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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Hungarian prison inmates can now train to become professional gardeners.

‘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

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

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

Enabling learning
Enabling learning (09/05/2014)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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 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.

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

Greece extends ESF funding for day-care centres

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

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

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

Recent immigrants are getting practical help and training in Swedish municipalities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

Support for prisoners and long-term unemployed

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

Spanish project helps at-risk people to take on employment

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