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Swedish Programme for community-led local development adopted
Swedish Programme for community-led local development adopted (17/08/2015)

The programme is focused on strengthening the entrepreneurship in local areas of development as well as enhancing the employment rate in SME

Adoption of Spanish programme for social inclusion and social economy
Adoption of Spanish programme for social inclusion and social economy (12/08/2015)

1.1 billion euros to support social inclusion and social economy

Boosting job prospects of Roma in Spain
Boosting job prospects of Roma in Spain (24/07/2015)

Roma women in Extremadura, Spain, have successfully completed a training course to boost their employability as part of the ESF-funded project ‘Acceder’.

From convict to cook
From convict to cook (24/07/2015)

Inmates in seven Slovak prisons can now train as cooks in the framework of an ESF-backed project to improve their employment prospects after being released.

A boost for social inclusion
A boost for social inclusion (17/07/2015)

The second edition of the ESF-funded project ‘Polis’ helped 50 mentally disabled and socio-economically disadvantaged people improve their chances on the employment market. Half of the participants have now found a job – 17 of them with a permanent contract.

Operational Programme for the development of Italian metropolitan cities
Operational Programme for the development of Italian metropolitan cities (15/07/2015)

Newly adopted programme addresses urban sustainability, digital services and combating social exclusion

ESF and UK National Lottery join forces against poverty
ESF and UK National Lottery join forces against poverty (10/07/2015)

The European Social Fund and the UK National Lottery have pledged GBP 14 million (EUR 19.7 million) to tackle poverty and unemployment in the city of Leicester and the surrounding county.

More funding to Roma integration
More funding to Roma integration (19/06/2015)

Member States continue to make progress in Roma integration, but further efforts are necessary. This is the conclusion of an annual Commission report.

A boost for handicapped jobseekers
A boost for handicapped jobseekers (12/06/2015)

An ESF-funded project to help jobseekers with disabilities and reduced work capacity in Hajdú-Bihar County (eastern Hungary) is now coming to a close.

Mentoring young offenders to transform lives
Mentoring young offenders to transform lives (22/05/2015)

The partly ESF-funded youth justice organisation Le Chéile in Ireland is hoping to extend its services to reach more young offenders with its newly-launched strategy for 2015 to 2017 ‘Inspiring Change, Transforming Lives’.

Job creation improves efficiency, reduces downtime
Job creation improves efficiency, reduces downtime (08/05/2015)

Creating new jobs leads to greater efficiency, flexibility and satisfaction among employees, plus it reduces downtime. These are the results of five ESF-funded pilot projects conducted in the Netherlands.

Career support for immigrant mothers
Career support for immigrant mothers (08/05/2015)

A new ESF-funded project is helping mothers with an immigrant background to launch their professional career in Germany.

Trades offer way out of long-term unemployment
Trades offer way out of long-term unemployment (30/04/2015)

The Czech NGO ‘Vzájemné soužití’ is organising trade qualification and retraining courses for the long-term unemployed in the east of the Czech Republic. The partly ESF-funded project mainly targets Roma.

Traditional craft to help foster social inclusion
Traditional craft to help foster social inclusion (17/04/2015)

A new ESF-backed project aims to promote the social inclusion of Roma in the Romanian commune of Vad in Cluj County with the help of the ancient craft of wicker making.

Additional language classes for refugees to boost integration
Additional language classes for refugees to boost integration (02/04/2015)

Thanks to ESF funding, the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate will offer twice as many German language and orientation classes for refugees than in 2014, bringing the total up to 80.

A LEAP for the socially disadvantaged
A LEAP for the socially disadvantaged (19/03/2015)

A new social development centre has just opened its doors in the village of Xewkija on Gozo Island, Malta.

Green building project comes to successful close
Green building project comes to successful close (19/03/2015)

The ESF-funded project ‘Green District’ has now presented its results in creating a network for exchanging good practices and training in the construction sector in the Italian Province of Prato.

Music for inclusion
Music for inclusion (06/03/2015)

The Musical Talent Centre in the small Hungarian village of Felsőörs offers 60 disadvantaged young Roma per year the chance to develop their musical talent.

Commission adopts Hungarian programme for employment and social cohesion
Commission adopts Hungarian programme for employment and social cohesion (03/03/2015)

Investment programme will increase the human capital and improve the social environment in Hungary

New employment opportunities in recycling
New employment opportunities in recycling (27/02/2015)

A recently initiated ESF project in Romania is tackling employment and environmental issues in one go.

Educating the educators for better Roma inclusion
Educating the educators for better Roma inclusion (27/02/2015)

A total of 2706 teachers, psychologists and tutors at 200 Slovakian primary school have so far completed training programmes intended to foster the inclusion of marginalised Roma communities. A further 1500 will follow suit before the end of the ESF-funded project in October 2015.

Social enterprise to revive Coimbra’s traditional soap-making
Social enterprise to revive Coimbra’s traditional soap-making (19/02/2015)

A new ESF-funded project brings together the promotion of youth employment and traditional soap-making in Coimbra, Portugal.

