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BACstation

The BACstation programme was launched in 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, as a comprehensive residential shelter resource for young solo migrants living on the streets and without any family ties.


BACstations are temporary shelters whose cornerstones include training, socialisation, language lessons, administrative and legal support, physical and emotional healthcare and employment insertion; in short, all the basic ingredients needed to guarantee that young migrants are successfully integrated into our society and thus to create a win-win situation for everyone.


Our shelters provide our students with a place to live, eat, take refuge and continue with their training and language learning without putting their physical well-being at risk. At the same time, we focus on their social inclusion, provide them with legal and administrative support and include them in the employment insertion itinerary to help them achieve total emancipation and autonomy.


Throughout this process, the support and accompaniment provided by volunteers who nurture and enrich their social network is key: from language teachers right through to kitchen volunteers, recreational activity volunteers, mentors, academic counsellors and work coaches.


At present, we have three BACstations: BACstation Vallcarca, BACstation Gràcia and BACstation La Salle.

Lines of work
  • Languages and training
    Language is a key tool that not only helps with socialisation and fosters autonomy and a connection with the environment, but also provides access to training to enhance employability. Thus, all BACstation students attend group and individual Catalan and Spanish classes at the BACstations themselves or at the Llar del Raval. In addition, all those who meet the entry requirements can attend different training courses that are relevant to them. This increases their chances of finding a job when the administrative and legal process allows it.
     
  • Legal and administrative support
    We carry out comprehensive monitoring of the administrative and legal circumstances of all our students to ensure that everyone enjoys equal rights and can gain access to the world of training and employment. This is done through our Legal and Administrative Itinerary team and the volunteer lawyers who support and advise us on how to carry out all necessary administrative procedures.
     
  • Employability and support during the emancipation process
    All students with current asylum applications, with possibilities for social, job or training stability, or with a foreigner’s identification number (NIE) are referred to the employment insertion itinerary where they work with coaches to improve their job-seeking skills and access contact information for the entities and companies with which we network to promote diversity in different work environments.

    Once students have been placed in a job, our volunteers continue to support and accompany them in their search for accommodation. We monitor both the employer and the employee for a period of three months.
     
  • Socialisation (mentoring programme)
    One of the mainstays of our support involves creating an ecosystem of volunteers for each student through the different BAC activities (language classes, recreational activities at the BACstation, contact with mentors, Toma&Daca volunteering, etc.). All interactions allow students to gradually create a social circle of trust in the city.
     
  • Psychological and emotional care
    No comprehensive support system would be complete without emotional support. For this reason, we work to create support spaces through specialists, training capsules, workshops and listening circles to help our students learn how to manage and express their feelings, emotions and concerns associated with the real-life situations they encounter.

 

 

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Economic Sustainability

To make this project sustainable, we rely on funders such as the Nommontu Foundation, Barcelona City Council, the Obra Social La Caixa, the Catalan government and major food donors such as the Banc dels Aliments (food bank), Ferrer Sustainability and the EU Food Programme.

14/09/2021

Abdelhaq, Bilal and Iliass: three BAC success stories

Betevé highlighted the difficulties faced by young migrants in obtaining a work permit. In this report, we saw how the lives of Abdelhaq, Bilal and Iliass had evolved after a year of participating in this cohabitation, training and support project and how they had become success stories of the Foundation. Abdelhaq lives in a flat supervised by the Directorate General for Child and Adolescent Care (DGAIA), Bilal lives in France with some relatives and Iliass has found a job and rented a room.