Organiser: Cáritas Diocesana de Barcelona.

Collaborating organisations: Ramon Molinas Foundation, Pere Tarrés Foundation and L’Hospitalet de Llobregat Council.

Dates of implementation: 01/01/2016 – 31/12/2016.

 

Paidós L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, a programme to empower families excluded from society

The Ramon Molinas Foundation is collaborating with Cáritas Diocesana de Barcelona in order to support Paidós L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, a pilot programme launched with the aim of alleviating the consequences of hereditary child poverty and preventing it from becoming a chronic problem through the empowerment of families which have been excluded from society.

Paidós L’Hospitalet de Llobregat is a centre dedicated to empowering low-income families that do not have any support networks available to them. The programme aims to strengthen their abilities in order to avoid perpetuating their circumstances from generation to generation. The scheme provides comprehensive care, utilising methods and intervention strategies to foment skills and provide support throughout the process of development, both as an individual and within the family.

The project believes in the skills and the resources of families as an activating mechanism of change. For this reason, the work of the professionals that are involved in the programme are centred around family units with the aim of alleviating child poverty. The interdisciplinary team which leads the project works with families on a personal basis on an educational, therapeutic and community level with the intention of increasing protection and resilience of minors, fostering their skills of their parents and facilitating the integration of the families into the community.

 

Families with children between zero and six years old, in poverty and experiencing difficulties with looking after their children, will benefit from this programme

The beneficiaries of the Paidós centres are families with children between zero and six years old, living in poverty, who have difficulties in looking after their children and have come from the social services or the local services of Cáritas. Another essential premise is that members who are part of the scheme are aware of their circumstances and show the necessary aptitudes to generate positive links which will allow them to receive support.

Paidós L’Hospitalet de Llobregat has an interdisciplinary team made up of social educators, social workers and psychologists. The centre, which has the capacity to support and attend to 16 families at the same time, is one of the five offices that Cáritas has opened since the year 2012, to evaluate the impact of the programme. The other four centres are found in Barcelona (one in Poblenou and another in Roquetes), in Santa Coloma de Gramenet and in Sant Adrià de Besòs.

 

Cáritas Diocesana de Barcelona, an organisation with a long humanitarian trajectory

Cáritas is a humanitarian organisation with global reach of the Catholic Church. The delegation of the diocese of Barcelona, which belongs to the framework which makes up this organisation, was created in 1944. From the very beginning, it has worked to take in and work with people in situations of poverty and vulnerability.

The organisation’s schemes are based around social action, raising awareness and denouncing injustice. Moreover, the organisation fights against poverty, social exclusion, intolerance, discrimination and against any action which violates human rights.

From the year 2007, the organisation has doubled the number of people it serves, yet has noted that the care of some families has extended over considerable time. As a result, Cáritas Diocesana de Barcelona decided to find new methods of intervention in order to break the cycle of intergenerational transmission of poverty.

 

Links of interest:

Cáritas Diocesana de Barcelona website.