Support for Roma children
Support for Roma children (22/01/2015)

The Romanian government has adopted a series of measures to foster the social inclusion of Roma children.

Brandenburg invests in fight against illiteracy
Brandenburg invests in fight against illiteracy (16/01/2015)

The German state of Brandenburg has launched a new programme to help fight illiteracy in adults.

Brixton prison bakery to expand
Brixton prison bakery to expand (09/01/2015)

The ESF-funded Bad Boys’ Bakery in Brixton Prison (London) may soon double its inmate workforce, the BBC reports.

Work(ing) for you
Work(ing) for you (19/12/2014)

In the French city of Lyon, an ESF-funded project promotes the integration of Roma with great success.

ESF makes a difference
ESF makes a difference (12/12/2014)

A project for young people facing difficulties entering the labour market wins the yearly ESF award in the Netherlands.

Eat, drink, empower!
Eat, drink, empower! (12/12/2014)

Thanks to an ESF-funded project, people with disabilities are opening a café in the Czech region of Carlsbad.

Getting back on track
Getting back on track (12/12/2014)

Thanks to an ESF project in Hungary, a total of 120 homeless people were helped to restart their lives.

Commission adopts ESF programme for social inclusion in Portugal
Commission adopts ESF programme for social inclusion in Portugal (11/12/2014)

Young people and those in danger of exclusion and poverty are at the centre of Portugal’s ESF programme for social inclusion.

Youth apprenticeship advice
Youth apprenticeship advice (27/11/2014)

In the German town of Ulm, young people from immigrant families can get free advice on trade or commercial apprenticeships, thanks to an ESF project.

On the road to employment
On the road to employment (14/11/2014)

Over 100 people found a job or a training course thanks to an ESF project in the Swedish towns of Avesta and Hedemora.

Active and qualified women
Active and qualified women (03/10/2014)

An ESF project will provide job training for 800 women in four different regions in Romania.

Books for the blind
Books for the blind (25/09/2014)

A library for blind and visually impaired people recently opened its doors in Ljubljana.

Integration through language courses
Integration through language courses (19/09/2014)

A pilot project in Germany seeks to prepare asylum seekers for the labour market.

Sharing opportunities online
Sharing opportunities online (19/09/2014)

In the Croatian city of Osijek, people with disabilities can use a new web portal to find a job.

Building capacities for the most vulnerable
Building capacities for the most vulnerable (11/09/2014)

ESF funding in the Czech region of Ústecký will be used to help school students and people with disabilities to find a job.

Special help for special needs
Special help for special needs (05/09/2014)

In Lithuania, students with disabilities will receive a scholarship thanks to the European Social Fund.

Enhancing employability in Murcia
Enhancing employability in Murcia (28/08/2014)

Next year, in the Spanish region of Murcia, 1600 people will be able to participate in ESF co-funded courses and workshops.

Life after lock-up
Life after lock-up (28/08/2014)

Hungarian prison inmates can now train to become professional gardeners.

Incubating ideas
Incubating ideas (01/08/2014)

In Paris the Agoranov incubator is helping turn R&D ideas into successful businesses

Social seed capital
Social seed capital (25/07/2014)

In Portugal, an ESF project to combat unemployment helps create 50 micro-businesses

‘Linking In’ in Ireland
‘Linking In’ in Ireland (25/07/2014)

A new service in Ireland is helping workers return to work after absence caused by illness

More inclusion and independence
More inclusion and independence (11/07/2014)

ESF co-funds a project in Croatia to improve the social services on offer to young people

Focused approach
Focused approach (04/07/2014)

Romania launches an ESF project which focuses on Roma employability and inclusion

A pearl of a project
A pearl of a project (26/06/2014)

In France, the ESF-supported PERLE project is successfully helping the homeless into accommodation and jobs

Supporting immigrant families
Supporting immigrant families (23/06/2014)

In Italy, a new ESF project aims to boost the inclusion of young second-generation immigrants

A home for hope
A home for hope (16/05/2014)

In Bulgaria, a new project is improving the quality of life for disabled children

Sustainability on the menu
Sustainability on the menu (16/05/2014)

A city-farm and restaurant project in Flanders is putting its own home-grown produce on the menu

Enabling learning
Enabling learning (09/05/2014)

‘Disability is not an obstacle to study’ is the motto of a new ESF project in Lithuania

A helping hand in the Tyrol
A helping hand in the Tyrol (02/05/2014)

Social enterprises in the Tyrol region are building bridges into the labour market with ESF help

An inclusive cuisine
An inclusive cuisine (02/05/2014)

A restaurant in Brittany is helping immigrant women to integrate better

A recipe for Roma integration
A recipe for Roma integration (02/05/2014)

With ESF support the first Roma restaurant opens in Slovenia

Finer Finnish skills
Finer Finnish skills (25/04/2014)

In Finland, immigrant entrepreneurs are being helped with focused language training

Reaching out to young Roma
Reaching out to young Roma (11/04/2014)

In Plovdiv, the ESF is helping to convince young Roma of the opportunities that educational qualifications can offer them

Providing a safety net
Providing a safety net (11/04/2014)

In Finland, an ESF project is targeting the social inclusion of young people and promoting the rehabilitation of ex-offenders

Roma integration: EU Framework triggers first results
Roma integration: EU Framework triggers first results (04/04/2014)

Concerted action by the European Commission has put Roma integration firmly on the political agenda across Europe.

