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The year 2020 marked the beginning of implementation of the fourth cycle of the “Points of Support” programme; a collaborative initiative by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, the TIMA Charitable Foundation, the Hellenic Hope charity organisation, the Captain Vassilis & Carmen Constantakopoulos Foundation, the A. G. Leventis Foundation, the A.C. Laskaridis Foundation, the Costas M. Lemos Foundation and the Bodossaki Foundation.
The goal of the Programme is, on the one hand, to support small-scale original projects that result in maximum social impact that benefits vulnerable social groups and, on the other hand, the reinforcement of infrastructures and capacity building of Greek civil society organisations as a means of bolstering the development and effectiveness of their work.
The Public Call for participation in the 4th cycle of the Programme was again addressed to Greek non-profit, private law legal entities, as well as social cooperative enterprises. Out of a total of 165 applications, 29 projects were selected for funding; these projects are implemented by 41 organisations, 12 of which participate in the actions as collaborating bodies. The projects have a duration of up to 12 months and fall under one of the following thematic areas:
In addition, the selected organisations will also take part in free capacity building activities, which will be funded and implemented by the Bodossaki Foundation, through Social Dynamo. Social Dynamo is an initiative of the Bodossaki Foundation, in partnership with the Municipality of Athens (through the SynAthina platform), aimed at increasing the efficiency and sustainability of the organisations, with a focus on learning, professional support and networking.
Funding by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation has allowed for implementation of the following projects to begin for the period 2020-2021:
“In this difficult period, ‘KINITRO’ NPO has managed to transfer its experiential trainings online, identifying the particular need for education on and familiarisation with disability-related issues, both for people without and with disabilities, as well as for health professionals. With the support of the Latsis Foundation, in the framework of the ‘Points of Support’ programme, we have managed, in just two months, to train more than 583 participants from all over Greece and abroad, while we continue undeterred towards an accessible and inclusive world for everyone.”
Founder, KINITRO NPO
“‘Health Route’ SCE implements an action entitled ‘Volunteers in Order’, with a focus on three main areas: the creation of a training manual for volunteers and carers of people with disabilities; the organisation of ten training workshops targeted at volunteers and carers of people with disabilities; and the implementation of a publicity action focusing on accessibility as an indicative topic. The fact that people with disabilities act as trainers –being themselves ‘experts’ on disability issues– has been warmly welcomed by the participants, while, at the same time, it empowers the participating people with disabilities themselves. This action has been an opportunity to intensify collaborative processes and explore the full potential of creative interaction between the association’s members, while our collaboration with the Latsis Foundation has been productive, encouraging, as well as with a human face.”
Co-Founder, “Health Route” SCE
“The pandemic brought sudden teleworking and distance learning into our lives. Α category of fellow citizens, though, people with visual impairment, experienced, like all people with disabilities, a more permanent lockdown, without even choosing it. Their exclusion from new technologies and the digital age was imminent. Thanks to the donation by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, in the framework of the ‘Points of Support’ programme, we were able to move swiftly and implement a nationwide programme of fast-paced and personalised training of visually impaired people in new technologies. Public services, distant working and learning, entertainment and remote communication with their close ones are now available to the participants of ‘Tech Is My Eyes’ without exclusions, hassle and bureaucracy. At the same time, within the programme, we created educational videos and articles regarding the use of smartphones and computers by visually impaired users, which are available free of charge through our online library.”
President, “Me Alla Matia” Non-Profit Association