Pictured left to right: Greg Barry (Manager, Employability Mayo), Sarah Togher (IASE), Colette Corless (Employability Mayo), Geraldine Glendon (Department of Social Protection), Sophie Wedier(IASE), Dolores McNicholas (Mayo North East) and Dermot Cunningham (EUSE Council Member).
The EUSE Toolkit for Diversity project was a two year project to further develop the supported employment model by exploring its relevance assisting other marginalised groups such as early school leavers, individuals in recovery from substance misuse and offenders/ex-prisoners.
European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE) Toolkit for Diversity was funded by the Leonardo de Vinci Transfer of Innovation Programme. The project is building on the already successful EUSE Supported Employment Toolkit developed by EUSE in 2007. The toolkit consists of a range of position papers and how to guides designed to increase the knowledge and skills of professionals responsible for the delivery of employment services and supported employment.
Speaking at the project closing ceremony event Dermot Cunningham (EUSE Council member) said “This project is about developing and progressing support employment for disadvantaged groups, taking away that fear factor for employers and supporting individuals taking on a new challenge, everyone can make a contribution and should have the support they require to have the independence to find, secure and keep a job”.
The EUSET Diversity project partners are: Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment (lead partner); Dachverband berufliche Integration Österreich, Austria; Rytmus, Czech Republic; Kiipulan, Finland; Theotokos Foundation, Greece; Irish Association of Supported Employment, Ireland; Skinner Cooperativa Sociale, Italy; Associacao Portuguesa de Emprego Apoiado, Portugal; Asociacion Espanola de Empleo con Apoyo, Spain; Activa, Sweden; Supported Employment Schweiz, Switzerland; Status Employment, UK.
Download the EUSET needs analysis here
Download the EUSE Diversity Toolkit here
Further information is available on the project website