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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: Social Justice, Democracy and Peace

Despite the hardship and challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic, The IFS Network and its members remain united and joined forces to keep communities together and services up and running. Here are some of the past and upcoming events and activities conducted by the IFS Helsinki Office and its members to advocate for social justice, peace, and democracy everywhere.

  • The power of Community Across Europe – Locality Research Report: Research on experiences of the community response to the pandemic across Europe in 2020. Read more
  • Project IFS Fostering Social Justice! Erasmus + EU Program 2021 – 2024 – IFS as advocate and provider for adult learning opportunities – 11 EU countries – 12 partners – 17 Projects – 1 Network. The project is funded by the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Read more
  • IFS Conference Sydney 2021 – Social Justice the Unfinished Journey. Read more 
  • Community Organizations Promoting Democracy and Peace in Europe Meeting. This part of the Peace event series hosted by the IFS Helsinki Office and the Finnish Federation of Settlements and sponsored by the Finnish Minister of Justice. Read more
  • IFS Middle Managers Meeting: Focus on Older Adult Services. Read more.
  • Webinar on Democracy. June 17, 2021. Read more
  • Webinar on Mental Health. July 14, 2021. Read more

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Today is the last day of IFSJ Study Visits at Centres sociaux et socioculturels de France . The group of participants in the EU and Erasmus+ programme IFS Fostering Social Justice started their journey on Monday, October 11 and will soon be going back to their countries and will later share their experiences and the good practices learned.

#IFS #forsocialjustice #IFSJLa FCSF accueille pour la semaine 8 pairs européens d'Autriche, Allemagne, Pays-Bas, Finlande, Suède, Italie, Danemark, dans le cadre du projet Fostering Social Justice. Une semaine pour découvrir, observer et analyser formations et outils permettant d'accompagner le réseau dans le développement du pouvoir d'agir.
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Today is the last day of IFSJ Study Visits at Centres sociaux et socioculturels de France . The group of participants in the EU and Erasmus+ programme IFS Fostering Social Justice started their journey on Monday, October 11 and will soon be going back to their countries and will later share their experiences and the good practices learned. 

#IFS #forsocialjustice #IFSJ

It's ADHD Week and Setlementti Puijola Mahku is offering free neuro psychiatric training for people with criminal background and their loved ones. More on the purpose of the ADHD week👇Tällä viikolla vietetään ADHD-viikkoa. Teemaviikon tarkoituksena on tuoda esiin varhaisen tunnistamisen ja riittävän tuen merkitystä. ADHD voi tuoda mukanaan monenlaisia haasteita arkielämään mm. talousasioihin, oppimiseen, ihmissuhteisiin ja riippuvuuksiin liittyen.

Suuri osa rikostaustaisista kamppailee neuropsykiatristen erityispiirteiden tuottamien haasteiden kanssa. Oireita voi helpottaa mm. neuropsykiatrisen valmennuksen avulla, jonka tarkoituksena on löytää yksilön vahvuuksia esiin nostamalla konkreettisia apukeinoja arjen sujuvuuden lisäämiseksi.

Puijolan Mahkussa tarjotaan neuropsykiatrista valmennusta rikostaustaisille sekä heidän läheisilleen. Valmennukseen osallistuminen on maksutonta, eikä vaadi lähetettä tai diagnoosia.
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Its ADHD Week and Setlementti Puijola Mahku is offering free neuro psychiatric training for people with criminal background and their loved ones. More on the purpose of the ADHD week👇

🤔How can we ensure more social justice? The EU-funded project ′′ Fostering Social Justice ′′ is exactly about this important issue. IFS Professionals and volunteers in non-formal education in Europe are doing Study Visits and sharing their experiences. 👇 Thanks for sharing Wiener Hilfswerk Nachbarschaftszentren !

#IFS #forsocialjustice #IFSJ👉 Wie können wir für mehr soziale Gerechtigkeit sorgen?

Im EU-geförderten Projekt „𝐅𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐒𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐉𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞“ geht es genau um diese wichtige Frage. Vom 20.-24. September hatten wir in den Hilfswerk Nachbarschaftszentren internationale Gäste zu Besuch und konnten gute, innovative Beispiele aus unserer sozialen Arbeit vorstellen. 💛

Ein gutes Erfahrungsbeispiel ist das bewährte „Deutsch Café“. 🗣 Teilnehmer*innen können sowohl ihre Deutschkenntnisse verbessern als auch ihre unmittelbare Nachbarschaft näher kennenlernen. Auf diese Art entsteht sozialer Zusammenhalt und Verständnis für unterschiedliche Lebenswelten.

In den kommenden 2 Jahren packen auch wir die Koffer und lernen von Partner*innen im Ausland. 🧳🌎 Wir freuen uns darauf, gute Beispiele weltweit kennenzulernen.

#IFSFSJ #forsocialjustice
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👉 How can we ensure social justice?

The EU-funded program “Fostering Social Justice” is dealing with this important issue. From September 21-24 the Hilfswerk Nachbarschaftszentren hosted international guests and presented good and innovative examples of our social work. 💛

One example is the established „Deutsch Café“ 🗣: where participants can both improve their German language skills and become better acquainted with their immediate neighborhood. In this way, social cohesion and an understanding for different living environments are created.

This year we will also pack our bags and learn from partners abroad. 🧳🌎 We look forward to discovering many more good examples around the world.

#IFSFSJ #forsocialjustice
IFS - International Federation of Settlements and Neighbourhood Centres
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🤔How can we ensure more social justice? The EU-funded project ′′ Fostering Social Justice ′′ is exactly about this important issue. IFS Professionals and volunteers in non-formal education in Europe are doing Study Visits and sharing their experiences. 👇 Thanks for sharing Wiener Hilfswerk Nachbarschaftszentren !

#IFS #forsocialjustice #IFSJ

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