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  • Barcelona City Council is launching a new project to document and preserve individual and collective experiences of lockdown.

    As with the process following the attack on La Rambla and the events of 1 October 2017, a virtual space has been set up called “Memòries del confinament”, where people can share their experiences.

    Written accounts, photos, audio files and videos can all be submitted to “Memòries del confinament”. This legacy will become part of the Municipal Archive of Barcelona as a documentary archive to be preserved and disseminated.

    The archive will have the function of explaining to people, now and in the future, the popular memory of days which have changed our lives in all dimensions, ranging from the political to the social to the emotional.

    As part of these memories of the days spent confined to our homes, content will also be used from accounts submitted to other memory projects launched by the City Council: the virtual condolences book Barcelona Recorda” and the children’s platformEstimat Diari”. Data from the City Council’s citizen survey will also be included, as will information from essential municipal services during the Covid-19 crisis.

    A search will also be performed of social media to get the broadest possible vision.

    With “Memòries del confinament”, Barcelona guarantees the rights of local people to explain their own history and for their accounts to be heard and collected together.

    An initiative which kicks of with this first stage, an appeal to the general public, and will continue with a second stage, once the Covid-19 pandemic is over, of returning, studying and analysing the heritage collected and documented as lockdown memories.

    As well as the public’s memories, the Arxiu Municipal de Barcelona will also document the accounts of essential municipal services during the weeks of the health crisis.

    “Memòries del confinament” (ES)

    Latest update 27/04/2020

  • Barcelona City Council's “Barcelona recorda” [Barcelona remembers] website is a collective, virtual book of condolence in which all city residents are welcome to share their personal experiences of the coronavirus illness. It is a place where you can share the feelings, emotions and grief caused by the pandemic.

    A large proportion of the population knows someone who has had the illness, or even somebody that did not survive it. Individual and family grief for the loss of a loved one, often made worse by not being able to be with them, and the anxiety of potentially having the illness have become a collective experience during this crisis.

    In addition to painful experiences, “Barcelona recorda” also aims to compile stories, experiences and memories of collective support in recognition of the people who work in the healthcare and care systems, in addition to all the people who, with empathy and solidarity, are helping and supporting neighbours that are in a worse situation than themselves.

    We invite you to express yourselves freely and respectfully, and to fill this virtual space with memories and hope.

    You can send your messages as a text, or with a photo or a video, directly to barcelona.cat/recorda

    If you do not have access to the Internet, there will also be a postal address so that you too can take part.

    “Barcelona recorda” (CA)

  • Since the state of emergency was decreed, the drive of Barcelona's residents has given rise to community initiatives to provide mutual support and care and provide collective knowledge. The citizen participation platform Decidim Barcelona is a digital space where these resources can be placed at the service of city residents. You can also propose cultural, educational and sports activities. Have a look and take part!

    #desdecasa Decidim Barcelona (CA)

  • These are strange days for the children, but it is also an experience that is worth noting down. That’s why we are inviting the children in Barcelona to take part in the “Estimat Diari” (Dear Diary) project, a collective narrative to share everything we are experiencing.

    Take part in the Estimat Diari project

    Latest update 27/04/2020

  • The Radars project offers you advice on how to look after the vulnerable and elderly people living in your building during the Covid-19 emergency. 

    So you can offer to provide support for your elderly neighbours who are unable to leave their home. by bringing them food when you go out shopping, walking their dogs with your own, taking out their rubbish or calling on potentially vulnerable people living on their own.

    If you are aware of a serious situation affecting an elderly person, please contact Social Services or send an e-mail to radarsgentgran@bcn.cat.

    What's more, if you want to get involved, you can download this notice and put it up in your building's vestibule, lift or any other appropriate place.

    You can also download this template, which you can use as a chart to get in contact with neighbours who want to help and people in the community who need help. Put it up in a visible place inside your building where all the neighbours have access to it, but no one can see it from the street.

