CRESM promotes integrated and sustainable development and social inclusion in Sicily. We are a non-profit, independent, free from political or religious influence.
CRESM was founded in 1973 in Palermo by a group of social workers, development agents, researchers who had worked with community organiser Danilo Dolci in Palermo and other rural areas in Western Sicily (Belice valley). In 2014 CRESM transformed into a Social Cooperative to undertake socio-entrepreneurial activities.
CRESM has five interrelated areas of work:
Since the times of Gibellina earthquake, CRESM has fostered through participatory approach the internal (re)generation of communities, untapping the creativity and resilience of people to overcome adversity and fear. The museum Belice / Epicentro della Memoria Viva, founded by CRESM celebrates this regenerative power of Sicilian communities
In Sicily, lack of employment and public services, make people abandon rural communities. CRESM works on positive change through innovative solutions, promoting new ideas, attitudes and unusual connections among sectors – agriculture, health, education – and actors.
CRESM works with immigrants in Palermo – a city that hosts 19 different immigrant communities – and the Belice valley. CRESM creates new inclusive spaces where immigrants and local people work, live, dialogue and exchange. CRESM’s activities range from hosting asylum seekers to showcasing the technical knowledge of migrants
CRESM works with children and young people inside and outside schools. Through YouthBank young people engage with their communities and learn a variety of skills and responsible behaviours. Within schools we facilitate social interaction to avoid bullying or other kinds of violence
CRESM provides social mediation for adults and minors and trains social mediators. Conflict and tensions are eased through social mediation and restorative justice. Psychological support to victims is part of social mediation.