European Network EMPAD

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EMPAD European Network

In february 2010 the Foundation was invited by the Health National Institut and Social Matters of Finland to take part with other organisms into European Project “Empowering Adults with Mental Illness for Learning and Social Inclusion”.

Since 1995 members of Uztai Foundation have cooperated, from different basque institutions with Finnish organizations for the implementation of some projects that pretend the integration of people with social and psychological problems, promote the general well-being, mental health, as well as preventing mental illness.

Thanks to that collaboration the Health National Institut and Social Matters of Finland invites Uztai Foundation to collaborate with other European organisms in EMPAD Project

The EMPAD “Empowering Adults with Mental Illness for Learning and Social Inclusion”, is a Project of European Commission  included in “Lifelong Learning Program” as well as Grundtvig subprogram for adults learning.  It is composed of organizations from seven European countires included Uztai Foundation, the only member in Spain.


  • National Institute for Social and Health Matters of Finland, from Ministry of Health and Social Matters of Finland
  • Clubhouse Schalbennest and Der Paritätische Bayern, Germany
  • Helsingin Klunitalo, Findand
  • De Waternehuvel, Netherlands
  • Fountain House Stockholm, Sweden
  • Fundatia Estuar, Romania
  • Zavod RUJ, Eslovenia
  • Fundación Uztai Fundazioa, Spain.
  • Technical consultant: International Center for Clubhouses Development (ICCD), USA

The EMPAD training program will provide guidance on the Clubhouse program, which focuses on recovery aproach, learning opportunities and integration into the labor market for people with mental illness. Clubhouse programs exist in 19 European countries and there are a total of 90 Clubhouses in Europe.

  • The Clubhouse model is based on scheduling the daily work order, peer support, equal relationships between Clubhouse members and staff, and orientation toward recovery. Supported employment and education play an important role in the program. The goal of the program is to help people with mental health problems feel made according to their abilities and abilities and to be valued as co-workers, neighbors, friends and members fully integrated into society.


Photo:  EMPAD Project meeting in the Club House of Amsterdam