Catalonia

Marina Rahola, Funding and International Activities Advisor at the Resource Centre for Youth Associations of Barcelona

Marina Rahola: "The know-how learnt by the youths involved in and promoting an international project is unstoppable”

We chat to the advisor for Associative Funding and International Activities from the Resource Centre for Youth Associations of Barcelona (CRAJ), to shed some light on the complex world of European projects and the internationalization of youth associations.

Elisenda Rovira - Coordinator of Mèdia.cat yearbook on Media Blackouts / Photograph: Mèdia.Cat

Elisenda Rovira: "We are under no pressure from any large financer; we owe ourselves to the collective interests of the people supporting us"

We have talked with the coordinator of the "Mèdia.cat yearbook on Media Blackouts" about the health of the media and the health of the journalism.

Lessons learned from a European project on mentoring

SESAME, a project on mentoring and social entrepreneurship, is the first European project developed by Servei Solidari Foundation. Its coordinator Inma Martín shares some of the lessons learned.

Athenaeums in Catalonia: two centuries of history

Athenaeums in Catalonia: two centuries of history

By the term ateneu (Athenaeum) we understand an association whose aim is to promote culture and to improve its members’ quality of life by means of events, talks or conferences.

Volunteering

How is volunteering being promoted from the local level?

How does the local approach to volunteering look? How do municipalities promote volunteering? In order to answer these two questions, we have talked to Laia Travé (Volunteering Office of Sant Cugat del Vallès) and Sònia Toro (Volunteering Desk of Santa Coloma de Gramenet).

Castle base

Human towers, an example of social integration

The organizational base of "castells", as is common to all popular culture, is associationism. Building human towers is a private initiative but with a public service orientation, open to society as a whole.

Cooperants internacionals de "La Caixa" - Font: premsa.lacaixa.es

Programme CooperantsCaixa, the model of international corporate volunteering by Fundació “la Caixa”

Sergi Burrull, Program Coordinator of CooperantsCaixa, explains what is the Programme on International Volunteering (Corporate Volunteering for Development) and what are its characteristics.   

Photograph: Esbós de Lesbos blog

"In Lesvos we saw the remains of the humanitarian tragedy of refugees"

Three members of Agrupament Escolta i Guia Mare de Déu de Núria, a Catalan Scout Group, tell us about their one-week trip to Lesvos to get firsthand knowedge on the tragedy of refugees.

Anna Corbella

Anna Corbella: “Innovation, creation and the will to improve are constant”

Anna Corbella, Director of the Fundació La Roda (La Roda Foundation), explains the cause they fight for and presents the work they do all across Catalonia.

Àlex and Isabel, Mohammed mentors

"We wanted to understand the reality that surrounds us in our own city"

Through mentoring, Punt de Referència helps youngsters who were under the care of the Public Social Protection System. Two volunteers share their experience with us.

Contact glue

Oriol Hosta explains the importance of associacionism activities in Catalonia.

Challenges of environmental volunteering

Juanjo Butrón explains us which are the challenges of the environmental volunteering, crucial to the environmental conservation.

Culture from the people and for the people

Oriol Toro explains us how to engage the volunteering through the folk tradition.

The virtuous circle of volunteering

Roger Buch explains that volunteering has a lot of positive societal effects because of how it impacts its beneficiaries’ well-being. This means that the situation of children, aged people or even rivers and forests that benefit from volunteering clearly improves.

Xarxanet.org main page

Xarxanet.org, a good example of public support for volunteering organizations

A website to support volunteering organizations, launched and funded by the Catalan Government, and managed by the organizations themselves.

Be a volunteer - Font: alz.org

VERSO, a European initiative to fight unemployment

Verso is a European research and development project whose aim is to explain how volunteering can help European authorities in fighting unemployment and improving the quality of life of jobless people.

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