Service station skills
Service station skills (27/03/2014)

In Spain, an energy company is working with an NGO and the ESF to offer new opportunities to disabled jobseekers

Tailored support for disabled jobseekers
Tailored support for disabled jobseekers (21/03/2014)

Ireland launches a new initiative to help people with disabilities get back into work

From disability to ability
From disability to ability (13/03/2014)

An ESF project in Romania is helping people with disabilities to join the labour market

Grants to boost jobs
Grants to boost jobs (13/03/2014)

In Malta, 170 employers receive ESF employment-support grants to help provide jobs for disabled and unemployed people

Aurora Borealis lights the way
Aurora Borealis lights the way (07/03/2014)

“Never give up” is the motto of a Swedish ESF project aimed at the most disadvantaged jobseekers

Roma on the beat
Roma on the beat (24/02/2014)

In the Czech Republic Roma assistants are helping the police connect better to local communities

Acting through civil society
Acting through civil society (24/02/2014)

The ESF in Croatia helps fund a series of new projects for disadvantaged groups

Including young people
Including young people (07/02/2014)

An ESF project promoting the social inclusion of young people in Hungary has concluded with a final conference

Early integration
Early integration (16/01/2014)

Croatia implements an EU-funded programme for children with disabilities

Praises and prizes
Praises and prizes (10/01/2014)

Four neighbourhood social inclusion projects in France have received awards for their work

A stronger role for partners in running the ESF
A stronger role for partners in running the ESF (07/01/2014)

The Commission has adopted a common set of standards to improve consultation, participation and dialogue with partners during the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).

Successful services for immigrants
Successful services for immigrants (19/12/2013)

A successful ESF immigrant support project is being proposed as a permanent service in Finland

LEAPing social barriers
LEAPing social barriers (19/12/2013)

Malta has launched a project to combat poverty and exclusion as part of social policy reforms

‘We cannot afford to let them down’
‘We cannot afford to let them down’ (13/12/2013)

New legal commitment by Member States to achieve tangible results on Roma inclusion

Caring for carers
Caring for carers (06/12/2013)

A care home in Belgium is getting help to improve working conditions for staff

Latvia lifts social services
Latvia lifts social services (29/11/2013)

Better social services are the result of an ESF project in Latvia

Civil Licit: Hungary’s auction for social responsibility
Civil Licit: Hungary’s auction for social responsibility (15/11/2013)

Civil Licit, Hungary’s sustainability-auction launched on 12 November, attracted considerable attention this year.

Vouchers for work
Vouchers for work (15/11/2013)

The Netherlands launches a voucher scheme to encourage employers to take on young people

Disabled and enabled
Disabled and enabled (15/11/2013)

Irish minister praises pilot project to help young people with disabilities join the mainstream job market

A Republic of values
A Republic of values (08/11/2013)

Three projects by Lithuanian school students to be taken nationwide

'No te Rindas Nunca'
'No te Rindas Nunca' (25/10/2013)

The Spanish communications campaign for disabled people 'Never Give Up’ earns a Bronze Echo Award in Chicago

Alternative Ljubljana
Alternative Ljubljana (10/10/2013)

A cultural association is developing an alternative way of presenting Slovenia’s capital city to tourists

Gardens for growth
Gardens for growth (04/10/2013)

In Belgium, an ESF project is helping disadvantaged schoolchildren make choices for the future

No bars to skills
No bars to skills (27/09/2013)

Latvia gives new skills to help ex-prisoners reintegrate better

Not less able
Not less able (27/09/2013)

With ESF help, a Slovenian social enterprise is placing qualified disabled people in higher-quality jobs

Boosting Roma education
Boosting Roma education (20/09/2013)

An ESF project which improved the educational opportunities for Roma children has just ended in Romania

Veterans with a vocation
Veterans with a vocation (06/09/2013)

In the UK, military veterans are helping jobseekers build confidence and get on in life and work

Ensuring medical cover
Ensuring medical cover (06/09/2013)

Greece launches a voucher scheme for citizens without medical insurance

Certified skilled
Certified skilled (25/07/2013)

Disadvantaged women awarded certificates to promote their new skills

A sense of achievement
A sense of achievement (18/07/2013)

People with impaired vision gain ‘physio’ skills in Latvia

Interest in social enterprise
Interest in social enterprise (09/07/2013)

