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(Re)Writing our neighbourhood

Integrated Approaches for Active participation in social and civic life.
Implemented for 3 years, from March 2017 to February 2020
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(Re)Writing our neighbourhood is a 3 year project to be implemented in three neighbourhoods in the city of Braga, Portugal. In addition to the physical improvement of the social housing neighbourhoods of Enguardas, Santa Tecla and Picoto, the project will integrate 8 measures to be implemented in the field, among the communities.

1. TRANSCRIBE

Transcribe a set of cooperative actions to be developed over the 1st year by Space Transcribers, in the social housing neighbourhoods, aimed at raising awareness among the residents about their space characteristics and social and cultural values, through interacting with the residents.

In addition to the collection of photographic evidence and documents, the project includes the organisation of an archive, an international workshop, an exhibition and the publication of a book containing the results of the action.

2. WHO IS AFRAID?

This is an educational project implemented by the School of Nogueira whose goal is to promote a closer interaction between the Roma ethnic group and its culture, and the wider community of residents; the project aims to reduce early school-leaving and to promote values such as respecting others and valuing diversity, through dance, music and theatre programmes.

3. ENGUARDAS COMMUNITY CENTRE

The measure, to be implemented by Associação Famílias, will prioritise the Family and the Community, by developing integrated responses, aimed at mitigating social exclusion and isolation and enhancing civic involvement, social development and local solidarity.

4. CHOIR AND MUSIC ENSEMBLE

Action led by the Conservatório Bomfim, whose goal is to exploit the power of music as a facilitating instrument for the social integration of Roma children and teenagers, by creating a choir and a music ensemble.

The choir will be composed of 30 children and teenagers from the social housing neighbourhood of Santa Tecla; it is also foreseen to set-up an instrumental ensemble of 15 elements, as well as to organise several public performances.

5. QUALIFICATION OF LOCAL LEADERS

Project led by BragaHabit with the goal of building capacities to ensure the sustainability of any other measure to be implemented in the social housing neighbourhoods.

To this end, BragaHabit proposes the engagement of the local communities by qualifying local facilitators and leaders, as well as creating admission and residents associations.

6. CHILDREN'S BOOK

A project led by Space Transcribers whose final goal is to create an illustrated book of gipsy folk tales, in order to value the traditions and culture of Roma people and promote the fight against social and ethnic discrimination. The book will be presented and distributed in many elementary schools in the municipality of Braga.

7. CLOSER | THE PATH TOWARDS EMPLOYABILITY

The action is to be developed by BragaHabit with the aim to creating local dynamics that promote the effective improvement of skills, qualifications and possibilities of employability for the population of the three concerned neighbourhoods.

8. ACTIVE GROUP OF YOUNG PEOPLE

Project led by the Portuguese Red Cross (Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa) aiming at the creation of an active group of young Roma people who will receive intensive training that will allow them to develop their personal and social skills.

The impact of the action will undergo an evaluation process by all partners of the Municipality of Braga. It will be implemented thanks to a partnership with the several entities mentioned above and to Community Funds (PT2020 | FEDER/ERDF).


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