EXTREME POVERTY - DIGNITY - WELL-BEING
deeper listening -
coherently answering - courageously denounce
“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It
is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human
right, the right
and a decent life.
While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.”
(Nelson Mandela - London 3/2/2005)
AFTER 25 YEARS, Poverty &
in European countries: monetary poverty, material
deprivation and low work intensity (http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Europe_2020_indicators_-_poverty_and_social_exclusion)
HOMELESS number increasing
in EU more than 4 million (ex. Study in UK revel that
3,569 people were found sleeping rough on any given night in England
in 2015, an increase of 30% per cent on the previous year.
Average of mentally illness
is between 3-4/10 homeless living in permanent way in the streets
are mentally illn
(cf. St Mungo’s report, Stop
Today he dies still in the street alone,
abandoned in a curtain home-less and hope-less.
Homeless living in severe and permanent social,
physical, psychical precariousness are a
symptom of the malaise of our society and a permanent injury of
democracy and social cohesion.
invite you and your Institution, especially involved in the social
and health field to participate in the XIV European SMES Seminar:
‘Dignity & Well-being’, which will take place in Lisbon on 16-17-18
we hope to find more adequate and coherent answer to these people
living in extreme poverty conditions and suffering of mental health
problems. The number increasing and life conditions are worst, in
reason not only of financial, but more of structural society crisis.
Faced to this situation, possible will be two kind of positions :
the simple resignation to fatalism, or to react in all possible
way, with the unique aim to change for dignify life , but
"When the solution of complex situations concerning homeless people,
in permanent way on the streets, shelters, squat and in extreme
precariousness and poverty conditions,
impossible, HOW to intervene ?
co-working in order to realise efficient synergies resulting by
collaboration of different competences and services? This is the
frequent questions of professionals working on the front line with
people who live in situations of chronic mental illness, principally
in the street but also in institutions and emergency reception
What kind of answers & proposals
is it still possible to offer respectful of the person and his
rights, especially when seems to refuse all institutional help
What kind of innovative interventions
continuing to explore, against each kind of fatalism and
What kind dynamics and synergies to raise,
order not continuing multiply interventions of individual
competence and specialized services?
promote and facilitate exchanges and inter-vision concerning the
efficient practices of effective prevention, support, assistance and
homeless people with mental problems. The project would essentially
start with descriptions of real life situations and assessment of
how effective given interventions were to proceed to point to
innovative ways of doing things in order not only to raise awareness
and to educate but also to present concrete proposals for
incorporation into the policies in the field of prevention,
assistance and inclusion.
WHO & HOW we can heard – understand - answer ?
workshops and European conference will be for all an opportunity
listen & understand deepest, the voice of people who is
voice-less because also : identity-less,
hope-less…, means excluded.
the causes & factors of this deprivation and to explain why
some homeless seems to prefer life in the street or in
shelters, despite adequate proposal of help and institutional
some innovative practices and coherent projects ;
some priorities & strategies in social & health policy.
invite you and your Institution, especially involved in the
social and health field, to participate following the two questions you & your team,
are invited to participate sending to:
abstract of your keynote or intervention, abstract of poster and
video, which will be introduce in XIV European Conference:
YOUR SERVICE, co-working with other three sectors and services,
contribute to promotion of health, dignity and well-being? What kind
of difficulties, what kind of solutions you will find ?
ASSISTANCE Services for CARE
of primarily and basic needs: Shelters - Drop-in - Day
HEALTH SERVICES for CURE:
Hospital Institution - Free & compulsory hospitalisation - Services in Community
and dwelling, housing services
different level: solidarity apartments - housing first -
PARTICIPATION and citizenship:
re-capacitating - adequate
job - recognized role ;
solidarity and social cohesion
2. HOW YOUR SERVICE goes to meet homeless - where they are
when they have not access to institutional services and seems to
refuse all offer of institutional services?