Ciutat Vella cleaning service boosted by district residentsA total of 27 people are providing a boost to the Ciutat Vella cleaning services between June and November, the months with the most visitors, to maintain community harmony. They live in the district and were long-term unemployed.
The extra staff are concentrated mainly in the most critical parts of the district, with 17 people split between four brigades responsible for cleaning the streets, collecting abandoned items, maintaining hygienic conditions in children’s recreational areas and cleaning the trees.
Each brigade is responsible for a particular part of the district: Raval north and Gòtic north, Raval south and Gòtic south, Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera, and Barceloneta.
Another ten people maintain public facilities, do painting work and clean interior courtyards.
Promoting employment linked to the area
The boost to the Ciutat Vella cleaning service is part of the Comprehensive Projects with Contracting, PICs, included in the 2016-2020 Barcelona Employment Strategy, and which are designed to improve employment, bring services to the area and foster the link of belonging to the neighbourhoods by hiring people who live there.
The contracts are for at least six months, with a salary not less than €1,000. They are targeted at people over the age of 45 who have been unemployed for a long time and are therefore not receiving any benefit. They also include a period of training and career guidance which continues once the contractual relationship has ended