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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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Congratulations, IFS board member Melissa Aase and thanks for sharing University Settlement Society of New YorkCongratulations to our Executive Director Melissa Aase, named to City and State NY's Nonprofit Power 100 - and to all the leaders and allies also honored! As we’ve seen in the face of tremendous adversity, strong nonprofits are truly essential to New York's success. ... See MoreSee Less

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Covid Neighbourhood House Heroes. Neighbourhood Houses Victoria shared“One of our popular activities is our weekly knitting/crocheting group, which is part of the KOGO (Knit One Give One) initiative. All handmade knitted/crocheted items are donated to KOGO who then distribute them on to those in need throughout Australia.

Prior to COVID-19, our group met each Tuesday for a cuppa and chat, and to create beautiful garments or squares for blankets. Apart from helping to spread the warmth, many new friendships are made.

During lockdown, I was able to teach some of the participants how to use Zoom so we could continue meeting each week. I have received many lovely emails from people, letting me know how grateful and happy they are that we have been able to continue our catch ups. It was wonderful to keep that connection going during those isolating times, especially when some participants live alone.”

Cathy Wilson - Aspendale Gardens Community Service

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