EPR’s mission is to build the capacity of its members to provide sustainable, high quality services through mutual learning and training.
If you are interested in joining our network and benefitting from our activities and services as outlined below, please contact our Secretary General Laura Jones who would be happy to explain more. EPR has two main types of membership: Regular membership and Observer membership. Observer membership is either a two-year trial period for organisations considering regular membership, or for organisations that don’t fulfil the regular membership criteria.
There are three fee levels, dependent on the GDP of the country in which an organisation is based. Observer membership is 50% of the regular fee. Guest membership allows short term participation in activities in order to discover what we offer. You can download our leaflet here; a summary of the information below. EPR auf Deutsch
Guided by our strategic objectives our annual Catalogue is developed through individual consultations with each of our members , outlining what EPR offers members that year. EPR is a “matchmaker” helping members to identify mutual learning possibilities and supporting the development of tailor-made exchange and training activities both in-person and online. Most activities are completely free for members of the network and there are activities aimed at both managers and professionals. More information about the types of activities and services we offer are found below.
TRENDS AND INNOVATION
– Gain insight into how to address address and harness trends through briefings and expert input
– Take part in pilots of innovative approaches
– Contribute to comparative research into emerging practices
– Learn about and implement the latest methodologies in service provision
MUTUAL LEARNING AND TRAINING
– Improve the skills and effectiveness of professionals working on the ground
– Compare and analyse how to improve services and assess progress over time
– Join site-study visits to leading practitioners and product developers
NETWORKING AND STRATEGY
– Build connections with leading service providers from across Europe
– Be part of a community of like-minded professionals
– Take part in exchanges and training on organisational development, strategy and management
– Benefit from analysis of key initiatives and legislation and understand how they might impact your work
– Engage in national awareness-raising events raising your profile and influencing decision-making
– Feed into key EU processes relevant to the disability service sector
– Receive help to find project partners and join projects developed by EPR
– Get support in writing EU project applications
– Participate in training sessions on accessing EU funding opportunities
EPR regularly organises initiatives in the following fields of expertise:
Vocational Education and Training, Employment, mental health, independent living, quality, outcome measurement, empowerment and co-production, quality of life, mental health, ICT and Assistive Technology, strategy and organisational performance. We also facilitate exchanges between members on many other topics. For more information see the What we Do section of the website.
On top of the mentioned activities, EPR can support its members to organise international events and provides personalised, tailor-made training or other activities for an individual member.
EPR is a community of service providers to people with disabilities committed to high quality service delivery. Regular members are private not-for-profit organisations or public organisations in Europe delivering services to people with disabilities, or that support organisations that deliver such services. Permanent Observer members may be from outside Europe or be active in the field of disability but that are not service providerrelated organisations.