Project title: Queer Migrants: Addressing gaps in adult education and social cohesion
Acronym: Queer Migrants
Project code: 2020-1-UK01-KA204-079101
Programme: Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education – Innovation
Project period: 31/12/2020 - 30/12/2022

Project Aim

The key aim of the project is to strengthen the capacity of professionals (of the social and employment sector) in answering the needs of LGBTQI refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers. This will be achieved through the objective of developing a sustainable training program that will enlighten professionals on the challenges posed by the double stigma attached to this community. The programme will give a profound insight into basic concepts related to LGBTQI people’s rights and needs, as well as the culture of the LGBTQI migrants’/refugees’ countries of origin with a view to providing personalised support and a specific methodology regarding their integration into the culture and reality of the host country.

Partners

INDEPENDENT ACADEMIC RESEARCH STUDIES INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE – IARS (UK)

In 2001, IARS was set up by volunteers from across Europe as one of the first EU-wide youth-led networks.It is now known as The IARS International Institute with a charitable mission to give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society. The charity’s mission remains to be the empowerment of marginalised groups to participate in public life as equal citizens.
www.iars.org.uk

EURO-NET (Italy)

EURO-NET is a not for profit association that is member or associated member of 60 international networks (5 of them are EU networks: EUROPE DIRECT, EUROGUIDANCE, EURODESK, SOLVIT and EBN-EUROPEAN BUSINESS & INNOVATION CENTRE NETWORK).

EURO-NET gives to children, young people and adults these services:
–     information and project development center
–     organization of training courses, exchanges and cultural, artistic or sport activities
–     sector study, research
–     counseling, crisis support and prevention
–     e-learning, networking, partnerships, training courses and workshops
–     publications, newspapers and web sites.
www.synergy-net.info or www.euro-net.eu

SYMPLEXIS (Greece)

Symplexis is a non-for-profit organisation, aiming at elevating social cohesion, serving the modern needs of populations at risk of social exclusion and promoting human rights.
All activities designed and implemented by the organisation are user-centered, having a set of values as cornerstone, like impact sustainability, respect to uniqueness and tailor-made approach, user-driven design and implementation, results-based orientation and superior community ideals.
www.symplexis.eu

CSI CENTER FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION LTD (Cyprus)

Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) is a Research and Development organization which focuses on fostering social innovation that can bring about a positive change to local, national, regional and global contexts.ty. 
www.csicy.com  

ASTIKI MH KERDOSKOPIKI ETAIREIA HELPING HAND (Greece)

Helping Hand is a non- governmental, non-profit organization, which aims at the promotion of human rights, social inclusion through education, training and entrepreneurship, and community level development.
The organization delivers education and training in a wide range of subjects aiming at up skilling, diffusion of democratic ideas and empowerment and inclusion of vulnerable groups. It implements awareness raising campaigns and develops national, EU-funded and international projects in the fields of education and training, social inclusion and human rights, active citizenship, youth, and environment.
www.helping-hand.work

helping hand

Meeting

During the project implementation are planned 3 transnational project meetings in the following countries:
–          Greece (kick-off meeting)
–          Italy (interim meeting)
–          UK (project closure meeting)

Products

The project has to develop the following outputs

OUTPUT 2: Development of the capacity building programme for educators and professionals of the employment and social sector supporting migrants.
The aim of this output is to develop and make available on an online platform a training programme for educators and professionals of the employment and social sector supporting migrants, aiming at fulfilling the particular needs of migrants coming from LGBTQI backgrounds.

OUTPUT 3: Piloting and roll out of the capacity building programme Piloting and roll out of the capacity building programme.
The aim of this output is to deliver a finalized version of the capacity building programme for educators and professionals of the employment and social sector supporting migrants.

Multiplier Event

During the last year, the partnership will develop 4 Multiplier Events in:
–          UK (Final Conference)
–          Greece (Project Infoday in Greece)

Contacts

If you would like to get involved in the project please get in touch with us:

The IARS International Institute
Unit J308, The Biscuit Factory, Drummond Road, London SE16 4DG, UK
Email: contact@iars.org.uk