iSocial participates in the kick-off meeting of the Care4Skills project in Brussels

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iSocial participates in the kick-off meeting of the Care4Skills project in Brussels

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Care4Skills

Care4Skills aims to address the needs of the Long-Term Care sector

Last Thursday, May 23rd, we attended the kick-off meeting of the Care4Skills project in Brussels, organized by the EASPD (European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities), the entity leading the initiative.

Care4Skills is a EU-funded project that aims to help Long-Term Care (LTC) workers understand how to apply person-centered care approaches and use digital technologies to provide better quality care and support across Europe. This project is the backbone of the Partnership for Skills in Long-Term Care, a cross-European coalition created in April 2023 to upskill and reskill professionals working in social care and support for persons with disabilities and older persons. One of the Partnership’s goals is to contribute to the annual training of at least 60% of the sector’s workforce.

At the meeting, Thomas Bignal, EASPD Secretary General, assured that Care4Skills will develop “cutting-edge training at the European level” and that, if the ambitions are met, it will mean “better quality care and support and better jobs for those who provide these services.”

The project brings together a large number of sector entities. Firstly, it includes six European networks: the EASPD, the European Ageing Network, Social Services Europe, the Federation of European Social Employers, the European Federation of Public Service Unions, and the European Association of Institutes for Vocational Training. The project also includes 21 national organizations in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain.

The role of the iSocial Foundation within the project’s framework will be the adaptation, implementation, and evaluation of the training program in Spain. To carry it out, it will analyze the Long-Term Care sector in Spain, identifying present and needed skills and competencies through the preparation of a diagnosis of existing gaps.

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iSocial participates in the kick-off meeting of the Care4Skills project in Brussels

Last Thursday, May 23rd, we attended the kick-off meeting of the Care4Skills project in Brussels, organized by the EASPD (European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities), the entity leading the initiative.
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The participatory workshops of the All By Myself project begin

This May, we inaugurated the first participatory workshops included in the research process of the All By Myself project, coordinated by the iSocial Foundation and supported by the Department of Social Rights of the Generalitat de Catalunya.
Flapp

23 social entities have been trained to use Flapp! and Nidus

Flapp! and Nidus, the two virtual safes created by the iSocial Foundation in collaboration with Pere Claver Group, are consolidating with the training offered so far to 23 entities.
I Jornada Serveis Socials

The iSocial Foundation participates in the First Social Services Conference

iSocial has presented Nidus, a digital tool to support people experiencing homelessness, promoted jointly with the Pere Claver Group

The participatory workshops of the All By Myself project begin

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The participatory workshops of the All By Myself project begin

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The five partner entities of the project will conduct guided workshops during the months of May and June with the users to detect the needs they have in their daily lives

This May, we inaugurated the first participatory workshops included in the research process of the All By Myself project, coordinated by the iSocial Foundation and supported by the Department of Social Rights of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

The sessions will bring together people with disabilities linked to the entities that are part of the project to collaboratively detect the main obstacles this group faces in their daily lives.

The objective of these workshops, which will take place between May and June, is to generate a conversation among the people who fit the profiles defined by the project, to better understand their routines and observe the barriers they encounter. From everyday actions such as dressing, cooking, going out, taking public transportation, etc., to relational contexts such as leisure, the dialogues driven in these workshops will present different situations to jointly detect the pain points, a term referring to the existence of difficulties or needs not always detected or previously verbalized.

Users from the partner entities of the project (Ampans, Fundación El Maresme, FCSD, Support Girona, and the Alba association) will participate in the workshops, and the discussion topics will be adapted to their specific circumstances. Each workshop will have a total of between 4 and 8 participants and will last one hour. A person from each entity will also participate, facilitating the workshop, and a person will act as a rapporteur, noting all the information that arises.

These workshops will allow a better understanding of daily barriers and their context and will be the starting point for a reflection that, in a second phase of the project, will seek to design the best response to the observed obstacles.

