Harmonised with the European orientation of Cyprus and being of the opinion that restriction in the narrow Cypriot frameworks would not allow it to materialise its high objectives and pursuits, the Foundation, since its operation, developed and maintains close links and co-operation with many similar organisations and centres abroad.
Within these frameworks, it is a member of many relevant world and regional organisations, co-operates with experts, universities, institutions from many countries, participates in international conferences and programmes of the European Union and co-operates with other organised agents all over the world which have similar objectives and interests.
In the past it developed exchange programmes with Austria, Great Britain, Greece, Germany and the Netherlands and today, it maintains similar programmes with Denmark and Finland, which include exchanges of people with mental handicap, parents and specialists.
Since 2001, the Foundation has been participating in LABOR, a European project, which was promoted and is coordinated by the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD)*.
With the financial support of the EU Leonardo da Vinci programme, and the participation of 16 partners from all over Europe, LABOR has set up a website-based Knowledge Centre on vocational training and employment measures for people with learning disabilities.
For further information please contact Mr Mark Delmartino, Labor project leader at: email@example.com or visit the projects website at: http://www.start-labor.org
* The European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), promotes the equalization of opportunities for people with disabilities through effective and high quality service systems in Europe. EASPD represents more than 6000 service provider organizations in 22 European countries.
The Foundation continues to place great importance on the development of relationships and co-operation with other countries and is ready to discuss every relevent proposal which, apart from visit exchanges, may also include the introduction of new ideas, the exchange of experiences and knowhow, the improvement of the quality of life of the people with a mental handicap etc.
All interested may write to the following address:
Christos Steliou Joannou Foundation
c/o Mr. Demetrios L. Neophytou
Tel: +357 22481666