Create a tribe with which to share the same concerns regarding parenting. This is the most repeated maxim among the families who come to the family game and experimentation space of the Servei Orientació i Atenció a les famílies (SOAF) Mas Pintat de Reus. For these it is important that in addition to their sons and daughters playing and interacting with other little ones, they can get together with other fathers and mothers, to talk and reflect on topics that are similar to them.
«I came to Mas Pintat looking for mothers like me, to feel accompanied. It is useful because you feel understood, they guide you in many aspects and you see other people in the same situation », explains OAS (34), with two children and « very happy », she says, to have discovered the place. She emphasizes that you have to know him well, “many interesting activities are carried out, inclusive talks that give value to the intercultural factor and even provide psychological support,” she points out.
In the same space, there is a group of fathers and mothers: there is Noemí Pascual, Alba Hidalgo, Montse, Laia and David Sánchez, among others. They say that, sometimes, they miss a babysitting service, better playgrounds and even toy libraries, although in many ways they say they feel “covered”: they celebrate the civic centers of the city, “there are enough spaces”.
They express that you have to know the city well and what it offers to families. According to Sánchez, “there are many realities and needs can change by area, in the city.” Some agree and Hidalgo adds, for his part, that “I came here for a group, I was looking for a tribe and it helps a lot.”
We start from Mas Pintat because different family situations are known there, but it was from there, too, where it all started: we talked about the creation of the Pla de Famílies (2022-2025), presented yesterday by the Councilor for Health and Citizenship, Òscar Subirats , as a result of it having been approved in plenary last month.
The Plan de Famílies is a document that was drawn up from a participatory process – in which up to 420 people were involved – and whose objective, councilor Subirats recalled in the presentation, is to make a “diagnosis” to observe what is the reality of Reus regarding types of families and their needs.
“Since March 2021, we have carried out a participatory process to detect needs and shortcomings, identify and delve into possible improvement actions and work on the collective creation of new proposals for future strategies.”
Eight participatory workshops, diagnosis and collection of action proposals, surveys, a public hearing on June 8, 2021 and several meetings with entities, agents, political groups and different groups have been held. Other family plans and programs developed at the global, European, state and municipal levels were also investigated. «It is the first time that we have made a plan related to families in Reus, we want to put them at the center of municipal policies.
Drawing up the plan arose, as we said, “at the request of SOAF Mas Pintat.” «This document helps us to more easily systematize the actions we want to carry out to continue supporting the families of the city, all of them very diverse; in order to provide them with resources », he explained. To do this, you had to know them, he argued.
The concept of family, a “backbone social element”, has changed over time. “Family units are not all the same and there has been a metamorphosis.
In the document, we have influenced the diversification of family forms and models and we have given importance to the legislative framework”, he stressed. He also spoke of the term positive parenting, referring to the way of parenting in which fathers and mothers emphasize positive behaviors more than negative ones.
The Family Plan –prepared by an external company called Think Is– is divided into three blocks: one theoretical and normative, another for diagnosis and a third, the action plan. “Apart from the surveys, workshops have been held, which have been attended by 34 people,” he added.
The plan has different strategic lines, in which personal autonomy, social efficiency, strategic planning, global attention and universality are taken into account. “These five lines have 11 objectives to meet and from these come 24 actions to put into practice,” he summarized.
Some of the strategic lines bet, for example, –and in the case of the first, on personal autonomy– to create a community of parents or organize emotional workshops to give tools to people.
There are others related to the environment – the one proposed by the global care line, in which work is being considered to offer spaces to facilitate and encourage parenting in the city, either with public toilets or others that are at the height of children or promote lactation spaces, among other ideas.
The aspect of diversity is also contemplated: along the line that is committed to universality, it is proposed to give visibility to the different family models in the actions provided, for example, by the SOAF Mas Pintat or, perhaps, to extend the accompaniment to the relatives of the LGTBIQ+ collective.
Subirats stressed, on the other hand, that factors such as intercultural and intergenerational aspects were taken into account, from an inclusive and global point of view. “Many of the actions that we will carry out are to reinforce initiatives that are already being carried out.
It has been important to segment the surveys by age, because it has given us a wide spectrum of impressions.” As stated in the plan, the sample comprises a group of people with the minimum age of 14 and the oldest person who has participated has been one of 80.
“We attach great importance to activities in which grandchildren and grandparents play together”, describes and highlights the creation of links between the different components of the family. Consulting the plan, they also set the priority of promoting intergenerational activities between grandparents and grandchildren as high.