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Care4Skills

iSocial participates in the kick-off meeting of the Care4Skills project in Brussels

Last Thursday, May 23rd, we attended the kick-off meeting of the Care4Skills project in Brussels, organized by the EASPD (European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities), the entity leading the initiative.
Arranquen els tallers participatius de

The participatory workshops of the All By Myself project begin

This May, we inaugurated the first participatory workshops included in the research process of the All By Myself project, coordinated by the iSocial Foundation and supported by the Department of Social Rights of the Generalitat de Catalunya.
Flapp

23 social entities have been trained to use Flapp! and Nidus

Flapp! and Nidus, the two virtual safes created by the iSocial Foundation in collaboration with Pere Claver Group, are consolidating with the training offered so far to 23 entities.
I Jornada Serveis Socials

The iSocial Foundation participates in the First Social Services Conference

iSocial has presented Nidus, a digital tool to support people experiencing homelessness, promoted jointly with the Pere Claver Group

23 social entities have been trained to use Flapp! and Nidus

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23 social entities have been trained to use Flapp! and Nidus

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The professionals come from entities in Catalonia and across the State

Flapp! and Nidus, the two virtual safes created by the iSocial Foundation in collaboration with Pere Claver Group, are consolidating with the training offered so far to 23 entities.

The two tools, aimed respectively at young people with emancipation needs and people in situations of homelessness, will be used by the professionals of these entities in their accompaniment tasks. Thanks to these applications, users will be able to store and share documents and photos in the cloud and contact their reference professionals more easily without needing to have their phone number.

A total of 223 social professionals have attended the training sessions, both online and in-person. Some of the entities come from Catalonia, such as Intress, Resilis, or the Pere Claver Group itself. Other organizations, however, come from other territories of the State, such as Castilla y León, Aragón, Balearic Islands, and Asturias.

These data show the interest generated by these tools, which today already have, between the two, 292 professionals and 368 users registered on the platform, as well as 114 services activated.

For their part, Flapp! and Nidus continue to grow to meet the needs of their users and have recently incorporated two new features: the chat and the alarm button, which aim to facilitate direct contact with their reference professionals, especially in emergency situations, ensuring the best attention and support.

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iSocial participates in the kick-off meeting of the Care4Skills project in Brussels

Last Thursday, May 23rd, we attended the kick-off meeting of the Care4Skills project in Brussels, organized by the EASPD (European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities), the entity leading the initiative.
Arranquen els tallers participatius de

The participatory workshops of the All By Myself project begin

This May, we inaugurated the first participatory workshops included in the research process of the All By Myself project, coordinated by the iSocial Foundation and supported by the Department of Social Rights of the Generalitat de Catalunya.
Flapp

23 social entities have been trained to use Flapp! and Nidus

Flapp! and Nidus, the two virtual safes created by the iSocial Foundation in collaboration with Pere Claver Group, are consolidating with the training offered so far to 23 entities.
I Jornada Serveis Socials

The iSocial Foundation participates in the First Social Services Conference

iSocial has presented Nidus, a digital tool to support people experiencing homelessness, promoted jointly with the Pere Claver Group

The iSocial Foundation participates in the First Social Services Conference

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The iSocial Foundation participates in the First Social Services Conference

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I Jornada Serveis Socials

iSocial has presented Nidus, a digital tool to support people experiencing homelessness, promoted jointly with the Pere Claver Group

Today, May 15th, we attended the I Jornada de Serveis Socials (1st Social Services Conference), organized by La Unió (Association of Health and Social Entities) at the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB).

Joan M. Adserà, president of La Unió, inaugurated the event and assured that all the entities present share “the purpose of building a national social services system that is equitable, sustainable, solvent, professionalized, and value-driven.”

During the conference, various social services professionals delivered different interventions. Toni Codina, director of the iSocial Foundation, participated in the round table “Cultural and Management Changes to Move Forward,” where innovative experiences in the sector were shared. In particular, he introduced Nidus, a digital tool to support people experiencing homelessness and the professionals who assist them, promoted jointly with the Pere Claver Group.

On the other hand, Marta Segura from the Department of Social Rights of the Generalitat de Catalunya highlighted some challenges for social services, such as flexibility, innovation, care, the dignification of caregivers’ tasks, and the restoration of trust.

