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This resource is one of the outputs of a partnership formed by four European organisations involved in community work and citizen participation with disadvantaged or marginalised social groups in numerous and diverse locations throughout Europe. The partnership includes Scottish Community Development Centre (UK), Cooperativa Estrategies de Transformacio Comunitaria Sostenible (Spain), Association of Local Democracy Agencies (France), Association of Community Developers (Hungary). 

These case studies document the different projects and organisations who were involved in the Grundtvig project. You can view the summaries and click the download link for the full document in pdf format. You can also download the full collection as one pdf here.

Community work in an urban environment in Avas district of Miskolc (Hungary) Download now

The project works in a huge housing estate of some 38,000 population. It helps bring people together to discuss common problems and create a better dialogue with public agencies. It organises community representation on different forums and draws people's attention to the need to be active in order to achieve change.

Crossroads Youth and Community Association (Glasgow, UK) Download now

One third of the population in Govanhill, Glasgow is from ethnic minorities and over 50 languages spoken, so the project's ethos is integration - to facilitate people from different backgrounds in the community coming together. This is done by working directly with people in the community through groups and by providing one-to-one support and advocacy for vulnerable people.

Local Democracy in Strasbourg (France) Download now

A city wide initiative to create new forms of democracy based on encouraging more active citizenship. It aims to put in place permanent dialogue between residents, elected officials and municipal employees. It uses different approaches to ensure that the needs and problems of all residents, young people and neighborhoods in general are taken better into account in order to achieve the best possible decisions and solutions.

Fund to Support the Poor (SZETA) - Eger Foundation (Hungary) Download now

Eger began as functioning as a multi-purpose community space and a settlement type community home for 12 children. Its activities and services have steadily expanded to include summer camps for disadvantaged children, consultation and information services in social and legal matters, regular community and small group events for families, protection against discrimination, collection and transfer of donations for families in need. Today the Foundation supports people not only in Eger and the nearby villages but also in the surrounding micro regions.

Bátonyterenye, Nógrád County Roma Association (Hungary) Download now

The Roma civil organisation of Bátonyterenye was established in 1996 with the main aim of supporting the most vulnerable social groups in the town and the neighbouring villages. It now operates various programmes, including desegregation of Roma segregated housing areas, a network of after-school extracurricular educational institutions,helping Roma people find employment and supporting the social reintegration of prison inmates.

BHIM RAO Association, SzendrĹ‘lád (Hungary) Download now

Founded in 2002, the BHIM RAO Association is a non-profit organisation. Their main objective is to help Roma and non-Roma young people with multiple disadvantages access school and post school educational opportunities. Their strategic aim is to help lift whole families out of poverty by ensuring that their children complete secondary-level education, learn a trade and obtain professional qualifications and improve their employment prospects.

Can Masdeu, Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain) Download now

This is a former squatted social centre and now runs a community garden in the Collserola Park on the outskirts of Barcelona. There are three tiers of gardens - the lowest is the new local gardens, the middle tier is a production garden for the community and the top tier is the original local gardens. The project manages a café, runs workshops and presentations and holds a weekly open house where some 100 to 300 people come up to participate in activities related to ecology, activism, and self-sufficiency.

Blantyre & South Lanarkshire Credit Union (Scotland) Download now

The Credit Union promotes the financial well-being of its members by providing a broad range of innovative financial products and services, supported by a dedicated, well-trained staff. It provides a safe and convenient place to save money, accessible loans at a very reasonable rate of interest which are often much more accessible, efficient and cost than those provided by banks or other financial institutions.

Marabal Association, Community based Social Theatre, Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain) Download now

The Marabel Association uses the arts as a creative means of fostering personal, professional and social development. They believe in the arts as a form of self-expression accessible to everyone and as a tool to foster social change. Its activities include dance, theatre, social theatre, street theatre, cabaret and art therapy.

LUV cafe (Glasgow, UK) Download now

The LUC Café is an eatery with a difference - it operates as a community based café providing wholesome, nutritious food at affordable prices. Set up in 2004 as part of the Linthouse Urban Village (LUV), it employs a healthy eating ethos to its operation. What makes it quite special is that it is a social enterprise employing 5 local people.

NORAI Project , Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain) Download now

Norai is a cultural project focusing on social responsibility and marine gastronomy, linked to the Barcelona Maritime Museum and the Royal Shipyards Consortium. Space is set aside for a restaurant-café and for research and experimentation into marine cuisine with the aim of making it another place to learn at the museum. The project also works toward improving the quality of life in the surrounding area by providing training and job opportunities for marginalised people and helping to generate business in the area by ensuring that the suppliers of the restaurant-café are neighbourhood companies and businesses.

The Local Democracy Agencies - a unique tool for the development of local democracy outside the EU (ALDA, Hungary) Download now

ALDA coordinates 13 Local Democracy Agencies in the Western Balkans which aim to strengthen local democracy, foster respect for human rights and promote sustainable development. It focuses on partnership building - between local and international partners, between local authorities and non-government organisations to design projects and implementing local activities. This process is in itself a learning process for everyone involved and serves as a practical example of how democratic participatory planning processes can create results.

"Romani Platni" Roma Restaurant (Budapest, Hungary) Download now

Romani Platni is a community-based initiative that aims to dispel stereotypes and misconceptions about the Roma people. Social workers in one of the most segregated neighbourhoods of Budapest and their Roma clients have created a restaurant where over meals prepared by members of the Roma community they can discuss issues that are important to the Roma community. This provides the opportunity for people from all over Budapest and beyond to learn about Roma people and their traditions.

Community Links South Lanarkshire (Scotland) Download now

Community Links has been providing bespoke community consultation services to a number of agencies for almost 10 years and is now regarded as a leader in this field. It delivers innovative and effective consultation services to partner agencies and service providers to involve local members of the community in local decisions. It has a strong focus on the community asset based approach, organises social marketing campaigns and actively recruits local volunteers to assist with its projects and events.

Apropem-nos - "Getting closer" (Barcelona) Download now

Getting closer" defines itself as a community network, assessing community needs through community work and engagement. It is a network of associations, public services and individuals that works through networking at a city and neighbourhood level in Barcelona. Its overall aim is to create a network within neighbourhoods, connecting individuals, organizations and areas, based on interactions which help develop trust. It is one example of the city's Community Development Plans which aim to address partnership issues through a range of awareness raising and community education programmes.

Sociopoly board game (Hungary) Download now

Sociopoly is based upon the well known board game of Monopoly. Players go through days of an average month - accelerating time with the dice - trying to survive the month under typical financial circumstances of a long-term unemployed person. Players get an income and have to meet expenses designated to correspond roughly to the reality of today's Hungary. During its few years' of existence Sociopoly has proved to be a good tool of raising awareness and helping change approaches to working with poor families.

Healthy ‘n Happy Community Development Trust (Scotland) Download now

The project was established by local people in 2002 as a Healthy Living Initiative. Since then it has evolved from its core health and wellbeing initiatives and launched a community radio station, worked on the regeneration of local communities using community engagement and capacity building. Is has also incorporated a local NHS youth health service and established a social enterprise arm. In 2012 it became a Community Development Trust, supporting the health and wellbeing of local communities in Cambuslang and Rutherglen on the outskirts of Glasgow.

The European Roma and Travellers Forum (Strasbourg - FR) Download now

This initiative operates through a formal Partnership Agreement with the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers. It encourages two-way communication between the Roma and non Roma communities in order to positively influence policy makers to ensure that policies reflect the real needs of the Roma communities across Europe.