Founded in Padua in 1994, type A social cooperative Il Portico, in its residential facilities, offers educational and rehabilitation programmes to people with psychiatric disorders and psychic disabilities to promote their social inclusion, increase their level of independence and permit their insertion in the labour market.
There are more than 60 people in our facilities. Starting from their individual needs, we set up specific programmes that include recreational and relational activities, which take into account the individual, instrumental and social aspects, encouraging the strengthening of individual skills.
These services are managed in collaboration with public authorities and some private institutions. They are now reference points for the local healthcare institutions.
This cooperative was one of the founders of the Consorzio Veneto in Salute, oriented towards developing primary territorial assistance by supporting primary care general practitioners and paediatricians.
In the field of mental health, rehabilitation procedures follow the methods of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, while in the field of disabilities, Behavioural Cognitive methodology is followed.
To know more about the services provided by Il Portico, read our services charter.
We have set up a few projects to include everyday life in daycare centres:
- Project AMA - Auto Mutuo Aiuto: a service addressed to people with psychiatric disorders, available for all residents of the area. It is composed of a support team for vocational integration (about 15 people) carried out by specialised caregivers and a group dedicated to free time activities, under the residents' management (about 6-8), with a little help from the caregivers. Every meeting foresees socialisation activities and communication groups to identify individual objectives and potentialities.
- Project Tandem: it is aimed at the insertion in the labour market and addressed to some of the residents of the care homes and communities. Based on the guiding principles of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, it attempts a gradual introduction of people with psychiatric disorders in for-profit companies. The caregivers support diminishes gradually until participants become independent and the possibility of hiring them is taken into account . This initiative was developed in cooperation with Confcooperative - Federsolidarietà and the Province of Padua.
- Meridiana News: residents of the facilities work on a news magazine, with the help of the caregivers, in which they talk about their everyday life in the facilities. This allows us to understand their ideas, potential and opinions. It is available in both hard copy and pdf format.
- Fuori di Festa: an annual event that involves all the residents of “La Meridiana” as well as the local community. The facility opens its doors to all citizens, so that everybody can have fun while interacting with people with different abilities and experiences, in a party atmosphere.