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Social enterprises have to face this digital challenge and integrate digital communication and processes into their work in order to remain fit for the future.

The Erasmus+ partners have collected examples of good practice from social enterprises in Europe and present them in an e-reader. We hope that the good examples will provide inspiration for the professional integration of disadvantaged people into the labor market and the promotion of social participation.

The material can be downloaded from here:


Cologne, Germany – January 2019 –

Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania – May 2019

Media publications

If you are interested in finding out more details about our Erasmus+ project, find HERE the article published in the “Neue Caritas” journal, in German language. The article is also available in English, Romanian, Hungarian, Greek and French languages.

Local workshops

  1. Online Seminar Using digital tools of teaching and learning in Social Firms in Europe, report made by Bucovina Institute from Romania
  2. Internal Webinars: Using online digital tools in Social Firms, report made by KOISPE Diadromes from Greece

Presentations at digital transnational project meetings

  1. Yvonne Söffgen, research assistant at the Technical University of Dortmund, presented the progress of the LernBAR project so far. LernBAR means Learning Based on Augmented Reality. It is a project to develop an inclusive training concept in the vocational field of home economics. The target group of the project work are people with disabilities who are undergoing vocational training in this field. Yvonne Söffgen had already presented the project to us at our first meeting in January 2019. We were therefore curious about the progress and results so far. (download presentation)
  2. Peter Verhaege, social policy officer at Caritas Europa in Brussels explained the European Pillar of Social Rights, which was proclaimed in November 2018 by the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council. It contains 20 chapters that represent the future strategy of the European Union with regard to social and employment policy in Europe. Therefore very important for our social enterprises! (download presentation)

In addition to the interesting presentation, Peter Verhaeghe pointed us to the following links for more information on the European Pillar of Social Rights:

3. Lisa Schüler is an expert for the European funding programme of the German Caritas Association in the Brussels office. She explained to us the different EU funds and programmes 2021-2027, the financial resources and the funding conditions. Very helpful for us to develop more good, innovative or transnational projects in social enterprises for disadvantaged people and people with disabilities in Europe in the future! (download presentation)

4. Michael Backhaus, Head of the Human Resources Development Department and Coordinator of European Projects, explained the work of the Marienberg e. V. association in the field of vocational training for disadvantaged people and people with disabilities. He also presented the Erasmus+ project “Digital InVitation” and the exchange with the transnational partners. There were many points of contact with our project goals and our work in Erasmus+. (download presentations on Erasmus+ and Marienberg e.V.)

5. Inga Gebert introduced us to the work of the Piksl organisation in Germany. Piksl stand for “Person-centred interactive communication for more self-determination in life”. The aim of the work is to create a digital world for all and to empower people with disabilities so that they can participate in it on an equal footing. Piksl offers open learning spaces and opportunities for shared digital learning and exchange in different cities. In addition, the organisation offers training courses and supports peer-to-peer learning and thus the teaching of media skills at eye level. Very important – also for vocational training and careers! Thanks to Inga Gebert for the interesting insight into the work of Piksl! (download presentation)

6. Another good example of using digital media in a social context was presented to us by Chris Verhellen from the organisation Blenders in Turnhout (Belgium). It all started in Dessel, a disadvantaged neighbourhood. There, Blenders developed the DIGIDAK project and significantly improved social inclusion through digital inclusion, as research has confirmed. Digital learning opportunities have found the interest of residents in the neighbourhood and new IT learning spaces have been used intensively. Shared learning and digital networking have strengthened the sense of community and led to increased volunteering in the neighbourhood. The offers were also very important for professional development and for the development of a local economy. Thanks to Chris Verhellen for the interesting lecture. (download presentation)

7. During the project meeting with the partners, from 28 June 2021, Mr. Ulrich Förster (the project manager) made a presentation concerning the main steps taken during the implementation of the project, a review of our partnership. The project will end in two months and on this occasion, the partners managed to discuss its impact on themselves as individuals, but also on the partner organizations. (download presentation)

Joint transnational seminars on the use of digital media in social enterprises

Our Erasmus+ cooperation aims primarily at the transnational exchange of knowledge and getting to know good practice in Europe. With regard to the use of digital media in social enterprises, we have agreed to hold joint training sessions with professional support. For this purpose, we have conducted an extensive survey on the needs of our project partners. The conception and implementation of the seminars was done by Prof. Dr. Christina Buschle. She is a professor for adult education and digital media at the International University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim.

We held a total of four seminars (three basic seminars and one in-depth seminar) with around 50 participants. We were then able to successfully apply many of the contents learned in practice in our social enterprises.

Many thanks to Prof. Dr. Buschle for this!

  • download the Presentation of results of the survey
  • download more details about the seminar