Association for a United Community and Social Intervention (ACSIS) is a charity which protects children by supporting parents and future parents who are at severe risk. In addition to providing psychological and material assistance to families, it helps parents win back confidence by choosing a career and life goal, and helps them return to work and regain their autonomy.
To do this, ACSIS has set up a social enterprise, the Creative Workshop, which teaches struggling young mothers basic sewing skills and provides them with employment - a source of income for their children.
In 2013, the Romanian charity began a project to help single mothers into work. The goal is for 30 single mothers in Bucharest to enter a professional integration scheme.
The programme runs for 12 months and is divided into 3 phases. The first is a selection and registration stage where the women sign a contract with the charity. Next, ACSIS provides social support and seeks to define a career path for the beneficiary, either by assessing her existing skills or identifying training opportunities. Finally, the single mothers begin a work placement of at least 3 months at the charity’s workshop, where they are taught how to make cloth toys by a tailoring instructor.
The women also receive help with job search skills (CV writing skills, mock interviews, etc.) and personal support throughout training and/or during their first few months of work.