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I support Salva Vita and people with disabilities!

We are building a world where everyone has a place, a role, a task, and everyone is valuable.

We could say that Salva Vita Foundation’s birth was an accident – but we do not believe in such accidents.

Let us tell you the story. Back in 1993, the founder of Salva Vita, Mrs. Andrea David went for a job interview and she got off the bus one stop too soon. By mistake, she rang the bell of a residential home for disabled people. Meeting them for the first time, she decided to help these people.

She has established a foundation to support the employment and independent living of people with learning disabilities. Her dream was to live in a society where disabled and non-disabled people live together in an evident way and everyone has his/her important role in the community.

We are helping people with disabilities to live a full life and become an active and valuable member of our society. We support them to find their way to conduct their lives on their own, to find suitable job and manage their social relationships.

We are assisting companies to welcome these people well prepared as a future employer.

We believe in the power of encounters.

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Our core values

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We assist individuals to make decisions on their lifestyle and participation in society. Individuals are centrally involved in the planning, evaluation and development of services.

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We are committed to values such as diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities.

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We believe in the power of personal encounters that break down the boundaries between people.

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We regard each individual as unique, with his / her own interests, preferences, conditions and life history.

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Our operation is fully transparent.

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Our activities are always age appropriate, dignifying and enhancing.

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We assist individuals to understand their opportunities fully so they can choose consistently within their preferences and with an understanding of the consequences of their choices.

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Staff and organisational structures are able to change according to the needs of service users. Services are flexible and responsive to the needs of individuals and can be adapted to meet specific requirements.

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Our services, facilities and information are fully accessible to all people with disabilities.

Services for disabled people

Finding a job with us is teamwork because we will hold your hand all the way from the first moment to the employment.  How can we help?

  • We decide together what kind of job we are looking for.
  • We help you to prepare for the job.
  • We assist you in job searching (e.g. CV writing, job interview preparation, counselling, etc.).
  • We assist you with the official paperwork for employment.
  • We support you when you sign your employment contract.
  • We support you when you learn your tasks and work with your colleague.
  • We will be with you all the way when you need any assisstance regarding your job.

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Services for Employers

Do you want an inclusive workplace atmosphere where everyone can find their place and develop their skills? Take action toward your diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility goals and improve your company culture. Choose one of our service!

  • Audit that helps you identify and mitigate barriers to your services or business.
  • Disability Equality is a training designed to meet your organisation’s
    inclusive learning needs.
  • Specialized recruitment service that help you to find the right employee.
  • HR consulting is an expert advice service that support you to improve inclusivity within your organisation.
  • Awareness-raising programs that support you to pay particular attention to the issue of equal opportunities at the workplace.

Social Enterprise

Where can you find us?

Szeglet is much more than just a venue for events. Beside the services provided by the café and conference rooms a unique gastro kitchen suitable for cooking together, organizing team building events also available. The Community & Experience Space is operated and managed by Salva Vita Foundation, whose main profile is supporting disabled people finding a job on the open labour market. One of the key elements of Szeglet is the employment of people with disabilities through small businesses operating in the building.

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L.I.K.E. (The “Life Investment is the Key to Employment”) project aims to improve the social inclusion and employment of NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) youngsters by studying the status of these young people, developing, experimenting and applying an innovative methodology that meets their needs, and engages employers in the process.

Main objectives was to create the „Hidden Likes” youth house, where young people received support and understanding, were engaged in numerous activities together with their peers such as personal or group activities, training, therapies, coaching, mentoring, and could spend their free time usefully and with each other. The final goal was to become active in the labor market by overcoming their isolation and increase their motivation.

Project duration: January 2019. – February 2023.

Target groups: 

  • Long-term unemployed young people aged 15-29 with mental health problems

  • Roma and other minority groups

  • Relatives and families of young people with mental health problems

  • Local employers

  • Mental health specialists

Project partners:

  • Lead organization: Association “Sustainability of progressive and open communication (SPOC), Bulgaria

  • Association PINS, Latvia

  • Codici Social Cooperative, Italy

  • Salva Vita, Hungary

  • Inspiring NGO (Hvetjandi NGO) HRIS, Iceland

  • Norwegian National Advisory Unit on Concurrent Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders, Norway

TRAIN THE COMPETENT project contributed to improve the employability chances of adults with disabilities by providing them a modular training to develop their skills and competences to become co-trainers.

The project helped the personal development of disabled people, expanded their possibilities for active and fulfilled life, broadened their job opportunities, increased their participation in civil, social and working life and changed the attitude towards disabled people.

Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Field: Strategic partnership for adult education
Main objective: Development of innovation
Project duration: 01 September 2019. – 31 October 2022.

