EU Projects

In the past year, MSHA has participated in a number of European projects, including:

Oltre le porte:

A project to give young people the opportunity to develop a new physic garden in Apulia, Italy. The garden incorporated ideas for climate change in South Italy and environmental protection. In the photograph to the left, young people from Luton are joined by participants from Greece, Bulgaria, Spain, Romania and Italy.

Social participa(c)tion project

This project saw MSHA carrying out the role as international trainer for small and medium sized social organisations in Italy. In two mini-projects, MSHA trained staff from 12 different organisations in “Marketing for small organisations” and “Human resources for small organisations”.  In the photograph here are representatives from local education, non-government organisations, the circus and private companies.

Bike Stop for social inclusion:

Bike-stop for social inclusion: “from guest to host” is a social innovation project that favours the inclusion of people in society at risk of exclusion.

The project is presented by a partnership of organizations from Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Serbia, Germany and the United Kingdom. The main project work is the development of a shared innovative model of social inclusion, in contexts where it is becoming increasingly difficult to identify employment opportunities. The partners intend to experiment with “active reception models” especially those that provide daily training on the themes of cycle tourism where there are opportunities for non-formal and informal learning.

Our target group is made us of people who are homeless or people in temporary difficulty as a result of socio-economic factors. In participating in the project we hope the project beneficiaries will move from a dependent state to a more independent state. We also hope that participants will learn something as a result of participating the in the project. Mary Seacole Housing Association (MSHA) will use the project to develop an exciting approach for dealing with short-term homelessness.

In the first half of the project. Mary Seacole Housing Association will be carrying out research into the nature of youth homlessness in the UK with specific reference to Luton and Bedfordshire. This research will open the door to new ways in  engaging, training and housing homeless young people or young people at rsik of social exclusion..

Advocacy for gender equality and social participation:

This project focuses on action by young people for young people. The key concept of gender equality is important for everyone in Europe and in other parts of the world. As a result, the project partners come from UK, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Kyrgyzstan. MSHA’s main role in the project overall project evaluation. In the photograph below left, Maria Marinova, a leading activist in Europe and a champion of non-form education, describes some of the research documents. We also brought back some wonderful gifts from the partners, see the photograph below, right.