CCDR, Social Security and Municipality of Faro visit CAES and the community garden of the Food Bank

José Apolinário highlighted the proximity work developed by the two associations in the Region

The Algarve Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR) met at the Social Emergency Shelter Center (CAES) with the Movement for Support of Social Problems (MAPS) and at the Solidarity Garden with the Algarve Food Bank Against Hunger (BACF). 

During the working visit, which was organized jointly with the Regional Directorate of the Social Security Institute and the Municipality of Faro, José Apolinário, president of CCDR Algarve, highlighted the proximity work carried out by the two associations in the Region, enabling better responses to social issues and mitigating the inequalities observed in the region.

The initiative also served to review ongoing projects, identifying immediate actions to trigger and outlining future possibilities for strengthening integrated social responses, namely in social innovation and training and capacity building for inclusion.

O DOGS It has been operating since September in premises provided by the Algarve Regional Directorate of Agriculture and Fisheries and has 17 rooms, a dining room, kitchen, laundry, common room and nursing and personalized service offices, surrounded by a green space, allowing of six months, 46 users in a disadvantaged or vulnerable situation, with a view to their reintegration into society.

«This response is complementary to the LEGOS project, which seeks to promote the integration of homeless citizens in the Algarve, which operates in three aspects: in the constitution of a multidisciplinary intervention team under the case manager model, in the creation of of an occupational center and in the promotion of actions to raise awareness and combat stigma», says CCDR Algarve.



In the case of LEGOS, which results from the partnership of five entities (MAPS, GATO, GRATO, APF and CASA), together with seven municipalities (Albufeira, Faro, Lagos, Loulé, Portimão, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António), the project plans to support 593 homeless people, guiding the entire process of social reintegration, with support of 720 thousand euros from the European Social Fund (ESF). ), through the Algarve Regional Program – CRESC ALGARVE 2020.

Horta Solidária is a project developed by Banco Alimentar Contra a Fome do Algarve (BACF), in partnership with the Portuguese Federation of Food Banks and the Ministry of Justice, through the Directorate-General for Reinsertion and Prison Services, with the support of of DRAP Algarve, Municipalities of Faro and Loulé, Universidade do Algarve, ARS Algarve, ALGAR, PLANTALGARVE, VIDAVERDE, EQUINOSTRUM, Loulé Horse Riding Center, MAPS, GATO, ACASO, EXISTIR, AAPCDAM and ASMAL, which complements the offer of
available goods and distribute a food basket aligned with the principles of the Mediterranean Diet to its beneficiaries.

After the visit, the president of the CCDR took the opportunity to note that the proposal for the ALGARVE 2030 Regional Program allocates more than 30% of the global allocation of the ESF+ to the themes of social inclusion of particularly vulnerable groups and that the intervention projects together of homeless people, as well as new social innovation responses, will continue to benefit from ALGARVE 2030 support.