EDUVIC

Social cooperative specialized in attending child, teenagers and families

Monday 12 June 2017, by Elisenda, Sílvia

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A. The main facts about the activities of the company.

Eduvic is a cooperative society of associated work that provides social, educational and
therapeutically services to children, teenagers and youth at social risk of exclusion, both at a specialized level and at a preventive level.
Their main services are the following:

  • Familiar consultancy service
  • Familiar diagnostic service
  • Schools, workshops and groups of families
  • Families’ therapeuthically services through providing care and support to families with different relationship problems: between the couple, with the children, conflicts after the separation of parents, reconstituted families ...
  • Residential centers for teen mothers
  • Social support in open centers
  • Train, supervise and advise professionals and institutions that work with children, adolescents, youth and their families.

They elaborate technical documents, methodological guides, protocols and work programs, with the purpose of facilitating and guaranteeing the quality of the work with the people.

It is currently working in more than 22 countries through the following social, educative and sportive initiatives:

Eduvic - Escola Itinere
It started as a project whose aim was to reinforce the educational and social tasks that the cooperative was implementing. It has been become what is now the Itinere school, which offers formation, investigation and consultancy services. It is mainly specialized in 4 areas which are the socio educative familiar therapy, early attention, involved sport and community art. Its offer includes postgraduate courses, masters and short courses.

Eduvic - Inspira
It is another project of the cooperative whose main goal is to contribute to the social transformation by modifying the way people look at sport.
It pretends to spread the idea of “involved sport”, which tries to improve the wealth and the emotional development of the people who takes part on it.
Its main services are:

  • Practitioner
  • Sport courses and workshops
  • Emotional trainings
  • Sport development forum

B. The Ethical challenges this company is addressing.

The ethical challenges the company is addressing are mainly that it tries to decrease inequalities. It works to give support to these young people to avoid them being socially excluded and provide them education and training to help them have the same opportunities and therefore, a decent life.

With the objective to contribute with economic resources to the social projects it develops,
and generates new ways of business collaboration and new business areas which are economically ethical and with positive impact in the territory.
It promotes the sensitization of people to the need of a social transformation to improve life conditions of people.

C. What makes you believe this company is really ethical and why you trust it?

The organization is value-inspired so they do it because it goes according to their beliefs. It is a non-profit social initiative, meaning that they do not work in the project with the purpose of making money, and this is one of the main reasons to think their activity is ethical. And they do it all for children and youth and with the aim to prevent them from being socially excluded.

Eduvic was founded by three people: a social assistant, a business professional and a law professional, who really believed on their project and the way they were going to carry out it.They did not have so much money but they knew it was a really good initiative so they decided to start it anyway, because they felt there was a need to be covered in that collective. They believed it was possible to make a change on the society through their contribution.

Many other organizations give them support in different areas such as planification, promotion,financing, accompaniment, evaluation and monitoring of the impact. This organizations are for example; Ajuntament de Barcelona, Ajuntament de Cambrils, Ajuntament de l’Hospitalet, Fundació FCBarcelona, Ajuntament de Santa Coloma de Gramanet, Consorci de Serveis Socials de Barcelona, Consorci d’atenció a les persones de l’Alt Urgell, Diputació de Barcelona, Obra Social Fundació la Caixa, Generalitat de Catalunya and Universitat de Barcelona, among others. These are all well-known organizations and the fact they are helping Eduvic, gives us reasons to know that they are developing an important and necessary task.

D.The possible challenges facing the company in the future and how you think this company may improve.

According to the national institute of statistics of Spain, the risk percentage of people at poverty risk has increased in the last years. Moreover, according to the EU-SILC, children are at greater risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU-28 than the rest of population. The company will probably have to face an increase of their potential consumers so it means adapting its assets and resources to this new situation.

Moreover, another challenge that the company will have to face in the future is that many of the people this organization helps, are young people or families with severe difficulties. So, most of the young people have the need to start working at very young ages to earn money in order to help their families to go ahead and do not want to study anymore.

Therefore, the young people that needs to be socialized to prevent them from being socially excluded, could be conflictive to a certain point and a lot of firms are not willing to have employees that could cause problems within their organizations. From this point of view, we need more ethical companies with less prejudices.

Hence, the organization have the main challenge to try to show companies that people at risk of social exclusion are a very good and reliable job force by carrying out some awareness campaigns or introducing them in the market labor by internships opportunities. They would both get money as they start working and would have the chance to contribute in minoring companies and workers prejudices. As mentioned below, it has some agreements with important universities such the Universitat de Barcelona so they could try to start negotiating with important companies in order to spread their ideas all around the world.

Bibliography

Eduvic’s Presentation. “youtube.com”.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjRVZ5qx7bw

Eduvic’s corporate webpage. “eduvic.coop/es”.
http://eduvic.coop/es/que-ofrecemos/#1453800898871-17e09530-4131

INE. “ine.es”
http://www.ine.es/jaxiT3/Datos.htm?t=9958

Eurostat. “ec.europe.eu/eurostat”
http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/File:Population_at_risk_of_poverty_or_social_exclusion,_by_age_group_overview,_2014_(%).png

Location: Hospitalet de Llobregat (Spain)

Sector: Education

Official website: http://eduvic.coop/es/

Key figures:

Annual Data Report (2014)

170 professionals
5,093,000€ annual profit
8,000 families attended
3 business areas
Presence in 10 different countries
3,000 participants in the Itinere school
12,000 child and teens attended

Nbr. visits: 39

Nbr. inspires: 1