Families / Unaccompanied Minors

The interventions of GCR are based on the principle of holistic intervention and the prioritization of vulnerable groups, such as families and unaccompanied minors. The dangers and difficulties faced by these refugee groups require timely and personalized interventions.

For families, there is an innovative holistic approach which secures living support, legal counseling and representation, integration measures with language courses for adults and children, access to health services, educational services and professional counseling services.

GCR has a specialized intervention team dealing with the protection of minors based on the principles that are in line with the UNHCR’s framework for the protection of minors and the recent additions to the Framework on Educational Strategy (2012-16).

Running

Improving the Greek Reception System Through Site Management Support and Targeted Interventions in Long-Term Accommodation Sites

 

Period of implementation:

01/01/2019 -

Partners:

International Organization for Migration

Place of implementation:

Elaionas, Alexandria

Goals:

  • The project aims to support 24/7 two Safe Harbor Zones in Eleonas, Athens and Alexandria, North Greece. / SMS / 2019.
  • Safe Zones are hosting structures for unaccompanied minors aged 14-18, which operate within open refugee accommodation structures.
  • Each Safe Zone was created as an alternative to detention and although each has different characteristics, the main element is the provision of 24/7 care services, with psychosocial, psychological, legal and educational support aimed at assuring the best interests of minors.

Results:

 Providing holistic social and legal support for 60 unaccompanied minors.

 


Parents’ class time, children’s fun time!

Implementation period:

1/10/2019 – 31/7/2020

Funder:

Foundation Open Society Institute – OSF (Early Childhood Programme)

Location:

Athens

Goals:

The provision of creative and educational activities for children aged 0-5 while their parents attend Greek and English language classes in GCR’s Intercultural Centre PYXIDA.

Activities (indicatively):

  • Free play and role play
  • Music and movement activities
  • Introduction to literacy
  • Art activities

Results:

The smooth integration of the child into school life.

“Supported by a grant from the Foundation Open Society Institute in cooperation with the Early Childhood Program of the Open Society Foundations”


Completed

Pyxida Center Childcare Project

Period of implementation:

01/10/2018 - 31/07/2019

Partner:

Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI)

Country of implementation:

Greece, Athens, PYXIDA

Goals:

To promote children’s  integration into school life (school enrollment, counseling, etc.).

Actions:

As part of the project, a kindergarten engages children aged 0 - 6 on a daily basis while their parents attend classes in the rooms of PYXIDA In addition, a social worker undertakes counseling for parents who visit PYXIDA.

Results:

Children’s Integration into school life (school enrollment, counseling, etc.)


Περίοδος υλοποίησης: 01/10/2018 - 31/07/2019
Χρηματοδότης

Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI)

Χώρες υλοποίησης:

Ελλάδα, Αθήνα, Πυξίδα

Στόχοι:

Oμαλή ένταξη του παιδιού στη σχολική ζωή (εγγραφές σε σχολεία, συμβουλευτική κλπ.).

Δραστηριότητες:

Στο πλαίσιο του έργου, μία βρεφονηπιοκόμος απασχολεί δημιουργικά παιδιά ηλικίας 0 - 6 σε καθημερινή βάση, όσο οι γονείς τους παρακολουθούν μαθήματα στις αίθουσες της Πυξίδας. Επιπλέον, ένας κοινωνικός λειτουργός αναλαμβάνει την συμβουλευτική υποστήριξη γονιών που επισκέπτονται την Πυξίδα

Στόχοι/ Αποτελέσματα:

Oμαλή ένταξη του παιδιού στη σχολική ζωή (εγγραφές σε σχολεία, συμβουλευτική κλπ.).

 

 

Provision of Humanitarian assistance to refugees and asylum seekers in Greece

Period of implementation:

01/07 / 2018  -31/12/2018

Partner:

International Rescue Committee funded by DG ECHO

Place of Implementation:

Athens, Alexandria

Goals:

The program aims to support 24/7 two Safe Zones in Eleonas, Athens and Alexandria, North Greece and to provide social protection services to the general population in Eleonas and Alexandria Hospitality Structures. The project is implemented with the support of the IRC and funded by the Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO - European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid)

Actions:

  • Safe Zones are hosting structures for unaccompanied minors aged 14-18, which operate within open refugee accommodation structures.
  • Each Safe Zone was created as an alternative to booking, and although each has different characteristics, the key element is the provision of 24-hour day care services with psychosocial, psychological, legal and educational support aimed at the best interest of the minor.

