HUNDREDS OF EUROPE’S MIGRANTS, REFUGEES AND PROFESSIONALS TO BENEFIT FROM INNOVATIVE LGBT-LED “EPSILON” PROJECT


The IARS International Institute has been successful in gaining Erasmus+ funding. In the midst of the negotiations surrounding the role of the United Kingdom in the European Union, the IARS International Institute is proud to announce that it has been awarded Erasmus+ (KA2) funding to develop and deliver an innovative, LGBT-led ‘Epsilon’ programme.

This award highlights the ultimate need for collaborative approaches to address issues of discrimination and abuse within vulnerable groups across Europe.

Dr. Theo Gavrielides, IARS’ Founder and Director, said: “Brexit or not, discrimination is a fact. At IARS we focus on the most current needs that Europe faces and thus in partnership with the European Commission and NGOs from abroad we developed EPSILON as a
response to the increasing need for support of LGBT migrants and refugees. We are determined to help tackle persistent inequality and prosecution of one of the most vulnerable groups at home and abroad”.

Erasmus+ is the European Union’s (EU) programme for education, training, youth and sport, with the EU committing £12 billion to the programme between 2014 and 2020. In the UK, the programme is managed by the Erasmus+ UK National Agency, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK. Epsilon will be delivered in partnership with 4 European partners with long standing experience in engaging with marginalized and disadvantaged groups namely; Anziani e Non Solo (Italy), the Family and Childcare Centre (Greece) Movisie, Netherlands Centre for social development and Center for Advancement of Research and Development in Educational Technology (CARDET) (Cyprus).

Over the next 2 years, the Epsilon consortium will work together under the leadership of the IARS International Institute to develop a set of highly innovative educational tools and training courses (face to face and online) informed by the real needs of LGBT migrants and refugees. These evidence-based tools will benefit both professionals and volunteers providing services to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers enabling them to better address issues of dignity, respect, inclusion and discrimination. Epsilon’s Independent User Advisory Group will have a leading role in the project. The newly developed advisory group will consist of LGBT migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, professionals, academics and researchers from the UK and Europe working to scrutinise the quality of the project and will be directly involved in its delivery and implementation.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Independent User Advisory Group contact contact@iars.org.uk.


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HUNDREDS OF EUROPE’S MIGRANTS, REFUGEES AND PROFESSIONALS TO BENEFIT FROM INNOVATIVE LGBT-LED “EPSILON” PROJECT – 14 November 2016
The IARS International Institute has been successful in gaining Erasmus+ funding

Δελτίο Τύπου από τον οργανισμό CARDET – Ημερομηνία: 14 Νοεμβρίου 2016
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COMUNICATO STAMPA: Anziani e non solo, 14 Novembre 2016
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