Some of the local and European projects <strong>CORE</strong> <strong>Platform</strong> is engaged in include: Volunteer Sliema Volunteer Sliema is a Partnership between SOS Malta and the Core <strong>Platform</strong> and is supported by Sliema Local Council and Capua Hospital. This multi-stakeholder local partnership will develop an innovative community based response to the needs of vulnerable elderly people to ensure a reduction of their social exclusion, whilst contributing to a reawakening of the spirit of self giving and active citizenship within the community through the development of a local volunteer scheme. This project will be a flagship project to celebrate 25 years of SOS Malta. This project will seek to ensure vulnerable elderly and people with a physical disability feel more mobile and able to access health care and essential services, as well as engage in leisure and community activities. Additionally, the project will seek to provide emotional support to these groups of people through the creation of a Community Volunteers Network. This pilot project will build upon both the existing VolServ project and Tal-Kultura – the volunteer programme for Valletta 2018, which currently together have approximately 500 volunteers. The scheme will also utilise the existing the SOS Malta car and the wealth of volunteer management experience SOS Malta holds and will contribute to the SOS Malta core pillar of work of social inclusion and solidarity with vulnerable groups. The proposed pilot project would take place in Sliema. This area is one of the main shopping hubs with a wide catchment area. The project will include 3 key elements: 1) The development of a local volunteer network of 20-30 volunteers to ensure a pool of support for the elderly; 2) The development of a community transport scheme to promote the mobility of the elderly and those with a disability; 3) The establishment of a local stakeholder network who support the implementation of the scheme.
Supporting the President's Trust Employment Initiative and the President's Foundation, and projects at a local level <strong>CORE</strong> <strong>Platform</strong> is currently supporting the President's Trust in its Employment Initiative, which aims to help young people, who are coming from difficult backgrounds and are going through personal challenges, find employment in Malta. <strong>CORE</strong> <strong>Platform</strong> is also helping the President's Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society in two main projects. These include the redesigning and embellishment of the Palliative Ward at the Oncology Centre at Mater Dei Hospital, as well as the renovation of the gardens at Mt Carmel Hospital in Attard. In addition, <strong>CORE</strong> <strong>Platform</strong> is working with the Maltese local councils in the setting up of playing fields in the various localities found around the Islands, which would serve as safe hubs and recreation zones for children in the area. Tackling Gender Stereotypes in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) <strong>CORE</strong> <strong>Platform</strong>, together with CSR Europe and 14 other National Partner Organisations, has embarked on a mission to address the stereotyping of education and career choices relating to STEM and to dissolve the persisting imbalance in the STEM field. Project activities include: Setting up of business-education partnerships to deliver awareness-raising activities for 13-19 year-old students, their parents, and company representatives to address and question stereotypes and attract women into male-dominated STEM sectors; Developing a toolkit and provision of training for national partner organisations on how to set-up business-education partnerships on STEM and gender Stereotypes; Having an impact assessment of activities; Facilitating a learning network for companies at both national and EU level that aims to improve the impact of a company’s STEM programme (with an emphasis on tackling gender stereotypes). Developing and providing training, online courses and a guide for teachers so that they are equipped with all the tools necessary to combat gender stereotypes.