Results:

Provide comprehensive social and legal support to 60 unaccompanied minors.

Colorful City

Διάρκεια:

15/2/2018 - 15/2/2019

Χρηματοδότηση:

Περιφέρεια Αττικής

Τόπος υλοποίησης:

Αθήνα , Διαπολιτισμικό Κέντρο ΠΥΞΙΔΑ

Στόχοι:

Η δράση για την προστασία & την ένταξη των ανήλικων προσφύγων «Πολύχρωμη Πόλη» αφορά στη λειτουργία ενός χώρου υποστήριξης και φροντίδας για ανηλίκους πρόσφυγες/μετανάστες και ασυνόδευτα ανήλικα (κατά προτεραιότητα), τα οποία διαβιούν σε δομές φιλοξενίας της Αττικής ή βρίσκονται σε διαδικασία εύρεσης κατάλληλου χώρου στέγασης. Ο χώρος λειτούργησε στο πλαίσιο του Διαπολιτισμικού Κέντρου ΠΥΞΙΔΑ του Ελληνικού Συμβουλίου για τους Πρόσφυγες. Η συγκεκριμένη δράση αποσκόπησε στην κάλυψη του ιδιαίτερα μεγάλου ελλείμματος που παρουσιάζεται στην παροχή ατομικής ψυχοκοινωνικής και νομικής υποστήριξης στα ασυνόδευτα ανήλικα, στα παιδιά και στους έφηβους πρόσφυγες και μετανάστες που διαβιούν στην Περιφέρεια Αττικής, παρέχοντας, παράλληλα, υποστήριξη και στο οικογενειακό τους περιβάλλον με στόχο την καλύτερη ένταξη και ανάπτυξή των παιδιών, σε ατομικό και σε κοινωνικό επίπεδο.


Period of implementation:

15/2/2018 - 15/2/2019

Funding:

Attica Region

Place of implementation:

Athens, PYXIDA Intercultural Center

Goals:

The action for the protection and integration of juvenile refugees "Colorful City" concerns the operation of a support and care area for underage refugees / immigrants and unaccompanied minors (priority), who live in host facilities in Attica or are in the process of finding a suitable housing. The site operated within the framework of the PYXIDA Intercultural Center of the Greek Council for Refugees. This action was aimed at covering the particularly large deficit in the provision of individual psychosocial and legal support to unaccompanied minors, children and adolescent refugees and migrants living in the Attica Region, while also providing support to their family environment for better integration and development of children, individually and socially.

Provision of legal services to vulnerable refugees & asylum seekers in Kos & Skaramangas

Implementation period: 15/01/2017 – 30/09/2017
Collaborators: Save the Children
Country of implementation: Greece
Aims: This project seeks to enhance the protection of vulnerable refugee children in the open accommodation structure for refugees of Kos and Skaramangas, through providing specialized protection and legal support to vulnerable, at-risk children. These children will include, but not be limited to, unaccompanied and separated children (UASC).
Activities:
  • Provision of legal information and counselling: Vulnerable minor beneficiaries (as aforementioned) will be informed on his/her rights and receive advice;
  • Interview and assessment of cases;
  • Provision of legal aid: Beneficiaries with a valid claim* for asylum will be supported throughout the asylum procedure (where applicable, considering the time-consuming asylum procedures);
  • Representation of asylum seekers before and after first instance asylum procedure (where applicable);
  • Provision of interpretation services.
Results: On the spot legal information. At this stage an initial assessment and prioritisation of vulnerable cases will be made. Legal counseling will be provided after the initial assessment of cases, through provision of individualised sessions to beneficiaries. Attention will be given to particularly vulnerable persons in need of international protection
Center for Families and Children

Timetable: 01/09/2016 – 28/02/2018
Project manager:  
Support: Christian Aid
Countries of implementation: Greece
Κατηγορία:  
Aim: The program aims to facilitate the protection of children, families and minors by ensuring their access and utilization of all appropriate and available services within the current protection framework in a specialised Center for Families and Children in the Centre of Athens.
Activities:

1. SOCIAL & PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT / TRAINING ACTIVITIES:

In the Shelter you can find a Social Worker, a Psychologist & a Teacher, who provide:
• Information on social, accession, medical, labor, educational and other matters.
• Art/cultural activities for children.
• Psychological support groups for adults.
• Greek lessons for adults and children.
• Learning support for primary and secondary students.
• Information – guidance about the enrollment of students in all levels of education.
• Individual psychological support for children.



