What does the Project consist of?
VilaVeïna is a pilot community project being carried out in 16 neighbourhoods of the city of Barcelona. It seeks to improve the quality of life of people who provide care (whether they be family members, close acquaintances, or professionals), as well as of the people who need care. The project aims to make care work more socialized, more collective and shared, so that it is not experienced in the solitude and intimacy of households.
How does the organization of care function in concrete terms?
A physical location (in a community building, civic centre, or library) is established in each neighborhood and functions as the project’s headquarters in the respective territory. In each office, there is a reference professional who carries out a series of actions, with the main ones being the following:
o Identifying and diagnosing needs related to care.
o Elaborating an ad hoc work plan for each territory and implementing the actions that it requires.
o Improving the coordination of different services, projects, and programs in the area of care that are carried out in each neighbourhood at the public level, as well as the private level and that of social and solidarity initiatives.
What services do they provide to the community?
In each VilaVeïna, two types of services are carried out: on one hand, a portfolio of shared services is promoted in all the territories and, on the other hand, they organize specific actions adapted to the situation in the territory (such as workshops, courses, well-being spaces, etc.). Regarding shared actions, the most important include:
o Information and orientation point for the neighbourhood in relation to care.
o Employment advice for care professionals and people want/need to hire care services.
o Child conciliation service (“babysitting”).
o Rest service for family members caring for dependent people, whose capacities are still relatively preserved.
o Group and community well-being spaces (some aimed at a very specific target audiences and others open to the neighbourhood as a whole).
o Actions promoting corresponsibility and equality in care work.
How are they articulated with the community?
Actions are created “ad hoc” and adapted to the reality of the territory (therefore, each VilaVeïna has different services according to their needs). These are usually co-produced with the social and communitarian fabric of the corresponding neighbourhood. In each territory, the project has a community follow-up and promotion space in which key organizations and resources from each neighbourhood participate.
How is the project funded?
All the activities that are promoted and carried out are free for residents. They are primarily funded through the municipal budget of the Social Rights Area.