village – how communities can come together to nurture and enable talent, programmes that work and the legacy of the VRAC-work 

By East-Sussex Community Voice (UK), with examples from the other project partners 

Everyone has a range of different talents. But often we are unaware of these talents. The journey of discovering talents, nurturing them and investing in them, can have a very positive and long-lasting effect. Every young person has the right to know their talents. But the talents of young people are often left untapped. Especially those young people who find engaging with education difficult. 

We will look at the programmes that nurture talent, the people who work with young people and the recommendations and ideas for you to take away. 


Workshop 2: The topic of creating a shared vision to support networks - English

A shared problem is half a problem, right? Building supportive networks 

By city of Mechelen (BE) and municipality of Leiden (NL)

Many professionals, teachers, social workers, youth and childcare workers, prevention workers, police, coaches in sports clubs etc. still too often feel they are on their own with their concerns about children, youth and families. Unsure how to involve other professionals, from other sectors, etc.  

On the other hand, expectations are increasing from policymakers, organisations and society to work together, to have more impact together.  

City of Mechelen: How can an intersectoral network offer added value in the day-to-day reality of professionals? How do we generate holistic support and development opportunities for children, youth and families through intersectoral collaboration? 

City of Leiden: There is a content-related consultation structure, but there is a lack of structure to form a shared vision. Such a process requires ongoing manpower and attention. How do you involve the entire network in this process and how do you motivate stakeholders and partners to stay involved?   

We take you through our VRAC research, our experiments and zoom in on the findings. What works? What are the challenges? What role may, can, should a local government take? How do we proceed? 


Workshop 3: The topic of transition as a key issue for young people and their school career - English

Moving on: Transition to secondary education, working towards informed choice and greater support for young people and parents

By East-Sussex Community Voice (UK) and SAAMO Province of Antwerp (BE)

The transition to secondary school is an important and far-reaching event in a young person's life.  

Pupils, parents, schools and support services work together to find an appropriate school and discipline, based on the young person's talents and interests. Subsequently, the young person starts in a school where they feel welcome and involved, which contributes to good results and offers prospects for the future.

This is how it should be, right?  

Within the VRAC-project, ESCV and SAAMO both work on ways to realise this for all young people. We do this together with them, their parents, the schools, and everyone else who is needed.  We are working on pathways where talents and interests are central. We address their concerns and together find effective strategies and fun ways to support them. 


Workshop 4: The topic of youth participation: voices of young people the Village - English

Youth Participation Strategies

By Mancroft Advice Project (UK) and SAAMO Province of Antwerp (BE)

This workshop explores the importance of youth participation, theories and models, and will demonstrate what good youth participation looks like in practice. We will take a deep dive into how UK’s Norfolk local authority both adopts and adapts to including youth voice in the design and monitoring of youth services. Come and hear from other VRAC communities and services that have valued being youth led across the VRAC projects, and be inspired to learn more about the success of listening to young voices.

VRAC Mechelen puts the voices of children, youth and parents at the centre of both the neighbourhood and school contexts.  Mechelen has created the workshop 'The Pupil Expert'. We were inspired by Deep Democracy, Liberating structures and techniques from Appreciative Inquiry. In ‘The Pupil Expert’ we work in a participatory way with students on a specific theme. We already worked on diversity and student participation at different schools. SAAMO developed participatory trajectories in the neighbourhood with both children and youth and worked on a strategy of inspiring local policy. Today we would like to share with you some tools and methodologies. 

ESCV will present the work of the Youth Inspect & Advise Group (IAG). IAG is a youth voice group based in East Sussex carries out issue-based campaigns with a key focus on emotional wellbeing.  They work with partners to develop youth-led approaches to mental health support. 


Workshop 5: The topic of the Wrap Around Care Training - French

Prévenir le décrochage scolaire grâce à l'approche Wraparound Care   

By AFEJI (FR) and ACS Wattrelos (FR)

Qu'est-ce que le modèle Wraparound Care et comment pouvez-vous l'utiliser dans votre pratique quotidienne ? 

