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 BRIDGES - The story of Mike – A Personal Story from COSPE Florence
Building Relationships and Integration by Developing local Groups and Enhancing Solidarity
Duration: January 2019 to July 2021
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.
Project Webpage: https://bridges-project.eu/
Participating countries: Austria, Croatia, Greece, Italy and Spain
Project manager Valeria Gherardini from AICS about the idea and installation of the EU projectshow more zu BRIDGES - Interview Project-Manager Valeria Gherardini
As part of the BRIDGES project, CPS in collaboration with association Afro Badinya was organizing a second integration eventshow more zu BRIDGES - CRO-AFRO party in Buena Vista Club Zagreb
Gardezi Syed Anyan Ali arrived in Thessaloniki as a refugee, and felt immediately comfortable with the city and the local community - BRIDGES worksshow more zu BRIDGES - Gardezi Syed Anyan Ali – a personality story
Centre for Peace Studies together held together with Football Club Zagreb 041 the first Bridges event in Zagrebshow more zu BRIDGES - Sports Fun and Come Together in Zagreb
Interactive Workshop with the students of the Technical Vocational High School located on Monastiriou street in the Western part of Thessalonikishow more zu BRIDGES - Introduction in Greece
Children from all over the world learning to know each other through the BRIDGES project of AiCSshow more zu BRIDGES - Florence Children learning to know each
Volunteer festival as prelude to phase two of the EU BRIDGES project in Q5 of Florenceshow more zu BRIDGES - Volunteer Festival in Florence
Project manager Valeria Gherardini from AICS about the idea and installation of the EU projectshow more zu BRIDGES - Valeria Gherardini - How was BRIDGES Born?
Tortosa was host city for the second meeting of the EU-Bridges-Project, in which CSIT is a partner.show more zu BRIDGES – Tortosa Meeting for Needs and Assessments