Social entrepreneurship on the increase in Sweden

A nursery for planting skills
A nursery for planting skills (03/07/2013)

In Austria, immigrant mothers get help with important language skills

Socially enterprising
Socially enterprising (03/07/2013)

In Belgium, a successful employment association is helping job-seekers in difficult times

Boosting rural employment
Boosting rural employment (03/07/2013)

A Romanian-Greek project to boost rural entrepreneurship has just finished

Healthier diet and lifestyles
Healthier diet and lifestyles (12/06/2013)

Free medical supervision and advice on proper nutrition available in 50 Greek municipalities

Taking the car to work
Taking the car to work (12/06/2013)

A social enterprise for disabled job-seekers wins award for excellence

A social enterprise on the up
A social enterprise on the up (28/05/2013)

In Flanders, the ESF is helping an employment-related social enterprise re-engineer for fast growth

Jobs on the menu
Jobs on the menu (16/05/2013)

In the past years, ESF support has helped finance over 1400 projects to improve employment and social needs in the Alsace region

Helping older people with disabilities
Helping older people with disabilities (16/05/2013)

A Polish ESF project is offering training and support for disabled jobseekers over 45 years old

Supporting disabled job-seekers
Supporting disabled job-seekers (10/05/2013)

The ESF in Poland is offering 200 paid traineeships for the disabled

Catering for new skills
Catering for new skills (29/04/2013)

A pay-what-you-want café provides training for people looking for a job in catering

Caring skills for immigrants
Caring skills for immigrants (29/04/2013)

An elderly-care course aimed at immigrant home help is relaunched in Spain

Frontline funding support
Frontline funding support (16/04/2013)

Portugal launches new funding initiative to combat poverty and unemployment and support disadvantaged groups on the ground

‘Pepping up’ job possibilities
‘Pepping up’ job possibilities (11/04/2013)

Job opportunities for disabled people in Ireland are getting a new impetus with the ESF supported PEP project

Special kids with special needs
Special kids with special needs (11/04/2013)

With ESF funding the Nadezhda Association in Bulgaria is helping children with special educational needs stay on at school

International Roma Day: Commission calls for decisive action to further Roma integration
International Roma Day: Commission calls for decisive action to further Roma integration (08/04/2013)

To mark International Roma Day, the European Commission has underlined the need for further efforts by the Member States to improve the situation for Roma communities in Europe.

Natural and inclusive
Natural and inclusive (12/03/2013)

A social innovation project in Finland is using natural environments to build wellbeing and inclusiveness among disadvantaged groups

A treasured Chest
A treasured Chest (12/03/2013)

In the Czech Republic the ESF is supporting a community initiative for socially excluded youngsters

Clubbing together
Clubbing together (12/03/2013)

A social integration club in Poland is helping the long-term unemployed with ESF support

Racing against illiteracy
Racing against illiteracy (07/03/2013)

Jesuits run marathon to combat illiteracy in Malta

Signing on for work
Signing on for work (28/02/2013)

A 24-7 sign-language translation service is helping workers with hearing difficulties to integrate better at work

Better opportunities for immigrants
Better opportunities for immigrants (21/02/2013)

The ESF promotes the closer integration of immigrants in Finland with help to find work

Better skills, better chances
Better skills, better chances (21/02/2013)

In Lithuania the ESF is helping disadvantaged families to help themselves

Social Investment for growth and cohesion
Social Investment for growth and cohesion (20/02/2013)

The Commission has called on Member States to prioritise social investment and to modernise their welfare states. This means better performing active inclusion strategies and a more efficient and more effective use of social budgets.

Bank loans for social enterprises
Bank loans for social enterprises (31/01/2013)

ESF supports bank lending for social enterprises in Poland

Slovakia encourages self-help
Slovakia encourages self-help (17/01/2013)

ESF funding has helped marginalised communities in Slovakia to improve their circumstances

Caring for social inclusion
Caring for social inclusion (09/01/2013)

Greece extends ESF funding for day-care centres

Innovative childcare
Innovative childcare (09/01/2013)

The Czech Republic is supporting more diverse childcare provision to help working parents

Improving literacy skills
Improving literacy skills (19/12/2012)

In the Netherlands, steps are being taken to identify problems and improve literacy skills among job-seekers

Reducing Roma drop-outs
Reducing Roma drop-outs (19/12/2012)

ESF community centres are helping young Roma to complete their education and get new opportunities

Focus on farming
Focus on farming (12/12/2012)

The ESF supports discussions on small-scale farming opportunities and practices in southern France

Putting veterans back on track
Putting veterans back on track (06/12/2012)

An ESF skills project for ex-military offenders wins award in the UK

Getting qualifications that count
Getting qualifications that count (06/12/2012)

New perspectives for the low-skilled in Poland

Partnerships for change
Partnerships for change (06/12/2012)

Encouraging community involvement in local strategy-making in Romania

New chances for new citizens
New chances for new citizens (29/11/2012)

Recent immigrants are getting practical help and training in Swedish municipalities

