The ESF is funding tens of thousands of projects across the Union that make a real difference to the lives of millions of individuals. Here you can find some examples.
Helping people with disabilities become independent (28/05/2020)
For most people, everyday activities like making a cup of tea or preparing a sandwich do not require much thought. Some people, however, need a bit of extra help to learn these and other basic life skills.
Training for the Deaf in Catering (18/11/2015)
The inclusive cafe-restaurant at the Centre for the Deaf in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, offers training and professional orientation for youths with hearing impairments, who train alongside young adults without impaired hearing.
ESF Contribution : EUR 134 500 – Number of Participants : 14
A jobs portal in Spain is helping disabled people get jobs and find suitable training options.
ESF Contribution : EUR 700 000 – Number of Participants : 200 000+ disabled people; 4 000 employers
A project in the Czech Republic gave people with physical disabilities an opportunity to find a job at Bezbatour, a travel agency specialising in holidays for disabled people.
ESF Contribution : 4 914 190. 67 CZK – Number of Participants : 20
Hiring grants give hope to jobseekers in difficulty (16/07/2014)
A project in Malta provides grants to employers who are willing to offer temporary positions to jobseekers in difficulty so that they can gain valuable work experience.
ESF Contribution : EUR 12 038 125 – Number of Participants : More than 2 000
Inclusive model boosts employment (13/11/2013)
In Hungary, cooperation between a regional training centre and a major local employer led to the successful integration of disabled jobseekers into the labour market.
ESF contribution: 65 306 279 Ft - Number of Participants: 212
All due ‘KREDIT’ to work scheme (02/04/2013)
A project is the Czech Most region aims to help disabled people into the world of work.
ESF Contribution : CZK 7 357 181 – Number of participants : 60
Work experience for those with special needs (23/10/2012)
The ‘Disabled people working in digital TV’ project offers people with special needs the opportunity to integrate socially and develop professionally by gaining specific skills in the archiving and digitizing of old film reels.
ESF contribution: 989 964.74 PLN - Number of participants: 48
ME2 – benefiting people with disabilities (26/07/2012)
Disabled people are all too often at a disadvantage when it comes to seeking employment. A project set up in Malta is aiming to bring down as many barriers as possible through practical assistance.
Participants: 430 (until December 2011) - ESF contribution: € 1 102 792.55
Flexible training in Hamburg (17/07/2012)
Balancing work and family commitments is challenging at the best of times. Looking after young children, the disabled or elderly is a commitment that requires significant time and energy.
Participants: 648 persons (April 2012) - ESF contribution: €298 040
First of all work! (08/03/2012)
In the Zachodniopomorskie region in Poland, integration employment centres set up with ESF help supported people who face particular obstacles to joining the labour market and finding work.
Participants: 378 - ESF contribution: €512 000
I talk, though I don’t speak (07/03/2012)
Teachers from a school in the city of Toruń in Poland used ESF support to create a systematic approach to the communication problems of children who suffer from mental disabilities.
Participants: 90 - ESF contribution: €61 500
Empowering workers with learning disabilities (20/01/2012)
Cornwall Works for Learning Disabilities (CWLD) is a ‘hearts and minds’ project to find sustainable jobs for unemployed people with a learning disability.
Participants: over 550 - ESF contribution: €1 800 000
Recycling success (04/10/2011)
The ‘Demontage- und Recycling-Zentrum’ (DRZ) is a place where the long-term unemployed and people with disabilities can be reintegrated into the job market.
Participants: 60 ( +~15 in training) - ESF contribution: €358 798
A Day Centre for social integration in Athens (26/09/2011)
In central Athens, a dedicated team including psychologists, social workers and therapists is creating new chances for some of their most disadvantaged fellow citizens.
Participants: 15-50 - ESF contribution: €262 500
A world of difference for deaf people (29/08/2011)
The aim of the ESF-funded 'World of Silence' project is to help deaf people stay in touch with the rest of society.
Participants: 506 - ESF contribution: €479 420
A second-hand shop with first class ambitions (24/08/2011)
The ‘Second Hand, SECOND HELP’ project helps people with mental disabilities enjoy paid work in a suitable environment.
Participants: 15 - ESF contribution: €191.121