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Dona Kolors is a social entrepreneurship project. It is a clothing company created for women that offers a job and economic opportunity to women in a situation of social exclusion, in need of emotional, social and economic independence.

Dona Kolors was created in 2012 under the umbrella of El Lloc de la Dona (Place of Women), a Care Centre for women linked to prostitution and/or victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation, managed for more 30 years by the Congregation of the Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer in Barcelona’s Raval district. This centre offers reception and information services, social and health care, psycho-social care, guidance, training and job placement.

The Place of Women provides women who go there with the necessary tools for their empowerment, personal accomplishment and social and labour integration, the Dona Kolors workshop being a route of insertion for those women previously trained in sewing, thus closing the circle.

In addition, with the organisation’s various projects, we work on awareness and social transformation, denouncing those situations of injustice that affect women.

The Bosch Aymerich Foundation has established financial aid for 2021 to help promote this project that aims to find employment for women in situations of prostitution and/or social exclusion by developing a profession for them in the textile industry.

DELIVERY OF SCHOLARSHIPS OF THE BOSCH AYMERICH PRIVATE FOUNDATION AND THE “LA CAIXA” FOUNDATION through CaixaBank.

The 5th Edition of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation Scholarships was held on 20 February in collaboration with the “La Caixa” Foundation through CaixaBank, aimed at young students in the boroughs of Alp, Bagà, Das and Urús, the four municipalities through which the ski area of ​​the Masella ski resort stretches.

The aim of the grants is to contribute to the training of young people in these municipalities to guarantee a future of good qualified professionals in the companies of La Cerdanya and El Berguedà. The Foundation provides the scholarships in thanks to their inhabitants and also for their concern to give young residents of these boroughs access to higher education, given that good training is a guarantee for the future of this territory.

The handover ceremony, which was held on-line due to the pandemic, was led by the trustees of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation, directors of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation and CaixaBank, the mayors of these towns, directors of the Government of Catalonia headed by the Minister of Territory and Sustainability, the Hon. Damià Calvet, who invited young scholars to continue their training in order to bring future value to the La Cerdanya and Berguedà region and to consolidate their training to help achieve a more resilient country.

In this year's edition, a total of 49 applications were received (10 more than in the previous edition) with an average mark of 7.89 of the cases awarded (compared with 7.31 in the previous edition).

Twenty-five scholarships of €2,000 each were awarded in this 5th Edition, which were distributed as follows, according to the participating municipalities: Alp: 7 scholarship holders, Das: 5 scholarship holders, Urús: 5 scholarship holders, and Bagà: 8 scholarship holders.

Since its inception in 1979, the Gavina Foundation has been working in the Raval district of Barcelona to give an overall response to the vital and social needs of children, young people and their families in a situation of social vulnerability.

The Gavina Foundation promotes the quality of children's and family life by offering activities and services with the aim of carrying out compensatory action, always from a preventive and educational perspective, and as a proposal to break the structural circle of poverty and to contribute to improving the community and its environment.

2020 was a year marked by the state of alarm caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has triggered, and especially in the Raval district of Barcelona, ​​a considerable increase in families served by Gavina that have been severely and directly affected, some with the inevitable loss of jobs.

With this reality aggravated by the pandemic widening the digital divide, the Bosch Aymerich Foundation is collaborating in the project to support adolescents and young people for an education of equal opportunities through scholarships, which will benefit adolescents and young people in a situation of social vulnerability between the ages of 12 and 22 linked to the projects of the Gavina Foundation.

This project aims to prevent school failure and drop-out, to provide the necessary social and economic conditions for adolescents and young people in a situation or at risk of social exclusion to improve their education and achieve academic success and to enable adolescents and young people doing High School Certificate, Baccalaureate, Intermediate or higher vocational degrees, or University, to continue with their post-compulsory studies.

The project was presented by Mr. Ricard Huguet, trustee of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation; a collaboration agreement was signed on 5 November 2020 for a term of three years, until 2022, and was signed by Mr. Jorge Balot, Director of the Joan Salvador Gavina Open Centre Foundation, Ms. Elena Cabarrocas, trustee and Mr. Antonio Bosch, secretary and trustee of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation.

The International University of Catalonia (UIC Barcelona) started up in 1997 to offer quality university training and to promote research as a service to society. Linked to the business world and with a strong international character, it offers sixteen degrees, some thirty double international degrees and a wide range of postgraduate programmes on its two campuses, in Barcelona and Sant Cugat.

The Bosch Aymerich Foundation has signed a collaboration agreement with the UIC Barcelona to create the Bosch Aymerich Family Business Law Chair, with the aim of furthering in the study of the problem of family business succession from a legal standpoint. The chair, which will be offered by the UIC Barcelona Law Faculty, ​​was created with the aim of proposing legal reforms to help strengthen the legal status of the family business, with a special focus on the complexity of the phenomenon of succession.

