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Housing: an educational European ROad towards civil rights
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2019 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Experiences of de-institutionalization, therapeutical communities and shared supported apartments are already known to the international community with the experimented limits and potentials. Housing for severely mentally impaired people represents today an advanced strategy of the social inclusion process with widespread experiences in different European countries. It is closely connected to the internationally well known and diffused approach of “recovery”.Housing can be defined as the process of inclusion of people who experience serious mental disorders, obtained through supported living in apartments (for example owned by service users or by the government welfare system, or even rented by service users or social service providers that act as guarantors).The project is concerned with the education of socio-sanitary staff, volunteers and adults with severe mental disabilities. It is, hence, aligned with the “Strategic framework – Education & Training 2020” because it contributes to increase the number of adults participating in lifelong learning, improving the quality and the efficacy, and active citizenship by including the local communities. According to the European Agenda for Adult Learning the project increases participation in adult non formal and informal learning to acquire new work and social skills, for active citizenship, or for personal development and fulfillment.The project’s aim is to contribute to the UE 2020 strategy with particular reference to the target poverty and social exclusion. The project, consistently with the European mental health action plan inspiring values: equity, empowerment and safety, contributes to develop, within the community, the exertion of the right of citizenship; the potential of collectivity, the access to housing as full fruition of citizenship. It is also in alignment with the most recent position of the scientific community which is that of support of the person with disability in the management of his/her assets and in actively taking part in decision making for what concerns his/her treatment.An educational curriculum for participated inclusion in housing and a related set of indicators, will be developed. It will be addressed to local communities, such as active player of the inclusion process.TOT partners from TOT countries, together to implement and validate a quality set of indicators and a curriculum for the housing to disseminate in UE contesxt. 150 persons/organizations are expected to reach by each partner during the project.The project targets local communities in which Housing services are active or can be activated: professionals, volunteers, experienced users and families, civil society. The main topics addressed by the partnership are innovative curricula and educational methods, inclusion-equity, health and wellbeingThe main objectives of the project: 1. Create a European curriculum for the development of skills aimed at a quality Housing process.2. Facilitate the access to education on Housing of local communities3. Increase the quality of informal learning and non-formal learning in the social inclusion field in relation to Housing pathways.4. Widen the basic and transversal competencies of professionals and non-professionals.5. Reduce inequalities of learning results – on behalf of those disadvantaged groups /disabled people but even those citizens that don’t usually pursue any form of lifelong learning6. Valorizing the (cognitive and social) competencies in HousingThe outputs will be: 1. Well-reasoned map of European quality housing indicators (IO), 2 Research on education needs of local communities; 3 Housing curriculum (IO) and its validation in a european contesxt.The project is inspired on, and implements the non formal and informal learning models with the aim of developing a more inclusive community.Methodologies based on “ learning from experience” represent the methodological premises of the project. In the realisation of the project will be used: Integrated co-planning, peer-to-peer training, public/private co-production, non formal and informal learning methods, networking, circularity of training. The Theory of Change (ToC) is an integral part of the methodology used, particularly for the evaluation of the social impact of the project and for the orientation to sustainability of its results. Deal with learning processes associated with effectiveness of outcomes and a constant attention to experience as a source of lifelong learning become crucial. Assessment processes represent the founding elements of the methodology: they create a virtuous circle among knowledge, learning and experimentation.
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