• 23 January 2017
    This project offered vocational students the opportunity to gain work experience for 2 weeks in London, UK. The students came from Comfort Training College in Germany and were taking courses on social care and catering. The students learning about social care gained knowledge about the UK’s multi-agency approach focusing on equal opportunities and child protection which they had not yet covered in detail. They also visited the Charles Dickens museum and Lambeth College. The student about catering learned about the vegan movement in the UK and how food can affect the wellbeing of people. Students in vocational training experience many advantages for their professional development during and after international work experiences in Europe. The majority of participants feel that it has increased their confidence in general and to work internationally, fostered their mobility and enhanced their CVs & therefore their employability. It opened up a whole new world of possibilities and opportunities which many participants have not even considered before going on an international placement. It creates a platform to interact in another language, link up with experienced professionals in their vocational area of work in order to learn from them, explore the subject in depth and engage with the community through meetings & surveys in order to capture their perception about the subject matter in the host country. After completing their stay the students produced the following presentations: Social Care Catering .cmft{ width: 690px; margin: 0 auto; } .cmft div img{ height: 200px; padding: 5px; } var $n = jQuery.noConflict(); $n(document).ready(function(){ $n('.cmft').slick({ autoplay: true, autoplaySpeed: 5000, infinite: true, slidesToShow: 2, slidesToScroll: 2, variableWidth: true, dots: true }); });
  • 05 December 2016
    We had a very successful LifeDreams training event of 14 participants from education and managment of Apprentis d'Auteuil from 15th November 2016 - 17th November 2016 at La Côte Saint André, France. The aim of this programme was to discover new avenues to support young people in finding their way into independence - personally, professionally and economically. The participants were incredibly motivated and we saw high participation in all the activities during the programme. Founded in 1866 by Abbé Roussel Apprentis d'Auteuil builds support, educational, training and insertion programs. They've been committed to helping young people in distress for almost 150 years in France and more than 20 years worldwide. These actions enable 50,000 vulnerable young people and families worldwide to regain confidence and find their place in society every year. Apprentis d’Auteuil employs nearly 5,200 talented and dedicated staff across metropolitan France and its overseas territories, to educate and train young people in their 200 schools and centres. In order to best support Apprentis d'Auteuil, we designed a bespoke programme tailored to their specific requirements which included: Experiential learning a the process of learning through experience or reflection. Experiential learning is distinct from the classic writing or didactic learning, in which the learner plays a passive role. Accelerated learning tools are used by learners to work through big ideas, concepts or processes while demonstrating his or her thinking, planning and/or decision making on the way to creating, performing or responding to processes. Personal development it refers to activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, enhances quality of life and contributes to the realization of dreams and aspirations. It also refers to the methods, programs, tools, techniques, and assessment systems that support human development. Cultural awareness is the ability of standing back from ourselves and becoming aware of our cultural values, beliefs and perceptions of ourselves first and others. It enables us to understand and appreciate how our culture has been conditioned, it impacts our perceptions & interactions with ourselves and others. Applied psychology is the use of methods and findings of scientific psychology to solve the practical problems of human behavior and experience. A more precise definition is impossible because the activities of applied psychology range from laboratory experimentation, to field studies, to direct services for people. For us it is the direct service and the engagement with people. We believe that our programmes creates the platform for youth practitioners/ educators/ teachers to become more aware of their personal impact on the young people through their exercised attitudes and approaches through which they can support the youngsters - considering that their beneficiaries are hard to reach and have been often traumatised by the events in their life. Embrace utilizes its LifeDreams Model to achieve this goal, the LifeDreams Model is an empowering and youth-led approach to finding one’s own strength, abilities and specialties, by understanding and dealing effectively with one’s barriers and obstacles you can set targets and make practical plans for the future. It provides various avenues of potential solutions and how to go about them in a well grounded fashion. It is core to our work and contributes to the high success rates of integration, inclusion and rehabilitation of young people going through our programmes If you like to learn more about our tailor-made programmes and how it can benefit your organisation please Contact Us. .ice{ width: 690px; margin: 0 auto; } .ice div img{ height: 250px; padding: 5px; } var $n = jQuery.noConflict(); $n(document).ready(function(){ $n('.ice').slick({ autoplay: true, autoplaySpeed: 5000, infinite: true, slidesToShow: 2, slidesToScroll: 2, variableWidth: true, dots: true }); });
  • 27 September 2016