Family businesses now account for 88.8% of the state productive economy, 57.1% of GDP and focus 66.7% of employment. One of the critical moments in the life cycle of such businesses is succession, when the various legal mechanisms in place to ensure it are put to the test. The chair will study the legal security and the issue of succession from the civil, commercial and tax spheres in order to avoid jeopardising the company’s continuity.

The research project, which will be led by Dr. Jordi de Juan, will be developed in two phases: a first analysis of the current situation of family businesses in Spain and their prospects for improvement, followed by the study of different solutions adopted internationally for their possible adaptation.

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The agreement was signed on 10 July 2020 in the presence of the representatives of the two institutions: the Secretary and trustee of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation, Mr. Antoni Bosch and the Director of the Foundation, Mr. Rafael Faus, the Rector of UIC Barcelona, Mr. Xavier Gil, the Dean of the Law Faculty, Mrs. Pilar Fernández Bozal and the chair director and teacher at the faculty, Mr. Jordi de Juan.

The Catalan Association of Integration and Human Development (acidH) is a Public Utility entity that since 1994 has worked in caring for people with Borderline Intelligence and Mild Intellectual Disability. Its main function is to provide services to cover their needs at a social, employment and training level and is dedicated to improving their quality of life.

The mission of acidH is to improve the quality of life of people with borderline intelligence, through comprehensive care, regardless of their aetiology and whether there is any other disorder, so that they might achieve the highest possible degree of autonomy.

People with Borderline Intelligence are those whose intellectual abilities are just below what is considered normal according to the WHO. They also have a deficit in adaptive capacity, in at least two of the following areas: communication, personal care, home life, social/interpersonal skills, use of community resources, self-control, academic skills, work, leisure, health and safety.

These deficits make them especially vulnerable with personal, social, educational and labour difficulties in meeting the demands of their surroundings, it being necessary to adjust the support to each person.

The Bosch Aymerich Foundation is collaborating with acidH in the Study for Clinical Research with Patients with Borderline Intelligence, the help being awarded for a period of three years.

The project consists of:

•     Carrying out different clinical studies on improving the quality of life of people with Borderline Intelligence or Mild Intellectual Disability in areas such as cognitive deficit, lack of adaptive abilities or ageing.

•     This year, different cognitive tests and questionnaires were carried out on 30 people using acidH to be able to detect those aspects that might help to improve their quality of life.

For ethical reasons, those participants assigned to the control group will receive treatment at the end of the study.

The signing of the collaboration agreement took place on 19 June 2020 and was attended by Mr. Eduard Ballester, director of the Catalan Association for Integration and Human Development, Mrs. Elena Cabarrocas, patron of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation and Mr. Antoni Bosch, patron of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation.

The European Large Families Confederation (ELFAC) was set up in 2004, bringing together the Large Families Associations across Europe. The Confederation represents more than 60 million European citizens belonging to almost 9 million large families.

The Confederation aims to represent the social and economic interests of families with children in general, and large families in particular, as the most appropriate environment for raising children, integrating them into society and providing mutual support between generations. Its purpose is to promote, develop, and unite the movement of large family organisations.

The European Coordinator has promoted the creation of the European Card for Large Families, which aims to make it easier for large families in a European country to be accredited as such when travelling to another country and thus be able to gain certain public benefits and advantages and others achieved with associations for large families.

ELFAC General Assembly with representatives from different associations, Brussels 2019 -Image courtesy of ELFAC

Another of its projects has been to create the network of European municipalities for large families, which aims to set up a network of districts wishing to strengthen family support policies with specific plans and strategies to become certified as family-friendly municipalities.

In this area, the Bosch Aymerich Foundation expresses its commitment to this entity by signing an agreement over financial aid for the project of the European card and the network of municipalities in the current year.

The agreement was signed on 27 April in the presence of Mr. Antoni Bosch Carrera, Secretary and trustee of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation, Mrs. Elena Cabarrocas, member and trustee of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation and Mr. Raúl Sánchez, Secretary General of the European Large Families Confederation.

The Col·legi Major Monterols is a university residence that has provided accommodation and training for university students since 1949 and which develops a tireless social, cultural and sports activity in its own unique style, difficult to reproduce. Monterols is a male University College, attached to the University of Barcelona. It therefore has members of the university club and residents from all the universities in Barcelona and the surrounding area, as well as other parts of Spain and abroad.

The Bosch Aymerich Foundation collaborates with this institution as its founder was the Honorary Trustee of the School and helped maintain the work carried out by this High School. The Bosch Aymerich Foundation aims to continue the work of its founder and has agreed to collaborate on 4 scholarships for four students, to help cover the residential expenses they cannot afford.

These scholarships are awarded to those students who, though achieving good grades, cannot afford to pay for their residency. The scholarship award ceremony takes place every June, but could not be held this year due to the exceptional situation caused by Covid'19, which forced the suspension of academic events. However, the scholarship awardees were chosen and will receive these scholarships during the academic year.

The collaboration agreement was signed on 3 March in the presence of the Headmaster of Monterols High School, Mr. Fernando Villar, the Secretary of Monterols High School, Mr. Miquel Masó and Mr. Antoni Bosch, Secretary and trustee of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation.