  

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iSocial participates in the kick-off meeting of the Care4Skills project in Brussels

Last Thursday, May 23rd, we attended the kick-off meeting of the Care4Skills project in Brussels, organized by the EASPD (European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities), the entity leading the initiative.
Arranquen els tallers participatius de

The participatory workshops of the All By Myself project begin

This May, we inaugurated the first participatory workshops included in the research process of the All By Myself project, coordinated by the iSocial Foundation and supported by the Department of Social Rights of the Generalitat de Catalunya.
Flapp

23 social entities have been trained to use Flapp! and Nidus

Flapp! and Nidus, the two virtual safes created by the iSocial Foundation in collaboration with Pere Claver Group, are consolidating with the training offered so far to 23 entities.
I Jornada Serveis Socials

The iSocial Foundation participates in the First Social Services Conference

iSocial has presented Nidus, a digital tool to support people experiencing homelessness, promoted jointly with the Pere Claver Group

iSocial presents Vincles at the Caixaforum in Lleida

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iSocial presents Vincles at the Caixaforum in Lleida

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Vincles Caixaforum Lleida

The initiative, which aims to combat unwanted loneliness, is part of the projects approved by Fundación La Caixa in the 2024 call

Last Friday, May 10th, we attended the Caixaforum in Lleida to present Vincles at the event for the projects approved by Fundación La Caixa in the province for the 2024 call.

Toni Codina, director of the iSocial Foundation, and Gemma Valeri, coordinator of the Vincles project, participated in the event, where a total of 18 social projects related to the areas of poverty and social inclusion, people with disabilities or mental disorders, the elderly, and social action were presented.

During our turn, Gemma Valeri explained the importance of the Vincles project, a pioneering program that combines technology with community intervention to detect, prevent, and address situations of unwanted loneliness among the elderly in Alt Pirineu and Aran.

Vincles is an initiative jointly driven by the Basic Social Services of the Comarcal Councils of Alt Pirineu and the Conselh Generau d’Aran, with the participation of the Private Foundation Integra Pirineus, ABD Association for Welfare and Development, the Alba Jussà Association, and IDAPA, and the collaboration of Fundación “la Caixa” and the Diputación de Lleida. It is based on the successful experience implemented in several municipalities in the Basque Country by Agintzari S. Coop., a member of iSocial, and GISLAN. On April 10th, we held the first project presentation in La Seu d’Urgell, with the presence of the different organizations and entities involved.

We thank Fundació La Caixa for their support and trust in helping to ensure this project has the broadest possible impact among the population affected by situations of unwanted loneliness.

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iSocial participates in the kick-off meeting of the Care4Skills project in Brussels

Last Thursday, May 23rd, we attended the kick-off meeting of the Care4Skills project in Brussels, organized by the EASPD (European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities), the entity leading the initiative.
Arranquen els tallers participatius de

The participatory workshops of the All By Myself project begin

This May, we inaugurated the first participatory workshops included in the research process of the All By Myself project, coordinated by the iSocial Foundation and supported by the Department of Social Rights of the Generalitat de Catalunya.
Flapp

23 social entities have been trained to use Flapp! and Nidus

Flapp! and Nidus, the two virtual safes created by the iSocial Foundation in collaboration with Pere Claver Group, are consolidating with the training offered so far to 23 entities.
I Jornada Serveis Socials

The iSocial Foundation participates in the First Social Services Conference

iSocial has presented Nidus, a digital tool to support people experiencing homelessness, promoted jointly with the Pere Claver Group

Innovative perspectives to promote access to housing

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Innovative perspectives to promote access to housing

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According to the UN, the lack of decent housing is a problem affecting over 20% of the global population. In Catalonia, nearly 60,000 people experience some form of residential exclusion. What innovative initiatives are being implemented worldwide to promote access to housing?

Housing, a global issue

Decent housing is a fundamental right recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 25) and the Spanish Constitution (Article 47). However, many individuals live in precarious situations and face difficulties in accessing housing. According to the UN, this is a global problem affecting over 20% of the world’s population. In Catalonia, although there are no updated data on the number of people sleeping rough, it is estimated that around 18,000 people experience homelessness, according to the Arrels Foundation. Additionally, data collected in the Framework for Addressing Homelessness in Catalonia (2022-2025) indicates that 58,930 people experience some form of residential exclusion or sleep rough. Furthermore, in Spain, there are 86.6 homeless individuals per 100,000 inhabitants, according to INE data. The main reasons for homelessness include being in a migratory situation (28.8%), losing employment (26.8%), and facing eviction (16.1%). These statistics are calculated according to official data, but they do not show the whole reality. Firstly, there are many uncounted cases and, secondly, there is invisible homelessness. This refers to all those people living in substandard housing or unsafe spaces.

The difficulty in accessing decent housing affects various segments of society, such as youth, individuals with different types of disabilities, and populations at risk of social exclusion.

