How to help reabilitation and socio-working INclusion of psychiatric patients thanks to European Voluntary Service

Rutigliano (Puglia Region), Italy
01.11.2017 – 01.05.2018


Summary of the project:

General info:
•Venue: Italy – Rutigliano (Puglia Region)
–Diurnal center – Via Maria Pia della Croce
–Dual Disorder center – S.P. 240 delle Grotte Orientali Km 13,8
•Duration: 6 months
•Dates of effective implementation: 01.11.2017 – 01.05.2018
•Working language : Italian and English
•Countries involved: Italy, Bulgary, Spain
•Volunteers: 1 per country (2 in total)
•Topics: Inclusion – equity/Social dialogue/Disabilities – special needs
•Receiving and coordinating organization: Phoenix s.c.s. – www.gruppophoenix.eu

About the Project:
Expected Learning outcomes
•The Volunteers will learn how to relate to people with different language, culture, religions, thereby reducing existing prejudices
•The Volunteers will learn cultures, customs, habits of other countries
•The Volunteers will increase their sense of social responsibility and solidarity
•The Volunteers will increase the desire to give their contribution as a participatory European citizen to the growth of an “intelligent sustainable and inclusive society“(everyone can and must make its own contribution!)
•The Volunteers will improve language skills (written and spoken Italian language)
•The Volunteers will improve the ability to adapt to unfamiliar contexts
•The volunteers will acquire social skills as group building, crisis prevention etc. by managing different group of people
•The Volunteers will increase their sensitivity to social issues
•The Volunteers will increase their knowledge in the context of issues such as: drug addiction, mental health, dual diagnosis, treatment methods, social inclusion
•The Volunteers will improve their ability to create networks and share their volunteer experiences
•The volunteers will know the Youthpass (content, preparation, use, for the future

Volunteers will support operators and guests in carrying out:
Already structured activities of the centers (November 2017 – May 2018):
•Web TV activities : Scriptwriting design, video production and video editing management, video channel management
•Screen printing activities: design models, prepare frames and cloths, put the color
•Bike station activities: Manage ordinary activities of maintenance of the bicycle, plan and organize events / cycle trips in the area, promote events through posters, social media and local newspapers
•Daily activities of the centers: Manage morning exercise ( “wellness program” calibrated on individual guest and coordinated by an experienced operator), prepare mid-morning break and lunch, organize and manage small recreational moments

New activities designed and managed by volunteers(December 2017 – May 2018):
–New ideas/methods/initiatives to use for structured activities of the centers
–Photo – story telling activity: They will be experimented new technique that will allow users to retrace their therapeutic path through the use of participatory art ‘s tools and techniques. In particular PHOTOGRAPH it will be used as a way of representing “a story” in both active and passive ways by users. Photos taken will become an exhibition used during the final project event.
–Web TV activity “Bit of IN – EVS”: The web TV tool will be used by volunteers to tell their personal path within the Centers. Volunteers will be able to design and make video content to be put into the channel in the form of “bits” twice a month. The collection of such “bits” will be a short VIDEO that will be used during the final project event.

•Accomododation : Apartment in Triggiano (20 minutes away from Rutigliano) with single rooms, shared kitchen and bathroom, free Wifi
•Pocket Money: distributed once a month
•Local transport costs: 100% covered
•Food costs:
–Lunch: offered by the center during working days
–Breakfast , dinner (and lunch during free days): prepared by the volunteers themselves (covered by a contribution distribuited once a month)

Profile of the Volunteer:

•age between 18 and 30 years old
•very motivated to work in multicultural context
•very motivated to being involved in an international experience
•willing to try to learn new languages
•willing to understand Erasmus+ Programme
•proactive attitude
•ability to manage potential critical situations


The Online Linguistic Support (OLS) supports language learning for Erasmus+ mobility participants. The OLS offers participants in Erasmus+ long-term mobility activities (Key Action 1) the opportunity to assess their skills in the foreign language(s) they will use to study, work or volunteer abroad.
OLS language assessment
Volunteers must take the assessment twice — before and at the end of their mobility period — in order to monitor their progress in the language of mobility.
After taking the first language assessment, participants who have been selected by their sending organisations will have the opportunity to take language courses for free.

PERIOD: November 2017 – February 2018
•Venue: Italy – Rutigliano – Phoenix s.c.s.
•Duration: 4 working hours per week
•Referent: Phoenix s.c.s.
•Main content: words, phrases, idioms and ways of interacting of the Italian language

Age limt of the volunteer:

As you might know the age limit for an EVS project needs to be between 18-30.

Project language:

The language of your project will be English during the work time and you will learn Italian too. Italian language courses will be provided by a proffesional teacher and/or a volunteer. They are not mandatory, but are strongly recommended due to the daily work with of the volunteers.

