Working with associations

Treballant amb les associacions

11. Ciutats i Comunitats Sostenibles

In 2022, the Fundació Institut Guttmann continued with its commitment and support to associations for people with disabilities, especially those that are part of its Social Council. Therefore, Guttmann Barcelona has hosted the Annual Meeting of ASPAYM and that of ECOM, among others.

However, the most outstanding initiative during 2022 in this area was the launch of the seminar “New Leadership to promote Social Innovation” aimed at member associations of the Social and Participation Council and enjoying their full support. Its aim is to contribute to the preparation and training of new leaders in the disability field who help promote the generational renewal needed in the sector, as well as promoting the role of women in the disability field.

Last September saw the start of the first of a total of six sessions that were to end in March 2023, dealing with current issues such as social inequalities, the common good vs the individual good, the transformation of the third sector, how to generate political influence and the need to ensure compliance with human rights, among others.

High-level speakers, all recognised academics in the fields of social policies, law and associationism, took part in the programme.

In addition to its care, scientific and teaching activities, the Fundació Institut Guttmann performs social actions and, within this context, organises this seminar to dig deeper into some of the main issues of our society that are key to understanding and facing the main challenges that we have set out to move towards a fairer, more inclusive and more sustainable model of society.

Throughout its history, the Fundació Institut Guttmann has been characterised by a high degree of social commitment and working hand in hand with associations representing people with disabilities. For this reason, the Institut Guttmann counts the Social and Participation Council among its advisory governing bodies, the president of which is a member of the institute’s Board of Trustees. This initiative favours the participation and collective responsibility of all stakeholders involved in carrying out the foundation’s activities.

PARTICIPA social research project

During 2022, the PARTICIPA project continued to be promoted and disseminated. It currently has almost 1,900 volunteers and some thirty member entities. In March, along with the Government of Andorra, we presented the PARTICIPA project to associations from our neighbouring country at a press conference.

In 2022, we organised an advertising campaign, #queremosparticipar, to specifically raise awareness and disseminate the project. The singer Rigoberta Bandini was involved in the campaign, and it had a total of 1,500 views on YouTube and over 960,000 impressions, 190,000 views and 12,200 interactions on Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and Facebook. The project enjoyed the support of important figures like the writer Bob Pop, the athlete Juan Carlos Unzué who is currently affected by ALS, the journalist Jordi Évole and the band Ladilla Rusa, among others.

First volunteer meeting

In addition, on 1 December we held the first meeting of the project’s Reference Group. Its main objectives were to carry out qualitative research on the project and collect information on the experience of volunteers to define new lines of action.

The meeting was held in Guttmann Barcelona’s Ágora room and was attended by the entire team and a group of 13 volunteers selected according to various criteria in order to guarantee diversity. During the session, which lasted 3 hours, attendees were informed of the current situation of the project and a participatory session was organised to get their opinions on various topics. Using an interactive virtual tool and debate with attendees, the team received feedback on the way in which the research is carried out, such as the format and contents of the questionnaires, the themes of the forum and the project’s communication channels.

Participants gave their opinion on what they would like to do with the results of the study, offered ideas to expand the cohort and, in general, took part in a very enriching debate to allow further research on the barriers and facilitators that determine the day-to-day lives of people with disabilities.