Partner organizations:

  • Lead organization: Salva Vita Foundation, Hungary
  • AESD – Asociatia Prntru Educatie Si Dezvoltare Durabila, Romania
  • CRPG – Centro de Reabilitacao Profissional de Gaia, Portugalia
  • ESAT du Rangen / Association au fil de la Vie, France
  • FONIX AS, Norway
  • Idryma Prostasias Aprosarmoston Paidon I Theotokos Theotokos Foundation, Greece
  • PUZW Polish Union of Supported Employment, Poland
  • Tolerance -Training Ltd., Hungary
  • WECIL Ltd., UK

HOPES FOR LAW project developed a labor market program for Roma youth with primary or lower secondary education that supports their employment and social inclusion. Salva Vita participated in the development of the methodology of the labor market service, the related professional trainings and the awareness raising training for employers. Salva Vita carried out professional supervision for the organizations participating in the program.

Project duration: January 2018. – December 2019.

Partner organizations:

  • Salva Vita Foundation, Hungary
  • Budapest Institute, Hungary
  • Bagázs Közhaznú Egyesület, Hungary
  • Employers’ Equal Opportunities Forum, Hungary
  • EPIC, Slovakia

UPLOAD YOUR DREAMS project contributed to increase the target group’s (initially NEET, but expanded towards to other vulnerable groups) employment opportunities and chances of successful social integration. The partner organizations started the project work to fulfill
their mission and work for the similar goals together: the project intended to increase employability of disadvantaged youngsters (for example young people not in employment, education or training) by sharing good practices that were particularly successful in the local
society, and testing new methods in four European countries (Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Belgium).
The hypothesis behind the project: certain methods that are particularly useful for a certain young target group in certain European countries may work with minor or major methodological changes with other young target groups in other contexts. To prove this hypothesis, the partners shared their methods for certain young groups and tested one new method learned from another partner.

Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Field: Strategic Partnerships for youth
Main objective: Development of innovation
Project duration: 01 March 2017. – 31 August 2019.

Partner organizations:

  • Lead organization: Salva Vita Foundation, Hungary
  • Drustvo Hisa!, Slovenia
  • De Groene Kans, Belgium
  • ICEI, Italy, Milan, ngo

Proability: The aim of the project was to increase the employment opportunities of people with disabilities in the open labour market. As envisioned by the project partners, this could be achieved through awareness raising programs regarding the employment of disabled people, designed for present and future company leaders, NGOs, public agencies, researchers, experts, stakeholders and policy makers, as well as the incorporation of diversity policy training into higher education curriculum.

The objective of the project was to develop teaching/training materials for both higher education programmes and company trainings through the adaptation of Norwegian good practices, based on thorough research and needs assessment.

Project duration: 2014 – 2016

Partner organizations:

  • Lead organization: Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
  • Salva Vita Foundation, Hungary
  • Türr István Training and Research Institute, Hungary
  • NHO Service, Norway

NEXT STEP project: The objectives of the Next Step Partnership were to explore and assess inclusive approaches for improving the employability of persons with disabilities or other types of problems, and to indentify those problems and attitudes which makes disabled people difficut to get a job in the open labour market. The focus of the partnership was on the inclusive approaches under the Supported Employment (SE) paradigm. This approach was strongly related to onthe-job training and follow-up as opposed to sheltered employment and pre-vocational training.

The main aim of the project was to identify and to analyse how the Supported Employment Five-stage process, as developed by the European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE), was implemented in the local, regional and national settings of the partner countries.

Project duration: 2013 – 2015

Partner organizations:

  • Salva Vita Foundation, Hungary
  • Arbeidsforskningsinstituttet, Norway
  • Instituto Universitario de Integración en le Comunidad, INICO, Spain
  • Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities, United Kingdomb
  • Optima arbeidslivsmestring Grete Wangen, Norway
  • KARE, Ireland
  • University of Lapland, Finnland
  • The Faculty of Psychology of University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Misa AB, Sweeden
  • Kiipula Foundation, Finnland
  • European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE)
  • Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment (NIUSE), United Kingdom

Pathway to work project: The long-term goal of the project was the development of the company’s diversity policy, changing the employer’s attitude regarding disabled people so that the companys employed disabled people more often.
The members of the consortium jointly developed innovative tools and methods that can be used to expand employers’ knowledge of the social inclusion of disabled people at work.

Project duration: 2009 – 2011

Partner organizations:

  • Lead organization: Keskuspuisto Vocational College, Finnland
  • Salva Vita Foundation, Hungary
  • Gorseinon College, United Kingdomb
  • Pentru Voi Alapítvány, Romania
  • Astangu Vocational Rehabilitation Centre, Estonia
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