“Never Alone –Building our future with children and youth arriving in Europe” is a collaborative funding initiative established as a sub-fund in EPIM. Together with EPIM’s Partner Foundations, eleven additional European foundations support the joint effort: Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Bodossaki Foundation, John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, Fondazione Cariplo, Fondazione con il Sud, Enel Cuore, Fondazione CRT, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Cuneo, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo and Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena, and Bertelsmann Foundation.
The fund aims to support civil society organisations and public bodies/authorities seeking to address policy and practice issues arising from increasing arrivals of children and youth in Europe, and the struggle for communities to provide adequate protection as well as long-term perspectives for their life in Europe.
As part of this sub-fund, four strands of interlinked activities are building up on and strengthening each other:
- Grant making in four focus countries, Italy, Greece, Germany and Belgium, to support civil society or public-private partnership projects that demonstrate promising practice in:
- child supportive reception (includes family- and community-based reception facilities and multi-dimensional services), and
- accompanying and facilitating the transition to adulthood/autonomy (accompany children and youth in the process of becoming autonomous with services that make no differences when youth turn 18 and older).
- Grant-making at EU level to support civil society organisations’ advocacy projects that strengthen the collaboration among a diverse set of stakeholders in the child’s rights and migration areas
- to establish a joint understanding of priorities and to initiate joint action,
- to create and emphasise linkages between national- and EU-level advocacy as well as across Member States with effective communication channels to detect and highlight challenges of implementation as well as promising policy in Member States, and
- to promote promising practices in Member States to be adapted and scaled up in other local or national contexts.
- Research and impact evaluation supporting the projects’ sustainability and the significance of their impact. A commissioned research piece aims to strengthen the evidence-base for the long-term impact of individualised, family- or community-based care on children and youth on the move in Europe.
- Capacity and network development activities stressing the links between projects and encouraging peer-to-peer learning at national and Pan-European level with links to countries of origin and transit in order to foster strong advocates and support systems for children and youth on the move.
Throughout all activities, EPIM aims for the work to be:
We are talking about children and youth on the move or children in migration in order not to categorise or exclude children and youth according to their migration status or else.
We encourage listening to the independent view of every child and youth and providing possibilities for young people to speak out for themselves.
We encourage gender-sensitive policies and practices to ensure that children and youth do receive the tailored services required.