To affirm our shared humanity and work together to correct injustices and seek new possibilities that make communities a better place to live
To provide opportunity cultivate confidence, and expand the horizons for a better tomorrow
To promote formal and non-formal education as a tool for personal and professional development. To create networks and partnerships with national and international organisations and institutions.
STAND International started as a joint project between two Scottish homeless charities in 2003, with the aim of encouraging and facilitating homeless individuals to take up volunteering opportunities in their own communities. In 2005 this was extended to include homeless volunteers participating in short-term volunteering opportunities overseas. Projects involved renovation and construction work and providing outdoor activities for disadvantaged children and orphans in a number of countries in Eastern Europe.
As a result of the projects' success, STAND International was established in 2006. The acronym STAND comes from Start A New Day, denoting the idea that participating in projects allows those involved to re-evaluate the opportunities they are presented with in life and to consider a new more positive start to their involvement in and contribution to their own communities.
STAND aims to harness the individual's talents, their experience of social exclusion and their genuine compassion to assist others and improve the quality of life of those even less fortunate than themselves.
STAND aims to harness the participants' talents, their experience of social exclusion and their genuine compassion to assist others and improve the quality of life of those even less fortunate than themselves. The projects allow them to fulfil their potential, widen their horizons and enhance their employment opportunities whilst at the same time becoming more involved in an inclusive society.
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