La Botiga, an integral programme of food guarantee, labour insertion and community participation.

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La Botiga, an integral programme of food guarantee, labour insertion and community participation.

City Council of El Prat de Llobregat, ABD (Asociación Bienestar y Desarrollo)

Supermarket that combines the distribution of food and other basic necessities to people assisted by the social services who cannot guarantee their right to food through the ordinary food distribution market, with the insertion of people with difficulties in accessing the labour market into the productive fabric of the municipality’s own food sector.

La Botiga operates as a supermarket open to the entire population, which also offers an adapted circuit for people referred by the basic social services of the municipality. It is organised on a self-service and/or assisted sales model, where food, hygiene, cleaning and other goods can be purchased. Users of social services can access by appointment, and before entering the space where they can buy food, they pass through a multipurpose room where group and community dynamics are carried out based on conversations between the people involved in the project. Moreover, with a circular logic, the people who make use of the space are involved in the management of the space, based on the principles of cooperativism and the Social and Solidarity Economy.

On the other hand, at La Botiga, the beneficiaries do not collect batches of food, but, through a system of points, choose the products they need themselves. These points, which are equivalent to the money to make the purchase, are assigned to them through the social services prescription sheet, depending on the situation of each person or family. In this way, La Botiga’s model seeks to overcome the welfare model in the field of food distribution.

La Botiga also uses the traditional supply channels of fruit and vegetables and other local products from the Baix Llobregat Agricultural Park and local businesses. This local economic fabric provides a product of solidarity, and at the same time strengthens the circuits that seek to reduce food waste through the reuse of the surplus generated, which also has an impact on improving the environmental health of the municipality.

In addition to the food guarantee service and projects to work on social skills or job skills, other activities and workshops are also carried out, for example to promote healthy eating habits or to encourage intercultural dialogue between users from different backgrounds.

Cozy Cloud, accessible technology for digitally illiterate people

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Cozy Cloud, accessible technology for digitally illiterate people

CEMEA

Personal data platform for digitally illiterate people, especially the elderly and people from low-income households. It aims to solve their digital exclusion through a digital channel that is close and very easy to use.

It offers users an intelligent and decentralised data storage system, which allows secure control of one’s own data. Cozy brings together several services (storage applications, bank aggregator, password, contact and photo manager) and data, simplifying use with simple and easy-to-use functions: direct links to share a folder or document, password management with automatic generation of strong passwords, automatic online data retrieval with a simple click, alerts and help to monitor the budget, etc.

The user has a USB key with which he can open his Cozy digital home from any computer. The content of this key is systematically synchronised to the user’s digital home. The USB key physically symbolises the possession of their data (and also, for certain groups, the security of not running the risk of losing a photo, a letter, a diploma… the only witnesses of their history), although it will of course be kept in a cloud. The password is really just the simplified access key to your personal space, inaccessible without a password. The browser – Firefox – is installed and configured to the key and therefore the user does not leave any personal data (cookie, browsing history, etc.) on the computer where he/she enters the key to access his/her personal space.

It includes Cozy Cloud, a data storage service in the cloud that preserves privacy and allows automatic import of your own documents, such as invoices, online purchases or bank details (Cozy Collect), access to documentation from any synchronised device (Cozy Drive) and a backup copy of photographs available when you need them (Cozy Photos).

Talking Mats, a visual communication tool for people with communication difficulties.

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Talking Mats, a visual communication tool for people with communication difficulties.

Talking Mats

Talking pad that facilitates communication for people with communication difficulties (dementia, autism and brain injuries, among others). It is a versatile resource that allows to increase the communicative capacity in an effective and innovative way.

The tool works with three sets of communication symbols and images. First, there are thematic cards that define the topic of discussion, e.g., home life. Secondly, there are option cards within this, such as pets, or household cleaning. Finally, the Likert scale is provided, a rating scale that allows you to place yourself between three points: good, bad, and somewhere in between. Once the three sets of symbols have been presented, the participant can say how he/she feels about each card, placing it on the scale and with the possibility of moving them if there is a change of opinion. In addition, the tool is available in physical and digital format.

The project has an impact on various social sectors, especially education, social and health care and justice. At the educational level, children can express their feelings, visions and aspirations, i.e. have a voice with an impact. At the socio-health level, a framework for decision making and support in planning and self-management of needs is provided. It is important to take into account the wishes of each individual. In the field of justice, Talking Mates allows to open conversations on various topics, providing a structure that allows the expression of what is important and the comparison of various points of view.

