Almeria, Spain, 16 – 20 October 2017

From 16 to 20 October 2017, 20 educators, psychologists, teachers and social workers from Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain and Romania, who work closely with the reintegration of inmates, attended the 3nd International Training Activity, that took place in Almeria, Spain.

During the first day of the training activity, Mr Jorge Ollero Peran from Federacion Elance, presented the model of restorative justice in Spain , while the executive director of Noesso NGO Mr Miguel Martin presented the methodology that Noesso follows for the treatment addressed to drug addicted persons. Ms Ester Munoz from Fundacion Don Bosco closed the morning session, presenting the competences development model that they use. At the afternoon followed a guided tour to the Oblatas Reintegration Flat where Noesso is running one of it s reintegration activities with inmates.

The second day, the participants were introduced to the Re-incorpora program, an innovative program that Noesso and many other NGOs are running in collaboration with “La Caixa” Bank. Re –Incorpora is a program where La Caixa Bank, in the frame of it s entrepreneur social responsibility, funds the internship of inmates and other vulnerable groups targeting to help them make their first crucial step for their reintegration into the society.Ms Patricia Maldonado from Fundacion “La Caixa”, Ms Arancha Lasso de La Vega, Incorpora Program regional coordinator and Ms Gemma Galan from the technical office of Re-incorpora program, experts of this initiative, explained to  the participants the methodology of the program.

The third day took place the visit in Almeria penitentiary, where after the welcome of the Director of the prison Mr Miguel Angel de la Cruz, Ms Mercedes Hernandez Jurist of the Prison and advisor of reintegration programs presented the Spanish Penitentiary System and Ms Maria Victoria Lucio Alonso presented the Educational program which the prison implements.After the presentations, the participants had the opportunity to have a very detailed tour into the prison where the responsible staff explained to them the way that the prison works in every sector presenting alongside some innovative methods.The day ended with the music-dance performance that inmates prepared.During the fourth day the participants visited the Noesso reintegration Flat (Vivienda de Apoyo a la Reinsercion), the Noesso Centre of Minors “Paco Fernandez” and Noesso Therapeutic centre for drug addicted people “La Quinta” in Laujarde Andarax. These visits were highly beneficial to all the participants since they had the opportunity to get know the pioneering job Noesso is doing by helping and supporting vulnerable groups of the society. The last day started with the visit to VICASOL SCA Company a great example of a company that supports the reintegration programs in Almeria.The participants closed the working part of the day in Noesso Day’s Facilities Center, with a workshop where they reflected on the Barriers, the Challenges, the Innovative Ideas, the Best Practices and the Plus Points of this very interesting training activity.