The aim of the EU Funds Department is that of providing support to
the Agency in availing itself of funding under the various EU funding
programmes provided by the European Commission. This is deeper than simply a
financial contribution or support through which projects may be realised. Through
these initiatives, Aġenzija Sapport strives to develop projects that aim at fostering
the integration of persons with a disability within the community.
Aġenzija Sapport is currently awaiting the
approval of EU funds to start implementing two projects under ERDF and ESF
REACH – which aims at creating a fair and inclusive
society that promotes and advocates independent living and employment.
project incorporates semi-independent living arrangements and designed with a
special social benefit in mind, intended for improved quality of life. The project will be entirely
accessible to all users. More specifically, the project will support the
integration of vulnerable persons within the community through public
infrastructure by providing them residential and employment opportunities.
Vulnerable persons will be brought closer to the labour market through support and
training offered at the community centre and workshops, further promoting
social inclusion and reducing the risk of their exposure to poverty. Apart from
equipping persons with disability with independent living and employability
skills, the project will provide improved social services including a respite centre, therapeutic treatments,
physiotherapy area, gym, pool and other amenities.
INK – which is a person-focused
This project aims at maximising the abilities of persons
with disability, supporting their chances of inclusion in the labour market and
strengthening their social engagement. To achieve such aim, the project will
pivot round the following main deliverables: training and support, skills and
site audits (firms/companies/departments); certification and recognition;
research and innovative measures; continuation of the National Database of
persons with disability and transnational cooperation. Six independent-living
training centres will serve as facilities from which training will be provided
further. An INK training placement scheme will also facilitate some
beneficiaries to integrate into mainstream employment.