Nous montrons les succès de VRAC dans l'utilisation de Wraparound Care: comment cela change la façon dont vous travaillez avec les enfants, la famille, l'école et comment cela contribue à des effets à long terme. 

Le Centre médico-psycho-pédagogiques (CMPP) et les Services d’Education Spéciale et de Soins à Domicile (SESSAD) d'Afeji, et l’Association des Centres Sociaux de Wattrelos présentent leurs expériences de début de travail avec Wraparound Care. Leurs histoires illustreront la diversité des parcours des enfants et les approches adaptées. 

Les participants de l'atelier s'impliqueront activement pour partager leurs expériences, leurs réflexions et leurs questions : Vous reconnaissez-vous dans les principes Wraparound Care ? Comment l'appliqueriez-vous dans votre travail quotidien ? Comment feriez-vous différemment ? 

Les participants sont invités à réfléchir à leur pratique quotidienne et à ce que Wraparound Care pourrait apporter. 


Workshop 6: The topic of the Wrap Around Care Training - English

Preventing school dropout thanks to the Wraparound Care approach  

By AFEJI (FR) and ACS Wattrelos (FR)

What is the Wraparound Care model and how can you use it in your daily practice?

We show the successes of VRAC in using Wraparound Care: how it changes the way you work with children, family, school and how it contributes to long term effects. 

The Medical, Psycho- and Pedagogical Centre (CMPP) and the Special Education and Homecare Services (SESSAD) of Afeji, and the Community centre of Wattrelos present their experiences of starting to work with Wraparound Care. Their stories will illustrate the diversity of children’s background and the adapted approaches.

Participants of the workshop will be actively involved to share their experiences, thoughts and questions: Do you recognize yourself in the principles Wraparound Care? How would you apply it in your daily work? How would you do it differently? 

Particpants are invited to think about their daily practice and what Wraparound Care could add. 


Workshop 7: The topic of parental involvement - English

Parents want to be involved – Actively involve and appreciate parents in the educational career of their children.

By city of Mechelen (BE) and municipality of Leiden (NL)

During this workshop, two VRAC partners will present their experiences and solutions to actively involve parents in the school career of their children: 

City of Mechelen: Cooperation with parents is crucial. At school, at home, in the neighbourhood, ... We must ensure that parents get every opportunity to fulfil their role as growth engine for their children. How do we encourage participation of parents? How do we strengthen parents to offer the best opportunities to their children at home?  

We explain how, with an inclusive, open and positive basic attitude, we established close cooperation with parents within VRAC and supported them to make their voices heard.   

Municipality of Leiden: How do you support parents and children to talk about their wellbeing and difficult topics? We will illustrate a tool that involves parents in the emotional wellbeing of their children; the life-skills passport, developed by Hogeschool Leiden. This passport was developed in cooperation with parents, children and stakeholders. 


Workshop 8: PIT methode - Nederlands

Pittig samenwerken in een preventieve context. Verbinding tussen wetenschap en jeugdhulp. 

Door gemeente Leiden en het PIT-team (NL)

Ooit gehoord van de PIT-aanpak? PIT staat voor het “Preventief Interventie Team”. Het is een door de Universiteit Leiden ontwikkelde methode gericht op kinderen met gedragsproblemen. De methode ondersteunt kinderen bij het ontwikkelen van sociale vaardigheden om schooluitval te voorkomen. 
Tijdens de interactieve workshop wordt de PIT-aanpak gepresenteerd, inclusief het screeningsproces, screeningscores en de geboden ondersteuning voor jongeren om weer op school te kunnen functioneren. 
De belangrijkste vragen zijn: Hoe betrekken we partners om met nieuwe inzichten aan de slag te gaan? Kunnen we een constructieve en duurzame samenwerking opbouwen om het kind te ondersteunen?  




Any questions or suggestions?

Reach out by sending an email to vrac@mechelen.be​