Grand Chancellor Appointed on the Western Region Steering Committee of the LEAP EU Funded Project (December 2014)
The Order's Grand Chancellor and Saint Lazarus Foundation Chairman Dr. Massimo J Ellul was appointed to the Western Region of the LEAP Steering Committee in the General Assembly held on the 11th of December. LEAP is a project financed by the European Social Fund and aims to combat social exclusion and poverty through training and mobility processes.
Approximately 1 out of 5 of the LEAP beneficiaries nationwide are being cared for by the Saint Lazarus Foundation's team of experts, Hospitallers and volunteers.
The project targets the Priority Axis ‘Promoting an equal and inclusive labour market’ as it aims to create occupational opportunities for disadvantaged groups which are or are often at risk of poverty. The target groups include single parents, people with disabilities, ex-offenders, migrants and working poor amongst others which are considered vulnerable or disadvantaged. The project aims to build a structure which would enable such individuals to be identified amongst society through decentralisation and posts within NGOs and Public Entities will be created to reinforce efforts of integration within society and serve as opportunities for these groups which benefit from work experience complimented by the necessary guidance and social mentoring support.
The project aims to combat social exclusion and poverty through a number of interventions which include the development of a cluster based network system at both regional and local levels which will help foster social cohesion and mobility in various vulnerable localities; seek and identify European best practices through the involvement of transnational partners; traineeships within NGOs and Government Entities aimed at vulnerable individuals so as to help them integrate within the labour market; and capacity building for social non- governmental organisations and social workers employed by government. Additionally the project will also embark on implementing a national strategy on anti-poverty as well as create a national database for disability.