One of the core objective of the SEMPRE project was to involve service users in the design and implementation of new social services that directly respond to the needs of the inhabitants of rural areas. To this end the partners applied empowerment tools to initiate co-creation processes in their regions,
After three years we are happy and proud that the SEMPRE approach has led to the development of 26 locally based micro projects which are presented in this brochure. As you will see when reading the descriptions of the micro projects, they are very different in many ways, including the local socio-economic settings under which they were initiated, the type and scope of the service delivered, the degree to which service users assumed ownership of the micro project an the organisational status of the micro project (while some micro projects successfully founded cooperatives or social enterprises, others chose to remain on a rather informal self-support level with low thresholds for participation).
But you will also notice that the micro projects have a lot in common: A strong cooperational spirit, the willingness of social service providers to work in new ways and an enormous amount of creativity.
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