In the beginning of December 2020 two online workshops piloting the INDEED platform were organised in Bulgaria by the project consortium and the local partner – Bulgarian Society of Dementia (BSD). There were 20-35 active participants in each event coming from various professions in the field of dementia with high representation of physicians, psychologists, social workers, physical therapists, nurses, NGOs, representatives of local municipalities and students. Sixty percent of participants came from cities and 40% came from rural regions.
Each workshop lasted for two days. During the first day the CAMPUS and CONNECT modules were presented with the help of an example case. Participants had to answer a couple of questions regarding the case, using the materials in the online platform. This part of the workshop was moderated by Assoc Prof. Margarita Raycheva and Dr Ivo Popivanov (BSD). The second day was devoted to the COACH module, lead by Ivan Paspaldjiev – a Bulgarian business consultant, and participants had to create a brief business plan in small teams.
The workshops were very successful, as we received very positive feedback about the platform from the participants. They reported that the CAMPUS/CONNECT/COACH workshops met their expectations to a very large degree (rating about 4.8 out of 5). The participants also mentioned that they enjoyed the interactive parts of the workshop. Moreover, representatives of the Bulgarian Ministry of Social Labour were very interested in the INDEED project and its outcomes. Additionally, we were congratulated by Radan Kanev (Member of European Parliament).