Solidarity in the emergency
The current emergency caused by the Corona Virus has deeply shocked the European social structure.
Our thoughts go, first of all, to the many who have been taken away by the virus, and to the pain of their loved ones, who have not even been able to assist and accompany them in such a dramatic moment.
The emergency has also caused serious difficulties to many sectors of the economy, and the repercussion of all this on the social fabric and on families is still unknown.
In the face of this global drama we have seen, in the various European countries, the creation of many experiences of solidarity, of creative and constructive reaction carried out by associations and individuals; a pulsating network of small and large initiatives that are helping the most fragile, guaranteeing educational and support actions; actions that are helping all of us to go through this difficult phase, and to see in the crisis an opportunity to strengthen the social network.
That’s why this “invitation to narration and sharing”.
Solidarity stories at the time of the Corona Virus
We invite third sector organizationsindividuals and communities, to share experiences of solidarity and creative and constructive reaction to the crisis we are going through. In particular, the stories that we propose to tell and share may concern:
- Solidarity experiences
- Social and educational work in the emergency
- Stories of Communities responding to the emergency
Here are some questions that can help us in reflection and storytelling:
- Share an experience of solidarity or social work in this emergency phase; It can be an experience you lived in the first person, or an experience made by others, and that you feel is important to share and to remember.
- How is this experience important to you and others in general? What lessons and messages contains this experience?
- Once the emergency will be over, what – in your opinion – should we keep from the experience you have told?
-To bring out the resources, the great creativity, the intelligence and the heart that people, associations, teachers, educators and social workers are putting in place;
– to treasure the experiences and awareness that this extraordinary period is bringing to light, so that – the day in which all this will have passed – we can remember and learn lessons; the crisis – in fact – is also an opportunity, so that it reflects on the profound value that solidarity, educational and help work have for the social fabric.
A few more words on the project theme…
Solidarity stories at the time of the Corona Virus
We invite third sector organizations, individuals and communities, to share experiences of solidarity and creative and constructive reaction to the crisis we are going through. In particular, the stories that we propose to tell and share may concern:
– Solidarity experiences
– Social and educational work in an emergency
– Community stories that respond to the emergency
The experiences of solidarity that are being created on the initiative “from below” of voluntary associations, as well as individuals, are more and more.
They mainly concern aid to the most fragile people, in helping to manage daily life, as in human and psychological support, and much more. Many of these initiatives had to invent creative forms of distance support, given the impossibility of having direct contact.
There are also many initiatives that have addressed the general population, including through the tools of art, to strengthen the sense of unity in the face of the crisis.
To share these stories, you can tell in the first person, if you are among the protagonists of these actions, or you can collect – by distance – the history of experiences that have impressed you, or simply tell how these experiences have thrilled you and made you think , giving – even so – your contribution.
Social and educational work in this emergency
Faced with this crisis, we have seen teachers and educators react with courage and creativity. Many schools have prepared tools for distance learning, in which together with the aspect of didactic content, a large space has been given to the need to support students on a psychological and emotional level.
This “reinvention” of educational work is happening in all contexts of social work. Within an area, such as help work, in which contact, proximity, are fundamental elements, operators are creating a myriad of surprising remote intervention initiatives, thanks to digital and web technologies.
These initiatives not only reveal the creativity of these operators, but they strike and excite us because they show a tenacious and passionate intent not to abandon those who have entrusted them. That’s why we invite teacher educators, social workers, to share:
– the story of how you are experiencing this period; of the difficulties, as well as the creative solutions, of what – with passion and creativity – you have managed to achieve;
– he experiences and stories of students, and those who need support, help.
Community stories that respond to the emergency
Even the communities had to, in the face of the serious health crisis, put in place alternative and creative forms of relationship and solidarity among their members. We speak above all of the territorial communities, but also of other types of communities, such as ethnic, professional communities, etc.
It is therefore important to share how communities are acting to maintain and strengthen the sense of belonging, to respond to the needs of their members, to contribute to the wider social fabric of which they are a part.
You can create stories in different formats, whether biographical or autobiographical narratives:
- Text: autobiographical narration, telling what you experienced directly in first person, or a biographical narration, if you are collecting experiences of other persons. Please send in PDF format.
- Photo narration (text and pictures): a narration that’s composed of pictures accompanied by texts. It may be an autobiographical narration, telling what you experienced directly in the first person, or a biographical narration, if you are collecting experiences of other persons. Please send in PDF format.
- Video narration: you can tell the story through diverse types of video narration, such as documentary, video interview, digital storytelling or any other creative form. The video must first be uploaded on platforms such as Youtube or Vimeo.
- Comics: telling a lived experience of intercultural dialogue using graphics/images and text. The story should be sent in PDF format.
- Audionarration: Autobiographical audio narration, telling what you experienced directly in the first person, or a biographical narration, if you are collecting experiences of other persons, uploaded to file sharing platform such as YouTube and Vimeo (see uploading below).
NUMBER OF STORIES – There is no limit on the number of stories a person or an organization can enter.
DEADLINE – The deadline to send your story(s) is September 30th, 2020
BOOK AND DOCUMENTARY VIDEO – In order to resonate the messages contained in the stories, a book and a documentary will be made, which will try to include as much as possible the different stories received.
The main way to send stories is to upload them to the StoryAP archive, Stories for Active Participation. To upload your story, you must:
- Register on the website www.storyap.eu
- Log in to upload the story via the “share-your-story” page
– If your story is a video, you will first need to upload the story to Youtube or Vimeo, and then insert the link in the StoryAP archive.
– If you have produced an audio story, create a video, combining one or more images and your audio file, then upload the story to Youtube or Vimeo, and insert the link in the StoryAP archive.
- After uploading the story, it will be published within a few, following the authorization of the administrator:
You can also send your stories via email to the following address:
using the descriptive form that youcan download from here:
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use made of the information contained within it.
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