About the FAS

Annual Reports

The Fundació Autònoma Solidària activities report is published annually to record the work carried out in each one of the organisation’s areas and programmes.

Through a description of the most relevant data in the given academic year, the report is a snap-shot that provides detailed information on the work carried out and, at the same time, is a rendering of accounts to all the people who have collaborated with the FAS.

We end another year with the illusion of demonstrating our achievements and having improved the management and impact of our programmes. And this is what we aim to show in this 2017-18 report.

We wish to say that this report contains various elements that are different from those of previous years. We have tried to make the document shorter, reducing the length of the programme descriptions and showing the impact by means of data displayed in a clear and visually attractive manner. We have also provided space for testimonials in order to put a voice to and express the opinions of all those who have made FAS’s activity possible and the users or beneficiaries of the programmes. We hope you will find the new format easy to read and that it will help you better understand our work.

As an entity that is especially sensitive to the important social challenges we face as a country, this report reflects our concern in the form of specific programmes, some of them fairly recent and others with a long tradition. In particular, in relation to the last year, we wish to mention our attempt to offer a response to the challenge of the forced migrations to Europe through the enormous dedication and growth of the Refugee Reception Programme, which consolidates the experience of UAB as a singular model in the European context.

Furthermore, in the area of educational achievements, we implemented the new phase of the CROMA 2.0 Programme, with a greater focus on the role of support from the university. Lastly, as the parties responsible for the Foundation, we wish to express our gratitude to the excellent FAS team of volunteers, trainees and technical staff, and to the financing entities who have ensured the feasibility of their programmes.

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Access to the Activities report for the year 2017-2018

Once again, the 2016-17 term has come to a close with an increase in programmes and activities, but also in the impact of the FAS. The number of users assisted in the PIUNE has increased, especially the number of students with learning disorders, and this suggests an important trend on which we ought to work in the future. Moreover, on the other hand, new volunteer programmes have been created, such as the one that connects students and researchers from the UAB with secondary schools in Badia to improve English learning (which we have christened Let's go!) or the one intended to fostering mentoring between UAB students and Sabadell youths at risk of dropping out of school.

Moreover, the FAS has deployed and consolidated actions in fields we have been adding to our field of action over the last few years, such as Hosting refugees, education for development, workplace insertion of people at risk of exclusion or learning and services.

It is precisely this growth in the impact and diversity of programmes and intervention methodologies over the last few years that made us realise the importance of reflecting on how we would like to face the coming years.

This is what led us to begin the thought process that has allowed us to define a strategic plan for the coming years. This has undoubtedly been the most significant qualitative element in this term. As we have seen, this is an extremely useful tool when it comes to reflecting on the future of this entity with the series of linked people and institutions which, with regard to the FAS, are many: from the Board of Trustees to the PAS and PDI of the university, not to mention entities, educational centres, justice centres and administrations, as well as the students, technical staff and volunteers of the entity. We would like to extend our most heartfelt thanks to all of them for their collaboration in the plan that will allow us to position the FAS as a university social entity of reference over the course of the coming years.

We are pleased to present the 2015-2016 activities report of the Solidarity Autonomous Foundation, which we can use to explain ourselves and what we do to our community. In it, we go over the results of our work with our 650-plus stakeholders, present our accounts with the backers and donors who made contributions, promote our work areas with members of the university community who do not know much about us, and more. In short, we would like to thank everybody who provided time, money, partnerships or support so that FAS could continue to be this small contribution by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) towards a fairer world.

The activities report also enables us to take stock of the academic year. As is a regular occurrence in our yearly cycle, we strove to uphold the services and programmes we have developed over recent years, increasing the impact of the programmes in terms of beneficiaries and launching and consolidating new lines of work.

One of the most important new activities was without doubt the agreement reached with the Catalan Commission for Refugee Aid which enabled the UAB to be a university that opens its campus to people seeking international protection. In this joint work by the Commission, the UAB and the FAS, the experience of life on campus was a successful one which saw the 16 refugees who were living on our campus feel part of an open and diverse student community in which they were able to learn and share with the students who engaged in the language integration and social programme.

Access to the Report of the 2015-2016 academic year