News from Members 2010



On this page you can find information about EPR members on their activities, projects, publications and relevant news they wish to share from the year ending 2010.

22 December 2010

Josefsheim Bigge


"We Empower uS bH"

Josefsheim Bigge initiated a European project with partners from five countries aiming at fostering better career opportunities for people with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. For more information and to get in touch with the project consortium, read the "We Empower uS bH" press release.


22 December 2010

University Rehabilitation institute, Republic of Slovenia


Presentation of two projects: ACTrain & EOF


URI is involved in two ambitious European projects.


ACTrain: Accessible web based and interactive video supported skills transfeer, aims at developing innovative ICT-based training in ceramic designs for at least 70 deaf and hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted learners. For more information, consult the ACTrain project presentation, or the project website: .


EOF - Vocational Support for People with Difficulties on Employment Access, focuses on the professional (re)integration and successful career-planning of people in training and further education.  The main aim is to enhance the technical competences of tutors and mentors in order to advise and counsel the job seeking trainees to get an adequate job. For more information, consult the EOF leaflet, and the project website:


4 November 2010



What's new in Momentum?


Read the latest issue of Momentum's Catalyst E-bulletin.


20 September 2010



Building on Daycare in Turkey


Heliomare is currently involved in a project based in Turkey, whose aim is to set up a daily occupation centre for disabled people (18 to 30 years' old). Read more.


10 September 2010



New courses in Astangu Centre


Astangu Centre launched 3 new courses in September 2010! Read more.


10 September 2010



Development programme on leadership


Durapart is now launching a development programme for current and upcoming leaders in the organisation to further develop their skills as leaders. The programme has been developed in close cooperation with partners and other organisations in the sector and aims at creating a stronger leadership and a pool of future leaders in the organisation. The programme contains areas like: Development of the society, development of leadership skills, personal profiling and coaching, social media, quality management, labour legislation, health, environment and safety, communication, strategic planning, accounting and budgeting, and ethical leadership.


The programme is extensive and lasts for 12 weeks with 2-3 days of lectures from external and internal speakers each week. Other organisations in the VET sector have been invited to join in on the programme and three organisations have accepted this opportunity.


Further information about the programme and the lecturers can be found on or by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


1 September 2010



What's new in Momentum?


Read the latest issue of Momentum's Catalyst E-bulletin.


31 August 2010

CRPG & Astangu


Two new EPR centre coordinators for CRPG and Astangu


Andreia Mota (CRPG) and Marika Hass (Astangu) have both left on maternity leave, and have been temporarily replaced by Ana Pinto (CRPG) and Keiu Talve (Astangu). The EPR Secretariat wishes to congratulate Andreia and Marika on the good news, and to welcome Ana and Keiu.


You can find the updated contact details on CRPG's and Astangu's member pages.


1 July 2010



New EPR Centre Coordinator in SRH


Since 1 July  Renate Bauder is the new EPR Centre Coordinator in SRH, a position which was previously held by Friedrich Landes.


The EPR Secretariat would like to congratulate Mrs. Bauder on her nomination.


You can find her contact details on SRH Members section.


30 June 2010



New EPR Centre Coordinator in Fretex


Ingvald Hansen, Fretex Human Resources Director, has been nominated as a new EPR Center Coordinator in Fretex, a position which was previously held by Trine Gjermundbo. He is responsible for most of the contact with the key personal within rehabilitation in the Fretex-group.


EPR Secretariat would like to congratulate Mr. Hansen on his nomination.


You can find his contact details here.


6 May 2010



The 4th GreekCyprus Conference took place in Athens on the 15 – 16 of April 2010


The subject of this meeting was “Moving to my home” that had to do with supported living of mentally retarded individuals. The organizations that participated from the part of Greece were: Theotokos Foundation, Margarita, ESEEPA and ERMIS. From the Cypriot side were: Christos Steliou Ioannou Foundation , Lemesos Theotokos Foundation and Agios Lazaros Foundation.


These two days proved to be beneficial for the exchange of information and good practice concerning supported living of mentally retarded people. The participants were given the opportunity to wonder if the transition


More than 300 participants attended the conference.


4 May 2010



Four professionals from Astangu (Estonia) visited the Theotokos Foundation in Athens.


Read more about the visit of the Estonian delegation to Athens.


29 April 2010



The entire A2G group is now EQUASS certified!


Read the press release for more information about this achievement.


