Our Organization

four ELEMENTS is a Non-Profit, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), certified by both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health.
It is an innovative and pioneering Greek organization that focuses on issues pertaining to:

  • Social inclusion
  • Gender equality
  • Employability and equal opportunities
  • Scientific research and the development of know-how in social policy issues
  • Education and capacity building
  • Media violence

four ELEMENTS acts primarily on prevention, information, planning, evaluation, submission and preparation of studies and sensitization actions.
Since its establishment four ELEMENTS has undertaken numerous projects and programmes, many in collaboration with large well-established organizations both in Greece and abroad, targeting the following societal groups:

  • Women and especially women in difficult situations
  • Immigrants and refugees
  • Elderly
  • Children at risk of trafficking and exploitation
  • Persons with physical disabilities and mental disorders
  • Long-term unemployed and those with low professional qualifications

Our Vision

Our vision is to promote pathways to intellectual freedom, social justice, community welfare, economic liberty and sustainable development for individuals, families and social groups working to achieve their own Life Dreams. four ELEMENTS envisages a world with equal opportunities for all individuals, including full opportunities for personal development and the opportunity to create their own future.

Our Mission

four ELEMENTS mission is to contribute towards sustainable development and efficient utilisation of all available resources in society for creating better living environments.

Our People

four ELEMENTS staff has advanced degrees and many years of working experience in the organization’s focus areas, thus consisting of sociologists, psychologists, economists, political scientists, specialists in education and engineers.
Being dynamic, highly motivated and experienced, four ELEMENTS staff operates in various national and local contexts as well as in European and international levels. In addition to the permanent staff, the organisation cooperates with external experts and academic institutions on a regular basis for projects and training programmes.

Our Values

four ELEMENTS believes in working together for:

  • Equality and Diversity – Inclusion: Regardless of race, gender, age, religion, nationality, ethnicity, physical or mental ability, socioeconomic status and geography we include everyone in our processes and actions. Together we are strong.

  • Grassroots level community engagement: four ELEMENTS aims at promoting sustainable development for the target groups and with the target groups. Thus, it responds to the local needs of the target groups, partner organizations, and institutions that represent the target groups, through constant dialogue and the provision on solutions and proposals tailored to the real needs.

  • Fairness – Justice: We profoundly believe in and promote social justice and fairness from local to international level.

  • Respect – Respect for others is the starting position towards the target groups, partner organizations, donors, colleagues, and other stakeholders. four ELEMENTS greatly emphasizes that its employees and partner organizations all endorse respect for others in a consequent way.

  • Innovation-Creativity: Innovation is the creation of new opportunities. From the very groundwork and up, our organization values creativity and leadership which are advocated to be essential in solving the problems of the future.

Our Work

four ELEMENTS is active in four areas: Vulnerable Groups, Education, Health & Social Care, Environment & Green Economy. Scroll over each field to find out more.

Vulnerable Groups


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Erasmus+, KA2, Strategic Partnerships for Youth, Development of Innovation

The primary objective of the STEER project is to design, develop, deliver and test a comprehensive training programme for youth workers in transition planning. Trained youth workers will utilize their training to support the transition from education to employment for NEETs and young unemployed. More specifically STEER will involve:
• The design and development of a youth workers’ training programme that will include modules such as: skills for the future labour
market, transition planning, psychological mentoring, developing life management and social skills, developing soft and
transferable skills and provision of career guidance and counselling among others.
• Delivering a series of train the trainers seminars through blended learning, in each participant country, to at least 180 youth
workers.
• Testing the effectiveness of the STEER training programme in pilot actions that will involve the trained youth workers providing
transition support to at least 900 NEETs and young unemployed within a four months span.

Project Coordinator: INNOVADE LI LTD, Cyprus

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The SERCo project aims to address the problem of social and economic inclusion of Roma communities in the partner countries by applying the concept of social economy as an innovative solution to reducing the risk of poverty and to enhancing entrepreneurship.

The project promotes social economy as an effective instrument for integrated development of the Roma communities by:

1) analyzing the potential of applying social economy practices within Roma communities, from a social, economic and institutional point of view;
2) engaging policy-makers and civil servants and training Roma mediators for developing social enterprises; and
3) assisting Roma social business initiatives and promoting social economy within Roma communities and to the general public.

