Access Angels - Guardian Angels of Accessible Travellers in Rural Areas

The project aims to train youth volunteers to act as assistants to visitors with access requirements in rural areas in Europe. Project teams up Vocational and Educational Training (VET) with sustainable tourism principles to serve visitors who make up the accessible tourism market. The project will develop a package of personal assistance services (PAS) offered by youth volunteers, similar to those services offered to disabled tourists in major cities but adapted to the needs of visitors with disabilities who want to experience rural tourism.

 

Project’s objectives:

  • contribute to employability, economic growth and social cohesion through VET,
  • offer to adults and young people the prospect of career opportunities through VET,
  • promote inclusion of disadvantaged groups in the labour market,
  • ensure the sustainability and excellence of vocational education and training,
  • use VET in support of sustainable development and in delivering social education to youth,
  • provide rural tourism with a competitive advantage to attract the accessible travel market,
  • contribute to rural economies,
  • increase awareness of the needs of people with disabilities in rural areas and
  • foster active citizenship and volunteering among the youth.

VET organisations, accessible travellers, rural youth and sustainable tourism authorities are the beneficiaries of this project. The project will utilise ENAT’s network to involve travellers with disabilities and other specific access requirements in the baseline research and testing activities. The project will carry out research to determine what services to include in the PAS package for rural areas. A training curriculum and the corresponding pedagogical material will be developed. Trainers from each partner country will learn how to manage and support the Access Angels service and how to train and coach the recruited volunteers to become Access Angels.

Project partners:

  • SYNTEA SPOLKA AKCYJNA, Poland (coordinator)
  • Institut pro trénink pohostinnosti, Czech Republic
  • Association for Development of Mountain Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria, Bulgaria
  • DEKAPLUS BUSINESS SERVICES LTD, Cyprus
  • DIKTYO THEMATIKON KENTON TROODOUS (DITHEKET) LTD, Cyprus
  • SOLUCIONES TECNO-PROFESIONALES CONSULTING, Spain
  • FUNDACION UNIVERSITARIA SAN ANTONIO, Spain
  • EUROPEAN NETWORK FOR ACCESSIBLE TOURISM ASBL, Belgium
  • Youth Europe Service, Italy
  • Institut za napredno upravljanje komunikacij, Miklavz na Dravskem polju, Slovenia

The project will carry out research to determine what services to include in the PAS package for rural areas. A second survey among the rural authorities will investigate their capacity to manage the service, with a view to regional authorities carrying out this role at the end of the project period. The data gathered from the first survey will be help to define the service, while the results of the second survey will be used to create an Operations Manual for the AA service.

A training curriculum and the corresponding pedagogical material will be developed. Trainers from each partner country will learn how to manage and support the AA service and how to train and coach the recruited volunteers to become Access Angels.

For more information, please visit the project Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/accessangelsproject/