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Transformation & Personal Development          Designing Your Tomorrow

Safe and Happy in the Society


Our Adapted Instructional Tools

We are committed to making education accessible for everyone, especially when it comes to persons with disabilities. This is why we are offering, free of charge, two bespoke instructional tools: a full course of activities for instruction on emotional life, relationships and sexuality, and a short online module that may allow social workers and carers organise an opportunity for exchanges and meeting new friends for young (in age and at heart) people with mental disability.

 We have developed the tools during the 2 years of the SaHaSo project, which the EU Erasmus+ programme co-founded. The tools are developed by a psychologist and social workers, all specialized in work with people with mental disability. They have been supported by an expert in teaching with technology and an EU policy analyst. You can read about their alternative and inventive methodology further down on this page. The tools are easily adaptable for the instructional needs of people with other disabilities too, or simply for those who need introduction to the basics of the emotional and sexual health issues so that they stay healthy and safe and can enjoy life without the risk of harassment.

We hope that you will find them helpful and inspiring.

Latest News

We got published!

Gain an insight into the results of our programme and our perspective on the state policies for people with mental disability in Belgium and Bulgaria. The article is available in English and Bulgarian languages. We are most grateful to the Social Medicine magazine and the Medical University of Varna, and to the Bulgarian Journal for Public Health for appreciating the added value of our project and for giving it a public tribune towards the expert community

Young man lauhing and clapping hands

Our Mission :

We believe people with mental disability should be able to exercise their fundamental right to live safely and to the fullest. To have private space and a family.

They way we all do.

To have that, they must understand human relations, emotions, relationships, and intimacy, so that they engage in them without harm.

Just like all of us.


The Concept

The idea for the project emerged through the work of the 3 partner organisations with young people
with mental disabilities & social communication difficulties. They have observed that young people from this group may not recognize abuse when it happens, be it emotional, physical

or even sexual in nature. Raised in an overprotected
environment, they tend to do what they are told and may potentially consent to inappropriate
advances. Academic research shows that the risk of
abuse among people with learning disabilities is as much as 4 times higher than with the
general population, for example in UK (Momcheva,2005). The data was, regretfully, corroborated by the experience of our partners. Youth with mental disabilities  needs pertinent social
and personal skills, to respond adequately, to be safe and to live happily in the society. 

The way we all do. 

We in numbers

1 project : small partnerships, Erasmus+

2 countries: Belgium and Bulgaria.

2 years.

3 partner organisations.

28 great young people.

Even more fellows and trainers in two Day Centres for work with people with mild – to – middle mental difficulties.


Our product

Bespoke program to introduce skills and information about relationships, emotional and sex life.

Adapted to the needs of people with light-to-middle mental disability.

Transferable. Can be adapted to other social groups: with handicap or not; at different age or level of emotional development.

Our innovation and the strategy behind it 

Daring a sensitive, not always comfortable matter
in a way that a very specific group can comprehend it.

Francophonic, hence European model, disseminated wider in the EU : EVRAS


Education de le Vie Relationelle, Affectif et Sexuelle

(You don’t speak French? 😉 Time to start learning!)



Design & pilot of a new programme of activities to encourage confidence, communication skills and courage to react.



Breaking the silos:

building a pool of knowledge by merging expertise and art across forms, methods, fields and organizations.



Pushing the boundaries:

testing live, online sessions between young people with mental handicap.

3 forms of art

By professional artists.
Repetition, the magical method to sustain skills
for those with mental disability:
made fun & diverse.

Trash Art

To expose them to aesthetic appreciation, to give them the confidence to try - and achieve. To exercise their fine motorics - the control over one's own physique. To give them the confidence that they are creative!

Improvisational Theatre

To enable the personal contact in a way that they choose. To help them understand how to make friends and do fun things together.

Musical Videos

Because it's fun, and because making a video and dancing together brings people closer than anything else!

A digital

Probably the first ever

online hangouts

of young people

with mental handicap

Lessons learned from COVID :

Applied to expand horizons. And to have fun!

Digital communication is part of our lives. 

Same goes for people with mental disability.

We are developing a methodology for online sessions between people with mental disability from different countries.

Our first pilot sessions were SOOO much fun!

Making friends through the screen is possible for everyone!

COVID-time lock-downs were particularly hard for people with mental handicap. They could not atten the Day centres where they meet people outside their immediate family circles and engaged in activities to sustain their skills. The Day Centres closed. However, their staff kept working. They did whatever it took to reach out to those that relied on their social care. They did it with whatever tools they had : most of the time, with their own mobile phones and tablets. They discovered digital skills they never thought they would need. 

With our online sessions, we push the boundaries and build into a method the lessons learned from that time of crisis.

We are ambitious to prove that crisis can be an opportunity, not only trouble.


Interested in using our programme?

Contact in Belgium: tatiana.levceva@u-thrive.org

Contact in Bulgaria: dc.riviera.vn@gmail.com 

Meet the team

Tatiana Levceva

U Thrive europe, BE

Policies of the European Union. Teaching with technology.

Project management.

Maria Chankova

association for support to people with mental disability, day centre riviera, BG

National policy Bulgaria. Project management.

Work with people with mental disability.

Sophie Vankriekinge

Les jardins de 8me jour - tago, BE

National policy Belgium. Programme design.

Aida Pana

u thrive europe, BE

Hybrid teaching. Transformational learning. 


Tania Momcheva

association for support to people with mental disability - day centre riviera, BG

Work with people with mental disability. Abuse prevention.

 Programme design.


Jonathan Landa

les jardins de 8me jour - tago, BE

Work with people with mental disability. 


les jardins de 8me jour - tago, BE

Work with people with mental disability.