ETHOS Classification

According to the ETHOS classification, a common typology used in Europe in the field of housing and residential exclusion, there are four groups of individuals in situations of housing vulnerability:

  • Roofless individuals: Includes those living in public spaces or staying in shelters without a fixed address.
  • Houseless individuals: Refers to anyone residing in service centers, women’s shelters, temporary accommodations for immigrants and asylum seekers, institutions such as prisons or hospitals, and supportive housing without a lease contract.
  • Individuals in insecure housing: Describes cases where individuals live in a home without legal title, are under legal notice of abandonment of the property, or live under the threat of domestic violence.
  • Individuals in inadequate housing: Includes living in temporary structures or shacks, housing not compliant with legislation, and overcrowded spaces.

The first two classifications refer to homelessness, and the last two refer to invisible homelessness.

Innovative perspective worldwide to promote access to housing

  • Social housing: The city of Vienna is a global benchmark in housing policy, with 220,000 publicly owned properties, compared to 11,500 in Barcelona. Additionally, the municipality promotes the creation of non-publicly owned social housing through the announcement of property sale contests for social renting, at prices lower than market prices, open to entities and companies. An essential requirement to be selected in the process is to have a social housing plan that promotes diversity, community, and equal opportunities. Additionally, there is a limit on the profits of real estate companies in the city, and the generated profits must be reinvested. As a result of this limitation, rents are more affordable, and access to housing by vulnerable groups is encouraged.

In countries like Denmark, the Netherlands, or Sweden, housing cooperatives are also common, based on lease transfer regimes. This implies collective ownership of the property by a cooperative. Its inhabitants pay a refundable entry fee, at prices below the market, and can use the housing for life. Additionally, all involved partners participate in the purchasing, design, and development process of the housing. It is, therefore, an alternative that promotes self-management and collective fabric.

In Barcelona, the ESAL Agreement, signed by Habicoop, Cohabitac, and XES, establishes a municipal framework for public-social-community collaboration, which seeks to streamline the expansion of the protected public housing stock in the city through rental promotions and use transfer regimes.

As for Catalonia, the Generalitat holds the rights of preemption and redemption regarding housing, which means that the administration has preference in the acquisition of housing that its owner wishes to transfer. The institution can exercise this right directly or indirectly, through entities competent in the matter.

On the other hand, the Empty Flats project, promoted by Hàbitat 3, an entity associated with the iSocial Foundation, offers social housing for people in vulnerable situations. The Barcelona City Council, in agreement with the organization, takes care of the rent and any possible refurbishment works. The aim is to ensure that the city’s empty properties can be made available to those who cannot afford market prices.

Similarly, in Mexico, the Renta tu Casa program offers abandoned and uninhabited houses to individuals with few resources or in situations of social vulnerability. The municipal authority pays a monthly rent to the property owner, and the user contributes with 350 Mexican pesos (approximately 20 euros) and five hours of community work.

  • Shared housing: In the Netherlands, the Mixed Living project promotes cohabitation between homeless individuals and economically vulnerable individuals in blocks of social housing. This formula streamlines the process of accessing shelter and promotes social reintegration.

In the same vein, Startblok is an innovative Dutch model that offers temporary and affordable rentals for young people and migrants, aged between 18 and 28. This space allows for the creation of a diverse community that operates through self-management of residents. The model proposed by Startblok favors, on the one hand, the social integration of newcomers and, on the other hand, allows combating the housing precarity of young people.

Similarly, the SällBo building in Sweden brings together young migrant individuals and elderly people to promote social cohesion between generations and cultures through affordable rentals.

  • Sustainable housing: In California, the Mutual Housing program offers sustainable and low-cost housing to the agricultural population of the area. The price of bills is very low, as the houses generate the same amount of energy they consume. In addition to energy efficiency, the project also includes other services such as digital literacy and affordable loans.

Similarly, the Mas Coop cooperative in France accommodates low-income families in ecological housing with communal spaces. The land and buildings belong to the entity, which acquired them through a state loan for social renting, and the fees for resident members are more affordable than market prices.

  • Technology: Technological tools can be useful in processing data related to housing supply. Kloosiv is a cooperative web platform that combines technology and social intervention to facilitate access to housing for vulnerable groups with difficulties paying rent. Similarly, the Vivenda platform uses technological supports to create a network that connects supply and demand from the parties involved in renovation processes, to combat insecure and poor-condition housing, at reduced prices.