    And to help senior citizens combat boredom and get some mental exercise, Radars has put together a series of pastimes (CA) to stretch the mind and make for a pleasant way to spend the time.

    You can print the pastimes and pass them onto any elderly neighbours who share your staircase. All you need to do is hang them on their door or pop them through their letterbox, following safety instructions at all times (using a mask and gloves when handling materials).

    I you haven’t got a printer, you can copy the easiest ones by hand or make up your own. Senior citizens around you will appreciate it!

    Further information

    Latest update 23/04/2020

  • The aim of the VinclesBCN app is to strengthen the social relationships of over-65s who are feeling lonely. This application, which now also includes a health channel to provide information about Covid-19, enables users to communicate and interact with their friends and family through video calls and video or voice messages, as well as with elderly people belonging to the Vincles user group.

    In this situation of confinement, VinclesBCN can serve as a very valuable tool for keeping in touch with the most vulnerable people, providing them with emotional support and finding out how they are doing and whether they need anything.

    The user’s family and friends can download the VinclesBCN application on their smartphone. The app is available on Android and iOS.

    VinclesBCN

  • As part of the exceptional measures against the Covid-19 crisis, Barcelona City Council has launched a specific procedure for accepting donations intended for funding social-assistance, healthcare and economic-promotion programmes, as well as any other programmes the City Council thinks fit and implements for the purposes of mitigating the effects of the pandemic.

    How can I contribute?

    The procedure is straightforward. To make a donation using a credit or debit card, all you have to do is follow the steps described at the following link:

    Make a donation (ES)

    You can also use the Bizum application to make your donation, using the number 00148

    Can I get a receipt for my donation?

    A certificate for the donation made, which entitles holders to the tax benefits set out in Act 49/2002, of 23 December, on the tax regime for non-profit organisations and the tax incentives for patronage, can be obtained in the following ways:

    • If the donation was made using a direct link, in the coming weeks and without the need for any further procedure or request, the certificate confirming payment of the donation will be issued and sent.
    • If the donation was made using the Bizum app, a request should be made using the same app, where the municipal email address is indicated to which all requests should be sent. The certificate confirming payment of the donation will be sent in the next few weeks.

    In both cases, the person whose name the donation was made in should indicate on the request for the certificate that they consent to Barcelona City Council handling their data to check they are correct and to send the certificate to the designated email address.

    Any queries should be directed to tresoreria@bcn.cat.

    See the decree (CA)

    The City Council will be detailing all donations and how they have been used, with an account to be made available on the website ajuntament.barcelona.cat

    Latest update 25/05/2020

  • Community support networks have been created in every city neighbourhood, in order to deliver food to the homes of people who need it most. Find out all about it and take part!

    Community support networks in each neighbourhood (CA)

    Shopping hubs, retailers’ associations, municipal markets and city trade associations have also shown their solidarity by promoting support initiatives that help to deal with the Covid-19 crisis. These include free deliveries of food to local residents over the age of 65 and specific campaigns to help city residents to get in contact with shops which sell essential goods and are offering a home delivery service. Come and collaborate!

    Solidarity actions from the commerce sector (ES)

  • The roll-out of the community television network La Veïnal is being speeded up as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, making local people from the city’s neighbourhoods more visible.

    La Veïnal is being promoted by various participatory video and community communication groups in Barcelona. The goal is to build a virtual space for audio-visuals promoting the grass-roots initiatives and projects which originate in each neighbourhood community.

    The initiative is backed by Cultura Viva, a programme by the Barcelona Institute of Culture promoting cultural democracy processes for the common good.

    How you can take part

    You can email your content to femlaveinaldesdecasa@laveinal.cat for any of the following categories: art and culture, social short films, poetry, feminism, training, elderly people, work, psychology, care and radio tubers. 

    You can also take part in and follow the project via the hashtag #femlaveinaldesdecasa.

    La Veïnal (CA)

    Latest update 05/05/2020

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