Care of others, mutual support and culture from home in times of COVID-19
20/03/2020 - 18:43
Following the declaration of the state of emergency, people in Barcelona have been generating communal initiatives and collective knowledge, developing ways of caring for others and providing mutual support. The citizen participation platform decidim.barcelona will now be offering these resources to others. The Barcelona Cultura website is also offering a complete round-up of activities to keep the city’s cultural fabric intact via digital channels.
The ‘Barcelona des de casa’ project groups together initiatives into four main areas: collective care and mutual support, educational resources, cultural initiatives and resources for sport in the home.
Barcelona des de casa, a simple and intuitive website
The Barcelona des de casa digital space is divided into several sections, one of which covers city initiatives. This includes all content and materials made available to citizens by public facilities such as library resources, cultural facilities such as museums, literary festivals and citizens initiatives which have been created.
The second section is for districts, where each of the city’s districts has its own space. This section features a repository of local initiatives, as well as a forum to share experiences and emotions so as to boost mutual support.
At ‘La Plaça’, citizens can meet to share tools, resources and knowledge, from sports activities at home to cookery ideas, games, activities, talks and much more.
Collective intelligence, available to everybody
Barcelona des de casa is a digital tool linked to the decidim.barcelona platform and resulting from the rapid organisation of citizens. It also offers open-access digital resources for people to use over the days spent at home and is designed to be built by everyone, shared with family, friends and neighbours.
The initiative, which will continue for the duration of the state of exception and isolation measures, includes full information on collective support without replacing official information sources on Covid-19. It is not intended as an official channel for handling enquiries or dealing with the public.
Neighbourliness with the Radars project during the isolation period
Neighbours from the same staircase in the block where we live can provide a solution for those most vulnerable in situations like the current one. To this end, the Radars project is a community initiative designed to improve the quality of life of the elderly by creating and strengthening ties with the community, encouraging people to offer vulnerable neighbours solutions to cover some their everyday needs.
People who are not at risk can offer support for people who can’t get out of the house, for instance, by bringing items for them when they go shopping, walking their dog when they walk their own, taking down their rubbish or calling vulnerable people who live alone. A grid can be put up in the foyer, where people can write down their needs.
On any serious situations detected which affect a senior citizen, people are advised to contact social service or write an email to email@example.com.
Culture from home too
The digital platform cultura.barcelona is promoting all the various initiatives springing up over the coming days to maintain the spirit of public and private facilities in the city, as well as individual cultural initiatives. The goal is to offer willa complete round-up of activities to help keep the city’s cultural fabric alive.
All the activity can be followed minute-by-minute on Barcelona Cultura social media, using the hashtags #LaCulturaTAcompanya and #barceonadesdecasa, and through the weekly newsletter sent to subscribers.
Virtual sites for museums and municipal art centres
The possibility of visiting museum exhibition rooms from home enables us to delve into the collections of some of the city’s facilities. You’ll find different digital resources created especially for the coming days at the Museu del Disseny, El Born CCM, the Museu Frederic Marès, the Reial Monestir de Pedralbes, the Arxiu Fotogràfic, the Servei d’Arqueologia, the Castell de Montjuïc, the Virreina Centre de la Imatge and the Fabra i Coats.
-More information on ‘Barcelona des de Casa’ at decidim.barcelona
-More information on the Radars project on the website.
-More information on ‘La cultura t’acompa
nya’ at cultura.barcelona