Municipal resources and services for carersThe municipal facility Barcelona Cuida centralises all services and programmes to ensure well-being and decent working conditions for those who care for others. This work, which often falls on the shoulders of women carers, is essential for society to work well. If you are a carer, check all the resources available to you here.
Everyone receives care and cares for others throughout life, according to age, health and well-being. Care work has been traditionally seen as a private social duty, reserved in the confines of the home and associated with women’s responsibilities. There are an estimated 355,000 people in Barcelona, mostly women, providing others with intensive care, with a notable proportion of such carers being migrant women and in a situation of job insecurity.
Improving the situation for carers is vital for achieving community well-being. Because of this, Barcelona has a pioneering reference facility and a wide array of resources and services aimed at people who care for others:
Barcelona Cuida: all information in a single space
The Barcelona Cuida [Barcelona Cares] space is a facility that centralises full information and resources relating to care work in the city. It offers information, advice and guidance for those who provide and receive care in the city. It is a los a meeting and networking point for individuals, professionals and organisations.
The centre can assist individuals caring for family members or close friends, domestic professionals, social, community and health services, organisations and individuals who want to plan their care.
- Carrer de Viladomat, 127
- Telephone support: 934 132 121, from Monday to Friday, from 8.15 am to 8 pm, and Saturdays, from 10 am to 2 pm
- Online support
Carer Card: fourteen free support resources
The Barcelona Cuida service also manages the Targeta Cuidadora [carer card], a recent initiative that recognises the work of carers and enables them to access a set of fourteen free resources, such as emotional counselling 24 hours a day, support networks and leisure activities. Some 2,300 applications have been received since its launch.
- Find out all about how you can apply for a Targeta Cuidadora here.
The Vila Veïna project is an initiative for putting lives and care work at the centre. It establishes a local, personalised socio-healthcare model, with small area units where local residents have all the resources at their disposal for ensuring care both for those receiving it and from those providing it.
The city currently has sixteen active spaces, where carers can access specific resources in the neighbourhoods of Badal, El Gòtic, Camp de l’Arpa, El Carmel, Congrés i els Indians, El Maresme, Horta, Dreta de l’Eixample, La Marina, La Maternitat i Sant Ramon, La Prosperitat, Trinitat Vella, Vila de Gràcia, Provençals del Poblenou, Sant Gervasi de Cassoles and Vilapicina i la Torre Llobeta. Because care in the community is better than care in isolation.
Concilia free child-minding service
Balancing employment and personal life with leisure and breathing space is especially difficult for single-parent families with few resources, women in situations of gender violence and families without community support. To facilitate their balance, the Concilia free child-minding service was launched in 2020. Managed by the Incoop cooperative, the service already has nine spaces in operation.
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Barcelona, City of Women
08/03/2023 12:20 h