Setting up a grocery and a social café to support people with intellectual disabilities enter the job market and gain their independence.
The NGO ‘Yolande asbl’ belongs to the ‘Elisabeth’ group, which is the main provider of social care in Luxemburg. The NGO acquired a building in the municipality of Betzdorf which is located opposite the Roodt-Syre railway station. There, the NGO set up apartments for people with an intellectual disability on the upper floors and a village shop on the ground floor.
The grocery store was created in 2017 to allow trainees or employees with an intellectual disability to enter the job market and become more independent. In part of the grocery store, a social café has been set up where local people can meet and socialise. LEADER measure support was used for the creation of a small support team with two part-time employees.
Inclusive workshops in the community café and in the residential care centre in Betzdorf are carried out on a regular basis; workshop material is published online and in a little booklet which is distributed four times every year;
Some people with an intellectual disability became associate teachers in the soap and candle workshops;
Two jobs were created for people with special needs;
Approximately 40 workshops have been organised with more than 500 participants;
In cooperation with Fairtrade Luxembourg, a tea brand with bio label certification was created. The packaging is made during a workshop for people with special needs.