Public Affairs Event – Resilience, creativity and co-production under COVID-19

Online, via Zoom 1 December 10.00-12.45

EPR launched a call for good practices for a study aiming to analyse how service providers working with people with a disability showed resilience, creativity and co-production during COVID-19. At this event we will discuss the study, good practices, success factors and policy recommendations, with both service providers and stakeholders, including the European Commission.

Two good practices featured in the study will be showcased; the prize winner and runner up.

First place: Fundación ONCE-Inserta Empleo – “Adapting training and employment services under COVID-19.”
Based on existing tools, resources and work procedures, Fundación ONCE and Inserta implemented a series of actions aimed at enabling a fully remote, quality, service provision. They worked on staff, training programs, employment services and employers. The main priorities were being present and available for their clients, meeting the clients’ needs and requirements of the European Social Fund.

Second place: GTB vzw – “Start to can, a better transition from school to work for young people  with disabilities trough the use of a user-designed webtool.” The Start To Can web tool is not limited by only focusing on the job target, but allows the young person, with disabilities and/or health problems, to reflect on the life domains: living, relationships, health,  finances, learning, leisure, work. Together with young people, extensive research has been made for several exercises in every domain that can guide the young person to more self-knowledge and perspectives.

How did providers innovate and continue to support service users despite restrictions? What are lessons learnt and what could policy makers and funders do to support quality and resilience of services? Michael Backhaus, Management Human Resources, Mariaberg; Monika Chaba, Policy Officer at the European Commission; Thomas Bignal, Coordinated Action on Social Services and COVID19 and Policy Manager at EASPD; Gunta Anca, General Secretary of EDF will join the panel discussion.

The meeting will be held online via Zoom in order to respect the measures against CORONA. The draft overview programme and link for registration can be found below.


This meeting is free and open to the public.

This event receives financial support from the European Union, from the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). For further information please consult: