Building bridges (Fare Sistema Oltre l’Accoglienza (FSOA)) supports vulnerable Italians and non-Italians towards integration into society and employment through a network of local stakeholders consisting of companies, families, associations and practitioners committed to inclusion processes.
In its first three years of activity, the programme has involved 198 beneficiaries and created 127 work placements. Seventy-seven companies, 97 families, 33 associations and 51 reception centres have also joined the national network.
In June 2019, the first national seminar took place between the programme partners and the network’s stakeholders to encourage collective dialogue on the results achieved.
From those reflections and experience gained, the new FSOA 2020-2021 programming has started to take shape, confirming its commitment to supporting disadvantaged people in finding employment, which starts with defining and implementing Individual Pathways towards Autonomy, which provides targeted vocational training and work placements through internships and/or proper employment contracts. The Programme simultaneously aims to respond to the beneficiaries’ need to be included in society by offering greater support to the network of volunteers, families, companies and organisations supporting the pathways towards social integration, not only to make them more effective, but also with a view to growing together culturally towards a more inclusive society – one that is characterised by reciprocity.
To achieve these results, the following activities will be carried out throughout the country over the next two years:
- Developoment of Individual Plans towards Autonomy;
- Professional training courses;
- Italian language courses and language certification;
- Activities to develop additional skills (sport, courses in music, driving school, theatre, etc);
- Work placement;
- Legal, employment and housing advice in collaboration with ASGI and FSOA network stakeholders;
- Preparation of information leaflets on legal, employment and housing issues;
- Financial support for finding accommodation;
- Awareness raising activities and expansion of the FSOA network;
- Training for stakeholders of the FSOA network (in particular companies, families and caregivers);
- Training workshops dedicated to members of local networks;
- Activities for “Bridging families” (the programme offers beneficiaries the possibility to spend their free time – e.g. holidays; festivities; outings; Sunday lunch – with families from the FSOA Network if they wish)
- Awareness-raising workshops at national universities to expand the FSOA Network by involving young university students;
- Legal advice for the Network’s stakeholders involved in socio-occupational inclusion processes;
- Tutoring of beneficiaries and local networks in providing and taking hospitality;
- Tutoring in the pathways towards economic autonomy;
- Periodical monitoring of the beneficiaries’ pathways to autonomy;
- Specific ASGI training for the Programme’s practitioners.
- Focolare Movement
- Economy of Communion (EoC)
- Italian Association of Entrepreneurs for an Economy of Communion (AIPEC)
- Missione Famiglia Società Cooperativa Sociale Onlus (Mi.Fa.)
- Casillo Foundation
- Contributi altri enti promotori e partner
- Fondo FAMI- “Percorsi di empowerment verso l’autonomia e l’inclusione: Fare sistema Oltre l’Accoglienza”
- Fondo 8X1000 UBI – Unione Buddhista Italiana
- Fondi SPRAR- “Casa d’Ismaele”
- Fondi Fondazione Con il Sud