Social inclusion, Communities

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Who is behind this?

Steve Canning

The Eastern Europe Development Association Ltd

United Kingdom

Who is joining forces?

Asociatia BILC




Bring Changes to KEPEP international alliance (unregistered)

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

The project will free some of Europe’s most deprived citizens who live in cages or are tied at the wrist and ankles due to a lack of knowledge in caring for people with disabilities. The project will provide specialized training to work alongside staff at the institution in Lechaina Greece. It will adopt a Training-Assessment-Needs-Programme-Review approach with clinical experience local knowledge and activism supported by experts who bring best practice from across Europe.

Where will your idea take place?

Infirmary for Chronic Diseases (ICD), ex KEPEP Lechainá. Ilia Prefecture, Peloponissos, Greece.

Why does Europe need your idea?

Θ.Χ.Π. (ex KEPEP) is a 54 place institution for disabled in Lechainá, Greece. It has no interaction with the local community. Due to a serious staff shortfall, a lack of knowledge and specialised care needs, residents are tethered at the wrist and ankles or live in wooden cages without any kind of stimulation. Their life opportunities and basic human rights are violated. As most of them do not have verbal communication skills or an advocate to represent them, they cannot defend these rights.

What is your impact?

Improve the lives of the residents abandoning incarceration and tethering
Offer training and support to Θ. Χ. Π. staff for individual assessment and care plans
Promote residents’ independence and integration
Offer communication opportunities promoting their rights
Create events that bring together the residents of
Θ. Χ. Π. with the community
Evaluate and measure the distance travelled and publish findings
Create a lasting legacy to influence the type of care that other ICD facilities offer

How do you get there?

We will begin with a symposium to agree the project’s operational plans. Training will be carried out with Θ.Χ.Π. staff to share skills and know how to map the global needs of each individual. A UK nurse will work alongside a member of the Θ.Χ.Π. alliance with knowledge of Greek society and the health care system. The project will be supported by a volunteer coordinator and two community activities workers. The volunteer coordinator will vet recruit and support students and community members engaged in the project. The community activities staff will forge links with community groups and the local Mayor, to enlist support for integrated opportunities. The school in Lechaina has already expressed an interest in working together on a programme of integration for Θ. Χ. Π. Residents.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

As 3 experienced NGOs we share a common goal in improving the lives of Θ. Χ. Π. residents. A BBC report and a recent film by disabled activists highlighted the terrible conditions inside the institution. Despite this media exposure very little has changed at Θ. Χ. Π. Therefore this application is being made to attract funds from Advocate Europe to begin this urgent process for change and improve the lives of Θ. Χ. Π. residents.

What makes your idea stand apart?

We are proposing an action based approach that brings together experience and know-how from across Europe. Our efforts have already found support in individuals and civil society. We have obtained positive input from the staff and Board at Θ. Χ. Π. . This proposal is different because, rather than criticise, we will work alongside the staff to bring about immediate improvements for some of Europe’s most powerless citizens leading a process of change as a positive example for others to follow.

€ 48506,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 58506,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Volunteer Nurse & Project coordination subsistence and all activities and events including community activities budget Є16,200 Volunteer coordination, taxes and volunteer expenses Є13,950 2 Local part time community activities workers and taxes Є11,700 Travel Є900 Evaluation Є2,000 Office communication internet phones Є720 Project management reporting and accountancy Є2,700 Staff training Є2,000 Symposium Є2,000 Insurances Є2,250 Sensory equipment Є1,500 Contingency @5% Є2,786

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Bring Changes to Θ. Χ. Π. is an online network that involves people of varying skills and backgrounds. It is from this European Citizen partnership that this initiative has been developed. We will continue to use this platform for support and inspiration as well as the Advocate Europe platform to regularly share the findings of our evaluation team for critical feedback. We are also very keen to share opportunities for volunteering and involve people from the platform who have specialist skills



Idea created on March 7, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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