The new formulas in the field of housing access represent an alternative to traditional schemes, with a special emphasis on the most vulnerable groups in society, to ensure access to this universal right for all individuals.

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Cuando hablamos de innovación en vivienda social también hablamos de la calidad de vida. (s. f.). Vivienda. https://www.habitatge.barcelona/es/noticia/cuando-hablamos-de-innovacion-en-vivienda-social-tambien-hablamos-de-la-calidad-de-vida_1123422 [13/05/24]

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Entourage (France) and Nidus (Catalonia). Wednesday, June 5th, at 9 a.m. Open for registration.

Webinar in Catalan and French, with simultaneous translation into Catalan and Spanish.

It is estimated that, as of today, 700.00 people sleep on the streets, in emergency shelters, and temporary accommodations throughout the European Union . In Catalonia alone, according to the estimated data from the Action Framework for Homelessness, at least 58.930 people suffer from some form of homelessness or housing exclusion.

Homelessness is a complex issue, mainly linked to housing, but with consequences that transcend it. Numerous studies and programs show housing insecurity has a significant impact on the physical health and psychological well-being of the individuals experiencing it.

In this Innobreak, we will learn firsthand about two initiatives that seek to significantly improve the quality of life of people experiencing homelessness, addressing some of their relational and support needs:

  • Entourage (France):With over 170,000 active members, the Entourage app promotes the creation of a community committed to social inclusion by connecting people experiencing homelessness with members of the local community. Entourage’s focus is on overcoming social isolation and breaking the stigmas that contribute to the deterioration of the mental healh of those affected.
  • Nidus (Catalonia) is a mobile and web-accessible application designed to provide personalized support to people experiencing homelessness and facilitate communication with their designated professionals. Its features include a digital safe, direct chat with support professionals, and an emergency button. Soon, an interactive map of useful geolocated resources will also be added.

Speakers:

  • Pol Robert, Entourage (France)
  • Oriol Janer, Nidus (Catalonia)

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We present Vincles Alt Pirineu-Aran at a public event in La Seu d’Urgell

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We present Vincles Alt Pirineu-Aran at a public event in La Seu d’Urgell

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El projecte, liderat per la Fundació iSocial, té per objectiu la detecció i prevenció de situacions de soledat no desitjada en la gent gran al territori de l’Alt Pirineu i la Vall d’Aran

El passat 10 d’abril es va presentar, a La Seu d’Urgell, el projecte Vincles Alt Pirineu-Aran, en un acte al qual van assistir-hi responsables dels serveis socials, representants polítics de la regió i mitjans de comunicació. Vincles és una iniciativa que aplica la innovació per fer front a l’increment de situacions de soledat no desitjada entre la gent gran a l’Alt Pirineu i el territori de l’Aran, combinant, d’una banda, la ciència de dades per geolocalitzar zones de risc, i de l’altra, l’activació de la xarxa comunitària local. Després d’uns mesos en els quals s’han realitzat sis pilots a diferents localitats de l’Alt Pirineu, el projecte arrenca ara en ferm en el conjunt d’aquest territori.

L’acte de presentació va comptar amb la intervenció inicial de Toni Codina, director de la Fundació iSocial, que va explicar el funcionament del projecte i les necessitats a les quals respon. Tot seguit, van intervenir-hi representants dels diversos governs regionals implicats en Vincles, que van ressaltar que la soledat no desitjada és una problemàtica cada cop més present en el territori. Per aquest motiu, van celebrar la posada en marxa del projecte.

Els assistents a la presentació van poder conèixer també el testimoni d‘Albert Marquet, alcalde de Montferrer i Castellbó, un dels municipis on s’ha realitzat la prova pilot del projecte. Marquet va explicar els avenços duts a terme en els darrers mesos i va valorar molt positivament la iniciativa. També van assistir a l’acte representants d’ABD, Integra Pirineus i Alba Jussà, entitats que participen en el projecte.

