Associação de Paralisia Cerebral de Coimbra

Date

2/1/08

Contact

José Barros

Country

Development Partnership

Associação de Paralisia Cerebral de Coimbra

Demand

The 'Integrated Model for Interacting with the Gypsy Population" responds to the vulnerability, poverty and social exclusion felt among the gypsy population in the country, acting specifically in terms of: improper housing, low personal, social and professional skills among the gypsy population, long term unemployment, reduced access to services and low levels of social participation, low rate of schooling, and reduced importance attributed to education as an integration factor.

Solution

For the population: The model includes a Training Action directed at the gypsy population, taking into account the low levels of employability of the beneficiaries, trying a set of new training strategies and developing skills in terms of knowing how to be and knowing how to do, also promoting gender equality. For the population: The model includes a Training Action directed at the gypsy population, taking into account the low levels of employability of the beneficiaries, trying a set of new training strategies and developing skills in terms of knowing how to be and knowing how to do, also promoting gender equality. Synergies: The multi-dimensionality of the partnership in the Model allows specific and complementary skills to be grouped together, as well as those skills that facilitate creation and experimentation of responses in terms of social integration of the gypsy population.

Products

Integrated Model for Interacting with the Gypsy Population - Methodologies and Strategies

Results

The model promotes implementation of a Residential Internship Centre, which is not merely a temporary re-housing project, but essentially provides daily and multi-disciplinary support to families, implementing a multidimensional intervention plan. The model breaks down into two parts: The 1st part consists of a set of strategic principles/key methodological stages that are the foundation of the entire practice. The 2nd part illustrates to the reader the real context in which the Model was implemented and tried.