Project Coordinator: University of Piraeus, Greece

If you want to know more about the SERCo project, visit www.serco-project.eu

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DAPHNE JUSTICE

The Honour Ambassadors against Shame Practices-HASP project adopts a gender-based approach and aims to contribute to the combat of Honour related violence (HRV) against women in the UK, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and Spain, which constitute highly differentiated settings in geographical, social and cultural terms and, within which, the HRV incidents recorded are also highly differentiated, due to a number of various factors.

The HASP project aims at the combat and prevention of HRV practices against women, ranging from forced marriage to so-called “honour crimes”.

Project Coordinator: “La Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy

If you want to know more about the HASP project, visit www.hasp-project.eu

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Erasmus+, KA2, Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education

The MUSE project t came to fill the gap of no recorded previous attempt to cover the topic of accessibility of disabled students in Higher Education (HE) in the Latin America (LA)- neither at national nor sub-regional level. Taking into account the substantial expertise and advancement in this domain in recent years by European universities, the project aims to raise awareness on inclusive education through the exchange of good-practices between EU and LA HEIs.

The main objective of MUSE is the development of a sustainable knowledge base and Student Support Centres allowing for a coherent implementation of disability initiatives, and directional strategic plans in three LA HEIs.

Project Coordinator: Staffordshire University, UK

If you want to know more about the MUSE project, visit www.museproject.eu

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Erasmus+, KA2, Strategic Partnerships in the Field of Adult Education

OUT-SIDE-IN is committed to qualify multipliers for the Inclusion of Refugees in adult education, offering new opportunities of interacting and channels of communication between these groups aiming to soften prejudices and to promote awareness and respect of multiple perspectives in todays΄ immigration societies. With 9 partners in 6 countries, Out-Side-In will provide needs analysis for target groups, develop and test innovative educational material and methods for learner groups with refugees, train and support 150 multipliers for sustainable implementation and publish all project results for public free access on its website

Project Coordinator: Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany

If you want to know more about the OUT-SIDE-IN project, visit www.out-side-in.eu

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The gender pay gap (GPG) is the difference between men’s and women’s pay, based on the average difference in gross hourly earnings of all employees. Despite decades of anti-discrimination laws and changes in the policies of companies and businesses worldwide, women are still not earning as much as men do in the workplace. The GPG is a complex problem calling for multi-level solutions. Major factors leading to GPG are: Discrimination in the workplace, workplace practices and pay systems, undervaluation of women’s work and skills, few women in senior and leadership positions, gender roles and traditions and the need to balance work and family responsibilities. The zeroGPG project addresses the GPG issue, using a trans-national approach with different stakeholder types, such as NGOs, women counseling centers and research institutions that work together to contribute to tackle pay inequalities.

Project Coordinator: “La Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy

If you want to know more about the zeroGPG project, visit www.zerogpg-project.eu

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The project aims to support children and young people with disabilities to integrate smoothly into the education system and, thus, to society. The project created Accessibility Centres for children and young people with disabilities in various regions of Greece. Specifically, the Centres were created in the regions of Attica and Thessaly. The mission of accessibility centers was to achieve in practice equal access to the learning process of children and young people with disabilities and learning difficulties, through Support Information Technology and Service Access (assistive technologies). 

Project Coordinator: four ELEMENTS

Action 3: “Local actions for inclusion of vulnerable groups”, Intervention Class: “Preventing and tackling social exclusion of vulnerable groups”, Thematic Priority Axis 4: “Full integration of all human resources in society of equals opportunities”, Operational Programme “Human Resources Development” 2007-2013.

Actions aimed at preparing 80 beneficiaries, who belong to vulnerable population groups to enter the labor market, either through business or through dependent employment either through the creation of social enterprises.

Individual counseling, psychosocial and professional support and counseling, training, empowerment, encouragement, preparation and updating of beneficiaries are essential and critical tools that objective.

If you want to know more about the Athinais project, visit http://www.athinais.eu/

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Action 3: “Local actions for inclusion of vulnerable groups”, Intervention Class: “Preventing and tackling social exclusion of vulnerable groups”, Thematic Priority Axis 4: “Full integration of all human resources in society of equals opportunities”, Operational Programme “Human Resources Development” 2007-2013.

The subject of this action is the activation and mobilization of local actors in order to ensure job creation for unemployed vulnerable social groups, regarding specific local needs diagnosis, and enhancement of development opportunities in the areas of intervention.
Actions focus in the prevention of unemployment and include all necessary steps, from the selection process of unemployed people, the confirmation of job creation and the confirmation of job holding at least for three months. The operational actions are carried out focusing on local labor markets, supporting the beneficiaries, the enterprises and matching local needs and demands. Emphasis is given not only to serve the needs of existing local business community, but also to extend this through the support and assistance of young entrepreneurs on developing emerging fields of sustainable businesses.

