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„Heart of a Child” Foundation organized the marketing event to launch a new social economy structure for vulnerable people called „Hand and Heart Workshops”, as partner in the project POSDRU/173/6.1/S/148943 ”$E$-Social and Economic Support for vulnerable people”. The project is co-financed by the European Social Fund through the Sectorial Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013, Priority Axe 6 ”Promoting social inclusion”, Major intervention domain 6.1.

”Development of social economy” and is aiming at facilitating access to labour market for vulnerable groups and at promoting a cohesive and inclusive society in order to ensure the wellbeing of the citizens. The launching event took place on Thursday, the 3rd of December 2015, 10:00 at „Eugène Ionesco” French Library.

Thus, the project of our small workshop, where vulnerable people have been having occupational therapy sessions since 2005, has now become our protected authorized unit called „Hand and Heart Workshop”. As a structure of social economy, our workshop supports and offers jobs for people in the vulnerable groups - disabled people, women at risk, or single-parent family wage earners, deinstitutionalized young people. In total 19 jobs are offered. Within the project, over 60 people have also benefited from information and counseling for professional orientation, and 15 people have had the chance to get a professional qualification up to this moment.

The workshop development plan includes several directions and lines of progress. The first one, which continues the previous activities, is to make unique products painted on glass, handmade, decorative accessories, jewels, cards. The second direction is to establish a tailoring and embroidery workshop where painted or embroidered canvas bags will be made, and various unique clothing objects and accessories, too, while the third direction will consist in a workshop where objects will be personalized by laser engraving. „Hand and Heart Workshop” will soon have an online store, in order to sell the products on the Internet, too.

As part of the project, the beneficiaries will be actively involved in promoting events organized for the social economy structure. At the end of the year, in December, our workshop had over 20 opportunities to present its products, in Galati and at national level. The funds we have obtained through the selling of the products are used in supporting the  workers.

We aim at developing the workshop and offering new jobs to vulnerable people, supporting them and turning the workshop into a sustainable social business. Valentina Manolescu, Manager of „ Hand and Heart Workshop” social enterprise.

Contact data:
Heart and Hand Workshop
Strada Vadul Sacalelor, nr. 6, Galati
Phone no. 0742 135 838
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