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ACT! Dissemination event and focus discussion in Italy

On May 22nd 2015, in occasion of the International Festival of Different Abilities, the Italian Partner Scuola Centrale Formazione organized a half-day event dedicated to disseminate the intermediate outcomes of the ACT! Project and to launch a discussion on the role of informal care and active citizenship within the current and future framework of an ever-shrinking public welfare state. 23 representatives from third sector service providers, associations, training institutions and umbrella organisations from 7 European countries participated in the discussion: 4 critical areas were identified towards promoting greater integration between community-led initiatives and institutional welfare:

• Improving and upgrading the skills of social operators
• Raising community awareness and create integration
• Empower active citizens and informal carers
• Improve partnerships with public authorities and institutions