The language of success
The language of success (21/11/2012)

Hungary is supporting foreign language skills and IT training to boost employability and competitiveness

K9 talents
K9 talents (21/11/2012)

An ESF project in Latvia is helping blind people enjoy fuller lives by providing guide dogs

Big Top skills
Big Top skills (14/11/2012)

In Finland, an innovative circus is helping disadvantaged groups build self-esteem by joining in

EPIC success for immigrant jobseekers
EPIC success for immigrant jobseekers (07/11/2012)

A successful training scheme in Ireland has given 222 immigrants the practical skills that helped them to find work

Social mobility brings social success
Social mobility brings social success (07/11/2012)

The mobile provision of social services in a Latvian region has proved a successful model for emulation

Combating long-term unemployment
Combating long-term unemployment (25/10/2012)

In Finland, the ESF is helping bring job-seekers and employers together in the fight against long-term unemployment

Women in social enterprise
Women in social enterprise (25/10/2012)

In the Midi-Pyrénées region in France, the ESF is helping young women entrepreneurs to join the social economy

On a course for the Canaries
On a course for the Canaries (18/10/2012)

The Spanish Canaries offer ESF training opportunities to over 10 000 islanders

Resources for rehabilitation
Resources for rehabilitation (11/10/2012)

Latvia is using ESF funding to support rehabilitation and social care for the vulnerable

Supporting workers with cancer
Supporting workers with cancer (04/10/2012)

A Romanian project is helping cancer sufferers at work with help from an Italian partner

A multicultural fire service
A multicultural fire service (04/10/2012)

Regional emergency services in Sweden are taking steps to train local firefighters with immigrant backgrounds to meet local needs

Making schools more inclusive
Making schools more inclusive (21/09/2012)

Schools across Slovakia are being helped to develop inclusive teaching environments for Roma children

Enabled car mechanics
Enabled car mechanics (13/09/2012)

ESF gives a boost for aspiring car mechanics among young disabled people in the UK

Building social success
Building social success (07/09/2012)

In Slovenia, the ESF is supporting social businesses with start-up funding

Releasing Roma potential
Releasing Roma potential (07/09/2012)

ESF in Sweden supports entrepreneurship education for Roma

Contributions to the debate on a 'European Code of Conduct on Partnership'
Contributions to the debate on a 'European Code of Conduct on Partnership' (03/09/2012)

In April, the Commission had presented a working paper on a European Code of Conduct on Partnership. A number of stakeholders have already provided reactions to this principle.

Out of the orphanage and into work
Out of the orphanage and into work (31/08/2012)

In Lithuania, the ESF is helping integrate adults who were orphans into the labour market

Supporting citizens with hearing disabilities
Supporting citizens with hearing disabilities (10/08/2012)

With ESF support, Spanish region launches a service to boost employment and social inclusion among deaf people

Fostering children’s futures
Fostering children’s futures (03/08/2012)

An ESF project in Bulgaria is building a cadre of trained foster families

Boosting jobs for disabled workers
Boosting jobs for disabled workers (27/07/2012)

A new social enterprise in Malta is helping disabled job-seekers find rewarding work

The language of success
The language of success (20/07/2012)

In the Saône-et-Loire region in France the Lutilea Association is giving young immigrants the French language skills they need to get a job and integrate better

Apps with attitude
Apps with attitude (12/07/2012)

In Sweden, an ESF project is using social media to help engage disadvantaged young people

Workplace ambassadors
Workplace ambassadors (06/07/2012)

Landskrona in Sweden is training more workplace experts to improve working conditions

Supporting children with disabilities
Supporting children with disabilities (06/07/2012)

Disabled children in Poland are helped by trained assistants to get on at school

Identifying future skill gaps
Identifying future skill gaps (26/06/2012)

Business associations in Sweden are taking steps to predict and close skills gaps

More independence for disabled citizens
More independence for disabled citizens (08/06/2012)

In Malta, a centre for independent living for disabled people celebrates its first anniversary

“A place in the Sun”
“A place in the Sun” (08/06/2012)

In Sweden, the Solkraft project is combating social exclusion through sheltered employment opportunities

Furnishing skills
Furnishing skills (01/06/2012)

In the UK, unemployed people are getting the chance to gain skills and benefit families in need

Wales builds on success
Wales builds on success (25/05/2012)

Wales extends project to support people with substance misuse issues at work

Small projects, big ambitions
Small projects, big ambitions (25/05/2012)

In Germany, the city of Leipzig is funding many small ESF projects to help disadvantaged people in their local communities

European Commission calls on Member States to implement national plans for Roma integration
European Commission calls on Member States to implement national plans for Roma integration (23/05/2012)

The European Commission has called on EU Member States, in a report adopted today, to implement their national strategies to improve the economic and social integration of Europe's 10 to 12 million Roma. Member States developed these plans in response to the Commission's EU Framework for national Roma integration strategies adopted on 5 April 2011 which was endorsed by EU leaders soon afterwards.

