Ramón Rey Ardid Foundation
Ramón Rey Ardid Foundation (FRRA) is a non-profit organization that was created in 1991 to meet the needs of people affected by mental illness.
In these 25 years of experience, the organization has grown and has increased its social presence, working for other groups (elderly people, immigrants, young people in difficulty, etc.). The common denominator is vulnerability and social exclusion. It works for the social and labor integration of groups at risk of exclusion by developing different actions: training, empowerment and training, awareness, leisure and free time, etc.
The main objectives are to achieve full social integration, meet the basic needs and improve the quality of life of these people at risk of exclusion and their families. To achieve these objectives, FRRA has established various collaboration agreements with public and private entities to develop aid, prevention, rehabilitation, socio-professional integration and training activities.
One of the Centers of the Rey Ardid Foundation, Espacio Visiones, focuses exclusively on the realization of artistic and cultural activities to promote the social inclusion of people with mental illnesses and other disabilities. Its objective is the empowerment and development of the individual and collective artistic capacity of its participants, projecting to society a different social image related to participation and citizenship, using exhibitions, forums and cultural events and collaborating with different groups, areas and entities to achieve full inclusion and participation.
Volunteering plays a very important role in the Foundation, actively participating in different areas as it develops a task of utmost importance for the inclusion of these groups.
At European level FRRA has been participating for years in the Youth in Action Program and Erasmus +, through the European Voluntary Service (hosting and sending volunteers) and other projects, such as a Key Action 2 (Capacity Building) in the field of youth. Since 2016 he has been developing the project “Artbilities: everyone is an artist” within the call for Erasmus + Cooperation for Innovation and the exchange of good practices, in which Fundación Rey Ardid participates together with partners from Hungary, Italy, Portugal and Granada, to develop innovative products in the field of non-formal learning methodologies to achieve social inclusion of young people with functional diversity through art.
In addition, it has developed cooperation actions with organizations of the Dominican Republic and Senegal in the field of mental health.