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The International Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers (IFS) is a global movement of more than 11000 member associations that include multi-purpose, community-based organizations across the world. We believe in empowering the people who work for social justice by connecting, inspiring and supporting an inclusive global community.
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Focus Areas: Coronavirus: The impact on Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centers and more.
The IFS Helsinki Office and members have been organising online meetings as an opportunity to IFS members to share news and talk about the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on community work and plans after the crisis. There have been two meetings so far. The first online meeting took place on March 31, 2020, and the second on May 6, 2020.
Sophie Michelena, IFS Europe Projects Coordinator from Locality in the United Kingdom conducted research on COVID-19 related experiences as a part of the IFS Europe Office. The research compiled and compared experiences of social centres and their national bodies in 8 European countries: Sweden, the Netherlands, Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, and the UK.
The research took place in October and November 2020 and included:
- Interviews with the national membership and support organisation
- An online survey with social centres and local organisations in Europe
The research’s key findings can be found here.
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