|Coisas da Quinta – green space initiative for people with disabilities|
|Brief Description||The “Coisas da Quinta” project is part of the various initiatives conducted by ARCIL with the aim of promoting the social inclusion of individuals with disabilities. It is based on the creation of a local farm.
Starting from the focus on the particular characteristics and needs of each beneficiary, the project responded to the difficulty that several beneficiaries showed in remaining enclosed in rooms while performing the tasks inherent to their occupations. Further, it allowed to relocate several workers from the protected employment service, as well as occupying occupational activities center beneficiaries.
Although the project is at an early stage of development, according to the information collected, changes in the behavior of beneficiaries are observed – they appear to be more relaxed – and the gradual growth of sales of agricultural products, with the last year reaching 10 000 euros. It is worth highlighting the pedagogical farm valence that the project is developing in which, through contact with the activities of the farm, children and young people will be sensitized to environmental issues. Once these issues are a concern, organic farming is practiced on the farm. This practice, by directing sales of farm products and processed products (biscuits, jams, etc.) also to the community, indirectly promotes a healthier diet and strengthens the link between beneficiaries and the community, makes them an active contribution.
|Field||Living/Green spaces: Urban (food) gardens, Living/Green spaces: Improving availability, quality and use|
|Impact||Health, Equity, Environmental sustainability|
|Target Group||General population, People with disabilities|
|Evaluation||Planned for the future|
|INHERIT Perspective||This project has been chosen for inclusion because of its role in rehabilitate green areas for health improving, in a social and environmental sustainable way. This farm project promotes the social inclusion of persons with disabilities providing them a work routine adapted to their needs, abilities and preferences. The contact with nature allow people that tended to enter into crisis in enclosed spaces be more calm, improving their health and well-being. The community, in turn, has the opportunity to consume healthier products, fruits and vegetables of organic production.|
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|Contact||ARCIL – Cabo do Soito, 3200 – 901 LOUSÃ, Portugal Tel: (+351) 239 990 300 E-mail: email@example.com|