DP SYNERGY

Date

2003-2005

Contact

DIMITRIOS CHONDROS

Country

GREECE

Development Partnership

UNIVERSITY MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Demand

Cope with exclusion from the labor market of people with mental health problems Lack of mechanisms that would support vocational integration of people with mental health problems Inadequate legal and institutional framework Lack of a rehabilitation culture among professionals of the field.

Solution

Implementation of social cooperatives Practical support in order for them to be feasible through: -training in social management -market research oriented to the feasibiblity of social coops -development of business tools -implementation of a focused publicity strategy -intervention aiming at the adequate adaptation of the legal and institutional framework

Products

- Data and studies, tools and guides - Support actions for thirty social enterprises. - Networking - Technical guides and model tools - Studies to adjust the current legislative framework - Vocational training programmes for management and mental health professionals.

Results

- Four Social Cooperatives set up in Athens (2), Thessaloniki and Corfu, and support for the establishment of seven initiatives to start Social Cooperatives - Network of Social Cooperatives set up which drew up an inventory of the difficulties, needs and development potential of the Limited Liability Social Cooperatives, with the support of the Development Partnership, and proceeded to undertake coordinated actions to promote social entrepreneurship.