Meeting of partners and field visit in Bucharest (Romania)

By Emilien Buffard,
Foundatia Parada 

The 6th meeting of the SRAP partners took place in Bucharest (Romania) on 23 and 24 October 2012, and was focused on the needs of Roma communities and on prospective prevention methods.

Following an exchange of information about the living standards of Roma communities, participants also presented the methods used during the life skills training and the motivational issues relating to young Roma. They concluded that there is a need to develop the training and methods used to improve their situation. They agreed on a plan to implement a transnational network, and to increase local responses to young Roma’s needs.

A discussion about Roma communities inSpainfollowed, with a presentation by the coordinator and a social worker of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano. They described Roma people’s living conditions and how the Fundación monitors these communities and provides them with social aid. Participants then shared information about the experience of health professionals inEuropeand the need to improve some aspects of the training. They analysed the implementation plan, methodology, time-schedule and contents outline of the training in order to reach an agreement on all these aspects prior to the preparation of the WP6 intermediate and final reports.

Participants decided to create a transnational network and to foster synergies in both the public health sector and civil society with the aim of increasing the impact of local responses.

The morning session finalised with each partner outlining their plan of action for the next phases of the SRAP Project.

In the afternoon, delegates visited a shanty town situated in the suburb ofBucharest, where they met some families in order to better understand their way of life and their needs. Afterwards, all participants visited the “Caravelle” centre . Marian Ursan, who works there and is a PhD student specialising on drugs and drug users, explained the activities ofLa Caravelleand the living conditions of young people who come to the centre.

This field visit allowed partners to see first hand the real living conditions of young Roma, who will be the beneficiaries of the SRAP project. Indeed, approximately 80% ofBucharest’s homeless youngsters come from Roma communities.