21 April 2010



RehabCare Launches Person Centred Planning Process and Handbook


Person Centred Planning is a way of discovering how a person wants to live their life and what's required to make it happen. Person Centred Planning is considered good practice in many countries across the world. It is most often used for planning with people with learning disabilities, though more recently it has been advocated as a method of planning personalised support with many other sections of society who find themselves disempowered by traditional methods of service delivery.
Person centredredness is one of RehabCare's core values and in 2005 we implemented a person centred planning strategy, to ensure person centred planning became the key practice underpinning how we support all our service users. During a recent strategic review of person centred planning within RehabCare, it was identified we needed a more defined framework to guide staff on how to support service users to plan more effectively, consistently and in line with best practice principles.
As a result RehabCare  developed and officially launched a Person Centred Planning Process that defines the 4 key stages of the planning process to support staff and the organisation in planning better with people in our services. This process, with supporting handbook, not only provides a step by step guide to support the key stages of planning for staff but also captures any Barriers and Innovations along the Person Centred Planning Process. The Barriers and Innovation then drives local service plans, service delivery and local strategic problem solving to make the necessary changes and ensure that the plan happens. This key part of the process also helps the organisation identify trends though the barriers and great innovations happening nationally of people availing and supporting RehabCare services.
The Person Centred Planning Process was developed in consultation with staff, external trainers, managers at all levels of the organisation and most importantly through developing Person Centred Plans with individuals and evaluating the learning from these experiences.  The successful response of the organisation to Person centred Planning relies on a culture of person centeredness throughout the organisation from the person who uses the services to senior management. It relies on the organisation working in partnership with the individuals, families and stakeholders. In turn this creates networks that result in improved quality of life for each individual who uses RehabCare services. 


19 April 2010



Astangu's new projects




In 2010 Astangu Vocational Rehabilitation Centre started with two new projects.
First of them "Implementing EQUASS Assurance quality management system" aims to improve the quality of rehabilitation services offered by service providers in Estonia. During the next 1,5 years 5 rehabilitation service providers participate in the project to implement  EQUASS methodology and get the EQUASS Assurance certificate by October 2011. After piloting period Ministry of Social Affairs considers the possibility to include EQUASS Assurance certificate as a prerequisite of funding rehabilitation services


As a result of the second project the Estonian rehabilitation service system might change from single service based into program based. This project is a continuation of 2009 completed project which developed a format for the program and cost model. All the programs that will be put into practice during next 1,5 years will be supporting employment to include people with disabilities and unemployed into society


Both projects will be carried out in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Affairs and the projects are financed by ESF funds.


 19 April 2010



Change of corporate identity


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Astangu Rehabilitation Centre is evolving. As a result we’ve taken on a new logo that more accurately describes us and our core values. As a result our new logo signifies trustworthiness, cooperation, development and encouragement. Logo creates connotations like A as Astangu, A as ability


Here you can find all corporate identity


16 April 2010



Durapart visited by high level politicians


Read more about Durapart visited by high level politicians


16 April 2010

Centre de Réadaptation de Mulhouse


Estonian professionals spent a week in the Center of Rehabilitation of Mulhouse


Read more about Estonian professionals visiting CRM


12 April 2010



Customer process management, new developments


The Heliomare management team has decided to focus on the clients in the age bracket 13-20 years. It concerns cooperation between the following business units:
• rehabilitation, education and vocational rehabilitation
• rehabilitation, living, daycare, education and vocational rehabilitation
• living and daycare, education and vocational rehabilitation


The CPM project organisation takes the following actions:
• creating an inventory of all running projects, actions and all other initiatives concerning the clientgroup 13-20 years old.
• creating an inventory of all existing and wanted consultation moments for this clientgroup
• creating a new group of employees that are involved with the 'registration' of Heliomare clients. The aims of this group are:
  * to organise meetings with other ‘registration points’ of Heliomare to be able to contact each other easily when needed.
  * fitting of the used (different) procedures.
  * research if/where double work is done in case of these clients that use services of more than one business unit of Heliomare.
  * share best practices


Heliomares’ new website (01 May 2010) will contain so called 'product books': short descriptions of the services Heliomare offers. The project coordinators will use these descriptions for the Client process management. A list specifying which employees are involved in the registration of new clients will also be built, so more and more practical consequences of this 'vision' are implemented.


2 March 2010



What's new in Momentum?


Read the latest issue of Momentum's Catalyst E-bulletin.


17 February 2010



Success stories in Durapart


In December 2009, Durapart was re-certified with EQUASS Excellence, achieving the highest score ever to be given to an organisation. To prepare their application and assessment process, Durapart compiled a list of "success stories", of improvements achieved since their first certification in 2006.


Read a selection of the Durapart' success stories.


1 February 2010

Luovi Vocational College


Luovi is looking for project partners!



Luovi is planning to participate in a project on sustainable developement in VET (LdV-Partnership). This project aims at developing the practices of socially sustainable development in vocational colleges in the partner countries.


To know more about it, consult the project summary.


Interested? Contact Elina Pelkonen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, 19 February 2010.

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