Monthly allowance:

Each volunteer will receive 270 Euro per month which are as it follows: 110 Euro for pocket money and 120 Euro for food.
The participant shall receive a financial support from EU funds for 6 months. The total amount for the mobility period shall be determined by multiplying the number of days/months of the mobility with the rate applicable per day/month for the receiving country concerned. In the case of incomplete months, the financial support is calculated by multiplying the number of days in the incomplete month with 1/30 of the unit cost per month.
The reimbursement of costs incurred in connection with special needs, when applicable, shall be based on the documentation such as invoices, receipts etc provided by the participant.
The financial support may not be used to cover similar costs already funded by Union funds.

Travel cost reimbursement:

100% of the participants‘ travel costs will be reimbursed within the valid budget sums calculated according to the official rules of Erasmus+ programme. If a sum exceeds the limit, the excess will be paid by the participants themselves. The reimbursement limit is 275€ per participant from Bulgaria.

Important: In order to obtain reimbursement for the tickets, you need to obey the following rules:
1) You need to present ALL THE TICKETS, including RETURN TICKETS, which you will send after realization of the project, otherwise YOU WILL NOT BE REIMBURSED (DO NOT FORGET TO KEEP YOUR BOARDING PASSES FROM AIRPORT CHECK-IN)
2) You need to use PUBLIC TRANSPORT e.g. planes, trains, buses, trams or underground.
3) You need to depart from the country.
4) It is recommended to make scans of tickets before your arrival in case you lose them. The reimbursement will be done only in euros.


Every participant should have valid European Health Card.
Each participant will get full health insurance provided by CIGNA health insurance company.

About Phoenix s.c.s

Cooperative Phoenix was founded in 1991 as Ente Ausiliario for the rehabilitation and socio-working reintegration of drug-addicted people.
After a first experience of semi-residential service, the cooperative started a new Therapeutic Community with a residential character for people with dual diagnosis. Phoenix employs interactive, inclusive, expressive, artistic, and cultural methodologies aimed at enhancing the rehabilitative function in psychiatric patients with dual disorder. For more than 10 years, Phoenix has been promoting therapeutic interventions with a personal rehabilitative and enabling connotation according to the psychopathological level of the individual patient by constantly stimulating the development of personal and social abilities and building on the improvements and gradual autonomy achieved by the single person. The interventions in question are always structured according to a bio-psycho-social paradigm designed to provide constant support and in-depth elaboration of psychic sufferings.

The organisation of the rehabilitative-therapeutic activities structured within and without the premises managed by Phoenix is based on the planning and realisation of rehabilitative and personal projects in accordance between the patient and the socio-sanitary teams responsible at the local level.

Phoenix manages a diurnal centre aimed at taking care therapeutically of suffering people. Such centre is instrumental in the mission of Phoenix of creating and defining change processes for suffering people by providing them with stimulating and constantly present activities. Phoenix also manages the “House for life” for people with psychosocial problems. This is a residential structure in social and medical fields to average health care intensity. Action taken on the patients are customized and agreed with social services. Phoenix has long provided rehabilitative interventions, in the times and ways promoted by “Residentiality Assisted” project.
In particular, it is promoted activities aimed at enhancement of cognitive and behavioral skills, as well as communication and expression.

The Phoenix Art Factory is the cultural / engine department of social inclusion projects of psychiatric rehabilitation facilities of the Phoenix group. The projects elaborated starting by the needs – emotional, relational, cultural, materials, housing, productive – of each patient and are directed to the patient and their families.


Every participant is individually entitled to receive a Youthpass Certificate, which confirms participation and validates the non-formal learning (NFL) experience of Training course project. Validating the learning experiences of participants is important in itself and the document can be of benefit in terms of the educational or employment future of the participant. Through Youthpass the European Commission ensures the Training course activity is recognized as a non-formal learning experience.
(*For more information on Youthpass you may click on this page to check it online)

Relevant documents and links about the EVS:

EVS Info KIT: http://éc.éuropa.éu/youth/tools/évs-info-kit_én.htm
Erasmus+ Commission Website: http://éacéa.éc.éuropa.éu/érasmus-plus_én
Erasmus+ Home Page: http://éc.éuropa.éu/programmés/érasmus-plus/
Erasmus+ Programmed Guide: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/sites/erasmusplus/files/files/resources/erasmus-plus-programme-guide_en.pdf
Erasmus+ Youth: http://éc.éuropa.éu/youth/indéx_én.htm
Youth pass Page: https://www.youthpass.éu/én/youthpass/for/évs/subpagé/
Voluntary Agreement: in process of creating


In order to apply for this project, fill in THIS APPLICATION FORM and send it to: stanimir.chukov@gmail.com

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