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In Athens, Cerebral Palsy Greece offers professional immersion courses for its members, all of whom have cerebral palsy. A range of workshops allow participants to acquire new social and work skills, developing their confidence and autonomy through daily group activities.
Cerebral Palsy Greece is a nonprofit organisation founded in 1972, offering a range of educational programmes and activities designed especially for children, teenagers and adults with cerebral palsy. Participants discover new experiences, acquire new knowledge and expertise, and develop motor skills to help them take their rightful place in society.
To this end, practical training projects introduce participants to artisan skills and trades. People suffering from cerebral palsy can take up apprenticeships or paid work experience, embedded in workshops or cooperatives. This approach encourages them to fulfil their potential in a specific artisan trade, and to develop their individual autonomy. Participants receive professional training in patisserie, gardening or jewellery- and accessory-making, together with computer skills, as a springboard into the job market.
The Open Door Centre, which welcomes 240 people of all ages on a daily basis, also offers a Respite Home for stays of one week to three months, providing targeted education programmes designed to help participants acquire greater autonomy.
In the light of the current political and social climate in Greece, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès is pleased to support this grass-roots project, dedicated to improving the day-to-day lives of people with cerebral palsy. The project was selected for support as part of the second edition of our H³ programme (Heart - Head - Hand).