Stepping Stones NI Ltd was established in 1996 to provide adults with intellectual difficulties and disabilities with the opportunity to access accredited training towards gaining employment. The company is comprised of local business people, parents and carers of people with intellectual difficulties and disabilities, and representation from the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust. The organisation opened its doors in January 1998 as community business, providing a realistic working environment for adults with intellectual difficulties and disabilities to avail of vocational training leading to employment. From supporting 15 people with intellectual disabilities in 1998, Stepping Stones NI now supports over 150 people through its eight core services –
  • Four social economies– where trainees receive vocational training and work skills development
  • Youth service- a transition service for young people aged 16-24 who are not in mainstream further education and employment and who are experiencing difficulties with learning and communicating
  • Training service- offers numerous accredited and unaccredited vocational training courses
  • Transistions Service- for 16-19 year old students, providing guidance, training and work experience, a signposting service to help them and their parent make informed decisions about the move from school
  • Employment Service– empowering adults with intellectual disabilities and difficulties to fulfil their work potential, providing vital support, guidance and advice to enable them to secure long term paid or voluntary employment

APCC is a private institution of social solidarity and a non-profit making organization in Portugal,created in 1975. Everything it does is reflected in its mission statement and values. Mission: Promoting social inclusion of people at a disadvantage, with special focus on people with disabilities. Vision: Being a reference organization, nationally and internationally, in enabling full integration of people with disabilities and other disadvantaged individuals. Values:

      1. Ethics, integrity and respect in the relationship with customers
      2. Focus on innovation and customer service
      3. Solidarity and spirit of surrender to another
      4. Team spirit (work in transdisciplinary team)
      5. Creativity and adapting to change
      6. Loyalty in interpersonal relationships
      7. Constant quest for continuous improvement of quality of services

AMPROS, Spain, is an association whose mission is to improve the quality of life of every person with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families, as well as spread, defend, vindicate and promote rights and support, creating opportunities for them to achieve their life projects and full citizenship, based on principles of management efficiency, innovation and ethical commitment. Today AMPROS offers people with intellectual disabilities in Cantabria a set of 22 activity centers spread throughout the region, with a capacity of more than 1,400 direct care places, as well as various programs and support services to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities and their families. This is promoted, managed and run by a team composed of family and carers of people with intellectual disabilities, volunteers and more than 300 technicians and professionals.
CONFORM S.c.a.r.l, based in Italy, is a network of public and private organizations, national and international expression of Institutions, Universities, Training Agencies, Research Centres and Consulting, Banking, Business, employers’ associations and Organization of Volunteers and International Solidarity. Its mission can be summarized as follows:

      • facilitator and manager of relations between the partners/members of the national and international network
      • bearer of true innovation
      • exchange of expertise and sharing of skills and different backgrounds.

The Helsinki Deaconess Institute in Finland is a public utility foundation. Together with its subsidiaries, the Institute forms a social enterprise group providing a range of social and health care services, as well as educational services (Helsinki Diakonia College). As an expert and leader in tackling difficult social issues, the Helsinki Deaconess Institute relies on its strong social conscience. For nearly 150 years, the Deaconess Institute has contributed to creating new solutions in parts of society where, for one reason or another, people are in danger of falling beyond the reach of services. The production of services as well as the education and training that is offered all reflect the foundation’s focus on meeting the needs of special-interest groups. The development of new models of operation and working methods as well as the testing thereof is mainly completed in the projects and in the diaconia-oriented education.
Logicearth Learning Services is a leading provider of training in Ireland. It brings practical and modern training solutions that suit learners, organisations and budgets. By utilising the knowledge and experience of its staff, its partners, its associates and other learning companies, Logicearth works to provide a unique blend of training, learning technologies and eLearning content. The company partners with likeminded organisations that also recognise the need to deliver engaging, practical and cost-effective solutions.
Southern Regional College (SRC) is a college of further and higher education in Northern Ireland which provides training and education to over 5000 full time learners and over 30,000 part time learners each year. SRC is the second largest college in Northern Ireland delivering professional and technical training across 24 vocational areas. It has 720 teaching staff and 470 support staff. Its annual budget is £40 million. The college operates across a total of thirteen separate campus buildings. This cutting edge college has received local, regional and national recognition for its work including the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for higher and further education, for its social inclusion and cultural diversity work. Other recent recognition includes: ‐ AOC Beacon Award for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, National Training Award, Irish News ‘Employer of Choice’ Business Award, VQ Trainee of the Year, Employer of Choice, Investors in People, Business in the Community Award, Apprentice of the Year Awards and Matrix Quality Standard for careers education, information, advice and guidance service. Since 2007, SRC has successfully managed over thirty Leonardo Mobility projects, two Partnership projects and currently leads a Transfer of Innovation project.