It is a tool for thought and expression, with the aim of reducing the impact of communication difficulties for the people who use it. Talking Mates supports comprehension by allowing the processing of concepts through the breakdown of information, giving time to respond and reducing memory requirements. In addition, the quality of the information is improved by giving control to the respondent and providing a structured framework for open-ended questions.

DoppelPlus, engaging low-income households in the fight against climate change

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DoppelPlus, engaging low-income households in the fight against climate change

DoppelPlus

Project that helps low-income households become ambassadors of the transition to clean energy and promotes changes in the daily behavior of households in relation to climate change, a group particularly vulnerable to its consequences.

The initiative consists of sending starter kits to low-income families to optimize their daily consumption. In this way, they save money and also contribute to the energy transition. The aim is to reduce energy costs while improving their financial situation and quality of life.

The project is implemented by means of personalized guidance, whereby families receive advice on how to protect the climate, as well as tailored measures such as training programs or teaching the basics of climate protection. The initiative offers multiplier measures for climate protection and increased energy efficiency in areas such as housing, heating, electricity, mobility, consumption and food.

DoppelPlus has also trained 1,000 families in the Tyrol (Austria) to become ambassadors of the clean energy transition, with annual savings of €200 per household. Long-term partnerships have also been forged with energy suppliers, cultural organizations, social housing companies and an extensive communication campaign to raise awareness of energy issues. The project creates a win-win situation for everyone: the environment and the household budget.

FIN(DA)WAY, an app for the reception and integration of refugees and asylum-seekers

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FIN(DA)WAY, an app for the reception and integration of refugees and asylum-seekers

Préfecture de Var

App aimed at guiding and facilitating the integration of refugees and asylum seekers, addressing their demands and needs and helping them to achieve a quick and autonomous adaptation in the host community.

FIN(DA)WAY provides access to information on the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, while helping them find resources related to training and employment. After co-creation and testing sessions with more than 60 people, the main contents and information included in the digital application are the following: help in finding places to stay or eat, information on transportation and documentation, facilities for learning French, the possibility of storing each person’s documentation within the application, and a contact book with their location. In addition, social professionals can also have access to communicate and interact with users.

The objective of FIN(DA)WAY is that refugees and asylum seekers can access the tool during the process of the first reception, in order to achieve autonomy from the first moment and speed up their integration into the country. In addition, it is an easy-to-use application, free of charge, with offline access and available in six languages (French, Pashto, English, Arabic, Russian and Spanish).

It is a service that offers immediate and personalized information and is subject to change, adapting to new demands, contents and services.

CRE-e, a multichannel guidance for employability

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CRE-e, a multichannel guidance for employability

Red Cross

Remote service to guide unemployed people in their job search, aimed at resolving doubts and accompanying them in the employability process through different channels and online activities.

Its objective is to provide job seekers with tools and information through a free telephone line, email, a Whatsapp channel and social networks (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter). With a call or message, the service’s professionals provide a personalized response in less than 72 hours to the questions and queries raised by users.

Its objective is to provide job seekers with tools and information through a free telephone line, email, a Whatsapp channel and social networks (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter). With a call or message, the service’s professionals provide a personalized response in less than 72 hours to the questions and queries raised by users.

In addition, the CRE-e multichannel has a content platform accessible to everyone free of charge. There are two main tools; the first is online conferences that aim to help people improve their employability. Each week they invite expert speakers to talk about various topics: employment and training resources, job search tools, labor market, and possible market niches. They also discuss specific initiatives aimed at young people, tips to give visibility to the curriculum for people over 50, and tools to work on digital skills, among others. Secondly, within the web platform there are all kinds of key resources so that people can resolve doubts autonomously. In addition, specific content on women’s issues (gender violence, labor rights, etc.) is included.

CRE-e complements the personalized itineraries that have been developed in Red Cross since 2014 for people at risk of social exclusion, a comprehensive response to people who present diverse situations and trajectories, in order to alleviate the situation of vulnerability they live in.

Harvi, hearing habilitation in noise environments through virtual reality  

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Harvi, hearing habilitation in noise environments through virtual reality  

Eunate (Associació de Famílies de Persones Sordes de Navarra)

A tool that improves the hearing of deaf people in noisy environments. It is a technological device that improves the daily life of these people and facilitates their auditory, linguistic, educational, occupational and socio-emotional development.

The initiative makes it possible to work on hearing in virtual environments with a 360° field of vision and surrounding sound. With this technological innovation, deaf people can enter everyday spaces such as a dining room, a shopping mall or a terrace, and hear the different background sounds in these places, facilitating their participation and interaction when they are in these environments.

