The MAMA project_Postnatal Care and Support implemented by SolidarityNow, aims at supporting new parents through the provision of a holistic package of supportive services and activities. Prenatal and postnatal counselling sessions, workshops, and events (in person and remotely) for perspective and new mothers and fathers as well as their toddlers, are organized to help them through their first steps as new parents, while also allow them to establish a supportive network on which they can count on during this period.
The project is run by an experienced midwife, a nutrition expert, and a child support officer. Through this project a healing and safe environment is provided to support and guide parents throughout their first steps starting from pregnant life to postnatal care, parenthood and beyond. The project is supported by MDAT – Major Development Agency Thessaloniki.
SolidarityNow participates in the program “Desmos for Youth 2021”. This nationwide program organized by the NGO DESMOS, funds employment positions at charitable organizations for unemployed young men and women up to 30 y.o.
“Desmos for Youth” was created as a testament to the capabilities of young people living in Greece today and the amazing potential they can achieve when given the opportunity to work! The project’s goal is two-fold: to address youth unemployment while staffing charitable organizations with young, talented employees!
About “Desmos for Youth” project and SolidarityNow
In the framework of the “Desmos for Youth” program, SolidarityNow will get funds to cover the job position of an unemployed young person . Thus, the organization contributes to the triple goal set by the program:
- to help youths gain significant professional experience,
- to help organizations build their capacity and develop their work, and ultimately,
- to help maximize their social and humanitarian impact.
Read more here.
SolidarityNow is a partner in a 3 year long Erasmus+ programme, ENACTED (European Network of Active Civil Society for Education and Diversity) with partners from Italy, Cyprus, Spain and Greece (Thessaloniki and Athens), with the aim of analysing and promoting inclusive education policies and practices of children (newly arrived migrant students, school-age refugees and asylum seekers and migrants in this case) in all partner countries; this will be done by engaging stakeholders in formal and non-formal in discussions about inclusive education, and the creation of an online platform inviting the stakeholders to discover, discuss and apply the identified best practices where possible.
The ENACTED project aims at establishing a new and currently absent, yet much needed, international online networking platform connecting European Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Primary and Secondary Schools that work with Newly Arrived Migrant Students (NAMS) focusing on providing Quality and Inclusive Education for all learners.
As such, ENACTED steps in to facilitate the collection, analysis, evaluation, and exchange of CSOs(NGO) practices by offering a database and useful tool in the form of a networking platform that CSOs and schools can use to advance their work and upscale their activities. In the first and present stage, the partners from ENACTED have conducted desk research- resulting in country-specific papers and (soon) a regional research paper on education practices in the 4 countries; Τhe country-wide survey also has the aim to help the ENACTED team design and implement an effective programme catering to the needs of education stakeholders:
- Formal education providers (schools, teachers/ headteachers of primary/ secondary education)
- Non-formal education(NFE) providers: CSOs, NGOs, community centres or programmes working towards integrating migrant students in education
- Policy representatives: experts or departments of education or migrant integration at local, regional and national level
Read more about the programme.
From June 2019 to June 2021 the “Not Alone in Europe” (Innovative Youth Work and Intersectional Practices for Young Migrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers) project pursues the double aim of educating and training youth workers who are meeting young LGBTQ+ migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.
Initially, “Not Alone in Europe” will offer a train-the-trainer course for youth workers meeting young LGBTQ+ migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in order to make them more confident with intersectional approaches in their work and how to include LGBTQ+ perspectives in their work. The aim of the train-the-trainer course is to enable the participants to implement the “Not alone in Europe” workshops in their own cities.
This will ultimately result in the creation of a network for support and visibility for young LGBTQ+migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. In order to further disseminate the educational tools, a supporting online platform will be established.
- To empower, engage, inspire and support young LGBTQI+ migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in European countries.
- To develop training competencies and support youth workers, educators, community mediators and social workers who are meeting young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers on how to better include intersectionality and LGBTQI+ perspectives in their activities.
- To generate synergies for networking and cooperation strategies among youth organisations working with young refugees, migrants and asylum seekers in Europe.
- To create innovative youth work and intersectional methodological tools that can be disseminated to associated partners and other organisations in order to share the outputs and experiences of the project.
- Youth workers, educators, community mediators, and social workers in Europe who are working with young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and want to become “Not alone in Europe” workshop leaders.
- Young LGBTQI+ migrants, refugees and asylum seekers (YLMRA) in Europe.
- AHEAD – Association of Human Rights Educators / Spain
- Noorteorganisatsioon Trajectorya / Estonia
- UNHCR – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees / Turkey
- Humanitarian Organizacija Jesuit Refugee Service / Serbia
- ARCIGAY – Comitato Provinciale ARCIGAY Di Bologna Il Cassero Associazione / Italy
- SolidarityNow / Greece
SolidarityNow, in collaboration with STAR UK, started implementing in December 2018 the STARTnow program in order to help refugees and asylum seekers in their first steps in Thessaloniki, through their interaction with student volunteers. The aim of the program was on the one hand to support and train to volunteer students to provide substantial assistance to refugees and asylum seekers and on the other hand to support the beneficiaries to become familiar with the use of the Greek and English language while mobilizing them to follow their dreams and go beyond the part of passive service reception. The program was completed in June 2022.
