Trentino (Italy) is a laboratory on family policies and social cohesion

The third edition of the Provincial Conference of the institutional representatives of the Family Districts was held on 15 February

In recent years, the 20 family districts have grown and have been fueled by a lot of passion, cohesion and dedication. The meeting talked about actions for territorial well-being, self-evaluation, measurement systems, training and goals to be pursued. The University of Trento presented a research work on the White Paper on family well-being: published in 2009, it went from a “dream” book to a text with the driving force of hundreds of concrete measures in favor of birth rates and family well-being. The Districts have allowed families to benefit from new services, economic incentives, access to housing, new infrastructures, income policies and policies in favor of birth rates and work-life balance. In the Districts, a strong partnership is being established between private and public to harmonize the offer of family services by shortening supply chains to be more competitive and to be able to better respond to future pandemic events. The Trentino case is becoming a model: Friuli, Sardinia, Sicily are working on similar laws on family well-being, other agencies for the family are being born in Italy, which consider Trentino as a reference benchmark.

Trento, 15 February 2022 – In total there are 20 and 929 organizations have joined, of which 29% public and 71% private among Municipalities, Valle Communities, family associations, third sector subjects and companies. 370 actions carried out in the area in 2020 alone despite the pandemic. This is the introductory opening of the conference moderator, Debora Nicoletto, contact person of the Family Districts for the Agency for Social Cohesion of the Autonomous Province of Trento.

Present Nicoletta Carbonari, Commissioner of the Magnificent Community of the Cimbri Highlands, who reported on the actions in the area by her family District, primarily the constant search for new members of the network and commented: “We are now working with municipalities and apt to activate thematic itineraries dedicated to the handicapped and to those who use specific aids. Networking is the main objective that guarantees the growth of social cohesion “.

Mariangela Franch of the University of Trento presented the research work on the Family Impact Assessment of the “White Paper on Family and Birth Rate”. “This research work – she said – she is centered on the analysis of the relationship between the constitution of a District and the quality of life of a territory. The White Book, published in 2009, contained the vision of the birth of many innovative projects, including the family districts, and then gave a boost to the various regulatory measures in support of families. With regard to the quality of life, the districts have brought: new working conditions, have allowed families to benefit from new services, economic incentives, new infrastructures, income policies and policies in favor of birth rates and work-life balance “.

The General Manager of the Provincial Agency for Social Cohesion Luciano Malfer intervened to follow, who brought the greetings of the provincial councilor Stefania Segnana unable to intervene due to institutional commitments: “The Trentino Quality Family System provides for 36 interventions, including the constitution of family districts. It is important to understand for each District what are the effects on the territory and on the well-being of families and the territorial and corporate attractiveness. For some months we have called ourselves “Agency for social cohesion” and we are stronger than before as the family is part of the community and, therefore, we now want to act on the well-being and cohesion of the entire territory. “Social cohesion” is a key concept of European policies “.

Malfer then illustrated the six types of welfare: welfare state and family, intergenerational, territorial, corporate and sports welfare and added: “The first District was born in 2010 with 39 member organizations and now we have reached almost 1,000 members in a few years. The districts activated 370 actions in 2020 and 549 in 2021 thanks to the intervention of the new territorial managers “. Finally, Malfer illustrated the objectives for the next few years for the Agency and the districts: the Provincial Single Check, the “Financial dowry for young couples” to promote the independence process of young people by facilitating access to credit, which grows to be born of children; Memorandum of Understanding with the Republic for the fight against criminal phenomena; incorporate the Gender Equality Certification and the Agile Certification into the Family Audit; third Coliving call in 2022 (Coliving allowed the arrival of 5 families in Canal S. Bovo and 4 in Luserna); the EuregioFamilyPass; the Family Plan and the economic support activity for the planning of the districts. “

Afterwards the interventions of various alternated officials of the Agency for Social Cohesion, including Antonella Premate who presented the contributions for the territorial managers. “It is the third year that they have been paid out and the beneficiaries are the lead organizations of the family districts. The manager must be registered in the Provincial Register of Territorial Managers and the Pat supports up to a maximum of 80% of the annual cost incurred by the lead organization “.

Chiara Martinelli presented the “Riemergere2” survey: “The questionnaire will have the same format as the first one released in 2020 during the lockdown. The actors are Pat, the Demarchi Foundation, Unicef, the Order of Psychologists and the Third Sector. The goal is to detect the impact of the pandemic on the Trentino population and post-Covid needs and requirements. The first was answered by 21,000 people, including many young people. In the Riemergere2 questionnaire we will give them more space to make them protagonists in the family, school, emotional dimension, etc. The novelty is that for adults, questions have been added on work-family balance, care for the elderly and the disabled and on commitment within the community, including voluntary work. “

Following this, Debora Nicoletto presented the compulsory and optional training activities for territorial managers for the year 2022, and Francesca Tabarelli illustrated the Family District for Sport to “allow families in economic difficulty and large families with certain enroll their children in sports courses. The recipients are minors between 8 and 18 years old with residence in a Trentino municipality and in possession of the EuregioFamilyPass. The amount of the contribution: € 100 for large families for each child and € 200 for the children of families in financial difficulty “.

Giuditta Aliperta presented the EuregioFamilyPass which is the family card valid in the three territories of the Euregio (Trentino, Alto Adige and Tyrol) for families with underage children. You recalled that plans are underway to understand how to expand the audience of preferential rates and discounts for families, which to date are over 800.

Laura Castegnaro spoke about the calls for Equal Opportunities, which are used to support projects to combat violence against women and said: “In total we have 90,000 euros available for the calls, of which 75,000 for annual projects and 15,000 for awareness-raising initiatives. . The maximum contribution is 80% of eligible expenses. Private non-profit entities can benefit. Priority is that at least one project per family District is guaranteed and additional scores will be assigned for subjects who have the Family certification in Trentino and / or Family Audit. “

Patrizia Pace presented the ecosystem of summer services which is “an educational chain that offers family-work reconciliation services, characterized by greater flexibility, to fill the void of services given, for example, by the summer closure of compulsory schools. The supply chain offers safe contexts in terms of health, job opportunities and the involvement of volunteers. The services cover the whole year, not just the summer period, and are for example: babysitter, Tagesmutter, swim family, volunteer work (speakers, scouts), marine colonies, school / work alternation “.

Finally, Renza Pecoraro presented the economic interventions provided by the Pat to favor summer socio-educational stays: “Non-profit organizations can access the contributions, aimed at carrying out summer stays, and the service is provided for children / young people between 3 and 18 years old, residing in Trentino. The types are: day colony, camping and permanent residence “.

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