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Stories of social cohesion

To talk about social cohesion we started from its stories, mapping the best practices, projects and realities made up by people or institutions, that explain – sometimes better than numbers – what it means to create social cohesion in Italy. We tried to reveal them through interviews, articles, videos and images. This section is constantly updated.

The District Tables

The District Tables

The District Tables are places of participation and planning nurtured by the contribution of several public and third sector social actors, thus with a mixed composition (social and healthcare service providers, citizens, voluntary associations, parishioners) and fluid (during a long journey there is who comes in, who goes out, who comes back), with substantial project autonomy and relevant consistency of…

The District Tables are places of participation and planning nurtured by the contribution of several public and third sector social actors, thus with a mixed composition (social and healthcare service providers, citizens, voluntary associations, parishioners) and fluid (during a long journey there is who comes in, who goes out, who comes back), with substantial project autonomy and relevant consistency of meetings (at least one meeting per month). They constitute a “territorial device” that makes of territoriality a choice of real closeness, where those who participate are confronted with the issues of that territory to identify new opportunities to support families and people in their life contexts.
Born in 2006 and promoted by the Poli territoriali di Servizio Sociale, they depart from re-designing the day centers for the elderly and have generated, in their early years, several initiatives for the elderly both not self-sufficient and of the so-called “middle area”. They work, then, right away, on the fight against the loneliness, isolation and creation of strong links around the elderly, to solve their problems, and make them a resource for the community. The positive results achieved thorough this experience have favored their diffusion, so much so that today the District Tables, understood as participatory planning sites, are active not only for the elderly sector, but also with respect to issues of parenting and disability. In their decade-long experience they have built and implemented over 50 projects, involving citizens and volunteers, with almost zero costs.
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Welcome Refugees

Welcome Refugees

Reception for asylum seekers
The living conditions of people seeking asylum in a foreign country, fleeing war and persecution, is often dramatic and temporary. To take actively part in order to contribute to the improvement of their living conditions is possible and relatively simple. With Welcome Refugees is now possible to host a refugee as roommate. The host can be helped to bear the…

The living conditions of people seeking asylum in a foreign country, fleeing war and persecution, is often dramatic and temporary. To take actively part in order to contribute to the improvement of their living conditions is possible and relatively simple. With Welcome Refugees is now possible to host a refugee as roommate. The host can be helped to bear the costs through micro crow-funding projects and through specific public funding. In the meantime, refugees will be helped to settle into a more human reality made of relationships, activities, exchanges, in a fair coexistence that respects everyone’s dignity. The International Network Welcome Refugee was born in Berlin in 2014, arriving in Italy the following year, to spread foster homes for asylum seekers.

Civico Sociale, the restaurant of lawfulness

Civico Sociale, the restaurant of lawfulness

Eating well and good
It has been reviewed on Tripadvisor as “Civico Sociale, the restaurant of legality”. This restaurant in Cassino (FR), and its good dishes, seems to be really enjoyable. There are many other reasons to appreciate this restaurant, though. Civico Sociale is indeed a business project, but also a laboratory of social projects looking, in all its aspects, to find the ethical…

It has been reviewed on Tripadvisor as “Civico Sociale, the restaurant of legality”. This restaurant in Cassino (FR), and its good dishes, seems to be really enjoyable. There are many other reasons to appreciate this restaurant, though.

Civico Sociale is indeed a business project, but also a laboratory of social projects looking, in all its aspects, to find the ethical way between affordability and impact on the community.

Their virtuousity starts with the staff, which supports the local welfare by employing disadvantaged individuals, thus making the dignity of work the starting point of a genuine process of social redemption. In the kitchen there are Simone and Alessandro. They grew up in family home and attended the Hospitality Institute. Finding a job wasn’t easy, almost impossible. Prejudices, fears. Then the social cooperative bet on them, and the result is this: a 50-seat restaurant, open at lunch and dinner, that from 2014 combines ethics and taste.

To make a long story short, the secret of their kitchen is that it’s good. Good hands kneading, good raw material, zero-mileage products coming from the territories confiscated to organized crime (Libera and NCO) and organic too.

If it’s important to know what you have in your dish, here there are high guarantees, because in addition to kitchen delicacies they support a virtuous project that, from people to products, endorsing an ethical path of labor exploitation, legality and environmental sustainability – all with a single dish!

Civico Sociale is a project of the Social Cooperative “I Naviganti”, a group of operators who for several years have been designing and conducting new ways of social intervention, which respond effectively to community needs, new ways of involvement and enhancement in particular disabled, drug addicts and minors.

Go to the website – Facebook Page

Ginger

Ginger

Emilia Romagna female crowd-funding
It’s an all-female company the one launching the crowd-funding of Ginger. Other features? Territoriality: promoting projects that start and are made close to home it’s possible to better engage and motivate people, thus easily succeed to achieve economic objectives. The platform provides also advises and counseling, made by the five souls who thought, wanted and realized this project. It’s about…

It’s an all-female company the one launching the crowd-funding of Ginger. Other features? Territoriality: promoting projects that start and are made close to home it’s possible to better engage and motivate people, thus easily succeed to achieve economic objectives.

The platform provides also advises and counseling, made by the five souls who thought, wanted and realized this project. It’s about entrepreneurship on the web, where its gender characteristic it’s only a transitory feature, but not accidental; an additional element, but not the one essential to their success.

Besides realizing their vision, Agnese, Virginia, Martina, Nicole e Caterina realize the vision of associations, administrations and also private individuals who, starting from the bottom, want to find ways to make their project a reality.

Info: ginger@ideaginger.it 

 

Visit the project’s Facebook Page

Crinali

Crinali

Multicultural paths of psycho-physical well-being for traveling families
Women are often the pillar of the community, from whose strength depends the family well-being and organization. The cooperative “Crinali” was created to protect this heritage. Operating in Milan since 2002, it associates 28 women from 11 different countries with different specificities and professionalism, who work together to provide people of different cultures and origins paths of psychological and physical…

Women are often the pillar of the community, from whose strength depends the family well-being and organization. The cooperative “Crinali” was created to protect this heritage. Operating in Milan since 2002, it associates 28 women from 11 different countries with different specificities and professionalism, who work together to provide people of different cultures and origins paths of psychological and physical well-being, claiming the right to health and the development of their potential – with particular attention to women’s lives and migrant families, while respecting cultural and gender differences.

In partnership with public and private entities in Milan area, the cooperative Crinali strives to offer support migrants their physical and psychological problems, basically related to inclusion and integration issues.

The cultural mediation activity starts from linguistic translation, especially to become a network of social confrontation and support, and to simplify the access to other supportive services which take care of the psycho-physical well-being for them and their families.

The cross-cultural mediation is the next step offered to those families and individuals who need help to deal with the important – and often painful – step of migration, choosing to grow in a different society from their homeland. This service offers psychotherapy and counseling -individual or for the entire family – diagnostic paths, as well as supervision and interview that are useful stages to help the inclusion of family nuclei and to better understand how to handle discomfort and relational difficulties, which come along with these life events. This support is also offered for health courses, offering access to a medical service for women, children and young people through cultural mediation that enable a mediated and gentle approach to physical health – as well as mental and emotional – to migrants who access the various offices.

The Cooperative is also in charge of workshops on different aspects, from working with migrants to school activities counseling.

 

Crinali Cooperativa Sociale Onlus
Corso di Porta Nuova 32, 20121 Milano, Italia
Codice Fiscale \ P.Iva 03457030967
T +39 02 62 69 09 32 \ F +39 02 45 47 59 19
info@coopcrinali.it 

 

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