Active Refugees in the Community -project (ARC) aims at preventing social problems and isolation of immigrants with refugee background in Finland and Sweden through engaging them in motivating meaningful activities and interaction with the local society and thus enhance their job creation skills, integration to the society, language skills and wellbeing.
In the project, 100 immigrants with refugee background are recruited all together in Finland and Sweden. The immigrants will be taking part of various activities during the project lifetime. In addition, many locals, associations and NGO’s are invited to join the activities. The project lifetime is 2 years, 1.12.2017-30.11.2019.
Finnish and Swedish immigrants participating in the project will share their personal challenges and success stories via regular video blog and thus enable also the local community to better understand the immigrants and their individual journeys.
Project partners:
Lead Partner: Pirkanmaan Martat ry /Tampere Region Martha Association
Partner 1: Modus / Tampere Region Design Association Modus

Partner 2 ISSS / Institute of Swedish Safety & Security

Associated partner: Employment office of Heby, Västmanland
Associated partner: City of Tampere
Associated partner: Sopimusvuori Foundation

Stakeholders:
Associations: Pirkanmaan rakennuskulttuuriyhdistys ry, Global Dry Toilet Association of Finland, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Tampere Adult Education Centre TAKK, Kototori –project, Federation of Tampere ev.lut parishes, Local Authority – (Heby kommun), Korskyrkan church, Job Centre (Arbetsförmedlingen) Sala & Heby, Job Centre (Arbetsförmedlingen) Uppsala, Solrosen Secondhand Cafe

ACTIVITY IN FINLAND
The project works with the Hiedanranta Development of City of Tampere. 8-10 glasshouses are built in the Hiedanranta Edible Garden area to be a platform for gardening activities during the summer seasons. There will be weekly gardening guidance, public events, cultural events, courses on gardening, composting, handicraft.

ACTIVITY IN SWEDEN
The project will take place in ISSS Resilience Center in Östervåla. In the project ISSS will design and implement a pilot called “Seed-2-pot-2-people” and organise an own radio station for involved immigrants and produce content to video blog. ISSS will also organise weekly gardening guidance for immigrants and cultural events.
Interested in the project? Do you want to participate? Ask for more details:
In Finland:
Heidi Ovaska
Tampere Region Martha Association
Active Refugees in the Community -project
Project Manager, horticulturist
Tel. +358 50 3718913
heidi.ovaska(a)martat.fi
In Sweden
Philip Wayer
Institute of Swedish Safety & Security
Tel. +46 70 8620965
philipw(a)isss.se
 Hankkeessa suunnitellaan ja rakennetaan yhdessä pakolaistaustaisten maahanmuuttajien kanssa Hiedanrannan kartanon rantaan kasvihuoneita, joissa viljellään hyötykasveja. Hankkeessa järjestetään maahanmuuttajien kanssa mm. avoimia puutarhaneuvontatilaisuuksia sekä eri kulttuurien esittelytapahtumia, joissa tavoitteena on erilaisten ihmisten kohtaaminen ja tutustuminen sekä toisiltamme oppiminen. Päätavoitteina hankkeessa ovat pakolaistaustaisten maahanmuuttajien eristäytymisen ja sosiaalisten ongelmien ehkäiseminen sekä sopeutumisen helpottaminen mielekkään käytännönläheisen toiminnan avulla. Kumppaneina hankkeessa ovat Pirkanmaan muotoilu- ja taideteollisuusyhdistys Modus, ruotsalainen Institute of Swedish Safety & Security, Tampereen kaupunki, Sopimusvuorisäätiö sekä lukuisat sidosryhmät.

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