* STAR UK is a national charity of 34,000 students welcoming refugees to the UK.
REWIP- Refugee Empowerment and Work Integration Programme
REWIP is an EU-funded project aiming at supporting young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers (aged 18 – 30) that arrive in a new country of residence in the EU and wish to make their first steps towards achieving work integration and as an extension, social integration.
REWIP aims at achieving this goal by initiating and facilitating volunteering and mentoring opportunities for young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers who wish to work voluntarily in a local business for a limited amount of time, learn a new profession or further develop an already familiar one, as well as liaise meaningfully with a professional mentor who can guide them in their professional endeavours. REWIP draws and further advances existing methodologies of work integration, scouting for best practices and attending to its target groups’ needs and preferences.
The logic behind REWIP is that if newly arrived young people are supported to receive all the information, resources and networks they need to begin their professional journey in a new unknown country, they will eventually be able to stand on their own two feet and prosper. As such, REWIP has planned to offer young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers training resources focusing on social empowerment, on intercultural knowledge and on pre-employment preparation. These training resources are meant to support young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers feel empowered, get to know the culture of their host country, and familiarise themselves with its labour market system.
The project “Bridging Rainbow”aims to raise awareness about this vulnerable social group by increasing
the knowledge and understanding of all relevant stakeholders.
It also intends to contribute to strengthening the collaboration between all stakeholders supporting the LGBTI refugee community and act as an accelerator of social change. Furthermore, it seeks to support LGBTI refugees & asylum seekers and facilitate the pathway towards social inclusion and integration in Greece.
What the project includes
- Sensitization training and information sessions regarding the legal framework and the asylum procedure
- Workshops to facilitate access to and support the integration into the labor market
- Capacity-building of stakeholders that serve this group
- Relevant awareness-raising events
Τhe project is implemented by SolidarityNow and supported by the Municipality of Barcelona and the foundation ACSAR:
Refugees WelComB! Is a European project funded by Erasmus+. The Strategic Partnership led by Kontakte für Europa e.V. (Germany), brings together seven (7) organizations from Germany, Greece (SolidarityNow), Hungary (Artemisszio Alapitvany), Italy (Associazione InformaGiovani), Spain (Madrid for Refugees), Bulgaria (Ocean Whale), and Turkey (TC Buca Kaymakamligi).
The project aims to enhance the social and professional integration of refugees and to improve the interdisciplinary co-operation in this field. In the framework of the Strategic Partnership two surveys will be conducted in the seven (7) partner countries targeting refugees and relevant stakeholders. The findings of the surveys and the integration plans applied in partner countries will be analyzed and shared as best practices.
Resilient Roots Initiative
SolidarityNow has been implementing since July 2018 an accountability pilot project entitled “The Resilient Roots Initiative”. The project, which is coordinated by CIVICUS in collaboration with Keystone Accountability & Accountable Now, aims to improve the interaction channels between the SolidarityNow management and its Primary Constituents. Sixty young SolidarityNow beneficiaries (incl. former unaccompanied minors, women, LGBTI) from Athens and Thessaloniki will participate in a range of activities aiming to increase the frequency and depth of their interaction with the SolidarityNow management:
- Photo trainings
- Online radio trainings (production of podcasts)
- Trainings to inform and capacitate its Primary Constituents (public speaking & team building exercises, presentation of SN’s mission, programmes and Concern Response & Feedback Mechanism)
- Feedback exercises (one-to-one interviews, FGD & satisfaction survey)
- Small Grant allocation to the groups of participants to self-organize an action benefiting their community
- Monthly meetings (grant assistance, Reporting back meetings, meetings with senior management).
The above activities will enable the collection of more/better feedback by the SolidarityNow primary constituents, to influence more informed decision making, and will improve the relaying of information about how SolidarityNow is responding to feedback back to its primary constituents.
- Interaction between constituents & SN management will be systematized
- Participants will acquire soft & hard skills (photography & radio, public speaking, team work) and will increase their level of knowledge about SN and its work
- Participants are provided with financial means to design & run mini-community activities for their community’s benefit
- PCs’ voice is heard and introduced by advocacy & communications dept. in public sphere
The project, which is funded by the Social Sector Accelerator (on behalf of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation), will be completed in August 2019.
Skills and Integration of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Applicants in European Labour Markets
SIRIUS is an EU founded project which was launched in January 2018 and will run for three years. It is consisted of 11 partners from 7 countries and it builds on a multi-dimensional conceptual framework in which host country or political-institutional, societal and individual-related conditions function either as enablers or as barriers to migrants’, refugees’ and asylum seekers’ integration via the labor market.