    Jones Day in cooperation with Embrace took part in the regeneration of Brixton Soup Kitchen through a corporate volunteering event. Brixton Soup Kitchen is a grassroots organisation helping homeless people and Londoners in need. It provides food, support and company with no obligation attached. It aims to empower people in a warm and friendly environment. The group participated in the internal and external redecoration of the facilities, construction of a vegetable patch and general cleaning of the outdoor area and gardens. At Embrace we produce and manage corporate volunteering projects throughout the UK. These projects are tailor made to be in tune with your own CSR commitments and HR policy, while fulfilling needs within the wider community. With 'Brexit' becoming a reality, there are now new opportunities for global corporations to develop stronger UK relations and showcase their philanthropy. These opportunities will also have positive public relation outcomes. We work with schools, community organisations (such as other Charities, Friends of groups, Tenants & Residents Associations, Youth groups, etc) and Council Park Departments. Working in partnership we help organise and run bespoke volunteer activities on partners’ sites to help make vital improvements to their sites and help manage green spaces / wildlife areas. .jdbsk{ width: 690px; margin: 0 auto; } .jdbsk div img{ height: 250px; padding: 5px; } var $n = jQuery.noConflict(); $n(document).ready(function(){ $n('.jdbsk').slick({ autoplay: true, autoplaySpeed: 5000, infinite: true, slidesToShow: 2, slidesToScroll: 2, variableWidth: true, dots: true }); });
  • 20 July 2016
    Our training focused on learning about: Origins of Roma and travellers in Europe and Romania looking at; theories regarding the origins of Roma, the historical references of Roma migration in Europe and Romania, the importance of Civil Rights for the Romas in Europe and Romania. The Current Social-Demographic situation of Roma population in Europe and Romania with attention to; the demographic issues, poverty and social exclusion, Roma Strategies and policy implementation at the European level to national level to local level, Perspective on the effectiveness of interventions to support Romas’ social-economical inclusion. Social and family characteristics of Roma communities this included; Hierarchical structures in Roma communities, why customs and traditions are important in Roma communities, overcoming the barriers of communication, tolerance and stereotypes in Roma communities , generational extended family ties in Roma communities, early marriage in Roma communities and the challenges involved. Recent challenges in Roma communities focusing on; poverty and social exclusion risks, lifestyles - between tradition and modern Romas especially the younger generation, the impact of technology on nomadic Roma communities, communication beyond their tribal systems and integration in the areas they live. Crafts, traditional occupations and empowerment of the younger generation in Roma communities _ looking at; the traditional Crafts and specificity of nomadic communities, employment differentiated by areas of residence (urban or rural), labour market challenges in Europe and Romania faced by the Roma population. One of the main challenges within the roma communities was accessing suitable employment as many of them live very far from where there are employment opportunities. Secondly, majority of the Romas do not see the need to have registered employment as they believe that the government taxation systems are not favourable to the working class, hence the rather prefered black market jobs (cash-in hand paid work) which are exploitative. However, initiatives are in place in raising awareness to the benefits of engaging in legally registered employment; ie health insurance, benefiting from the government pension schemes, access some of the government benefits systems such as working tax credits, opportunity to access the wider EU labour market with previous employment experience from their home country. Participatory intrinsic change of the Romas, social mediators/ community facilitators/ local experts for Romas (positive role models across all levels – past & present) Orienting extrinsic change in Roma communities: institutions with responsibilities in improving the situation of Romas, network of NGOs concerned with the problems and assessments of positive measures to improve the situation of Romas in Romania. NGOs included; Civil Rights organisations, advocacy organisations and community organisations (looking at their missions, objectives, services, projects and impact) Cases studies of successful models on how to support and integrate Roma families. The indicators of successful models from the results of several evaluations, workshops and debates with local communities services for Roma population (developed by NGOs in high risk socially excluded communities near Bucharest –Slatina-Olt ) Case Study - Importance of Roma national agency to solve community problems through informing community members (in discussions at local communities and in rural Areas), Ensuring the rights of community members, active involvement of community leaders and their members, development of skills across the community using various methods. Future of interventions using all the insights, understanding and notes from the last days and presenting a vision of their organisation for the next 5 years with visual aids (e.g. PPP) and group discussions, Presenting the Plans of feasible interventions for Romas at local level, national and European level. At the end of our visit, we looked at the way ahead – reflections, opportunities and possible cooperation for future project development both through Romanian government initiatives or the european ESF & Erasmus+ funding programmes. Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union .vtcr{ width: 690px; margin: 0 auto; } .vtcr div img{ height: 250px; padding: 5px; } var $n = jQuery.noConflict(); $n(document).ready(function(){ $n('.vtcr').slick({ autoplay: true, autoplaySpeed: 5000, infinite: true, slidesToShow: 2, slidesToScroll: 2, variableWidth: true, dots: true }); }); Videos