Recognising immigrants’ qualifications in Germany
Recognising immigrants’ qualifications in Germany (16/05/2012)

The city of Hamburg is taking steps to recognise the formal qualifications of immigrants and boost their job prospects

A handicap need form no obstacle
A handicap need form no obstacle (04/05/2012)

Hungarian civil organisations recruited people with disabilities onto training courses to improve their job prospects

Malta launches Me2!
Malta launches Me2! (02/05/2012)

Malta launches a new cooperative to help disabled people live normal lives and improve their job prospects

Boosting Roma Women's job prospects
Boosting Roma Women's job prospects (02/05/2012)

Romania is helping Roma women to work as healthcare mediators with ESF support

A social enterprise promotes jobs for all
A social enterprise promotes jobs for all (19/04/2012)

In Bulgaria, the ‘Public Laundry’ will create jobs for 22 disadvantaged people

Welcoming networks in Denmark
Welcoming networks in Denmark (19/04/2012)

ESF funding supports networking among immigrant job-seekers in Denmark

A European network for helping disabled job-seekers
A European network for helping disabled job-seekers (19/04/2012)

The CSR+D network is stressing the creative and innovative potential of disabled workers

Successful micro-credit  for successful micro-businesses
Successful micro-credit for successful micro-businesses (16/04/2012)

In Germany, ESF funding is helping women and immigrant entrepreneurs to get access to loans and support jobs

Regional social services
Regional social services (16/04/2012)

The ESF is supporting Latvia’s regional social services for a variety of target groups

Poland supports disadvantaged groups
Poland supports disadvantaged groups (16/04/2012)

A new project in Poland is directed at helping people under the threat of social exclusion

Training and guidance for unemployed and Roma
Training and guidance for unemployed and Roma (04/04/2012)

A Slovenian region is helping disadvantaged groups take a first step on the employment ladder

Finnish region tests out social enterprise
Finnish region tests out social enterprise (04/04/2012)

ESF project promotes social entrepreneurship for welfare and employment in Finland

Language and learning for work
Language and learning for work (04/04/2012)

A Danish project has exceeded its targets in helping women with immigrant backgrounds find their way towards work

Creating permanent  jobs in Malta
Creating permanent jobs in Malta (08/03/2012)

The highly successful Employment Aid Programme co-funded by the ESF is helping many people into permanent jobs

The language of integration
The language of integration (08/03/2012)

The ESF is supporting Portuguese language skills for immigrants to improve integration

Helping Roma get skills for jobs
Helping Roma get skills for jobs (29/02/2012)

Nearly 2 000 Roma have benefited from new skills gained through Asprosocu work programmes in Murcia, Spain

Bridges into work
Bridges into work (23/02/2012)

A Swedish ESF project is helping people with slight learning difficulties to get the confidence and skills to hold down a normal job

Social Enterprises: up to the Mark
Social Enterprises: up to the Mark (23/02/2012)

In the UK, the Ministry of Justice is making it easier for social enterprises to bid in consortia for government contracts

Sign it! supporting deaf citizens
Sign it! supporting deaf citizens (20/02/2012)

Andalusia is offering work experience to people with impaired hearing and sign-language classes to potential fellow workers

Supporting  independent lives
Supporting independent lives (10/02/2012)

In the Czech Republic, an ESF-supported training flat is helping mentally handicapped people gain independence

A YouTube innovation
A YouTube innovation (03/02/2012)

In Spain, an imaginary job search through YouTube by a young man with disabilities successfully raises awareness of disabled people's problems in the job market

A new life for old clothes
A new life for old clothes (27/01/2012)

In Slovenia, an ESF co-funded second-hand clothing project is getting good feedback after its first months in business

A social event
A social event (20/01/2012)

Bedford in the UK is hosting a social enterprise seminar to inspire would-be business entrepreneurs

Strengthening Alpine communities
Strengthening Alpine communities (20/01/2012)

In the Italian Alps the Alto Adige region is calling for ESF projects to help make communities sustainable

A voice for people with disabilities
A voice for people with disabilities (16/12/2011)

In the Czech Republic, ESF supports voice-driven computers for overcoming disabilities

Training travellers
Training travellers (08/12/2011)

The ESF in Ireland is supporting a project for entrepreneurial traveller women

Social workers on prime time
Social workers on prime time (08/12/2011)

In Poland, the ESF is funding a television programme on the vital job social workers do

An integrated approach to multiple challenges
An integrated approach to multiple challenges (25/11/2011)

ESF in Romania takes an integrated approach to vulnerable groups facing multiple challenges

Sweden supports immigrant mothers
Sweden supports immigrant mothers (18/11/2011)

Women with children get ESF-supported training for future jobs in Sweden

Supporting Roma people in Slovakia
Supporting Roma people in Slovakia (11/11/2011)

Dobšiná in Slovakia launches project to improve conditions for its Roma community

An inclusive library service
An inclusive library service (28/10/2011)

