The funding by the EEA Grants mechanism to support the Athens Solidarity Center operated by SolidarityNow started in May 2019 and ended in July 2021. The project “Increased opportunities for integration and social inclusion for vulnerable individuals” by Athens Solidarity Centre (ASC) is being implemented under the “Local Development and Poverty Reduction” programme.
This grant reinforces the operation of all the Center’s services, which are provided free of charge. An estimated 10,000 individuals will receive direct assistance throughout the programme. The Centre provides a complementary package of comprehensive services, namely, a) social services, b) psychological support, c) legal aid, d) accounting, e) employability services, and e) a Day Care Center for Children, operated by the “Network for Children’s Rights”.
The work implemented by the Athens Solidarity Center and its accomplishments are presented through human stories, infographics, audiovisual material, articles, press releases and via dedicated posts on its Facebook page. In addition, all the above material is complementary promoted via SolidarityNow’s main communication channels (website, e-newsletters, social media pages).
Human stories and Storytelling tributes
- On the World Refugee Day, I would like to speak to the refugees themselves and not for them | 18.6.2021
- Labor rights and the pandemic – Anna’s story | 7.4.2021
- Mr. S. has a home now | 31.3.2021
- T is currently working, studying, and dreaming in Greece | 18.2.2021
- The end of 2020, found the 9-year-old from Syria, travelling from Greece to Germany to be continued with his brothers | 25.1.2021
- Sexual identity persecution and eventual recognition of the refugee status of a Gambian beneficiary | 22.1.2021
- The undisputable right of access to the asylum procedures of a particularly vulnerable applicant | 5.1.2021
- Days of lockdown, days of the pandemic | 9.12.2020
- #OurHeroes is a human storytelling project at the times of COVID-19 | 19.5.2020
- Podcast by Yiannis Kafkas, Psychologist/Team Leader of the ASC’s Psychological support-Counselling service: https://youtu.be/QoiY5bh1gNw & Story: #OurHeroes: Lust for life
- Podcast by Evaggelia Tsilimigkra, Employability Counsellor-ASC’s Employability Service: https://youtu.be/FEspgofaaKU & Story: #OurHeroes: Evangelia Tsilimigkra_In the midst of this crisis, work opportunities lie ahead
- World Day of Social Justice | Storytelling tribute | 20.2.2020
- #iHavetheRight | Olga_Now I feel safer and stronger to move on, beneficiary of the ASC’s legal service
- #iHavetheRight | Stefka_I didn’t know my rights; We manage to ‘win’ what no one told me I was entitled to, beneficiary of the ASC’s legal service
- #iHavetheRight | Mohammed_Today enjoys the protection he is entitled to, beneficiary of the ASC’s legal service
Press releases and articles
- Official release of the documentary “Common People, Common Ground” at the online event for the Athens Solidarity Center by SolidarityNow | 24.6.2021
- Video: “The Athens Solidarity Center & Partnerships” | 25.5.2021
- Legal gender recognition | Legal Consultation and representation by SolidarityNow | 16.2.2021
- Athens Solidarity Center: 6.170 people benefited from its services from June 2019 until December 2020 | 11.2.2021
- 800 people were supported in 2020 by the accounting service at the Athens Solidarity Center | 30.6.2020
- #OurHeroes | A human storytelling project at the times of Covid-19 | 26.5.2020
- The SolidarityNow psychologists offer psychological support to medical/hospital staff fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, patients and to people in quarantine | 20.3.2020
- The Athens Solidarity Center continues its actions and stands by the side of the most vulnerable with the support of the EEA Grants | 30.1.2020
- Invitation to a documentary premiere by SolidarityNow | 25.6.2021
- SolidarityNow presents its Athens Solidarity Center through the Stories of its Beneficiaries | January-April 2021
- SolidarityNow Newsletter No27 for the period January – April 2021 | The Athens Solidarity Center through its beneficiaries’ stories
Announcements (relevant to COVID-19 response)
- The Athens Solidarity Center premises will remain closed until the 21st of September due to safety reasons_All services will be provided remotely | 11.9.2020
- Emergency announcement: Changes in the mode of operation of the Solidarity Centers due to the COVID-19 pandemic | 18.3.2020
- The employment contracts in the next phase of the COVID-19 measures. What applies from now on to the suspension of working contracts, working in rotation and working hours | 8.5.2020
- Update on the operation of the Athens Solidarity Center | 8.5.2020
- Unemployment protection measures in the middle of the pandemic | 23.4.2020
- Easter Bonus | 4.4.2020
- Operation of public services due to emergency measures | 1.4.2020
- You have questions? We have the answers! | 24.3.2020
- An important announcement from the Athens Solidarity Center | 23.3.2020
- “The Athens Solidarity Center & Partnerships” | 25.5.2021
- ASC’s participation in the Athens Pride 2020: Aggelos’ message, beneficiary of the legal service | 10.9.2020
- ASC’s full video presentation: https://youtu.be/5nZKy-i9iq8 | 9.1.2020
Closing Event for the completion of the grant period May 2019 – July 2021
- Closing Event & Premiere of the Documentary “Common People, Common Ground” of the director Theodore Scrivanos. The documentary is a production of the Norwegian Embassy in Greece.
