4Change is a professional network and a community of people based in Lisbon, who share the goal of contributing to a more equitable and human society. We take this challenge very seriously and we always try to act in a way that has a real impact on the people and organizations we work with.
Strategies for community empowerment in underprivileged neighbourhoods usually include calls for civic participation, however, the intended beneficiaries rarely contribute. If the needs and ideas of the most disadvantaged adults were taken into account, these could help to reduce their risk of social exclusion while providing benefit for the whole community. The project COmmunity ENgagement for Social Inclusion (COMENSI) aims to understand why marginalised adults do not participate and what tools and strategies could be developed to revert this situation. Project partners will work in five challenging EU urban neighbourhoods to create a network of adult educators and professionals to explore the problems and potential solutions.