Roda de Premsa Vincles

El projecte Vincles inclou la realització d’un doble diagnòstic, qualitatiu i quantitatiu, per conèixer amb més detall la situació de la zona i estudiar les estratègies de desplegament més adequades. Gemma Valeri, coordinadora del projecte, va exposar els primers resultats dels diagnòstics qualitatius, que s’han obtingut a través d’entrevistes, d’observacions de camp i prop de 700 qüestionaris. Les dades revelen que la soledat no desitjada preocupa seriosament el 80% dels habitants de l’Alt Pirineu-Aran. A més, una gran part dels enquestats assenyalen que troben a faltar millors xarxes de transport per poder accedir a la socialització, així com espais oberts on poder dur a terme trobades informals. Els resultats també apunten una bretxa de gènere en la participació en les activitats socials, ja que la majoria de les persones que hi assisteixen són dones.

Aliança per combatre la soledat

L’Alt Pirineu-Aran concentra algunes de les comarques més sobre envellides de tot Catalunya i registra la xifra més alta de llars unipersonals, que conformen aproximadament una tercera part del total. Com a conseqüència, hi ha moltes persones que se senten soles.

En aquest context, Vincles Alt Pirineu-Aran reuneix un consorci d’entitats i serveis socials amb la idea de sumar esforços per combatre el fenomen de la soledat no desitjada al territori. Per fer-ho, s’emmiralla en el programa Auzosare, impulsat per la cooperativa Agintzari, entitat membre d’iSocial, i per l’empresa tecnològica Gislan, i que ja s’ha aplicat en diversos municipis d’Euskadi amb gran efectivitat. Totes dues organitzacions han compartit els seus coneixements amb les entitats i organismes catalans per tal de facilitar la implantació del projecte Vincles al territori de l’Alt Pirineu i l’Aran.

Vincles està liderat per la Fundació iSocial i també compta amb la participació dels organismes territorials de l’Alt Pirineu-Aran (els Consells Comarcals de l’Alt Urgell, el Pallars Sobirà, Pallars Jussà, la Cerdanya, l’Alta Ribagorça i el Conselh Generau d’Aran), la Universitat de Lleida, l’Institut per al Desenvolupament i la Promoció de l’Alt Pirineu-Aran (IDAPA), i tres entitats del tercer sector que actuen en aquestes comarques: la cooperativa Alba Jussà, la fundació Integra Pirineus i l’Associació Benestar i Desenvolupament (ABD). El projecte compta també amb la col·laboració de la Fundació La Caixa i la Diputació de Lleida. Vincles és finançat pels fons europeus Next Generation, a través del Departament de Drets Socials de la Generalitat de Catalunya.

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Social Innovation to Prevent Gender Violence

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Social Innovation to Prevent Gender Violence

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During the year 2023, fifty-eight women and two minors died due to gender-based violence in Spain. How can we use social innovation to prevent and address this issue?

What is gender violence?

According to the United Nations, gender-based violence is “any act of violence based on the female sex that results in physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to women, as well as threats of such acts […] or arbitrary deprivation of liberty […]”. This violence is rooted in unequal power relations between men and women and is structural.

In Spain, according to data from the Ministry of Equality, 1,245 women have been murdered by gender violence between January 2003 and February 2024. During the last month, more than eight thousand calls have been received on the victim assistance hotline (016). During the year 2023, fifty-eight women and two minors died due to gender-based violence in Spain.

Social services and gender violence

Demands for gender violence are diverse and involve different areas. Consequently, there are many professionals involved in the process. One of the main problems faced by victims is revictimization, which occurs when they have to explain the events they have experienced many times, to different professionals. Consequently, the feeling of vulnerability and helplessness is reinforced. For this reason, it is important that there is good coordination among professionals.

On the other hand, the role of social workers is crucial in the fight against gender violence. In this sense, preventive socialization is discussed. This concept refers to the acquisition of values and norms that prevent macho behaviors and favor equality values. Professional training is essential to ensure early intervention, as well as effective and respectful management of cases.

When addressing gender violence with victims, it is important to consider some aspects:

  • Listen without judgment. Do not hold the victim responsible for their situation and avoid compassion.
  • Do not overwhelm with excessive information or insist on intimate details of the aggression.
  • Respect the decisions of the victim and do not act without their consent. However, it is important to emphasize the possible risk situation in which they find themselves.
  • Accompany in the process, even if it is slow.
  • Inform about the available reporting channels without pressuring the victim to choose a specific path.

Social Innovation to Prevent Gender Violence

Social innovation is key in the field of prevention and management of gender violence cases, as new technologies, as well as new approaches, allow us to approach the problem in a more efficient and transformative way.

