One of the objectives of our Network is to find effective ways of creating inclusive communities. As a first step, we have been collecting social innovations and successful projects from all over Europe, in order to learn what it takes to build a better community for all which includes formerly marginalised groups. We have got great examples like the project ’Yyteri for all’ in the north of Finland, where services at the Yyteri beach were made accessible for all through an inclusive physical and social environment. For example, the windsurfing equipment was adapted so that it could be used by people with physical impairments, and solutions were developed for equal participation in hiking, horse-riding or kayaking.
In the south of Portugal, the project ’Meet your neighbours – a tactile experience’ from NUCLIO – Interactive Astronomy Nucleus developed tactile astronomy models enabling sighted and blind students to experience astronomy together.
In Israel AKIM worked with an Inclusion-Index to encourage local authorities to create and maintain inclusive activities. A number of circles are used to involve all the stakeholders in the process.
In Wales, Menter fachwen developed the Walk & Discovery projects where people with intellectual disabilities interviewed older people in the region and collected information and gathered stories to preserve the wealth of knowledge this generation has about the region. They developed easy to read and easy to use maps of villages in the North West Wales and different guided walks.
In the Czech Republic, the ’Black and White project’ of QUIP – Association for Change and SPMP ČR – Inclusion Czech Republic is to create effective circles of support to empower people with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities to make their own decisions and take part in their communities.
Three good practices were selected for so-called 'sensing journeys' - study visits which allow us to explore the approaches that make a difference in the lives of individuals and transform communities. Our first sensing journey brought us to Hamburg, in November 2013, followed by Madrid in January 2014.