Our Work

At Embrace our projects are designed from the ground up to cultivate the minds of the young, and of those that support them, into achieving their LifeDreams. To support this goal we have developed projects formed to combat underachievement and promote self-empowerment.


Apprentis d'Auteuil: Transition into Independence


Three years ago Embrace embarked on a partnership with Apprentis d'Auteuil to support their professionals to serve the young people in their communities who are challenged by their life circumstances. The aim of the partnership is to discover new avenues to support young people in finding their way into independence - personally, professionally and economically.

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LifeDreams4All

The LifeDreams4All TOI project is based on the lack of achievement and low participation of young people in VET and/or mobility programmes from disadvantaged backgrounds (e.g. from deprived socioeconomicbackgrounds, BMIs, refugees, job seekers and those with learning difficulties) on an European level. We trained 20 professionals with background in (and/or) personal development training/ social pedagogy/ social work vocational training/ monitoring/integration/ rehabilitation into education and/or the labour market.

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International Field Study Work in Groups


Students in vocational training experience many advantages for their professional development during and after international work experiences in Europe. The majority of participants feel that it has increased their confidence in general and to work internationally, fostered their mobility and enhanced their CVs & therefore their employability.

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Youth & Body Image Workshop


Today’s society portrays a very twisted image of beauty for men and women of all ages. When adolescents view these images, they get torn between their own actual body image and their perceived body image. As a result, boys and girls often develop psychological and physical problems at various degree, yet all connected to the conflict between their inside and outside.

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GearedUp4Europe

This project offered IVT students between the ages of 16 and 26 the opportunity to gain European job experience for 2 weeks in Germany and Turkey. All participants came from disadvantaged areas such as inner city London or Burnley in the North-West of England, they have had to deal with many issues such as socioeconomic challenges, or being part of an ethnic minority. In total we facilitated the mobility of 43 IVT students including intensive preparation. We targeted IVT courses that young people with mild to severe special needs often take up because they are more closely linked to their interests, talents and ways of learning.

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GATE Project

This was a pioneering opportunity, the first example of international work experience placements for adults with severe to moderate learning difficulties and disabilities. Two groups of 10 participants attended three-week placements in Thuringia (aka the green lung of Germany) in November 2007 and February 2008. A full programme was designed in collaboration between Embrace Cooperation, their partners in Germany and Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College.

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Integration durch Austausch (Freiberg)

The federal Ministry for Work and Social Affairs has initiated a new programme in conjunction with IDA (integration through exchange). The project focuses on empowering young unemployed adults through European mobility and exchange programmes, in order to gain social and professional experience that will allow them to compete within the wider European and foreign labour market.

The educational institute PSCHERER gGmBH, together with GSQ (Association for Structure development and Qualifications) and ARGE Freiberg (job centre) have developed the programme ‘Transnational Initiative for Young People in Middle-Saxony” and will implement this programme together between 01/10/2009 and 30/06/2012.

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Embracing Diversity Now!

The project is aimed at solidifying and expanding the organisation’s relationships in the countries we are already working with and also to increase working partnerships with Northern and Eastern countries in Europe. We are also determined to work with the new countries such as Rumania as we feel our services can be supportive in activities of Transition in training, Employment, Entrepreneurship & Community development due to our experience.The project will focus on the Integration of Roma/ traveller communities, Empowerment of Women from Muslim communities, Supporting unemployed/ underemployed people with challenging behaviour and severe disadvantage.

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SkillBase UK 2.0

The project offered a platform of exchange for professionals working in the field of vocational training, reintegration and career guidance with the most disadvantaged young people. These young people come from challenging working and living environments.

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Nature, Photography & Drama / Film making at Brayards Estate

Over a period of 1 year the project shall run a series of FREE workshops focusing on four different areas: Nature / Forest School, Gardening, Drama / Film-making & Photography. 20 FREE Nature / Forest School sessions shall be focused at younger children & will involve them learning about wildlife and creating items such as bird feeders, bug hotels, natural perfumes & shampoos.These sessions shall teach these urban young people about the nature around them, what they can do to protect it and to be more sustainable (recycling materials etc).

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Elam Street Open Space Community Project

Environmental education / practical nature conservation project based in small park in Loughborough Junction funded by Western Riverside Environmental Fund. This is a partnership project with One Planet Ventures and is their first nature conservation / environmental education project. The project is based in a small park close to our office in Brixton, Lambeth, London. The project is run under the management of Embrace Cooperation Ltd staff on behalf of One Planet Ventures.

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Cleaner Greener Safer Edible Hedge project at Brayards Estate

This partnership project with Brayards Estate Tenants & Residents Association that will plant edible wildlife hedge around the boundary of the Estate green space, create a dog free area for local children and also installed new outdoor equipment (oven and tennis table) in the community garden.

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Three Year South London Nature Conservation Project

Brixton-based (not-for-profit) company Embrace Cooperation Ltd has been awarded a £80,000 grant over three years by the City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charity. The project started early July 2012 and the grant is funding a full time project nature conservation manager for three years. This role will enable Embrace to work at different locations in South London, maximizing the impact of its work in a variety of areas, including: free nature conservation, environmental education activities for the general public and tailor-made activities for schools,

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Lost Stories of Ruskin Park

This year project increased awareness of the historic and natural heritage of Ruskin Park and the local area surrounding the park. Historic heritage research techniques was taught in order to preserve the heritage of Ruskin Park for future generations. In the past 5 years, Embrace ran several very successful Heritage Lottery projects focusing on the natural heritage of the respective sites.

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Spring Into Action

We were awarded with a £8,638 Big Lottery Community Wildlife grant to run a 3 month nature conservation / environmental education project in Lambeth focusing on Knights Hill Wood. We aimed to run a total of 15 nature conservation sessions. Some events took place in Knights Hill Wood which is managed by Lambeth Parks & Greenspaces since 2002.

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Embrace the Wild!

This 3-month Embrace Cooperation Ltd project was based in Lesnes Abbey Wood and the project involved 8 free public events. This project was funded by Big Lottery Community Wildlife grant and started October 2010. The project also ran 6 free tailor-made events for young people were run with local youth organizations &/or schools and were run at suitable times/dates for the participating groups.

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Embrace Woodland

This one year Heritage Lottery funded, Embrace Cooperation Ltd project that was started in October 2009 and run in partnership with environmental conservation charity Trust for Urban Ecology (TRUE). The project focused on traditional woodland crafts, environmental conservation, increase awareness of, and encourage participants to maintain and preserve the Dulwich Upper Wood (London) nature reserve site for future generations. These traditional woodland crafts have been developed over many years and the local native wildlife has also adapted slowly over time. As the wildlife benefits from these practical crafts they have become part of the site management.

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Natural History Exploration of Streatham Common

This one and a half year, Heritage Lottery Fund project looked at the wildlife and history of Streatham Common. The project involved over 150 school students and young adults from various ethnic backgrounds in practical nature conservation activities on Streatham Common. Many of who would have been unlikely to participate in such activities without the project organizing these activities for them and with them, which was found through talking to our young participants on these activities.

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