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Culture and Creativity


Include and Activate

Include and Activate is a project supported by the 2014-2020 European Social Fund (ESF). The main objective of the project was to foster social inclusion of vulnerable groups through cultural activities and trainings.

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The final goal of the project was to support the participating individuals' transition to the labour market and to decrease unemployment and consequently, the share of persons living below the poverty line.

The final beneficiaries of this project are individuals facing mental health issues, persons with mental disabilities, persons serving prison sentences scheduled for release and persons participating in drug rehabilitation programmes. Experienced guides and mentors were supporting the participants to take part in activities based on creativity and culture and to acquire skills and competences that will enable them to actively integrate into society and subsequently gain access the labour market.

The project proposed training modules focusing on literature, illustration, digital literacy, creative writing and expression. As part of this project, an Almanac including literary texts (poems, short stories, essays, etc.) and illustrations conceived by the participants, has been published.

Between 2016 and 2019, the project supported over 300 people that attended the trainings, took part in theatrical performances or became co-authors of the Almanac. The Slovenian Book Agency coordinated the project, with support of writers, poets, illustrators and other institutional partners from Slovenia. The overall budget available for this project was of approximately 1 million EUR, with the ESF contributing to 80% of the overall budget.