Spotlight on #InspiringInclusion – help us shine a light where it matters most

This year we want to shine a spotlight on Erasmus+ projects that have inclusion at their heart and are going above and beyond to embrace diversity. We want to hear from you!

We know that Erasmus+ projects can change lives and those who benefit most are often from disadvantaged groups. One of the core aims of Erasmus+ is to promote equality and inclusion by facilitating access to participants from disadvantaged backgrounds or those with fewer opportunities.

It may be difficult for some people to take part in the programme due to a variety of obstacles and so financial support is available to enable projects to overcome these challenges.

Whether that means special needs support to cover the cost of an accompanying person on a VET placement or costs to support the participation of learners with fewer opportunities in a youth exchange – there are options available to support your participants.

Ysgol Heol Goffa

The bigger impact

For organisations like the Permaculture Association, this additional funding enabled them to include children with special needs in their Strategic Partnership project, ‘Children in Permaculture’. “We hosted some ground-breaking events including an international conference,” explained Lusi Alderslowe, project coordinator. “The special needs funding from Erasmus+ enabled us to bring children to the event who would never have otherwise been able to attend.

“The children had physical and learning disabilities which meant various adaptations to the programme were needed including a high staff to child ratio. I would definitely recommend anyone to apply for funding for special needs.”

The Universities UK International (UUKi) report ‘Gone international: mobility works’ found that “graduates from more disadvantaged backgrounds who were mobile during their degree earned 6.1% more, and those in work were more likely to be in a graduate level job (80.2% compared to 74.7%) than their non-mobile peers.”

The report also found that “black graduates who were mobile were 70% less likely to be unemployed than their non-mobile peers and Asian graduates who were mobile earned on average 8% more and were 71% less likely to be unemployed (7.7% compared to 4.5%) than their non-mobile peers.”

Adwoa Acquah Erasmus+ participant

The numbers speak for themselves: inclusion matters. From engaging minority groups in dialogue with decision makers, to developing tools to support accessibility in cultural institutions - all areas of the programme can support inclusion and diversity.

Your time to shine

Does your project support disadvantaged groups? Does your partnership aspire to equal access? Do you know a participant who overcame barriers to achieve their goal? We want to celebrate these life-changing opportunities and encourage other organisations to access this funding by showcasing your work throughout the year.

If you would like to share your experience with us, please send us an email outlining:

  • Your organisation’s Erasmus+ project;
  • What area of inclusion or diversity the project supported; and
  • Any project or participant success stories.

Share your project or participant story with us now and you could become one of our #InspiringInclusion stories.

Want to learn more about inclusion in Erasmus+? Find out how to get involved in our widening participation group.