PRESENTATION OF GRANTS OF THE FUNDACIÓ PRIVADA BOSCH AYMERICH I OBRA SOCIAL DE “LA CAIXA”.

The 4th edition of the Bosch Aymerich i Obra Social “La Caixa” Foundation Grants, aimed at young students in the municipalities of Alp, Bagà, Das and Urús, the four municipalities through which the Masella ski area extends, took place on 15 February.

The aim of the grants is to contribute to the training of young people in these municipalities to guarantee a future of good qualified professionals in the companies of La Cerdanya and El Berguedà.

In this year's edition, a total of 39 applications were received, to which a total of 25 grants were awarded (5 more than in previous editions), with an average case score of 7.31.

The award ceremony was attended by the patrons of the Bosch i Aymerich Private Foundation, the executives of Masella and Caixa Bank, the mayors of these towns, directors of the Government of Catalonia led by the Minister for Territory and Sustainability, the Rt. Hon. Mr. Damià Calvet, who gave the closing speech.

Among the speeches at the event, the President of the Foundation, Mr. Ángel Sáez, remembered the figure of Josep Ma. Bosch Aymerich, as this year marks the 5 years of his death, and sketched out the figure of this man, who preached with example in the culture of effort.  So, faithful to the principles of the promoter of the Foundation, in the speeches all the authorities stressed the importance of effort and tenacity.

The agreement was signed on 4 February 2020, with Messrs. Xavier Nolla (Vice-President and Director of Masella), Antoni Bosch (Secretary) and Mrs. Elena Cabarrocas (Observer and member of the Permanent Committee of the Foundation) attending for the La Caixa Banking Foundation and Messrs. Albert Requena (Director of the Berguedà-Pyrenees business area) and Gerard Xifré (Puigcerdà Office Manager).

The SOM VIA Group is a structure of four entities with social value: the Via Activa Foundation, the Viaclara Foundation, the Via Assistencial Foundation and SOM VIA Consultancy.

Each entity is aimed at a different group, but under the cohesion of a common work with more than 25 years of experience that, through an innovative and rigorous model, provides society with different resources, services and programmes committed to people with special needs, vulnerability and diverse behaviour, as well as the construction of reasons for living and also committed to the transformation of the environment. It is from this commitment and experience that the Awake Minds Programme was created as a training and prevention itinerary in mental health, led by people with a diagnosis and aimed at students of High School, Baccalaureate and Intermediate and Higher Vocational Training, and universities in the city of Barcelona and province.

The aim is to create community participation and promote healthy habits, as well as to bring together the realities and prevention of mental illness among young people, students and future professionals. It is also an action of positioning in the face of the stereotypes, prejudices and stigma that abound in society.

The Programme sets up a double space; training on the one hand, but also allowing people with experience in mental health to be the real protagonists, to be the key agents of change and transmission of expert knowledge. Awake Minds is a life lesson.

The Awake Minds Programme consists of several main actions: a presentation given at schools, with the previous delivery of work material and a practical activity consisting of the knowledge of the daily activity and operation of the Mascaró Residence Home, one of the Group's resources for people with mental illness.

The Awake Minds Film Competition is also being organised to use audiovisual as an educational tool.

This programme therefore links with the social commitment maintained by the SOM VIA Group with people and society, understanding that education is the fundamental key to making real and effective the participation of all citizens in society.

It is in this sense and with the conviction of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation in promoting the growth of society and continuing to transform views and attitudes, that on 13 January 2020 a collaboration agreement was signed to give support for three consecutive years to the Awake Minds Programme so that, inside and beyond the classroom, students, teachers, families and speakers might rethink and transform realities and diversities.

Bosch Aymerich Foundation Training Room, SOM VIA Group Headquarters

The signing of the Collaboration Agreement took place on 13 January with the President of the Via Activa Foundation, Mr. Jaume Viaplana Miralles and Mr. Andrés Escarpenter Ferran, patron of the Bosch Aymeric Foundation.

One of the aims of the Bosch Aymerich Private Foundation is to return part of the benefits obtained from the activity of these towns where it is present with its business activity, in the form of aid.

The study grants have been created to foster better training for the inhabitants of the La Cerdanya region as a means of enhancing its future development with a better prepared population.

In this first edition for the 2016-2017 academic year, a collaboration agreement was signed between the Fundació Bosch Aymerich and the Caixa d’Estalvis i Pensions de Barcelona, “la Caixa” Banking Foundation for study grants for medium and high degree studies for the inhabitants of the towns of Alp, Das and Urús, and the concession of a Doctorate/ Master’s Degree for the inhabitants of the whole of the La Cerdanya region.

This year, 18 grants were awarded, including a Doctorate/Master’s Degree of 5,000 euro, and seventeen Medium and University Degree grants of 2,000 euro each, adding up to a total of 39,000 euro in grants awarded. The award ceremony took place on 11 February 2017 with figures from the Government of Catalonia and the different town councils all present.