A department of the Jobcenter Pro Arbeit - Kreis Offenbach - (AöR)
Strengthening public institutions in providing support for the professional integration of people with mental health problems and severe mental illnesses
Duration: 01.06.2022 - 30.05.2023
Duration: 01.06.2022 - 30.05.2023
No-limit aims to innovate the processes of social and professional inclusion of people with mental health problems and severe mental illness. The project targets public and social-private education providers and operators as key resources for the development of innovative sustainable models.
The implementation of the project will support capacity building of adult educators and actors committed to the professional inclusion of people with mental health problems/serious mental illnesses, creating mutual learning opportunities on a transnational level. No Limit also aims to develop an innovative model of action for vocational inclusion that is scalable and replicable in different European contexts.
- Transnational cooperation between three countries, mutual learning and exchange of best practices for the placement of people with mental health problems in the labor market.
- Capacity building of local staff in public and non-profit agencies who will be responsible for implementing the newly developed model
- Collaborative development of an effective, sustainable and replicable model for innovating and strengthening labor market integration
- Creation of guidelines and profiles to find suitable adult educators to work with final beneficiaries
- Building a broader European network connecting institutions and sharing the challenge and the approach promoted by No Limit in order to reach EU policy makers
- gaetan-data GmbH, Germany
- APL – Agenzia Piemonte Lavoro, Italy
- EXAR – Social Value Solutions, Italy
- ESN – European Social Network, Belgium
- Pro Arbeit - Kreis Offenbach - (AöR), Germany
Why NO LIMIT?
The one-year long project is an ERASMUS+ partnership where experts from Germany, Italy and Belgium come together on the topic of the labour market integration of people with mental health problems.
The project idea stems from the need of the project partners to find a suitable space for mutual learning and co-design processes, focused on services reflecting different experiences, legal frameworks, policies and methodologies to better address specific social needs.
The short-term impact on the mental health of European citizens has been referred to as the "second" or "silent" pandemic. A well-known fact is that socioeconomic status has a differential impact on the mental well-being of those affected and that people with pre-existing mental health problems tend to be more affected by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this specific context, mental health worsened with social constraints during the pandemic, but also with new and pre-existing parameters of unemployment and economic insecurity.
In this specific context, employment services need to find new solutions to address the unemployment of people with mental health problems and severe mental illnesses in order to reduce their inactivity and thus achieve tangible impacts on their socioeconomic and mental well-being. To support this specific objective, public, private and social-private services must adapt their offer and provide individualized support for social and professional inclusion. Sharing resources, knowledge, and best practices derived from social innovation experiences within a collaborative European framework is at the core of successful operations. The No Limit project aims to support adult educators working with people with mental health problems and severe mental illnesses in their professional integration by exchanging successful practices tested in the contexts concerned.
The bilateral partnership aims to develop an intervention model that can be applied in the different European Member States and provide useful tools for the replication and scalability of the project.