Marilyn Polena, Head of Programs | Email: email@example.com, Tel. 210 6772500
Valia Andrakakou, Deputy Head ASC | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. 210 8220883
About EEA Grants
The EEA Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.
There are two overall objectives: reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe, and to strengthen bilateral relations between the donor countries and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. The three donor countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). The donors have provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014. For the period 2014-2021, the EEA Grants amount to €1.55 billion. The priorities for this period are: 1) Innovation, Research, Education and Competitiveness, 2) Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction, 3) Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy, 4) Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights, 5) Justice and Home Affairs.
The EEA Grants are jointly financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, whose contributions are based on their GDP. Eligibility for the Grants mirror the criteria set for the EU Cohesion Fund aimed at member countries where the Gross National Income (GNI) per inhabitant is less than 90% of the EU average.
About “Local Development and Poverty Reduction”
The “Local Development and Poverty Reduction” programme in Greece, financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, was awarded a total budget of 6,5 million euros as part of the EEA Grants 2014 – 2021. The program aspires to contribute to enhancement of social cohesion and reduction of economic and social disparities. The Fund Operator for the “Local Development and Poverty Reduction” programme in Greece is SOL Consulting S.A in partnership with Human Rights 360.
More information: https://www.asylumandmigration-eeagrants.gr
About the Fund Operator
The Fund Operator for the “Local Development and Poverty Reduction” programme and “Asylum and Migration” (Addressing urgent needs for the reception and screening of asylum seekers and for the accommodation of vulnerable groups) programme in Greece is SOL Consulting S.A in partnership with Human Rights 360.
SOL Crowe provides auditing and consulting services to an expanded network of organizations and companies operating in the public and private sector in Greece and abroad. The Company provides customized solutions in the entire spectrum of consulting services aimed at supporting, reorganizing and sustainable development of our customers. The services provided cover all areas of corporate activities – Management Consulting Services, Tax Services, Financial Services, Risk Management Services, Human Resources Services, Business Monitoring Services, HTL Services, Technology Services – creating direct and visible value to businesses and organizations. The company is staffed with highly specialized consultants, with experience and professional knowledge and competence, ensuring the efficiency and quality of services provided.
More information: https://solcrowe.gr/
HR360 is a civil society organization established in Greece. Its mission is to protect and empower the rights of all, with no discrimination, giving special focus on the most disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. The cornerstone of its action is the belief that the social inclusion may be achieved only through the protection of the individual, political and social rights of the entire population, and that through wider alliances, both in Greece and internationally, open and tolerant societies can be built, rejecting the Far-Right rhetoric, the extremism and xenophobia, and encouraging the participation of all citizens. The main pillars of HR360 activities is integration services (mainly in refugees’ field such as legal aid and borders monitoring), reintegration services and support of vulnerable people (homeless, ex-prisoners), combating hate crimes through recording incidents for the Network of Racist violence, promoting campaigns, participating to researches, reports, editions and providing legal support to victims of racist crimes, strategic communication and advocacy for human rights protection, and management of regranting programmes.
More information: https://www.humanrights360.org/
*Athens Solidarity Center was established in 2014 through Open Society Foundations and EEA Grants – Norway financial support (EEAGR08.02), in cooperation with the Municipality of Athens until 30.04.2016.