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Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project has been developed on the basis of a strong existing partnership between the coordinating and receiving organisations and following on from a number of successful EVS projects involving these organisations. The project consists of three 11-month EVS activities involving a total of 7 participants, which will take place at two organisations, Treloar Trust and the Orpheus Centre in the UK. Treloar Trust and the Orpheus Centre both work to support young people with disabilities to fulfil their potential and to develop the skills needed to live as independent lives as possible. The project includes programme and neighbouring partner countries with partner organisations from Denmark, Germany, Spain and Serbia taking part. The project provides opportunities for personal development for the participants through a positive non-formal learning experience. There are well defined expected learning outcomes for the participants that are matched to their personal interests, motivations and needs. Through the participants’ active role within the receiving organisations it is expected that this project will also be a positive learning experience for both the Orpheus Centre and Treloar Trust and in particular their students. The organisations and their students are expected to benefit from the daily interaction, enthusiasm and motivation of the participants and in particular from the intercultural and European dimension that their presence will bring to the work of the organisations. This will be particular benefit to the students as they often have few opportunities to travel and experience other cultures. It is expected that this project will also promote the positive aspects of cultural diversity within a team and at an organisational level as well as promoting the mutual benefits that can be attained through young people's active citizenship. In addition, it is expected that this project will support the work of the organisations in developing a greater awareness of disability; this will be reflected in the learning of the participants, the partner organisations and wider society. The project is expected to have a positive impact on the participants as through their active involvement they will gain tangible skills, knowledge and competences that will be of benefit to them in their future careers. The impact of the project will also be seen though the increased intercultural awareness of the students at the receiving organisations and also through the opportunity to share and develop best practice in the field of youth mobility between the organisations involved.
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