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Action 3: “Local actions for inclusion of vulnerable groups”, Intervention Class: “Preventing and tackling social exclusion of vulnerable groups”, Thematic Priority Axis 4: “Full integration of all human resources in society of equals opportunities”, Operational Programme “Human Resources Development” 2007-2013.

The subject of this action is the activation and mobilization of local actors in order to ensure job creation for unemployed vulnerable social groups, regarding specific local needs diagnosis, and enhancement of development opportunities in the areas of intervention.
Actions focus in the prevention of unemployment and include all necessary steps, from the selection process of unemployed people, the confirmation of job creation and the confirmation of job holding at least for three months. The operational actions are carried out focusing on local labor markets, supporting the beneficiaries, the enterprises and matching local needs and demands. Emphasis is given not only to serve the needs of existing local business community, but also to extend this through the support and assistance of young entrepreneurs on developing emerging fields of sustainable businesses.

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The project aims to develop an active policy of support and social integration 70 unemployed beneficiaries. The expected new jobs created will apply to new social enterprises and new companies active in the field of social entrepreneurship, alternative tourism and green business. At the same time, they will be placing the unemployed in entities operating in the region in related disciplines.
Specifically, the project focuses on the preparation and support  of unemployed beneficiaries (registered with the Unemployment OAED) through a broad set of actions, covering complementary their different needs, providing integrated support.
Psychosocial support, vocational counseling, training  and workshops are essential and critical tools  that objective.

If you want to know more about the “Protoporia” – Leading project, visit http://protoporia-topsa.gr/

On the one hand, the project aims to create a sustainable development model of employment and occupation, with a clear reference to the possibilities offered by the actions and objects of social economy and the other aims to disseminate and extend that to tackle unemployment model in other sectors of the economy and society, who will be able to “copy” and to implement the model in similar situations to solve own problems. 
The target group of the proposed Act is unemployed registered with the OAED unemployment registers and also young people, who are more easily able to understand the concept of social enterprise.
If you want to know more about the “Synergo” – Cooperate project, visit http://www.synergo-topsa.gr/

The project aims to develop an active policy of support and social integration 80 unemployed beneficiaries. Specifically, the intervention targets a total of 80 beneficiaries, who will have the status of unemployed, of which it is estimated that:

a) 6 unemployed will be included in grant programs, subsidy or other development program,

b) 15 unemployed will be employed in social enterprise, which will potentially join a grant program, grant or other development program,

c) 59 unemployed people gain work experience.

If you want to know more about the “Messini” project, visit http://messini-topsa.gr/index.php

Health & Social Care


National Support Framework 2007-2013, General Secretariat for Gender Equality

The project focused on the provision of legal and administrative support to women from vulnerable groups and victims of gender violence, as well as awareness raising actions.

Education


Erasmus+, KA2, Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education

The project’s main goal is to improve assessment practices in foundational first year education using technology options. The more specific objectives include:
1. Conduct study for current practice in freshman education across HEIs and making it the core for developing strategic change at this important foundational stage in university education.
2. Redesign and implement 10 large enrolment modules in the professional degree programs across disciplines.
3. Draft and institutionalize formative assessment policies for large enrolment group.
4. Use established technologies to facilitate timely feedback loops.
5. Draft national frame matrix for assessment practices which includes nature and type of assessment for large hall freshman classes.
When completed successfully, this project would contribute to improving outcomes and assessment practices and would provide stakeholders – higher education teachers, ministry of higher education, university administrators, learners, and employers – with better information on what undergraduate degree students know and can do by aligning the outcomes for freshman courses with academic program outcomes.

Project Coordinator: An-Najah National University, Palestine

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Erasmus+, KA3, Forward Looking Cooperation Projects

The main objective of the ALdia project is to reduce disparities in learning outcomes affecting learners from disadvantaged backgrounds.In order to achieve this objective, the ALdia project will:
a) define disabled student needs in both higher education and VET sectors,
b) develop and field-test an innovative, flexible, Massive Open Online Course for higher education lecturers and VET trainers, and
c) validate the acquired expertise through certification that will be based on the ECVET principles, thus facilitating its use across Europe
Project Coordinator: University of Alicante, Spain

If you want to know more about the ALdia project, visit www.aldia-project.eu

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Youth in Action Programme

eYouthDemocracy is a Youth in Action project that brought together young people from Greece and Bulgaria in order to discuss issues of common concern, such as migration in other EU countries, the recognition of labor and professional rights, racism, marginalization and social exclusion and how to promote democracy in the European Balkan countries. In this way it aimed to promote the idea of European citizenship, involve young Bulgarians and Greeks in activities that can support their rights and needs and identify how they could engage in democratic/participatory activities at national and international levels.

