Falchera is a small neighbourhood at the extreme northern outskirts of the city of Torino. It’s not an administrative unit itself.
The area is perceived by the residents as a village, due to the limited number of inhabitants (around 7.000) as well as to its geographical isolation, between the highway to Milano, the big orbital road, the railway and the fields.
The so called Old Falchera was built between 1954 and 1961 (brick one floor houses), the New Falchera between 1974 and 1977 (high modern buildings). Working class families and immigrants coming from other regions of Italy were moved into these new settlements.
Before these times, Falchera was a rural area. Still now one of its main characteristics are its big and numerous green areas that surround the houses and give a very pleasant aspect to the area.
A high percentage of the local population is characterized by low socio – economic conditions.
There is also a relevant presence of Roma population.
When did the YEPP Local Site become involved?
Why did the Local Site start implement the “YEPP” approach and methodology?
A group of 3 youth associations that had been working with young people in the area for several years contacted Compagnia di San Paolo; they were looking for funding for their projects. Compagnia proposed to them to start with YEPP in Falchera.
Main issues and objectives?
Falchera doesn’t offer much to young people in terms of cultural, leisure time and training opportunities.
Residents have a strong sense of belonging to their place; young people in particular say they like the green aspect, the fact that there are nice people, the atmosphere like a village. But they also underline that they are divided in small goups, sometimes conflicting one against the other, and that there is criminality.
There are meeting places for youngsters, but they attract only some of the groups. Many youngsters prefer staying at home, hanging in the street, or going outside Falchera.
Falchera is considered “a nice place until you are 13, then it’s very boring”.
External people, instead, perceive it as a very bad and dangerous place: Falchera has got a negative social label that the residents are trying to get rid of.
The local support group decided to focus its planning on leisure time and culture, but also to pay attention to non formal education and vocational training actions. They think that the improvement of Falchera’s image will be a crosscutting outcome of all the planned actions.
Three main working themes for Yepp in Falchera have been identified: a) Cultural Projects; b) Involvement of Young People; c) Meeting Places. Characteristics of the area
Related to these themes, the support group has defined the following objectives for its first Operational Plan (2014) :
What are the projects and achievements to date?
The Falchera support group is formed by 15 – 16 youngsters aged from 15 to 20, 2 young adults, 4 representatives of local associations.
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