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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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Sharing the Magazine C'est Possible! from Centres sociaux et socioculturels de France with the IFS members!

This edition presents the citizens' initiatives accompanied by social centers in Kenya, Italy, Finland and Australia and their interview with Pentti Lemmetyinen the IFS President.
Morwell Neighbourhood House Hima & Strada Tinada Youth Organization Arcs Culture Solidali

www.centres-sociaux.fr/ressources/cest-possible-n18-dec-2020-mars-2021-le-tour-du-monde-des-centr...
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Sharing the Magazine Cest Possible! from Centres sociaux et socioculturels de France with the IFS members! 

This edition presents the citizens initiatives accompanied by social centers in Kenya, Italy, Finland and Australia and their interview with Pentti Lemmetyinen the IFS President. 
Morwell Neighbourhood House Hima & Strada Tinada Youth Organization Arcs Culture Solidali

https://www.centres-sociaux.fr/ressources/cest-possible-n18-dec-2020-mars-2021-le-tour-du-monde-des-centres-sociaux/?fbclid=IwAR32I50QRcDFH8nSWuGLkuPgj33pTYoS4cB693teX0o97b2KTLkKUHyXuh4

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we are thrilled to be in this. I Just need to get in translated to English

Based in Italy, Arcs Culture Solidali is one of the IFS member organisations that is very active among communities in many countries around the globe.PRIMI PASSI PER IL PROGETTO #ELLE IN CAMERUN
Con questo intervento continua l’impegno di ARCS a favore dell’integrazione di genere, questa volta in territorio camerunese, in particolare per promuovere il ruolo di donne e giovani come agenti di sviluppo e di cambiamento
👉 Scopri di più: www.arcsculturesolidali.org/2021/01/11/primi-passi-per-il-progetto-elle-in-camerun/
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Based in Italy, Arcs Culture Solidali is one of the IFS member organisations that is very active among communities in many countries around the globe.

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