District Action Teams

Practice Aim

To improve the quality of life, social cohesion and territorial rebalancing in the Districts of Centro, Chamberí and Tetuán, through the regeneration of the urban environment and the dignification of the common space.

Target Groups

Diverse VGs (and non VG migrants).

Identification of stakeholders that made an identification of the practice: Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado (CEAR)


Cristina Sirur – Head of the Incidence and Social Participation area of CEAR Madrid. cristina.sirur@cear.es (Tlf: 915550698 Ext. 7803) Avda. Asturias, 33. Local CP.: 28029


“Program for the implementation of integrated actions to promote territorial rebalancing and social cohesion in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods of the districts of Centro, Chamberí and Tetuán”, funded by Area of Territorial Coordination and Public-Social Cooperation of the City Council from Madrid.

Target group

Vulnerable migrants and applicants or beneficiaries of international protection in active job search. Different profiles, professional and personal experiences, make up the work teams in three districts of Madrid: they participate from a human rights defense lawyer, to a woman who had to leave her country due to gender discrimination, or a radiologist who was persecuted by their disagreement with the current government, going through young people who had to leave their studies in their countries or who never had access to a job or training.

Application setting: context

This varied profile of people shares a common situation: arrival in the Community of Madrid and the need to move forward in its process of inclusion and autonomy through a decent job, which serves as a professional recycling experience or mere learning about the market labor. In addition, a small quota is reserved for long-term unemployed derived from social services in the three municipalities.


General Objective: To improve the quality of life, social cohesion and territorial rebalancing in the Districts of Centro, Chamberí and Tetuán, through the regeneration of the urban environment and the dignification of the common space.

  1. Specific Objective 1: Identify key agents, social and neighborhood NGOs of the districts, in order to establish an efficient and continuous channel of real participation
  2. Specific Objective 2: Collect information on the state of quality of the spaces, through meetings that are necessary with administrations and citizen NGOs, and develop a diagnosis that allows the identification of the most disadvantaged areas of the districts and their main needs in matters of regeneration of the urban environment, through the active participation of key agents, social and neighborhood NGOs
  3. Specific Objective 3: Improve the employability and labor insertion of people at risk of exclusion, preferably residents and connoisseurs of the districts, and attending to the special vulnerability of the CEAR care group, by hiring, accompanying and training an interdisciplinary team of job.


Annual project by registered grant that has been renewed until 12/31/2019

Requirements/ accessibility issues

Work teams are hired at the request of CEAR Madrid technical employment staff. When the person achieves another job (the project has a shuttle character) the vacancy is filled in the same way, through a social report that evidences the need for the person to be hired in charge of the project.

Performance procedures

The project has two lines of work: in addition to being an employment and training initiative, the focus of the project is the intervention on public spaces with all that entails.

The team has 3 dynamizers (1 per district) that perform institutional representation work and joint work with neighborhood NGOs. In these relationships spaces, needs are collected that are transferred to the district boards by the technical coordinator of the project and often involve intervention orders that the EADs execute. As an example, these demands are materialized in repairs, installation of vertical gardens or small orchards in schools or deteriorated areas, painting of murals or gates of bounded spaces, the reorganization and authorization of the Barley Space in La Latina, or planters that limit pedestrian spaces on Galileo Street.

In addition, EADs have facilitated participatory and open-ended workshops for citizens on environmental sustainability, creation and care of urban gardens, bicycle repair and others where the objective of joining neighborhoods, fostering the feeling of belonging and publicizingthisprojectismet. . Thus, each refugee or migrant personalisable, through a decent job that allows them to restart the process of socio-labor inclusion, to intervene on a space for collective enjoyment, making better neighborhoods for everyone.

Difficulties or constraints for its implementation

The change of municipal government, with the consequent change of priorities and areas of government has meant the completion of this initiative, interrupting the processes of inclusion and autonomy of people who have been working in the EAD.

On the other hand, a difficulty identified during the two years of the project, shows the reconsideration of the shuttle approach, given that the vulnerability situation of many people has transcended that estimate of 3 months of hiring for training and employment, giving rise to annual contracts .


An estimated total of 60 people in situation or at risk of social exclusion have worked in the EAD, accumulating enough time to stay in the Community of Madrid, before their denial of asylum, to apply for residence and work permit for rooting based on a better situation (accumulate this professional experience)

People receive specialized training in gardening, carpentry, small repairs, electricity and other knowledge necessary to expand their employability opportunities.

Training and practice in Spanish during this experience also increases employability opportunities and improves the ability to adapt to a new neighborhood or district, thus favoring the psychosocial well-being of the beneficiaries.

It has improved in terms of recognition and support for the work of CEAR in the districts where we have worked, also increasing the social support of people who have integrated the EAD