The Fundación Escuela de Solidaridad (Spain)

The Fundación Escuela de Solidaridad aims to welcome and intervene with people who are living in a situation of uprooting, social disadvantage, mistreatment or social exclusion. Mothers with children in emergency situations, young immigrants, sick and abandoned adults, disabled people without families, adolescents at risk or any person in need of a home come to our community. The climate in the community is that of an extended family. While it plays a socializing role par excellence, it is also the starting point for personal recovery, as well as a platform for the future social and occupational  integration of the people who live there. The educational role falls to all members, since each one is a reference point for the others, although the testimony of those who have been in the house longer is fundamental for the rest. The Foundation acts in the social-cultural, sports, environmental, health, information and non-formal education sectors, directing its training activity to its members and the general public throughout their lives. The methodology applied is that of "learning by doing".

Who are we?

It pays particular attention to initiatives with a European dimension and to the dissemination of good practice. In particular, the Foundation has gathered the support of volunteers (spanish and Europeans) who have been committed for many years to supporting initiatives in favour of the most disadvantaged people, thus formalising the work desempeňada by members of civil society and professionals from the most diverse sectors: education, medicine, agriculture, environment, sport and art. It has created in its own headquarters in Sierra Elvira (Granada) the living and working spaces necessary for the development of the seminar. The Solidarity School Foundation was established in 1997, although its activity began in 1995. It is a non-profit organization, Law 30/1994, registered in the register of entities of the Department of Social Affairs of the Andalusian Government, classified as social assistance. The Foundation is dedicated above all to the involvement of people without discrimination of gender, census, origin or age, giving all the necessary tools for real participation, especially those who have less access or opportunity. It promotes initiatives to develop creativity and social cohesion through lifelong learning by stimulating the exchange and mobility of ideas and people, participation in active (European) citizenship initiatives, cooperation between associations, citizens and institutions, in favour of the consolidation of European ideals.

The Foundation houses in its facilities disadvantaged people from Spain and immigrants from Africa, Eastern Europe and South America, of all genders and ages, in an attempt to give them all, first of all, a training in basic & social skills (basic and social competences); this is where their experience with this type of people comes from.

The concept of the School of Solidarity is supported by specific programs through which we intervene with people living in the home, enabling them in turn for their future integration. The Foundation's internal staff and volunteers work permanently on some specific programs:


The Foundation welcomes mothers with their children, providing a warm and familiar environment, where they are not only provided with a roof and maintenance, but also find the love and support they need to reintegrate into society.

Many of the cases we are presented with are family groups where the head of the family is a single woman. Our aim is to protect these children by welcoming the whole family group, i.e. the mother and her children, and in addition to providing them with stable accommodation and all the basic needs, we try to surround them with the affection and emotional support necessary for the family to move forward and regain its independence.


Best Employed" programme, aimed at the reintegration into the labour market of people who have been taken in by the Foundation and who have great difficulties in entering the world of work (the physically and mentally disabled, immigrants, adults, especially women, with little training, etc.) We have several Occupational Workshops such as Hairdressing, Sailing, Copper, Ceramics, Forging, Wood, Cutting and Dressmaking and the Recycling of Ink and Toner Cartridges, Candles, Glass, Sewing, Soap, Bakery, Kitchen, Catering. These workshops, in addition to providing an activity for the people who live in the FES, are fundamental for people to feel useful and to recover their self-esteem, which has been lost due to different life circumstances, including training in the different workshops as part of a trade which they can exercise in the future for their social reinsertion.


The Solidarity School Foundation also has the "Best Training" programme, aimed above all at young people at risk and with a high level of school failure, who are given training through support classes.

These support classes are not only given to children from the Foundation, but for some time now young people from Sierra Elvira, Atarfe and Pinos Puente have also been attending our Support Classes.


The Foundation makes sure that, once the families leave our house, we continue in contact with them until their full social reintegration. Throughout the year, the Foundation organises training courses for its guests and for young people from the surrounding area. It receives about 30 young people for practical training from universities and schools all over Europe. Year after year it has consolidated a very important network in Granada with training and social and labour insertion entities. Several of the people received are protagonists of self-employment start-ups.

The FES develops multicultural catering activities for families, parties and events with the work of the mothers hosted in its facilities. We are developing the idea of setting up a special employment centre, but we need to research new methods to achieve autonomy from public aid and to ensure that disadvantaged people are hired, continuity of employment and better economic, social and professional conditions. Through our office we are developing an observatory in our territory that aims to identify the main needs of existing companies in the area in order to promote specific vocational training courses that respond to the demand for employment through the acquisition of key skills.


