Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Even though I've 2 degrees, all my applications for work were rejected. At Myrtillo I now have a salary and insurance and I cope perfectly. (Maria T, deaf, 29)
For the first time a have a proper job. (Nikos S, learning difficulties, 28)
I work at the bar and I look after the shop as if it were my own. (Kostas, deaf, 29)
Our life has changed. The family was suffering from depression. Now Amilia has found herself. With her Asperger syndrome she works systematically. (Vaso K, mother)
It’s the only shop where the staff become your friends and shower you with good wishes. A Tzavela, journalist)
I was stopped on the road by people in a car asking me if I know where to find Myrtillo! (P. Vlasopoulos, Mayor of N Iraklio)
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Applications for work or training are increasing. As of May 2014 we have 10 employees and 24 trainees.
Training includes practical skills and seminars (e.g. music & drama). These take place in the shop during working hours and customers can listen in. Visitors feel part of the project and benefit from it.
In the past 6 months about 30 events have been organized, book presentations, story-telling, exhibitions, musical evenings, discussions. With its presence and work Myrtillo has already begun to change social attitudes in the area and more widely.
Public interest in our work comes from the whole of Attica and from other cities. We have many offers for volunteer help, especially from educated young people between 25 and 40 (students, professionals, artists).
We have started co-operating with organizations and educational establishments, as well as with local schools and associations
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Because of the resonance of M’s work we have initiated cooperation with other bodies. The Ministry of Adminstrative Reform has proposed that alongside a network of enterprises that will offer work to our trainees we create a chain of Myrtillos in other towns as a kind of social franchising under our supervision.
We see the immediate need for a 2nd Myrtillo (the Municipality of Athens is interested) if our aim of ‘integration’ is to be expanded.
The problem is to establish support mechanisms. The project has begun to develop more than we could have imagined when we started our little shop!