Gdansk 2007 - "Demographic change and inclusion"
The EUROCITIES awards recognise outstanding achievement by EUROCITIES members in the delivery of local activities or practices which improve the quality of life for citizens and will be judged in the context of the theme of the annual conference. Entries are judged by an independent jury of five members from the thematic sector, academia, EU institutions, media and NGO. Jury members change every year.
Innovation: recognising innovation in the planning and implementation of activities or practices by a local authority.
Participation: for activities or practices of a local authority which are successful in actively promoting citizen participation.
Cooperation: awarding cooperation efforts undertaken by a local authority with partner organisations or cities.
Awards for innovation
Edinburgh: A City for All Ages - Edinburgh’s Joint Plan for Older People
A City for All Ages is a pioneering 10-year strategic vision and action plan combining committed, integrated activity from the City Council and its partners to improve the quality of life for older people. Since 2000 the active involvement of older people at city and local levels has successfully delivered externally evaluated goals covering social, economic, political, cultural and educational spheres. International recognition through the World Health Organisation (WHO) identifies the ground breaking joint strategy as a holistic approach for development. Despite no dedicated funding the strategy is sustained through existing structures and resources. It addresses demographic changes and needs, including those in ethnic and minority communities, to promote human solidarity across all groups and generations.
✭ WINNER - Leeds: Building Bridges intergenerational project
The Building Bridges project was established to develop intergenerational work between primary school children and local older people. It is a successful, sustainable partnership between Leeds City Council, Education Leeds, and voluntary sector partners. It has involved 20 schools and around 15 older people’s organisations to date, in areas across the city. Project evaluation shows that Building Bridges has succeeded in bringing the benefits of intergenerational work to local communities, including heightened self esteem and wellbeing, and created lasting relationships between older people and school pupils. It has been nationally recognised for innovative practice, and the toolkit taken up by a national educational publisher.
A pilot is currently under way to adapt the toolkit for use in secondary schools.
Oslo: Quo Vadis?
Quo vadis? is a city-wide development and production center providing literacy, numeric skills and communication/language training in a work context.
Quo Vadis? aims at increasing the employability of ethnic minority women and is specially designed for those that have little or no formal education prior to arrival and stay Norway, and/or suffer from learning difficulties.
The development program consists of classroom-based basic skills learning, work-based and work-related learning, and learners’ participation in socio-cultural activities. As part of the training, participants work in the Qua Vadis? catering business, the textile workshop or in the shop selling these products.
Qua Vadis? includes a day-care component to accommodate women with small children.
Awards for participation
Krakow: Week of the Disabled “Requited Love for Krakow”
The Week of the Disabled “Requited Love for Krakow” is an integration undertaking organized by the Municipal Office of Krakow annually since 1999. Disabled inhabitants of the Krakow Municipal Commune participate in the events, and the formula of the event was expanded since 2005. Disabled persons from the entire Małopolskie Voivodship united in organizations for the disabled, care facilities, Social Assistance Homes and Special Schools were invited to participate in the event. During these seven days of different events, the disabled present their artistic achievements, compete in numerous sport competitions and get to know the history of Krakow.
Netwerkstad Twente: Roombeek, a neighbourhood under Reconstruction
On the 13th of May 2000 the city of Enschede was shocked by the fireworks disaster which damaged the Roombeek district.
How do you ensure that the rebuilding of a district that has been hit by a disaster proceeds in such a way that the town’s life is revived to a level that was better than ever before? The aim is to create out of the ashes of Roombeek a green, lively and mixed district with future value, in which returning, new and future residents can find their own niche.
The physical, social and economic reconstruction is integrated in one cohesive plan. Departe points for the actions are the right to return of the former inhabitants of the district and ensuring that all stakeholders - including the people directly affected by the disaster - are intensively involved in the reconstruction proces.
✭ WINNER - Rotterdam: Mensen maken de Stad (People Make Their City)
People Make Their City (PMTC) is a program which is meant to strengthen social cohesion at a street level. Active citizen participation is the central issue. Rotterdam wants to reach cohesion through participatory actions at a street level. To reach city impact, the citizens make their own street agenda in which ‘behaviourial rules’ are agreed upon.
Awards for cooperation
Edinburgh: PrePare - pregnancy support team for substance misusing women
PrePare is a pregnancy support team for substance misusing mothers in Edinburgh, offering some of the city’s most vulnerable citizens - the women and their babies - intensive support during and after their pregnancy.
The first of its kind in Scotland, this cross-city partnership project is running for 2 years initially. The project is supported and managed by the City of Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian and has been facilitated by Action on Alcohol and Drugs in Edinburgh with funding from the Scottish Executive. Intensive networking by the PrePare team with a range of service providers – GPs, social work teams, housing officers, drug and alcohol agencies – has enabled clients to be referred to this innovative and successful project.
✭ WINNER - London: Mayor’s Commission on African and Asian Heritage (MCAAH)
The Mayor’s Commission on African and Asian Heritage (MCAAH) is a groundbreaking mayoral initiative launched in 2003, to investigate how London’s heritage sector (museums, archives and the historic environment) could more inclusively reflect and represent London’s diverse hidden histories and cultural heritage.
With a rapidly increasing multicultural population, London’s heritage sector was being challenged to shift from a largely Eurocentric perspective to more fully reveal and illustrate the nation’s shared historical legacy. The wealth of London’s Black and Asian cultural expertise needed to be utilised, valued and integrated into mainstream heritage practice.
The MCAAH steered an inquiry process, based on a dynamic partnership between the city’s key heritage delivery agencies and institutions and its Black and Asian Community-based groups. Together, working cooperatively in a strategic partnership, their evidence addressed critical issues and formulated an action plan for transforming access to heritage and professional practices throughout the sector.
Utrecht: Perspective for asylum seekers unaccompanied minors age 16-26
The objective of the Perspective project is to prevent asylumseekers unaccompanied minors age 16-26 to end up in an illegal situation. First of all the purpose of the project is to give the minors a future. If the minors get a residence permit they will be stimulated to have an education or to find a job.
The minors get a personal coach. This approach inspires confidence between the social workers and the asylumseekers unaccompanied minors age 16-26. This is important especially for the group whose chances to stay in the Netherlands are slim.
Unaccompanied minors will always experience several forceful breaches of trust and perspective in the crucial adolescent years. Therefore, they need careful coaching when reaching majority, whether they will be expected to merge in our society or whether they are considered to no longer need protection in the Netherlands while having reached majority.
The 2007 Awards jury panel was composed of the following members:
City of Gdansk
European Anti Poverty Network