A German library project is helping the sick and aged keep up with the latest in literature and films

Boosting inclusion in Northern Spain
Boosting inclusion in Northern Spain (07/10/2011)

Ribagorza county in Aragon is giving disadvantaged groups a helping hand into work

Documenting Roma success
Documenting Roma success (07/10/2011)

Hungary develops Roma media skills to provide success stories and combat stereotypes

Opening doors in Wales
Opening doors in Wales (30/09/2011)

ESF in Wales is supporting young people with learning disabilities

IT skills for people with disabilities
IT skills for people with disabilities (30/09/2011)

In Poland, people with disabilities are getting the chance to polish their IT skills

Business support for immigrants in Denmark
Business support for immigrants in Denmark (23/09/2011)

The ESF in Denmark is helping entrepreneurial immigrants navigate the system

Recruiting disabled workers
Recruiting disabled workers (23/09/2011)

In England the ESF is training employers to recruit disabled workers

Estonia tackles ‘inactivity’
Estonia tackles ‘inactivity’ (09/09/2011)

In Estonia, the ESF is supporting employment among carers and those facing difficult circumstances

Fighting the social effects of cancer
Fighting the social effects of cancer (22/08/2011)

An Italian-Romanian project is supporting employment for people diagnosed with cancer

A nursery for skills in Spain
A nursery for skills in Spain (22/08/2011)

A Spanish project is helping disabled people acquire outdoor skills and improve their employability

Education for all in Greece
Education for all in Greece (11/04/2011)

Greece launches new initiative to improve educational chances for immigrant and returning emigrant’s children

Medicine without borders
Medicine without borders (11/04/2011)

Two ESF projects in Romania are helping boost the standard of medical care for all Romanians

Czech Republic supports care in the community
Czech Republic supports care in the community (04/04/2011)

ESF supports Czech project to help disabled citizens leave institutions and live more ‘everyday’ lives

‘Access’ for Roma in Spain
‘Access’ for Roma in Spain (04/04/2011)

In Spain, a tailored training and employment programme is helping the Roma community to find work and integrate into the mainstream

Romania: towards better use of the EU funds for Roma inclusion
Romania: towards better use of the EU funds for Roma inclusion (29/03/2011)

A meeting in Bucharest gathered policy makers, Romanian authorities and a number of NGOs promoting Roma integration, to discuss steps and actions undertaken to better use EU funds for Roma inclusion, following the Roma high level events that took place in Romania in October 2010.

Better village life in Slovakia
Better village life in Slovakia (09/03/2011)

In a Slovakian village the ESF has improved everyday life for over 200 people, the majority Roma

Building the brand
Building the brand (21/02/2011)

A project in the Liguria region in Italy is building the added value needed by a successful tourism destination.

Developing skills among Roma
Developing skills among Roma (21/02/2011)

A project in Poland is equipping Roma people with the working skills needed to boost integration.

Boosting immigrant training
Boosting immigrant training (09/02/2011)

The German city of Worms is giving a boost to training for its young people with an immigrant background.

A guide to the world of work
A guide to the world of work (01/02/2011)

A project in Rome has produced a comprehensive guidebook to help immigrants navigate into and around the labour market.

Training in Transylvania
Training in Transylvania (01/02/2011)

Romania is using ESF funds to encourage entrepreneurship in three regions and among its Hungarian minority

Roma knowledge transfer
Roma knowledge transfer (01/02/2011)

Bulgaria is drawing on the experience of other countries in keeping Roma children at school

The power of humour
The power of humour (01/02/2011)

An ESF project in Spain is using satire and comedy to help improve the social inclusion of immigrants

Supporting micro-projects in France
Supporting micro-projects in France (27/01/2011)

A French region is using ESF funding to kick-start employment-related micro-projects with 100% funding

Job support in Malta
Job support in Malta (31/12/2010)

A salary subsidy scheme in Malta is helping disadvantaged job-seekers into work with ESF help

Integration the Slovenian way
Integration the Slovenian way (31/12/2010)

Info Point gives foreigners access to job information

Arts and crafts in Bulgaria
Arts and crafts in Bulgaria (02/12/2010)

A Bulgarian social services centre is helping the inclusion of young disabled people with training in traditional crafts

Friends in need in Stockholm
Friends in need in Stockholm (02/12/2010)

Volunteers in Stockholm are helping new immigrants settle into city life as painlessly as possible

Prizes for Austrian adult education centres
Prizes for Austrian adult education centres (01/12/2010)

Prizes for Austrian adult education centres

Stars behind bars
Stars behind bars (01/12/2010)

A cookbook project in Greece has helped young offenders gain the pride and self confidence that will help their social reintegration

Roma employment gets a boost
Roma employment gets a boost (01/12/2010)

ESF project in Romania targets 2000 new jobs for Roma minority

Lithuania selects Stars and Bars
Lithuania selects Stars and Bars (01/12/2010)

