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1Speaker: Luciano Bedin SOCIAL COOPERATION IN TIMES OF CRISIS Financial IssuesPrimavera 85The True Story ofan Italian Social CooperativeSpeaker: Luciano Bedin1
2Activities are run by 50 operators assisted PresentationPrimavera 85 runs day centres, school projects, after-school services and afternoon rehabilitation services that involve about 200 families every day.Activities are run by 50 operators assistedby a large groupof volunteers.2
3Mission: become an asset and a resource for communities with centres. We mainly deal with:People with autismPeople with mental and physical disabilitiesElderly people with disabilitiesJob training and placementAfter-school activitiesLearning difficultiesThe elderly and third-age issuesRunning a shop3
4CLP – Center for job training This center is dedicated to people with various degree of disabilities.Its aim is to support disabilitated people in the path towards the world of work.
5Alternative Jewellery project Involves people with mild mental and physical disabilitieswho do not need to attend a day centre.AIM: develop manual skills in order to foster their chances of finding local employmentBY setting up a goldsmith’s workshop where all work is done by hand5
6Valorise (not compete with) Vicenza’s traditional goldsmith system GOING FOR GOLDThis workshop uses some of Vicenza’s longest standing goldsmiths to ensure that decades of experience will not be lost to the current crisis and to create a link between old and new generations, resulting in a wide range of people being able to benefit from the workshop.Valorise (not compete with) Vicenza’s traditional goldsmith systemSocial inclusion of peoplein training scheme6
7How much did it cost?All of the tools were donated by local goldsmith workshopsand the workshop itself is housed at the job training day centre.Consequently, in financial terms,the cooperative did not have to make an investment.7
8Commercial development Imperfection is our added valueUnique jewellery displayed during special exhibitionsat project-partner jewellers’, interviews on local TV, a website.MORE THAN 50 JEWELLERS INVOLVED8
9Local RepercussionsUsers: more training/placement opportunities in an environment that leads to proper social inclusion.Cooperative: chance to offer innovative training schemes and receive income.Young designers: chance to fulfil projects and learn from skilled craftsmen.Older goldsmiths: chance to pass on their knowledge.Redundant workers: chance to work alongside trainees as volunteers.Vicenza goldsmith industry: chance to safeguard part of its patrimony and knowledge.9
10Strategic partnersRetired goldsmiths or goldsmiths who have closed down their businessDisability department’s and Vicenza Local Health Authority’s Work Placement ServicePsychiatry department’s Work Placement Service (Vicenza Local Health Authority)Vicenza Local Health Authority’s Disability departmentVeneto Productivity Centre (CPV), VicenzaWalter Maino’s advertising/photo studioE-Team communication agencyIreland’s tinymonkeydesign agencyVicenza exhibition centreYoung designersVolunteersDozens of jewellers’ throughout the Triveneto area10
11Thanks to our partners and to a hard-hitting advertising campaign, the initiative has been successful, and allowed us to expose in different goldsmith workshops, as well as in congress and summits.
12During one of the last events, we got in touch with Rwanda Jewels workshop. This initiative is part of the program of scientific and didactic collaboration between IVAV University of Venice (Italy) and KIST, Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, Rwanda, and it involves also the cultural collaboration program carried out between the cited IVAV and the Foundation Claudio Buziol. Partner and sponsor of the enterprise is The Soroptimist International.The result? A successfull joint-venture between plant-fibers productors and our experienced and appreciated unique jewellery, with the aim of helping our partners to manufact objects suitable for european taste.