The reconstruction of the BRIDGES methodology, for real social cohesion, explained in interviews with the members of the BRIDGES networkshow more zu BRIDGES in Florence: From participation to sharing
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.
From January 2019 to January 2021
Austria, Croatia, Greece, Italy and Spain
An online service for helping elementary and middle school students do their homeworkshow more zu BRIDGES builds 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
Participants and volunteers talk about the changes in Florence caused by the Corona Pandemicshow more zu BRIDGES - Covid-19 changes everything in Florence
The Covid-19 pandemic forces the EU-funded BRIDGES project into the digital worldshow more zu Bridges - International Meeting Online
In these weeks of forced closure by Covid-19, the European project BRIDGES also had to stop its public eventsshow more zu CSIT-EU BRIDGES-PROJECT - social cohesion also works online
The UCEC climbing workshop in Tortosa in the BRIDGES programme had a very positive and encouraging response from participants.
The Living Atelier organises activities in which everyone is invited to participate and to get involvedshow more zu Living Atelier Zagreb
“Carnival Games from all over the World” in Florence. An intercontinental travel-game with a special passport to fight xenophobia and to promote cohesionshow more zu BRIDGES Carnival - Travellers of the World
The activities of the BRIDGES project, designed and organized for the students of the 12th EPAL of Thessaloniki, continue with the support of ANTIGONE and United Societies of Balkans.show more zu Photography Workshop in Thessaloniki
First BRIDGES community events in Thessaloniki are getting builtshow more zu We decide, we plan, we move all together
Among the many activities taking place in the project in Tortosa, the drumming workshop began on 10 January.show more zu Drumming workshops in Tortosa
Tortosa city council and the Unió de Consell Esportius de Catalunya (UCEC) are the Catalan members of the EU Bridges Project aiming to promote social cohesion through volunteer work, sports, and culture. In January UCEC presented officially the project in Tortosa in press conference to the public.show more zu BRIDGES Presentation in Catalunya
A colourful dance event with typical costumes of many countries to promote social cohesionshow more zu Dances and shows from around the world
ANTIGONE and USB go together to the 12th vocational school of Thessaloniki!show more zu Greek BRIDGES co-operation
USB intern Vasilia Tsampouri participated in a jointly organized USB community meeting with Antigone and wrote down her experiences.show more zu Volunteering – a wonderful journey
Mike Okoh is a 28 years old Nigerian man who has been working for 2 years in the underpass of Cure, one of the residential districts of Florence.show more zu The story of Mike – A Personal Story from COSPE Florence
Project manager Valeria Gherardini from AICS about the idea and installation of the EU projectshow more zu EU-project BRIDGES - Interview Valeria Gherardini
As part of the BRIDGES project, CPS in collaboration with association Afro Badinya was organizing a second integration eventshow more zu CRO-AFRO party in Buena Vista Club Zagreb