The auditory discrimination tool is used with a speech therapist, who controls the volume of the different sounds to promote learning in the identification of “background noise”, and to develop strategies to improve listening and communication.

The project has been developed by EUNATE, an organization that works with deaf people and their families, with the aim of reducing the barriers to inclusion that this group has and promote a comprehensive and global improvement for them.

Youth and Family Office, community-based model for raising vulnerable children.

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Youth and Family Office, community-based model for raising vulnerable children.

Youth and Familiy Office

Community model of care for vulnerable children and teenagers in the Austrian municipality of Graz, which seeks to strengthen resources for families, and to identify and resolve their specific needs. It is designed so that the child or teenager and the family are at the center, with an approach that takes into account the domestic and social context in which they live.

The initiative has been developed in four districts of the city, and focuses mainly on avoiding the institutionalization of the most vulnerable children. The program’s approach is preventive, offering families who are expecting a child to receive information free of charge and to participate in a wide range of activities to prepare them for future parenting. Some of the activities offered are home visits by professionals, as well as free lectures and courses. Attendance at these courses provides a booklet with stamps that provide an economic incentive exchangeable for other services in the city, such as visits to parental counseling centers.

Once the children are born, parents receive counseling, and if special needs are identified, they can be transitioned to specialized services. The program is also aimed at older ages, including adolescence, with services such as nursery schools or youth centers, as well as leisure activities and digital support.

Graz’s model promotes flexible assistance tailored to the needs of each family, which is always involved in the research and identification of solutions.

Hoplr, a neighborhood social network to strengthen mutual support and inclusion

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Hoplr, a neighborhood social network to strengthen mutual support and inclusion

Hoplr

Social network aimed at creating social capital among neighbors in a neighborhood. It builds local communities that go hand in hand with current social changes to create fully inclusive and participatory cities.

The initiative aims to put community at the center of neighborhood life, as it considers mutual support to be one of the key elements of neighborhoods. It works free of charge for all types of mobile devices and access is based on each person’s address. To connect neighbors in the same area, neighborhoods are geographically delimited and only profiles from the same neighborhood have access to messages posted within it.

People using the application can meet other people living in the same neighborhood, ask for help to carry out different tasks, or help other neighbors with their needs. In addition, it is a good tool for organizing activities or events such as bike tours or game nights. Hoplr promotes care among the people who participate, whether it is companionship when a person is sick, shopping for elderly people who ask for it, or finding a person to take care of children for a few afternoons during the week.

As for public institutions, they cannot see the conversations between neighbors, but they have the possibility of publishing messages to inform about new developments, with which neighbors can interact and contribute ideas. In other words, it is a social network that promotes direct communication between neighborhood demands and the actions carried out by municipal authorities.

It is a social network free of commercial and advertising intervention, which works respecting the privacy of users, to create a safe environment for communication and citizen participation.

Vila Veïna, a new public community care system

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Vila Veïna, a new public community care system

Barcelona City Council

A new public care system in the city of Barcelona that aims to achieve a model of social and health care that is smaller and closer to the users.

To achieve this, it structures the service in a set of “Super Islands” of care, which encompass a group of houses and neighborhoods of between 10,000 and 30,000 inhabitants, with a reference point located in an open community space (for example, a library) to manage the needs of service users in an integrated manner. Thanks to this new innovative service model, professionals enjoy greater autonomy in the organization and management of their work, since they know the users more closely and are able to deal more directly and satisfactorily with all of them.

Each Vila Veïna has the essential services and benefits related to care in a centralized manner, in order to be able to deal with them closely. It also has emotional support groups and a resource bank for the care of children and the elderly, which provides material such as crutches, cradles, wheelchairs and other items necessary for the care of children and the elderly. It also offers legal and employment advice for caregivers and families in need, as well as talks and outdoor activities. The aim is to provide caregivers with access to information about existing services, as well as to create communities of care and proximity.

Each Vila Veïna has a professional who dedicates his or her working day to promoting networking, programming activities and attending to citizens in relation to care. The new profile of this professional is essential in innovation and requires a set of skills for community activation, as well as knowledge of municipal administrative systems and other administrations.

The project is aimed at the entire population living in the territory, because it is based on the idea that ‘we all take care of each other’, and the goal is to achieve a more caring community with all the people who are part of it.

In short, it is an innovative model that humanizes services and contemplates the participation of people, both caregivers and those receiving care, who are part of a community network and co-responsible for the collective welfare.

By 2022 there will be 12 Vila Veïna spaces in the city of Barcelona, and the goal is to have 115 throughout the city in the future.