Project “First steps towards work”
To improve the quality of life of young people with disabilities; to develop new approaches to integrate young people with disabilities into open market by means of support provided to them in the process of employment.
- To lobby innovative approaches regarding employment of young people with disabilities;
- To develop and test a model of supported employment of people with disabilities;
- To help people with disabilities to participate in work of unitary enterprises of NGO “BelAPDIiMI” and other social enterprises which work with this target group.
44 people with disabilities turned to the project workers during a year.
Personal records were made about every youngster; e-database of all the clients was created. 19 people were employed; each of them underwent special training. Training officer delivered lectures about safety measures at the workplace, orientation in the city and about business clothing.
Those youngsters who were employed were receiving support at the workplace during first 4 months.
Search for clients and employers was made by means of Internet, newspapers and magazines. Monitoring of vacancies was carried out. Information about the project was constantly updated in social networks “Vkontakte” and “Facebook”, as well as on the web site of NGO “BelAPDIiMI”.
Aims, objectives and activities of the project were widely advertised in mass media.