More than 1,000 people were involved with AICS in the CSIT BRIDGES project of the European Unionshow more zu BRIDGES - NO to racism, YES to inclusion
Building Relationships and Integration by Developing local Groups and Enhancing Solidarity
The main objective of this project is to create cohesive and inclusive local communities that foster participation and exchange between old and new residents. The project promotes active civic participation of ‘new’ and ‘old’ residents of neighborhoods and local communities, encouraging dialogue, collaboration and intercultural exchange between them. Citizens will be mobilized and motivated to interact with each other and to make their skills and voluntary work available to the community. The active engagement of natives and migrants will foster a more positive perception of migration and promote the construction of a counter narrative against the “invasion” rhetoric that dominates public debate on migration and asylum in Europe.
The project applies participatory and co-design methodologies to the facilitation of dialogue and collective action. The methodologies will allow the development of a fruitful community dialogue and will result in the co-creation and implementation of integration initiatives. The process will adapt and integrate a wide range of tools and methodologies from human-centered service design, collaborative practices and design thinking, to facilitate the active engagement of citizens to meet community requirements and to support capacity building in communities. Activities
The main activities and outputs of the project include:
- A preliminary needs assessment to identify existing experiences and organizations at local level.
- Guidelines on how to read the local context and its needs and how to build a inclusive community.
- 48 integration initiatives addressed to both third-country and host-country nationals as mixed target groups to promote interactions under 3 fields: sports, cultural and educational events, voluntary activities for community services.
- Eight community events and a final conference.
- An European Handbook on practices implemented during the project.
- An online campaign and a video campaign.
Duration: From January 2019 to June 2021
Participating countries: Austria, Croatia, Greece, Italy and Spain
The youth group BRIDGES from Thessaloniki organized in October a voluntary action to clean up the beach of Aretsou.show more zu BRIDGES - Teenagers clean up the city beach
A bicycle tour is one of the best ways to reduce stress, get the body moving and get to know your new surroundings better, especially for immigrants.show more zu BRIDGES - Get to know your new surroundings
CSIT has been a partner of the EU for several years with two projectsshow more zu EU-funded projects
How the EU BRIDGES project changed the life of Mahamadoushow more zu BRIDGES - Nobody feels excluded
A party to celebrate the success of the summer camp activitiesshow more zu BRIDGES - Summer Break for Volunteers
Projects where people come together and communicate and everyone shares something with othersshow more zu BRIDGES - Projects are necessary to move forward
The design and wall mural painting workshop promotes intercultural cohesion through artistic expressionshow more zu BRIDGES - Painting Workshop Spain
Sport and creative games to learn about cohesionshow more zu BRIDGES - "Laboratori dal Mondo" in Florence
River invertebrates as part of the European BRIDGES project promotes intercultural understanding through measures of environmental conservationshow more zu BRIDGES - Cleaning Riverbanks and Local Riverside Beach in Tortosa
Teenagers and young people from Albania, Russia, Bangladesh, Iran, Pakistan, Greece as well as Roma children participated in this special projectshow more zu BRIDGES - Photo project in Thessaloniki
The European Union agreed to a 6-month extension because of the Corona interruptionshow more zu EU BRIDGES project extended
COSPE offers help and concrete support for access to economic subsidies and various local support servicesshow more zu BRIDGES - Parlamondo for vulnerable citizens
Learn Italian with the local grassroots initiative "Scuolina di Poggio alla Croce (Little School of Poggio alla Croce)"show more zu BRIDGES - Reflections from the Little School
June 20th is the World Refugee Day. A perfect date and for CMS a good and important reason to get the first Croatian project exactly on this day started.show more zu BRIDGES - Croatia Refugee Weeks
The production of an anti-racist rap with the help of all participantsshow more zu BRIDGES – The UCEC RAP Music workshop
The reconstruction of the BRIDGES methodology, for real social cohesion, explained in interviews with the members of the BRIDGES networkshow more zu BRIDGES - From participation to sharing
An online service for helping elementary and middle school students do their homeworkshow more zu BRIDGES - Building Help for Homework
Building BRIDGES of communication even during the lockdownshow more zu BRIDGES - 3rd Photography Meeting in Thessaloniki
Being part of the EU BRIDGES project gave us the opportunity to think, create and support many important initiatives in the Croatian society.show more zu BRIDGES - New perspectives after the lockdown in Croatia