Unit 2.4. – Sustainable neighbourhoods

Sustainable neighbourhoods

Spain

Organisation that has implemented good practice: Fundación Tomillo

Type of organisation: NGO

Level: Regional

Target group: Young people between 14-18 from a disadvantaged background

Aim: To integrate underprivileged youngsters into the labor market, particularly in the field related to energy efficiency 

Description

Students, besides education and improving their work perspective at the same time improve the situation in their neighborhoods, promote the sustainability and help their communities in need. The project has started in 2015 and more than 200 families already been involved in it.

There is a variety of activities involved in the program:

  • Self-awareness workshops aim to reinforce their own identities and perceive themselves as individuals who are self-aware of  their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Professional training provided together with specialized companies in the energy sector. Energy Saving Manual has also been developed together with students and spread in the communities.
  • Social analysis* – focus on the issues in their communities and how they could help to contribute to a solution that can address any of the SDGs,
  • Households micro-interventions** – students help families living in poverty improve energy efficiency by installing a set of materials that reduce their energy consumption and save up to 20% on their electricity bills. 

Social analysis* is the practice of systematically examining a social problem, issue, or trend, often with the aim of prompting changes in the situation being analyzed.

A Micro-interventions** is an intervention that can be performed in a relatively short time period without intensive contact with a trainer or counselor.

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By GOONJOB team

The GOONJOB team is composed by 6 people representing the project partners: CREOLABS, BLUEBOOK srl, ADEL, USB.