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Regione Siciliana
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Consorzio Sol.Co. Network of Sicilian Social Cooperatives

Sol.Co is a non-profit consortium of social cooperatives. It was founded in 1994 as a framework for integration, promotion, interaction, quality assurance of social work, supporting full expression of the social value of cooperative action. Nowadays, it is one of the biggest associations reuniting about 130 entities across the whole region of Sicily.   It focuses on full expression of the social value of cooperative action in a the region, where such activities are often manipulated and not implemented correctly. The choice of current and future development of SOLCO comes from the clear reading of the system of values , thanks to which it has started a journey of solidarity and chose social enterprise working model.   SOLCO is working in the social field almost 20 years and with its members it works in the field of integration, promotion, interaction, quality assurance of social work particularly towards the most vulnerable population groups and groups at risk of exclusion, for example immigrants, disabled people, victims of violence, children and young people from deprived areas etc.   The Consortium's organizational model is based is characterized by the continuous research of innovative elements to create sustainability and replicability of good and best practices. SOLCO’s network is composed, a part of its members, also from various stakeholders of the regional and national levels, including numerour Public Administrations across the region (mainly in Province of Catania, Palermo, Messina and Ragusa), but also with University of Catania and also with CGIL - Italian General Labour Confederation, ASP – Provincial Health Organisation, Italia Lavoro – belonging to the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance etc.   During these years, it has developed many projects aimed at empowerment mainly of and for people at risk of exclusion, projects aimed at social reintegration, re-entering to labor market and also SOLCO represent strong support for social welfare start-ups that wish to operate in the social sector.

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