The Cooperativa Sociale Artemide (Italy)

The Cooperativa Sociale Artemide was born in the territory of Latiano (Br) in October 2000, with the aim of sharing a process of analysis, research and experimentation of innovative services aimed at prevention and primary and secondary treatment of psycho-social disorders. The purpose has always been to contribute to the socio-cultural change of the territory, with the participation of the public, the citizens, in a synergic action, to build a collective solidarity. The methodology prefers to work by objectives, emphasizing the choice of quality and professionalism, with the adoption of tools for reading and intervention, such as equipment, training, monitoring, ongoing dialogue and networking. In particular, the social cooperative Artemide carries out the management of social services, residential and non-residential, and vocational and adult education activities. The experience of the Social Cooperative begins in 2001 with the annual management of the C.A.I.G. (Center of Interest and Youth Aggregation) of the city of Latiano.

In 2002 the first educational community for children "La Tegola Blu" was born and is still active in the reception of children separated from their families by the Juvenile Court or the Social Services, for reasons of neglect, mistreatment and sexual abuse. Authorized by the 2002 to date authorized under the Regional Regulations - Puglia (No. 4 of 2007) determines n. 666 of 28/10/09.

In 2004 Artemide Social Cooperative starts the Center "The Moon", a neutral place to listen. The center is equipped with one-way mirror and video recording and authorized and is operating as: Center for combating violence, center for listening and family mediation, assessment, diagnosis and psychotherapy aimed at children who are victims of abandonment, mistreatment and abuse; psychotherapy aimed at women victims of violence and abuse, advocacy, promotion and support of family custody.

On several occasions, the centre has had accidents evidenced by the Ordinary Court of Brindisi. The Centre was licensed in 2004. Last authorization (due to transfer of venue) in accordance with the Regional Regulation - Puglia (No. 4/2007), with a resolution of the municipal executive 28/06/2011 n. 475.

The group apartment for pregnant women and mothers with children "L'Arca di Noè", was born in 2007, in order to host mothers and children and pregnant women after situations of mistreatment, abuse or uncertain economic conditions, almost always with the specific mandate of services to carry out an assessment of the care of parents. Authorized under the Regional Regulation – Puglia (n.4/2007), with regional determines n. 667 of 28/10/2009.

Since March 2011 the Group apartment for pregnant women and mothers with children, "Paragoghè" (from the Greek "to lead the future"), for women with children, has been operating; organized H24, this service was created to strengthen the activities of evaluation of the care of parents. Authorized in accordance with the current Regional Regulations – Puglia (No. 4/2007), Decision n. 01080 08/11/11.

The project aims at building a European strategy for the employment of people at risk of social exclusion, with the aim of training professionals in a perspective of mobility and self- entrepreneurship European cpaz self-sustainability.

With reference to the project, these are the relevant previous experiences of Artemide:

1) Erasmus project + "The hunt for Artemis: from Italy to Romania in search of new skills" (KA1 adults). In this project, operators have been involved in short training courses for Romanian interns in Romania for their mobility in countries where their professionalism is required. In this experience the two entities involved have been able to verify the real shortcomings of the training provided by professionals in Romania, the shortage that is particularly evident in European mobility that is normally activated without any special preparation.

2) Launching promoted by Artemide in 2006 of the social cooperative "Amethyst", a type B social cooperative, dedicated to the recruitment of disadvantaged people, ensuring the same continuity of employment and better economic, social and professional conditions. This service is aimed at employment on a permanent or temporary basis, for cleaning and catering activities.

3) Research on the analysis of professional needs. Artemide manages, through the Vocational Training Centre, the 4-MY-ACIÓN observatory which aims to identify the main needs of the companies in the area in order to promote specific vocational training courses that respond to the demand for employment through the acquisition of key skills.

4) The management of the Artemisde activity is carried out through specific procedures of the quality system certified by DNV since 2006.


Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica (Slovakia)

Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica is the leading university in Central Slovakia. It consists of 6 faculties (Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations, and Faculty of Education). The University has almost 600 university teachers and researchers, and around 9,000 students. International cooperation has been rapidly developing in recent years mainly through numerous EU programmes including the

Framework Programmes. University of Matej Bel has participated in project within the 5th, 6th and 7th Framework programme as well as the Horizon2020 and has long-term experience in participation in many other research project financed by various grant schemes, for example NIL funds, OSF, CEEPUS, Central Europe Programme, Erasmus, British KHF, American Express, EEA GRANTS, VISEGRAD etc.

Matej Bel University is involved in 4 running H2020 projects and playing a pivotal role in Vision2020, which is a prestigious network of European universities and SMEs aiming at higher participation in Horizon2020. UMB has an advanced and sufficient infrastructure with all necessary technical equipment (laptops, PC ́s, printers and scanners, fax and all needed hardware and software) that was improved in recent years with the financial support of European structural funds. All university premises have an access to world databases such as Cambridge Journals: Humanities and Social Sciences, Emerald, Scopus, Science Direct, Springer Link, Web of Knowledge, Wiley Online Library etc. UMB provides ample space and facilities for research, teaching and networking.