SIRIUS has a mixed methods approach and innovative dissemination plan involving online priority action networks, film essays, festival, job fair and an applied game along with scientific and policy dialogue workshops and conferences.
To do so, it has three main objectives:
- to provide systematic evidence on post-2014 migrants, refugees and asylum applicants especially women and young people and their potential for labor market employment and, more broadly, social integration
- to advance knowledge on the complexity of labor market integration for post-2014 migrants, refugees and asylum applicants, and to explore their integration potential
- to advance a theoretical framework for an inclusive integration agenda, outlining an optimal mix of policy pathways for labor market integration including concrete steps that Member States and other European countries along with the EU can take to ensure that migrant-integration policies and the broader system of workforce-development, training, and employment programs support new arrivals’ access to decent work opportunities and working conditions.
As one of the 3 NGOs involved in the project, SolidarityNow saw this project not only as being great opportunity but also as an important effort because labor market integration is part of what we do through our programs and advocacy efforts. We saw it as an opportunity to better inform our work and services and on the other help us develop more evidence-based research and policy recommendations at the national level.
Finally, we recognized the gender- sensitive approach the project is taking, which aligns with how we seek to support women and the additional burdens they face and our goal to reach an in-depth understanding of gender differences. Within the Consortium, we are focusing on the practical implementations of the research findings by hosting a Job Fair in Thessaloniki in spring 2019, and the testing of a Serious Game that employment agencies, migrant organisations and other stakeholders seeking to facilitate the labor market inclusion of recent migrants, asylum seekers and refugees will be able to use.
For more information, please visit the project’s website: https://www.sirius-project.eu/
“Migrant & Youth Social Inclusion Through Entrepreneurship”_#MySite
SolidarityNow, is partnering with five organizations from five EU countries to promote youth and migrant entrepreneurship and to highlight its significance as a means to social inclusion
The project entitled “Migrant and Youth Social Inclusion through Entrepreneurship” aims to promote entrepreneurship as a means towards social inclusion and integration. Beneficiaries of the project will include youth residing in the countries of focus, irrespective of their background, who wish to start their own business as entrepreneurs.
The project is funded by EC’s Erasmus+ programme and will be implemented in five EU countries over a period of 18 months by the following partners:
- SolidarityNow | Greece
- Asociacion Socio Educativa Llere | Spain
- S.F.Or. Centro Studi Formazione Orientamento | Italy
- Aequitas | Cyprus
- The People for Change Foundation | Malta
The project includes the following activities:
- Conduct a research on the landscape and policies for youth and migrant entrepreneurship, as well as the resources made available to young entrepreneurs in each participating country
- Provision of basic entrepreneurship training and individual mentorship by established entrepreneurs, to 20 young individuals who are looking to start a business
And aims to:
- Promote youth entrepreneurship as a means to become self-sustained and financially independent
- Promote the social inclusion of TCN (third country nationals) as well as the re-integration of youth in the labour market, in five EU countries (Greece, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Malta)
SolidarityNow continued until the middle of 2019, to successfully operate the Diadromes Intercultural Center.
Education Matters, an initiative developed in close collaboration with Almasar and the Development Forum at the Athens Training Center “Diadromes“, included free support training courses, networking technician training in collaboration with CISCO and other activities for children and adults.
Following their Footsteps (COMPLETED)
The closure of the borders and the Balkan route resulted in several thousands of people being trapped in Greece. Among them, the most vulnerable group: unaccompanied and separated children. Even though they are the most vulnerable, these children often do not receive the protection enshrined in European and international law.
In order to safeguard the human right to safety and decent living conditions, Faros in collaboration with four other organizations – SolidarityNow, Merimna, CivisPlus and Babel – are launching a program entitled “Following their Footsteps”.
The program aims to strengthen the systematic identification and registration of unaccompanied and separated minors living under difficult conditions in the streets of Athens and the provision of holistic care and hospitality through an alternative to detention or life on the streets. More specifically, the program aims to provide these children social integration opportunities, enhance the effectiveness of the existing support network in Athens and contribute decisively to reducing the phenomenon of absconding from accommodation structures through advocacy for the development of a specific national policy.
The project is funded by EPIM (European Programme for Integration and Migration).
SolidarityNow developed an IT project implemented in Polykastro that provided internet access and connectivity to the stranded population remaining at the EKO gas station following the closure of Greece’s northern border. This program enabled individuals to access information about asylum procedures, as well as provide them the ability to contact their families and friends.
SolidarityNow and CARE International (within the START Network), implemented a program that responded to the vital food needs of vulnerable populations, including refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, unemployed Greeks, and any other groups with urgent nutritional needs.
Care4Solidarity helped to fill the gap between groups who were in need of food assistance, but were excluded from the relevant public assistance programs. The project empowered these groups by provided cash vouchers directly to them, thereby giving these individuals the flexibility to decide for themselves which food items they wish to purchase to best meet their needs.
The project has been completed and was funded by Care International