If you want to know more about the eYouthDemocracy project, visit http://eyouthdemocracy.com/

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SWING project created sustainable policies in Universities to enable disabled students to have equal access to learning environments and programmes. Partners collaborated in the development, selection, procurement and use of accessible IT and accessibility standards that will be available through the Accessibility Centres in Partner Countries: Morocco and Egypt.

If you want to know more about the SWING project, visit http://swingproject.eu/

Green Economy


The project aims at developing an active policy of support and social integration of 80 unemployed beneficiaries. More specifically, the intervention targets 80 unemployed beneficiaries of whom it is reckoned that:
a . 7 unemployed people will be included in funding , benefit or other development programs.
b. 15 unemployed people will be hired by a social business , which will potentially be included in a funding, benefit or other development program.
c. 58 unemployed people will acquire work experience.
If you want to know more about “Enagron”project, visit http://enagron-topsa.gr/index.php/en/

The central objective of the intervention is to highlight the environmental sector lever for economic and social integration in Attica, with the utilization of Renewable Energy Sources (RES).

The project aims to develop an active policy of support and social integration 70 unemployed beneficiaries. The expected new jobs created will apply to new social enterprises and new businesses that will operate in the social entrepreneurship sector of alternative tourism and green business. At the same time, they will be placing the unemployed in entities operating in the region on similar objects. Specifically, the project focuses on the preparation and assistance for unemployed beneficiaries (registered with the Unemployment OAED) through a broad set of actions, covering complementary their different needs providing comprehensive support. psychosocial support, vocational counseling, training and workshops are essential and critical tools that objective.
If you want to know more about “Dimiourgia”- CREATION project, visit http://dimiourgia-topsa.gr/

The act of ” Create ” aims at developing an active support and integration policy 70 unemployed beneficiaries, with particular emphasis on young people under 25 and women, the success of which, however, depends on two basic conditions:

Promoting and accompanying supportive policies in other areas such as industrial relations, industrial policy and social welfare and security policy, but mainly in supporting a “culture mentality change on employment” with obsolescence of traditional stereotypes.

According to the plan, the expected new jobs created will concern new social enterprises and new businesses that will operate in the field of alternative tourism and green business . At the same time, will be placing the unemployed in the private sector , in related disciplines.

If you want to know more about “Kinisi Synergasias”-Create project, visit http://www.kinisi-synergasias.gr/

NSRF 2007-2013, General secretariat of Research and TechnologyThis project aimed at the development of an innovative information tool on the field of Culture and Tourism, bearing the name “CultMacedonia”. Through the novel tool, that includes a portal and mobile App, visitors and locals are given the opportunity to gain knowledge on the most important monuments of Central Macedonia. This is a “digital walk” in archaeological/cultural sites and monuments, through the application of modern information technologies.
If you want to know more about the CultMacedonia project, visit http://www.cult-macedonia.com/

Purpose of the Act “Be Smart Farmer (GEA) – Employment Support Initiatives by Return and Integration of Human Resources in Primary Sector” is the activation and mobilization of local actors in order to ensure job creation for the unemployed as a result of specific local diagnosis requirements and enhancement of growth potential in the Regional Section (IP) Achaia.
The project includes actions to:

  • Reach potential farmers belonging to specific target groups and the long-term unemployed with low qualifications and persons living in poverty.
  • Support the design of processes lifelong training in agricultural occupations and green entrepreneurship, with the use of the Regional agricultural resources.
  • Creating programs for the continuous diffusion of scientific practice, and not only knowledge to society.
  • Enhance non-formal lifelong learning in new areas of agro-economy, the evolution of the economy itself highlights.
  • Strengthen innovative connection policies of social networks with the local government and lifelong learning programs through the development partnership.
  • Enable the development of social networks, creating social capital and reducing the costs of bureaucracy and changes.

If you want to know more about “Be Smart Farmer” project, visit http://www.smartfarmer.gr/

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Contact numbers: +30 210 3809847
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