The mission of the Faculty of Education is to prepare new professionals in occupations focused on work with people, i.e. educational and social professions, as well as to develop their scientific knowledge. The process of education at the Faculty is realised by nine departments that employ 119 university teachers. The Faculty of Education provides instruction in accredited programmes at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd levels of university studies. The scientific and research activities of the Faculty are focused on basic as well as applied research in the field education theory of individual subjects, pedagogy, psychology, social work, art, and Evangelical theology. The Faculty and its Departments cooperate with related foreign institutions providing university education in the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Hungary, the UK, Belgium, Switzerland, the USA, the Netherlands, and Serbia.

Department of Social work is developing know the new study program focused on economic and management of social work. The aim of the study program is to prepare the specialist in the social entrepreneurship. The Department of Social Work at the FE MBU guarantees study program Social work as a Bachelor, Master and Doctoral study programme. Research at the Department of Social Work has gradually specialized in the following areas: theory and methodology of social work, social

work with families, social policy and social security, social pathology and its prevention, the third sector and volunteering, social youth work, social work with seniors, social reality of the Roma population. The members of the Department have actively published in the mentioned areas and they have participated in the implementation of several scientific-research projects of basic and applied research. This cooperation results in joint seminars, conferences, exchanges of students and teachers under the Erasmus programme, the mutual exchange of professional literature, joint publications in proceedings and journals, participation in conferences and common projects. An important activity of the Department has been the organisation of students ́ voluntary activities. This activity has significantly helped the Department’s profile not only within the FoE MBU, but also externally. Concerning this area, the Department has actively cooperated with the civic association Volunteer Centre. The city of Banská Bystrica, non-governmental organisations and social services providers in the Banská Bystrica region are major partners of the Department of Social Work in implementing professional experienced of students of social work as well as organising professional events and in troubleshooting research projects.


Fundación Tomillo (Spain)

Fundación Tomillo is a non-lucrative organization focused on developing people and communities in the south of Madrid. Its intervention includes helping children with difficulties in their school. Tomillo offers healthy leisure activities and assist children in their decision making along with how to deal with them to continue their way to being successful. It also guides families with support to enable them to perform more successfully and effectively in their educational work, from early childhood to adolescence. This involves collaborative work with the family, educational, social and health fields. On the other hand, Tomillo is also focused on improving the employability of people who are at risk of social exclusion, especially young people, by building labour and social inclusion pathways.

Tomillo provides VET (basic and medium level) to young people at risk of poverty or social exclusion or coming from disadvantaged backgrounds in several education profiles: electricity, computing, administrative services and catering (cooks and waiters). Students are sometimes involved in the participation of social innovation projects with systemic approaches. Moreover, Tomillo provides training for employment specialized courses. For instance, Tomillo participates in “Gastronomix” (, a project which involves the provision of culinary training for 50 young people by the Basque Culinary Centre. In this context, Tomillo develops professional guidance itineraries to the participants. As in this case, the underlying model of intervention focuses on the person, understanding that training, employment (and self-employment) are vehicles that promote and foster active social inclusion.

Finally, Tomillo is involved in the creation of a social catering enterprise through which their VET catering students will have their first professional experience in a real working environment. The project is led by the Research and Social Innovation Area.Tomillo has a long experience in developing learning mobility activities in the education field, especially within the Erasmus+ framework. In this context, Tomillo has been encouraging their young pupils to spend around two months abroad (generally working for companies in the United Kingdom) in order to reinforce the acquisition of personal and professional competences and enhance their employability. This initiative have strengthened their motivation and opportunities, especially as they usually come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Tomillo has been involved in these activities for the last five years. In 2017 around 14 young people will participate of this programme.Moreover, as a result of its experience, Tomillo is involved in nets of non-lucrative organizations which deploy programmes focused on sending and hosting volunteers across European countries.

Currently, Tomillo is involved in an EVS (European Voluntary Service) project with other six Spanish and European non lucrative organizations from Romania, Poland, France, Great Britain and Germany. In this context, the participation of Tomillo will imply sending two volunteers for a period between one and six months between March and August 2017. Volunteers are young people aged among 18-20 who are finishing high-school expecting to make contact to new people and cultures in order to gain personal competences.

In the context of this Social Catering project within the Erasmus + Initiative, Tomillo may contribute with innovative methodologies in the learning process of young people participating, who may be selected from students belonging to Tomillo VET catering courses.