A European sense of belonging
We aim at fostering European cooperation by designing, developing and multiplying projects and good practices through a unique platform of interaction, aiming at collectively realizing the potential for the European agendas, policies and recommendations.
Indeed we take stock from the EU 2020 strategy though we also are very reflective of changing times and developing a critical thinking approach to develop further our activities. On this matter we organize an in deep and integrated consultation within the consortiums we are building for each activity, aiming at generating an enhanced European added value, dimension and exploitation of results potential.
The European Commission as well as a variety of foundations and related bodies provide funding and grants for a broad range of projects and programmes. Amidst a variety of aims and operational objectives, these structured initiatives co-finances projects aimed at improving the capacity of individuals and institutions in the European Union and neighboring countries, as well as eligible third countries.
Cultivating a community-based vision and strategy
Our volunteers and asociated partners are involved in a variety of actions and programmes, tackling issues where intercultural dialogue, migrant integration and repatriation, ageing population and intergenerational relationships, employment, Youth, gender equality, human rights and democracy orientation are high on our list of priorities. We are also currently developing activities on every aspect of social capital enhancement which can contribute to community cohesion.
We are committed to creating and maintaining a cohesive community development as the main outcome of our activities within our fields of expertise, comprising education and training, innovation, social entrepreneurship and sustainable development. This can only be done through partnership with a multi-stakeholders and a holistic approach.
Our endeavours focus on the interpretation of guiding principles, which have been identified as specifically appropriate for the communities we are working with, and organized by level of importance by all the stakeholders involved, comprising the anticipated target group, practitioners, policy-makers, social partners, representatives of the civil society (including the world of work), to name but a few.
Fostering European cooperation with an inclusive intercultural input
Our aim in this field is to organize activities with a broaden range of target group, addressing issues, concepts, methods and contents applicable for educational and training purposes, considering the need to improve people knowledge and awareness on global issues and interdependency.
Promoting knowledge sharing and learning. The sharing of good practices is one of the first things carried out in a knowledge management initiative. Good practices can be considered as processes or methodologies that embody the most effective way of reaching a specific objective.
Fostering the continuous personal development of individuals through innovative learning paths. Intercultural dialogue and education is a key instrument to generate intercultural and cohesive societies without which it will be complex to preserve freedom and well-being of everyone.
Our association promote instructional methods involving active learning that present opportunities for learners to formulate their own questions, debate issues, explain their perspectives, and engage in cooperative and participative learning by working in teams on problems and projects.
We aim at enhancing the collective capacity of organisations. Our activities in this field aim at increasing the competences, infrastructure, and resources of individuals, organizations and communities. Capacity building is a key strategy for the empowerment of individuals and organisations.
Our aim is to respond to the changing needs of rural communities in rural and isolated areas at a variety of levels considering economical development, environment protection and equitable social progress. Our community-building contribution within sustainable projects reflect our vision that rural communities.
Fostering European cooperation with an inclusive intercultural input
Currently we operate part of our activity thanks to volunteering following key applicable policies and quality standards worldwide. We believe that civic engagement by addressing local and global issues is significant to personal and communities’ development.
Our main aim is to enhance employability through challenging learning programmes, innovative training methodologies and strong international cooperation, encouraging and supporting the concept of global nomad apprentice and worker within enterprises and civil society organisations.
Organizing as well as taking part in international training courses (TC) activities, aiming at raising intercultural awareness, gaining new competences and sensitivity on specific matters and issues representing key challenges, and discovering specific fields of work or activities in other countries.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT
The motivation for the consortium project “ALTERNATIVE TRACKS – integrated approach to minors offenders and their families“ (Alternative tracks) is to answer two tangible and emerging needs in EU:
- the need to categorize and characterize more accurately the needs of minors incorporated in the juvenile justice system, focusing on their protection regarding their capacity, their learning needs and their potential in terms of competences.
- the need to build and provide tangible alternatives to imprisonment, for minors offenders, their victims and family, considering background, individual and social perspectives.
The operational objectives of the project in hand is to map and scope good practices, build up innovative approaches for programmes and services as alternatives to strictly detention, and to build a Vademecum comprising:
- socio-educational services designed to promote the overall well-being of the deviant youngster, to foster self-expression, the respect for dignity and autonomy, to promote the reinsertion and social education of minors subjected to judicial penalties, reduce the risk of possible aggravations or relapse following the punishment;
- Paths motivational orientation and individualized work aimed at the social inclusion.
- restorative justice aimed to the responsibility of the offenders and the recovery of the victim.
- involvement of the offenders’ families in the programme of re-education, rehabilitation and reintegration supported by a work-based tangible approach, all sustained by a variety of materials such as: open web platform, handbooks and toolkits, and videos recording, in English and also in the participating countries languages.
The sustainability of the project is ensured during the project scope and after it is terminated thanks to a clear campaigning and outreach plan. Awareness raising and public knowledge of the issues addressed by the project in hand are key in guaranteeing social well~being for all. The activities will also consider and discuss the needs for and a launch of an improved communication strategy that include campaigning and outreach mechanisms promoting the project beyond its natural stakeholders.
- Alentejo Region