Social inclusion

Padova was announced as the 2020 European Volunteering Capital.  Source: CEV

Padova, 2020 European Volunteering Capital

The city has been chosen ahead of the other candidate, the Scottish town of Stirling.

Community art: label or real impact? Fad or permanent transformation?

This type of art grows strong from the need to legitimize culture as a fundamental part of the process to recover and identify the community.

27 countries from all around Europe are participating in this project.

Youth Wiki, the online encyclopaedia of European countries' youth policies

The platform is a comprehensive database of national structures, policies and actions supporting young people and it covers the eight main fields of action identified in the 2010-2018 EU Youth Strategy.

Action Against Hunger is launching a network to promote social innovation.  Source: Action Against Hunger

New European network to promote social innovation

Action Against Hunger is launching a network in Europe to promote social innovation as a tool to create a more inclusive European labour market.

Social inclusion.

The project Accelerating Change for Social Inclusion arrives in Barcelona

This is a joint initiative from the cities of Barcelona, Athens, Stockholm, Lisbon and Rotterdam looking into three shared social challenges to find effective solutions to be implemented at a local level.

Elena Velasco, marketing and communication manager in Specialisterne. Photo: Specialisterne

Elena Velasco: "We would like to show that an organisation can be managed by people affected by Autism or Asperger syndrome"

Specialisterne is a company with a social purpose that collaborates with third sector entities to work with talented people with ASD.

The cornerstone of diversity in the workplace

One of the basic premises from which we approach the Management and Measurement of Cultural Diversity in the Workplace Awareness Programme is the consideration that ‘culture’ is a wide and transversal concept that defines, encompasses and relates to different variables of diversity. 

Notfairbnb.es platform. Image: Notfairbnb.be

Belgian NGO launches a website to raise awareness on homeless people

Notfairbnb.be mimics the look of Airbnb and offers sleeping over soiled mattresses or plush canal side terraces to attract funds. 

Rebeca Segura, director of Central Parc / Photo: Central Parc

Rebeca Segura: “We recover unused land to redistribute wealth and generate jobs in organic farming”

The cooperative Central Parc in San Boi “rescues” abandoned spaces in the Parc Agrari del Baix Llobregat (Baix Llobregat Agricultural Park) near Barcelona and uses it for social economy projects. The cooperative’s director explains this initiative.

Workeer: A digital job bank giving work to refugees in Germany / Image: workeer.de

A digital job bank giving work to refugees in Germany

Workeer was set up by two young Germans with the aim to facilitate access to the labour market for refugees.

NEET U

Fighting youth exclusion through social innovation

NEET U, a project funded by the Erasmus+ programme, aims to change Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) situations by re-activating experienced seniors.

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.

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.

Font: Punt de Referència.

Mentoring, a tool to progress equal opportunities and to fight against social exclusion

To support formerly supervised youngsters during their emancipation process is one of the tasks done by the Association Punt de Referència.