RETE DELLE CASE DEL QUARTIERE — the network of Turin neighbourhood houses, the first Italian network of this kind!
Rete delle Case del Quartiere is a non-profit network of eight "Case del Quartiere" (Neighbourhood Houses) in the city of Turin. The Houses are places of active participation: they encourage people to take part in the social and cultural life of the neighbourhood and the city through different forms of active citizenship, volunteering and cultural activities. They are places where people look for and experiment new ways of planning and managing social welfare policies and activities, developing proximity-based networks, and finding collective solutions to common needs. Deeply rooted in the territory, each of the eight houses works independently as a multi-functional community hub located in different areas of the city. They are very different in their structure: some manage large buildings with large halls that can serve different purposes, including theatre, concert halls, cinemas, etc; other have small spaces that are more suitable for other activities as meetings and workshops for instance. The Houses rely on a combination of public and private funding, as well as self-sustainability.
Main expertise: Territorial development in urban areas