In Myrtillo Cafe the salaried employment of individuals from vulnerable social groups, constituting 40% and more of the total employees.
The multi-dimensional training of young people with ‘moderate learning disabilities’ to help them acquire skills of independent living, self-esteem, sociability, new friends and independence from the over-protection of the family or from the mesh of social exclusion, and in addition to acquire a consciousness of their individual rights and of their responsibilities towards society by in turn contributing voluntary work during their free time.
Our aim is to support the disadvantaged, not by offering them protected ‘occupational therapy’, but rather the possibility of a dynamic entrance into the world of real life and of real, productive work.
Their training within a social environment such as Myrtillo Café seeks to offer an alternative to ‘special’ educational institutions which tend to treat people indiscriminately with emphasis on their difficulties or disabilities and not on the basis of the particular abilities and dreams of each individual.
To underline the values which derive from the universal basis that the deep structure of the soul and its needs does not differ from person to person.
To encourage the most privileged to work together with the most under-privileged in society. This is something that can bring great gains to both groups since they complement one another and exploit the gifts of both.
To contribute to increased social awareness of how to treat individuals with special needs on a practical and not ideological level in everday life, in the labour market and in the context of culture.
The innovative pilot programme run by Myrtillo Café which provides opportunities to many artists seeks to change the cultural profile of an urban area which is full of venues for conventional forms of entertainment and leisure pursuits.