Manlleu will be one of the seven cities in Catalonia where a pilot program to combat poverty will be developed, with the will to start the path set by the Sustainable Development Goals, approved in the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations General Assembly regarding the eradication of poverty.
The program promoted by the Department of Social Welfare and Family, l’Obra Social “la Caixa”, the of FC Barcelona Foundation and the Rosa Oriol Foundation.
The program was born as a result of several meetings that began last April, when the vice-president of the Government and head of Social Welfare and Family, Neus Munté, and Sr. Lucia Caram met, and the need to join efforts to fight was detected against the scourge of poverty, with the involvement and responsibility of everyone
The pilot program is aimed at children and their families living in a context of maximum vulnerability. This intervention will have to respond to basic needs not covered, offering accompaniment and comprehensive support to the family, and guidance to parents.
To carry it out, seven territories have been chosen in accordance with the territorial balance and based on the results of the territorial indicators of risk of poverty and social exclusion, submitted last October to the Department of Social Welfare and Family and the Statistical Institute of Catalonia: indicators of income, unemployment, social protection and demography. The seven selected territories are, apart from Manlleu, Manresa, Figueres, Lloret de Mar, El Vendrell, Tortosa, and the neighborhood of Mariola, Lleida.
The operating organ will be the Institutional Commission, and its function will be to establish the lines of work of the pilot program. To carry out the project in the territory, a local network of attention to vulnerable children and their families will be created, formed by a broad public / private partnership, which will give rise to the Technical Coordination Board for Children and Family, where the methodology of participatory work will be created and agreed, which will determine: the work dynamics of the board itself, the selection criteria of the families that will be attended, and the indicated and evaluation criteria.
In a context of risk of a polarized and dual society, public-private collaboration becomes a key element to respond to the needs that are manifested, being aware of the complexity of the phenomenon of poverty, understood as a problem that needs to be addressed with measures that seek balance between palliative and structural strategies, with cross-cutting interventions and coordinated actions with the other agents involved.
The Department of Social Welfare and Family will make available to the pilot project the set of resources and services it invests in the territory, in accordance with the objectives of combating poverty and supporting children and the family.
The local entities, like the Departament, will also make available to the project resources and services that they have, in order to achieve the same objectives of the fight against poverty.
The “la Caixa” Social Work will make available to the pilot territories the programs Incorporates (Incorpora) and Caixa Pro-childhood (CaixaProinfancia). The two programs are developed through entities of the third sector.
The FC Barcelona Foundation will make the FutbolNet and BarçaKids programs available to pilot territories. Both programs promote work values through sport to facilitate inclusion in society and personal development of participants.
The Rosa Oriol Foundation, which has Sister Lucia Caram in its Board, will provide the accumulated experience of working to respond to people and groups at risk of social exclusion.
The Monitoring Commission, made up of representatives of the different institutions and participating institutions, will hold an annual evaluation meeting in each territory and a global evaluation meeting of the pilot project.