2. LEGAL ASSISTANCE

The lawyers of the Shelter provide individual legal assistance to unaccompanied minors and families that apply for international protection. In particular:
• They provide information and advice to the applicants regarding the process of applying for international protection, and particularly regarding the application for asylum and the possibility for family reunification and relocation.
• They provide legal representation to children and families before the administrative and judicial authorities, in order to achieve a favorable decision regarding their application.
• They cooperate with the Juvenile Prosecutor in order to be appointed as guardians of unaccompanied minors under 15, and to be able to legally represent them.
• They provide advice to the applicants regarding their rights, and they facilitate the applicants’ access to the application process.
• They provide information regarding the applicants’ rights to family reunification and relocation.
• They provide information regarding the status of their applications.

 

3. EMPLOYMENT COUNSELING:

The Employment Counselor of the Shelter provides:
• Information regarding labor rights and obligations.
• Support on practical matters (Social Security Number-AMKA, Tax Registration Number-AFM, health insurance card/booklet, etc.)
• Employment counseling (development of personal skills, writing resumes, preparation of self-presentation for interviews).
• Approaching potential employers, searching for job opportunities and getting a job.
• Referral to Greek language and professional training programs.

Results:

The program aims to facilitate the protection of children and their families in order to ensure the appropriate services in a specialized Unit and a Family Friendly space in the Centre of Athens. This project foresees a holistic approach, allowing GCR’s team to be able to offer a range of legal and social services, supported with supplementary activities for families, children and UAMs.
The “Center for Families and Children” will inform and assist children and their families with access to basic health and care services, access to education and the provision of legal counseling and psychological support. The initiative will utilize close synergies with reliable actors thus prioritizing the identification of the most vulnerable cases.

Center for Families and Children
Address: 20, Solomou str. Exarhia-4th floor (near OMONIA metro station)
Telephone: +30 210 3814710
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday (08:30 until 20:00)
Email: pyxidaesp@gcr.gr

Reception center for vulnerable asylum seekers in the center of Athens

Period of implementation:

September 2013 - December 2015

Partners:

Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

Funder:

European Economic Area Grants (EEA grants), SOAM Program

Goals:

The overall objective of the program is to contribute to the social and legal protection of vulnerable asylum seekers in Greece.

Actions:

  • Providing medical care and pharmaceutical care - Special care will be taken for children and pregnant women .Providing legal support while taking steps to expedite asylum procedures and ensure access to these procedures, as well as to resolve potential problems with the integration process

  • Provision of social services for holistic and orderly integration into society

  • Providing educational activities for children and adults.

Results:

The expected outcome is the provision of reception services in at least 300 vulnerable cases (single parent families, vulnerable women, etc.) seeking asylum in Greece.

Emergency Relief Aid

 Period of implementation:

1/5/2016 - 31/10/2016

Administrator:  
Partners

World Jewish Relief

Country of Implementation:

Greece

Category:

 

 

 Goals:

The project aims to address the to address the lack of protective and supportive relief services to the most vulnerable refugees, which has been identified through the field work of the operational outreach teams of social workers in Athens, Thessaloniki and the islands, that cover accommodation sites, first reception sites and hotspots and the work through the services that are provided in GCR’s Central Social Services Unit, since there are numerous cases of very vulnerable persons in need of additional aid . Although main needs such as food and shelter are covered there are always list of items that are lacking; and there is a constant need of specific essential items particularly for women. The intervention will address the lack of hygiene products for women, along with essential products for mothers with babies. The field work has also identified a need for mothers’ mobility, so slings and strollers are proposed to cover these needs. The issue of mobility was identified from previous operations so the purchase of additional disability chairs is considered necessary. Lastly the project wants to address the lack of emergency accommodation by providing access to short term residence to very vulnerable cases (mothers with very young babies, single parents, large families, and people with disability or chronic illnesses) that will need transit accommodation for a short period of time.

