Final Conference, Riga (11/2018)

Final Conference of the SEMPRE project

 Make Empowerment Happen!
Changing Mindsets for Better Social Services

27-28 November 2018, Riga, Latvia  
For three years, the partners of the SEMPRE project have been working with different empowerment approaches in rural areas. The aim of the project is to identify ways how social service providers can empower the users of their services – who often belong to marginalised groups – to take part in service innovation processes. We are convinced that user-based service innovation can change the social service landscape in rural parts of the Baltic Sea Region for the better. Above all, it means that we have to change minds!

Empowerment addresses three dimensions: the individual, organisational and societal one. All three dimensions are covered by the SEMPRE project and reflected in the project results which will be presented at our final conference: a two-day event with many interesting speakers and interactive formats for discussion. The detailed conference programme will be published here very soon.
In the meantime, please save the date and register here for the event we would be very glad to welcome you at the University of Latvia in Riga, Latvia, on 27 and 28 November 2018!

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to!


Photo (c) David Holt,


For the accomodation during the conference we suggest the following hotels, who agreed to provide special prices for conference guests with the reservation: SEMPRE

1) Avalon Hotel and Conferences

Offer includes dinner with two courses from chef in the evening of arrival day (drinks are not included). Deadline for reservation is 30/09/2018.

Address: 13.janvāra street 19


2) Metropole Hotel

Address: Aspazijas bulvāris 36/38


3) Opera Hotel & Spa

Offer includes 1 hour at the SPA zone for free.

Address: Raiņa bulvāris 33


4) Radisson Blue Latvia

Address: Elizabetes iela 55

5) Hotel Roma

Address: Kaļķu street 28

Here is the map of hotels and conference site:

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REGISTER NOW: SEMPRE Final Conference "Make Empowerment Happen! Changing Minds for Better Social Services" will take in Riga on 27 and 28 November 2018

Published: 2018-06-01
As the SEMPRE project is approaching the end of its lifetime, the project partners coordially invite you to Riga (Lativa) on 27-28 November 2018 to present the results of the project but also reflect on social innovation and empowerment in a wider context! Join our final conference "Make Empowerment Happen!  Changing Minds for Better Social Services".

SEMPRE in Liepa, Latvia – coming together and finding new ways for social improvement through empowerment

Published: 2018-05-15

When the SEMPRE project team of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences was asked to join the opening of the NGO “Save the children” in Liepa, Latvia, a small rural community, they were surprised to meet so many children and families enjoying the day. It was the starting point for regular meetings with mothers, youth being outside the labour market, education and training.

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