An inclusive Salad Bar and an entrepreneurship academy are Lithuania’s entries for the European Enterprise Awards

Romania focuses on the countryside
Romania focuses on the countryside (03/11/2010)

An ESF project in Romania is focusing on employment among agricultural smallholders

Best practice exchanges in Slovenia
Best practice exchanges in Slovenia (02/11/2010)

A group of educators in Slovenia visit colleagues in Murska Sobota to see how they are supporting Roma integration

Success by association
Success by association (02/11/2010)

Polish ESF initiative encourages job creation through social associations

Gaining skills for work
Gaining skills for work (02/11/2010)

Roma integration in the small Hungarian region of Győr

Better chances for children
Better chances for children (01/11/2010)

In Slovakia the ‘Smile as a Gift’ society will train the trainers to help foster parents

A vision for all
A vision for all (01/11/2010)

ESF in Lithuania supports social enterprises employing people with sight problems

Azores fights exclusion
Azores fights exclusion (31/10/2010)

A co-operative in the Azores is supporting entrepreneurship and equal opportunities among women

Enterprise for integration
Enterprise for integration (31/10/2010)

A micro-enterprise project in Romania aims to employ Roma and help their economic integration

Computer speak
Computer speak (02/10/2010)

Training on voice-controlled computers is giving disabled people in Prague more independence

Help at home, support for school
Help at home, support for school (02/10/2010)

Socially excluded children in the Canary Islands are receiving help to integrate into school environment

Signing up for social inclusion
Signing up for social inclusion (01/10/2010)

The city of Târgu-Jiu is among the latest to sign up to a social inclusion project of the Romanian Roma Agency

Getting organised
Getting organised (01/10/2010)

A Hungarian ESF project is helping Roma organisations work better together

On the ground social work
On the ground social work (02/09/2010)

A Slovakian ESF project is bringing valued help to an isolated Roma community

‘Notte Bianca’ goes green
‘Notte Bianca’ goes green (02/09/2010)

A fashion show presenting glamorous clothes and accessories made from waste materials is a highlight in a cultural event in Malta

All kids are important
All kids are important (02/09/2010)

An ESF project in Hungary helped 200 disadvantaged young Roma to get on in school

For a dignified life
For a dignified life (02/09/2010)

A Slovakian charity is using ESF funding to provided a sheltered workplace for vulnerable people

Benidorm supporting disabled citizens
Benidorm supporting disabled citizens (01/09/2010)

Disabled citizens of Benidorm in Spain are getting a chance to train for jobs in local bars and hotels

Special needs children enjoy variety of activities
Special needs children enjoy variety of activities (31/07/2010)

Special education schools in the Czech Republic

Empowerment and participation
Empowerment and participation (30/06/2010)

An ESF project aims at increased participation of the Roma population in Western Sweden

ESF on the Island of Reunion
ESF on the Island of Reunion (02/06/2010)

Support for jobs in the voluntary sector

Roma initiatives
Roma initiatives (01/06/2010)

New projects for Roma in Slovakia and Slovenia

Escaping from domestic violence
Escaping from domestic violence (01/06/2010)

Educational programme gives hope to abused women

Civil auction in Hungary
Civil auction in Hungary (01/06/2010)

Non-profit sector set to raise over €21 000 in bids

Motivation for all
Motivation for all (31/05/2010)

A Romanian ESF project is helping those with disabilities to participate in work and society

Opportunities for Roma in Slovakia
Opportunities for Roma in Slovakia (03/05/2010)

Training for jobs in IT, gardening and building work

Aid for Roma people in Slovakia
Aid for Roma people in Slovakia (01/05/2010)

Social inclusion project encourages active job search

Roma assistance
Roma assistance (30/04/2010)

Roma school assistants are key in a new project bringing young Roma into the Slovenian education system

Improving Roma job chances
Improving Roma job chances (02/04/2010)

Two new projects in Slovakia will support employment among the marginalised Roma population

Distance learning for the disabled
Distance learning for the disabled (02/04/2010)

An ESF project in Lithuania is preparing disabled people for the requirements of today’s labour market

Working with wine
Working with wine (01/04/2010)

In northern France a group of handicapped workers are taking over a vineyard

Tailored training for young travellers
Tailored training for young travellers (03/03/2010)

UK ESF funds deployed for training for young Gypsy Travellers to get into work

Hope of a better life in Slovakia
Hope of a better life in Slovakia (01/03/2010)

Support for prisoners and long-term unemployed

Investing in the Roma
Investing in the Roma (28/02/2010)

Romanian project provides Roma experts with critical training

Work to prevent social exclusion
Work to prevent social exclusion (28/02/2010)

Spanish project helps at-risk people to take on employment

Roma: renovation and renewal
Roma: renovation and renewal (02/02/2010)

Trebišov in Slovakia is taking steps to improve living conditions for its Roma citizens

Going straight – to university
Going straight – to university (02/02/2010)

The Going straight project in England has an ex-convict signing up other prisoners for degrees