 Actions:

 Distribution of items, Provision of emergency accommodation to PoC

 Results:

The direct beneficiaries of the project are estimated to be 1.500 refugees and persons in need of international protection of all ages, mostly women, but also  family members of the first group.

Refugee compass

’Period of implementation:

2016

Administrator:  
Partners

Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung

 Country of Implementation:

Ελλάδα

Category:

 

 Goals:

The fundamental goal of the project is to enhance youth integration into Greek society in a bottom up approach.

To achieve the above the project will aim to achieve the following objectives:

- to strengthen youth through the development of their confidence and self-esteem, leadership skills, teamwork thinking and abilities.

- to provide options for their voice to be heard and a safe space of expression and recreation that they can call their own.

- to provide services and activities that match their specific needs

Actions:

The Activities and suggested methodology consist of:

- Creation of an Advisory Board
- Weekly meetings between the ""Pyxis"" social worker and the Advisory Board
- Provision of counselling and support to youth participating in Pyxis activities
- Cultural and Educational Activities Following the aforementioned weekly meetings, five cultural and five educational activities will be discussed, decided and organised by the Advisory Board with the support of GCR staff.
- Evaluation

 Results:

 

Protection for Minors

Period of implementation: 1/4/2016-31/12/2016
Administrator:  
Partners

World Jewish Relief

Country of Implementation:

Greece

Category:

 

 Goals:

Identification of unaccompanied children in need of the services. Provide legal and social assistance.

 Actions:

Through legal information and counseling identified minors will be presented with options that are suitable for them. State authorities will be notified and follow up will ensure that the registration was successful.
Social assistance based on identified needs. Ensure that Uams are referred for housing, medical examinations and registration.
Appropriate placements for children. Through the national system of placements carried out by EKKA and utilising NGOs accommodation places that are currently in offer. Individual interviews, taking social history, recording specific requests (international protection, housing), and referral to appropriate services, and record housing requests for the protection and placing them in accommodation units.
Legal assistance and individualized support in the framework of the asylum procedure, representation before the authorities (family reunification under Dublin III, relocation etc).

 Results:

1. Through legal information and counseling identified minors will be presented with options that are suitable for them. State authorities will be notified and follow up will ensure that the registration was successful.

2. Social assistance based on identified needs. Ensure that Uams are referred for housing, medical examinations and registration.

3. Appropriate placements for children. Through the national system of placements carried out by EKKA and utilising NGOs accommodation places that are currently in offer. Individual interviews, taking social history, recording specific requests (international protection, housing), and referral to appropriate services, and record housing requests for the protection and placing them in accommodation units.

4. Legal assistance and individualized support in the framework of the asylum procedure, representation before the authorities (family reunification under Dublin III, relocation etc).

 Budget:

£26.000

Immediate Refugee Relief

Period of implementation: October 2015 – December 2015
Administrator: Greek Council for Refugees, Greece
Country of Implementation: Greece
 Partners:

With the kind support of the World Jewish Relief 

 Goals:

Overall purpose/aim: To support the most vulnerable amongst refugees to access immediate relief services in Greece

Objective 1: To address the lack of shelters by providing access to short term residence for 3 to 10 days

Objective 2: To address the lack protective and supportive relief services to the most vulnerable refugees (coupons with three month validity, clothes, and sleeping bags)

Objective 3: To enable vulnerable refugees to reach Athens and/or Thessaloniki where further networks and support services are available

 

Actions:

GCR will provide for immediate relief services in the islands of the Northern Aegean and the Northern land borders of Greece where the larger numbers of persons congregate since these are the main entry and exit points, as well as in Athens and Thessaloniki where large numbers also congregate in transit, while considering the options available to them. The relief services will be distributed, following a needs assessment. Furthermore, referrals will also be made to GCR Offices in Athens and Thessaloniki for the provision of psychosocial and legal support to cases that want to benefit from these in order to enable their access to protective and integration services. GCR will provide access to shelter and cover the transportation needs of the most vulnerable population. To meet other needs, as encountered in the field, vouchers will be used to provide adequate access to food, while raincoats and sleeping bags will be distributed when needed, and medical needs will be addressed either by referrals or by covering expenses for medicine, when a doctors subscription is available.

 Results:

A minimum of 1.500 persons will benefit from the implementation of the project.

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