A new space for families whose children are patients at Regina Margherita children's hospital.
Casa Giglio has opened in Turin, an area covering 800 square metres in via Cappel Verde 2 on the corner of via XX Settembre, in a wing of the former Seminary of the Diocese of Turin. It accommodates eleven families free of charge, ten of whom in economic and social difficulty with hospitalized children at the Regina Margherita Children's Hospital and one family in housing emergency.
The renovation of the building, which took place in just two years, required an investment of around one million euros. The first families will be accepted in June.
Casa Giglio is a project set up by the Giglio Onlus association, (which since 2002 has accommodated over 150 families free of charge), and was created in collaboration with Turin’s City of Health and Science hub and as a result of Compagnia di San Paolo’s Housing Programme , its largest supporter. It also received support from Fondazione CRT, the contribution of the Bank of Italy and UniCredit and the patronage of the Metropolitan City of Turin and City of Santena.
A social housing project in the city centre where every family will be able to share experiences with other families and with the neighbouring community to deal more calmly with concerns about their children’s health problems and illness.
In addition to the sleeping areas with private bathroom, shared kitchen and laundry, a multipurpose room was designed to carry out activities open to the public, including courses, theatrical performances and other games and training activities promoted by Giglio Onlus volunteers, by the community and other associations. All families will also be able to count on constant psychological support. The Giglio Onlus approach stands out for its complete service of free accommodation for families with children admitted to any ward of Regina Margherita Children's Hospital, singled out by social workers and cultural mediators, and lacking the economic means to stay in hotels when accompanying young patients from hospitalization to discharge.
The following are collaborating with the project:
AICS Comitato Provinciale di Torino, ASAI, A.Titolo, Consorzio Abele Lavoro, Cooperativa Terzo Tempo, Federvolontari, Fondazione Forma, Rete Italiana Cultura Popolare and Spazio ZeroSei.
The following were present at the press conference:
Sonia Schellino, Councillor for Social, Educational and Citizenship Policies of the City of Turin
Silvia Cossu, Councillor of the Metropolitan City of Turin with responsibility for social rights and equality, welfare, linguistic minorities, relations with the territory
Alberto Anfossi, Secretary General of Compagnia di San Paolo
Ivo Omento, UniCredit North West Territorial Development Manager
Silvio Falco, General Manager of the City of Health and Science hub of Turin
Giuseppina Sgambellone, Chair of Giglio Onlus
Gallery - Casa Giglio inauguration