Meet Jamie Moore – one of the eight enthusiastic young people who became EuroApprentices this year.
Starting as a Digital Marketing Apprentice at Bolton at Home, Jamie joined forces with a group of dedicated volunteers in the ‘Building Better Futures’ project funded through Erasmus+. Jamie and the rest of the volunteers travelled to Eastern Europe to help restore and improve the living conditions of local Roma communities who were affected by floods.
Jamie’s video documents the enriching experience of the volunteers, where they worked diligently to help lay the foundations of new houses, bonded with the locals and explored the beautiful surroundings of a medieval town.
Jamie’s motivation and commitment to making a positive contribution to the community stood out during his work placement in Romania. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for nineteen-year-old Jamie also gave him the chance to share his insights at European level as a EuroApprentice.
"It has boosted my confidence as a public speaker, added flexibility to my role as a Digital Marketing Apprentice - with much of my EuroApprentice work also contributing to my Level 3 qualification - and I got to meet the President of Austria in Vienna!" said Jamie.
Inspiring inclusion since 2011, Bolton at Home has greatly contributed to the improvement of housing in and outside of the UK. Their VET mobility project ‘Building Better Futures’, ran in partnership with FAST Romania, sets an example for Erasmus+ best practice.
The trip has had great benefits for the young people and our staff in terms of learning about a different culture and picking up on best practice, which also promotes social inclusion.
Lisa O’Neill Rogan, Community Development Officer at Bolton at Home, who joined the volunteers in Romania, held fond memories of the experience: “What I'll remember most is the kindness and the warmth of the people I've met, because these people make me remember that there is always hope and joy in the world.”
Many of the apprentices reflected positively on their time in Romania. “After seeing how happy the Roma community was, despite having so little, it made me realise that we should be much more appreciative of what we have,” said John Robinson, plumbing apprentice. Another participant, Kurtis Atkinson, added “Everyone involved made it a good experience and I’d happily do it again”.
More Erasmus+ initiatives are focusing on the inclusion of minority communities
Hear from some of the other project co-ordinators who have shared their experiences in working with young people and communities across Europe:
“We’ve seen EVS volunteers inspire local young people to broaden their horizons, assist older people with sight loss to combat isolation, give a voice to black and minority ethnic communities, bring the arts to marginalised groups, improve wildlife habitats in urban and rural areas, and so much more,” said Mary Hegarty, Volunteer Officer at Bryson Charitable Group.
“If we take into account all the barriers young people from disadvantaged backgrounds face, you essentially double up everything. Their confidence and self-esteem is below any acceptable level a young person should have,” said Khatuna Tsintsadze, Chair of Human Rights Focus Trustees.
Do you have a project focusing on inclusion of minority groups that deserves to be recognised? Let us know using the #InspiringInclusion hashtag on social media.