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15.02.2017

Four new members joined our network

16.09.2015

14th Gare Européenne et Solidarité Steering Committee

06.09.2015

Swedish station owner Jernhusen signs the European Charter

19.06.2015

Gare Européenne et Solidarité at the FEANTSA Policy Conference 2015 in Paris

25.03.2015

13th CODIR of the Charter

Social inclusion

The railway networks are developing partnerships with nearby community organizations working in the field of social inclusion, which are numerous and varied in Europe: regional authorities, municipalities, community-based-organization networks, each with its own, often long-standing, social and cultural heritage.
On the side of policies regarding services for the homeless in the European Union, countries devote varying amounts to social protection, with some countries contributing twice as much as others. The types of intervention vary considerably, from emergency services to integration, using various tools. Local policies and practices range from repressive, to tolerant to very innovative.
Regardless all difference, each organization is striving to increase social inclusion using its individual methods, structure and facilities.

Railway companies have now consolidated a constant dialogue with Public Administrations and NGO's, to contribute to social inclusion strategies, based on the acknowledgment of mutual needs: stations are not the best place for a homeless person to live, although he/she may find there an answer to most of his/her needs. Social inclusion is therefore not intended as mere assistance, but as an integrated effort to offer marginalised people a real alternative to the hopeless life in the station. For example, the creation of the social referent in the stations favoured a mutual understanding of needs and approaches, and eased the way to more effective programmes to tackle social exclusion. In addition to that, railway companies provide large spaces in and around stations to set up services for homeless people, and have made social inclusion one of their CSR priorities.


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