Malta – November 2022 - On the 12th of November, The National Federation of the Past Pupils and Friends of Don Bosco, organized a dissemination event on a project: ‘Sea and Coast, Lakes and Shores - Conquering Stress, Anxiety and Grief’. This project is co-funded by Erasmus+ in collaboration with partners from Slovakia, Belgium, Italy, and Malta. For this dissemination event youth organizations, helping professionals and volunteers working with youths were invited to this event. Mr. Louis Debono, operations manager, and Mr. Matthew Gatt Seretny, researcher of the project, presented an informative toolkit related to the project. The toolkit consists of an overview about grief, anxiety, and stress, following several activities related to the sea and its coast, lakes and shores which help youths cope with grief, anxiety, and stress. Mr. Debono gave an overview of the project activities that took place throughout the whole year, whilst Mr. Gatt Seretny discussed the research done to get the results of the toolkit.
Guest speakers representing their organizations were present to share their activities related to the sea and coast who help youths cope with stress, grief, and anxiety. It was a great opportunity for the guests to learn about different activities that are available for youths to participate in.
Mr. Bryan Magro, President of the National Federation of the Past Pupils and Friends of Don Bosco introduced the seminar, explaining the challenges that youths encounter today.
“As youth workers we can help young people to get in touch with themselves by relating to nature, in this case the focus is the sea and coast. There are many activities we can create for young people to help them realize their potential, to focus on their positive energies, and to heal their wounds of pain.”