  • Empowerment of women. To combat gender violence, it is essential to carry out prevention strategies. In this sense, numerous organizations have promoted applications with information and resources to detect violence situations and be able to combat them. An example is SARA (UNDP), a free and confidential chat that guides and accompanies victims. There are also platforms aimed at promoting the safety of women in dangerous situations, such as the bSafe app. This tool allows sharing real-time location, recording videos and audios in alarm situations, and generating fake calls to deter potential aggressors.

  • Community involvement. Another key element is to generate links between the community to involve all actors in the eradication of discrimination. The MADRE project, in collaboration with Wangki Tangni, mobilized communities in Nicaragua to create joint action plans, through which groups identify problems and offer solutions to combat machismo in the region. There are also digital options that allow involving a large number of people in the prevention and elimination of these violences. In Gurgaon (Haryana, India), they have promoted the SafetiPin initiative, which promotes community collaboration through an application where users can send information about spaces and aspects of urban roads that can be potentially dangerous through maps. For example, street lighting, the absence of police presence in the area, and the low circulation of vehicles.

  • Intersectional perspective. Not all women experience violence in the same way. In addition to the gender variable, other aspects such as social class, race, or sexual orientation also affect. In Mexico, through a survey conducted by CIDIP and the Government of CDMX, the need to create specific materials for women with disabilities in situations of gender violence was seen. As a result, CIDIP created the App Morada, aimed at giving tools to these women to understand the specific discrimination they suffer and to ask for help if necessary.

  • Technological tools. Although technology has often been highlighted as an instrument that contributes to macho discrimination, for example, through cyberbullying, it also presents positive opportunities to combat this violence. Specifically, the blockchain system achieves registering materials with high protection that prevents them from being modified. This allows registering violent behaviors, with audio or image evidence, in an unalterable way. Therefore, they are valid documents for possible judicial processes. Similarly, artificial intelligence can be used to compare data on gender violence reports and detect repeating patterns. This has been done by the Complutense University of Madrid and the Ministry of the Interior, through a project that allows obtaining more accurate diagnoses and predicting cases of recidivism.

In conclusion, social innovation presents new ways to prevent and manage gender violence, a problem that continues to be present in our society and that requires the involvement of all sectors to be eradicated.

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Piedra-Cristobal, J., Rosa-Martín, J. J., & Muñoz-Domínguez, M. C. (2018). Intervención y prevención de la violencia de género: un acercamiento desde el trabajo social. Trabajo Social Global-Global Social Work, 8(14), 195–216. https://doi.org/10.30827/tsg-gsw.v8i14.6595 [15/04/24]

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Willy Allègre, coordinator of the European Rehab-Lab network, visits the commodities of the partners in Catalonia

The iSocial Foundation leads the establishment of a Rehab-Lab network in Catalonia. Willy Allègre’s visit is part of the accreditation process to join the European Rehab-Lab network, which will be completed this May

This week, we welcomed Willy Allègre, coordinator of the European Rehab-Lab network, as it soon expands to include Catalonia’s local network.

Willy Allègre is an engineer and technical director at the Mutual Rehabilitation and Functional Rehabilitation Center (CMRRF) in Kerpape, France. He is the creator of the Rehab-Lab network, a project empowering people with disabilities through the creation of functional aids using 3D printing technology.

One of the most notable aspects of Rehab-Lab, distinguishing its aids from those produced by typical Fab-Labs, is the inclusion of its beneficiaries in the creation process, ensuring the aids are tailored to their specific needs. Working alongside occupational therapists and specialized engineers, beneficiaries contribute their perspectives to the ideation and creation of tools that will facilitate their daily tasks.

In Catalonia, the establishment of a Rehab-Lab network expanding the existing European network is a project led by the iSocial Foundation, with participation from the Ampans Foundation, the Guttmann Institute, CIM-UPC, and Grup Avinent. It is funded by the Government of Catalonia through the Next Generation funds.

A Catalunya, la creació d’una xarxa Rehab-Lab que ampliï la xarxa europea ja existent és un projecte liderat per la Fundació iSocial i en el qual participen la Fundació Ampans, l’Institut Guttmann, CIM-UPC i el grup Avinent. Compta amb el finançament de la Generalitat de Catalunya a través dels fonts Next Generation.

Willy Allègre’s visit is part of the accreditation process that project partner entities have been following since last May and will conclude this May, when the Rehab-Lab network will be operational.

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