Project – Gardens of Possibilities – inclusion through urban gardening

the Programme: 2014 - 2020 INTERREG V-A Finland - Estonia - Latvia - Sweden (Central Baltic)


Description (EN): Gardens of Possibilities is an urban gardening project, where rehabilitation, education and job training are combined. The objective is reached through horticultural therapy, skills development, individual support and practical work. By participating in the project, the participants prepare for employment or education or get a better living situation. The project is a safe platform for the participants. An individual mapping clarifies the participants current situation, after which a plan with concrete goals is drawn up. In practice, the participants will work with cultivation of flowers and vegetables. The opportunity and challenge is to include people who are (under risk of being) socially marginalized into the society. The target group is long term unemployed persons at risk of lifelong exclusion. If this target group is not reached in time, there is a risk of lifelong exclusiuon. The unemployment rate in the Åland Islands is low, only 3,9 per cent. Among young persons it is 5,4 per cent. This means that the persons who are longterm unemployed are seriously marginalized and (in risk of) lifetime exclusion. There is also a group of unrecorded, not registered unemployed persons and so called NEETS (Not in Education, Employment, or Training), which belong to the target group. ÅSUB (Statistics and Research Åland) estimats the amount of NEETs to 9 per cent amonng young people (15-24 years). The unemployment rate in Valdemarsvik is 9,9 per cent, while the average for Sweden is 7,6 per cent. More than one third of the unemployed are longterm unemployed.
Expected Results (EN): R4.1. Communities with improvements
Expected Outputs (EN): The main result is that persons in risk of lifelong exclusion will be included in the society and on the labour market. The result indicator is the amount of persons taking part in the activities for at least ten hours.

Thematic Information

Thematics: Labour market and employment  Social inclusion and equal opportunities  
Specific Objective: More people benefiting from stronger Central Baltic communities
Thematic Objective: (10) investing in education, training and vocational training for skills and lifelong learning by developing education and training infrastructure
Investment Priority: (10 ETC) ETC specific, for cross-border cooperation: investing in education, training and vocational training for skills and lifelong learning by developing and implementing joint education, vocational training and training schemes

Project Summary

Project name (EN): Gardens of Possibilities – inclusion through urban gardening
Project acronym: Gardens

Period: 2014-2020
Date of latest update: 2017-11-24


Project start date: 2018-01-01
Project end date: 2019-12-31
Project status: Ongoing

Total budget/expenditure: EUR 280.000,01
European Union funding: EUR 210.000,01
Cost of infrastructure: EUR 34.667,00

Project outputs

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Partners Data

Lead Partner (EN): Emmaus Åland r.f.
Lead Partner: Emmaus Åland r.f.
Address: 20 Strandgatan, Mariehamn, Finland
Legal status: private

Department: Assistance and support services
Address: Storgatan, Valdemarsvik, Sweden
Legal status: public

Partners Location

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Serial number: 6
Start date: 2016-12-27
End date: 2017-02-27
Budget: EUR 0,00