Piloting New Approaches - TERUEL PROVINCE (SPAIN)

 

We believe that local communities are at the heart of creating welcoming environments in which newcomers can settle and thrive. Under the SHARE SIRA project, our 10 selected pilot actions will run during 10 months and put communities at the centre of innovative activities and initiatives to support the social orientation and early integration needs of newcomers living in rural areas. They will touch upon a wide range of themes and approaches including: access to banking services, access to mental and reproductive health, access to the labour market, mentorship, entrepreneurship, language acquisition, and intercultural exchanges with the local community through sports, cultural activities, outings, gastronomy and farming.


 

In the province of Teruel, the two selected pilot actions are the following: 

 

Pilot Action: Integrating beyond implemented by Psicara

 

 

 

Location: Monreal del Campo and Valderrobres

The project "Integrating beyond" will have a wide range of activities, promoting awareness of different cultures in an interactive way, and the integration of non-EU migrants and the local population. Various actions have been designed, such as workshops on emotional management, awareness and socialisation between cultures that offer meeting spaces where topics of great social relevance are dealt with from an intercultural perspective and the development of basic social skills (e.g. assertiveness, empathy, etc.) is encouraged.​

As part of the "Integrating beyond" project, social counselling services will be offered to create a sustainable support network over time and a guide of services and advice will be developed with recommendations for adaptation for non-EU citizens, refugees or asylum seekers, including more formal aspects and other more everyday aspects provided by the local population.​

There will also be a gymkhana and intercultural workshop with a variety of games and other dynamic activities aimed at children and young people, as well as an ecological walk through nearby green areas to promote the search for a common goal and sustainable actions for the planet from an intergenerational and intercultural perspective. In addition, as part of the “Culturas al habla” activity, conversation groups will be formed to promote awareness of the different cultures of both the non-EU migrant population and the local population, and to facilitate language learning.​

The project will also include the "Disclosure Time" activity, an open space in which people who go through the project can talk about their experience, both in social networks and local and regional media. The aim is to give visibility to the project and to raise awareness among the local population of the adverse experiences that other people have had to face, so that other migrants can see themselves reflected.​

 

PSICARA is an association formed by fourteen psychology professionals whose objective is to cover the psychological and social needs of the population. PSICARA's activities are focused on seven fundamental pillars: psychological care, scientific dissemination, visibility, training, research, prevention and social intervention, always based on scientific evidence, respect and human warmth.

 

 


 

Pilot Action: Paths that connect implemented by the Red Cross Teruel

 

 

Location: Comarcas of Jiloca y Gúdar-Javalambre

The "Paths that connect" project will include a wide range of activities with the aim of raising public awareness of the importance of caring for and protecting the environment, promoting support networks between local people and non-EU migrants through activities that respond to environmental needs, fostering migrants' sense of belonging in the host society, creating intercultural meeting places in rural areas, and empowering women in rural areas. ​

To this end, a series of activities have been designed, such as workshops in educational centres that will address the issue of caring for the environment as a way of preserving the environment and the responsibility of everyone in its care and conservation. Environmental rehabilitation tasks will also be carried out in community spaces, attending to the needs of each locality and making use of local and sustainable resources. Reforestation activities will address environmental needs and the planting of autochthonous species will be carried out in order to recover biodiversity. At the end of the project, a photographic exhibition will be organised to showcase the change in the rehabilitated natural areas. 

 

 

The Red Cross is a humanitarian institution, of a voluntary nature and of public interest, with national and international presence. The mission of the Red Cross is to be increasingly closer to vulnerable people in the national and international spheres, through integrated actions, carried out essentially by volunteers and with a broad social participation and territorial presence. The Red Cross in the province of Teruel is made up of around 90 professionals, mainly from the social field, who form multidisciplinary teams to provide a comprehensive response to the needs with which they work (psychologists, social workers, educators, etc.).