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ARCSS

ARCSS

Portugal

ARCSS

The Associação Recreativa Cultural e Social de Silveirinhos, ARCSS, founded in April 29th, 1995, is headquartered in São Pedro da Cova, Gondomar, near Porto City.

ARCSS implemented valid structured projects in favor of children, young people and adults, from areas with large gaps, whether economic or social. ARCSS has about 200 young and adult people participating in their weekly activities (sports, study, social work, leisure and entertainment) and a total of 250 associated members. It, also, offers support and tools required for the rehabilitation, integration and inclusion of people with disabilities and mental illness, and for the promotion of health in general. We set target in promoting the physical and mental well-being of these people and, second, boost their social inclusion. Beyond all the work in social, cultural and sports areas, ARCSS is known for projects developed with adults and youth in the areas of formal, non-formal and informal education.

In 2004, ARCSS obtained the accreditation at the IQF (Institute for the quality of training), in the following areas: organization and promotion of training activities and development/implementation of training activities.

From June 2005, ARCSS began the implementation of Actions S@ber+, co-financed by the European Social Fund, under measure 2.1.Continuing Vocational Training, Action Type 2.1.2.1. Further training and specialization of Qualified Assets, integrated in the axis 2 – life-long training and adaptability, the POEFDS (Operational Program of Employment, Training and Social Development).

In 2005, the ARCSS held 10 shares S@ber+, for 150 trainees assets, and the population joined in an incomparable way. Another project of the ARCSS that most boasted new activities enhancing the community was, without a doubt, the project “different sensitivities, Equal Opportunities”, which ran between June 2005 and November 2006, co-funded by the European Social Fund under measure 4.4. integrated in axis 4 of POEFDS (Operational Program of Employment, Training and Social Development). ARCSS, also, developed, two projects supported by the Youth Program: the project “Local and Regional Policies for Youth” (Project reference: 130852-5.1.2 – EN-2006-R1) – www.politicasdejuventude.eu, developed through Action 5.1.2; and the project “Be Young Student”.

The ARCSS is member of: RNAJ – National Register of Youth Associations by the Secretary od State for Youth CCD – Center for Culture and Sports of Inatel, FAJDP – Federation of Youth Associations of the District of Porto, FCCG – Federation of Collectivities of the Council of Gondomar, FNAJ – National Federation of Youth Associations Local, AFP – Football Association of Porto, ABP – Association of Basketball of Porto, AAP – Association of Handball of Porto and the Municipal Council of Youth of Gondomar.

Beyond all the work in social, cultural and sports areas, ARCSS is known for projects developed with adults and youth in the areas of formal, non-formal and informal education. We highlight, for example, the Leonardo da Vinci Project “Women meet for tradition”, which has been developed since 2004 with European partners, in order to develop skills, boost employability and enhance the transfer of innovation in vocational training for women in the craft area. In another project, Grundtvig, “Learning by body”, the ARCSS is developing skills and creating healthy habits when it comes to holistic, multidisciplinary and cross-learning through the body. This year, ARCSS has partnered with one of the most prestigious training schools of Porto, “TECLA”, in order to invest in adult education, in all areas. Recently, ARCSS won a national application for the ESCOLHAS Programme. In 250 applications, ARCSS wasone of 15 funded organizations, and is currently developing the project “e-Youth”, for young adults (18 to 30 years old). The goal is to educate and train this target group and, after training professional in the design and communication area, set up a company to employ and generate a business.

- Training and Employment:

From June 2005, ARCSS began the implementation of Actions S@ber+, co-financed by the European Social Fund, under measure 2.1.Continuing Vocational Training, Action Type 2.1.2.1. Further training and specialization of Qualified Assets, integrated in the axis 2 – life-long training and adaptability, the POEFDS (Operational Program of Employment, Training and Social Development).

Last year, ARCSS won a national application for the ESCOLHAS Programme. In 250 applications, ARCSS wasone of 15 funded organizations, and is currently developing the project “e-Youth”, for young adults (18 to 30 years old). The goal is to educate and train this target group and, after training professional in the design and communication area, set up a company to employ and generate a business.

- European Projects:

In the Leonardo da Vinci Project “Women meet for tradition” (has been developed since 2004 with European partners, in order to develop skills, boost employability and enhance the transfer of innovation in vocational training for women in the craft area). In project, Grundtvig, “Learning by body”, the ARCSS is developing skills and creating healthy habits when it comes to holistic, multidisciplinary and cross-learning through the body. ARCSS promote gender equality in efforts aimed at improving poverty reduction, food security, and sustainability of development. Without gender equality and the economic and social improvement for women, food security cannot be achieved. ARCSS developing communities as a whole has achieved the goal of eliminating gender disparity in all levels of education, in employment, political representation, etc. So, for the universal realization of gender equality, ARCSS work to address certain areas like: violence against girls and women; men’s and women’s unequal opportunities in the labour market; gender-based discrimination in law and practice; the unequal division of unpaid care and domestic work; women’s limited control over property and assets, and women’s unequal representation in public and private decision making.

In the youth exchange "Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities”, our organization receive a number of young participants (from Italy, Spain, Turkey and Poland), in developed activities to give necessary tools to all participants in order to ensure a multiplying effect in all the local contexts, in defense of human rights. ARCSS has developed a project called “Ceramic-Ally”. Our goal was to create a social and inclusive business, allowing the marketing and of ceramic and other products, like handicraft developed by our users with the brand "Coisas D'Anjo". At the same time, since unemployment is very high, courses involved in formal, informal and non-formal educational systems may create new employment opportunities and career opportunities for youth and adults.

ARCSS is a partner in a sports project, Sport CD to develop the theme of community development through sports and create an original methodology that combines sports and an approach to community development, producing a didactic module that might allow operators and volunteers to become development facilitators in communities, throughout sports.

ARCSS is a partner in another sports project, INDIVE, to encourage social inclusion and equal opportunities in sports, with a specific focus on people with mental and physical disabilities.

In the project “Everyone is an Artist”, ARCSS it’s also a partner, and it’s a project that will develop innovative products in the field of non-formal learning methodologies to achieve social inclusion of young people with disabilities through art. The final goal of the project is the inclusion of young people with functional diversity through art and creative expression. The project aims to work on stigma, isolation, social exclusion and the difficulty of accessing the cultural and artistic world through awareness, empowerment, the creation of participatory spaces, the approach of cultural and artistic activities that will generate a horizontal methodology based on capacity and citizen participation. Also, we are accredited by the European Voluntary Service as organization of sending, receiving and coordinating volunteers. ARCSS is also a partner of several KA1, KA2, KA3 and sports projects.

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