Updated at: 2022/08/26
GCR’s Intercultural Center PYXIDA started operating in 1996 after the appeal of refugees and their families, who suffered from social isolation and felt excluded from Greek society.
Pyxida follows a holistic methodology in order to answer the needs of individuals and families, based on an interdisciplinary team of professionals, who contribute, via the services and programmes provided, to the integration of refugees and vulnerable immigrants in the Greek society.
The services of the Center fall into 3 major categories:
Intercultural Center “PYXIDA” - Education, Social and Employment Support
- ACE (All Children in Education) morning and afternoon classes for Primary School childlren and teenagers to help with their homework and mathematics, in collaboration with UNICEF and the supervision of SolidarityNow.
- THESAURUS II- Engaging the community: Βοοκ Workshops for children and teenagers
- English courses for children and teenagers by the American College of Greece, DEREE
- Employment Greek (4 months intensive courses) attached to pro-employabilty sercives, Counseling and Job Placement
Classes form 10:00-20:00
- Counseling upon appointment and help with the registration of childlren to public schooling
Office Time: 9:00-14:00
Cosmos Εmployment Hub
- Counseling and connection to the job market for both asylum seekers and recognised refugees, with A1 level of Greek language competency and all the required papers in order to be appointed to a company.
Office Time: 9:00-16:00
Cosmos Employment Hub Communication: 210 3802384
- Two educators for pre-school ages (3 - 6 y.o.) will be engaged with children and provide recreational and educational activities for this target group while their mothers or siblings receive other types of support in GCR’s premises (e.g., access to work for mothers and access to school for children over 6 y.o.).
- A phycologist will support children and / or their mothers with mental health problems and in need of specialized mental health services/support and provides access to PSS for all affected children and adults in need of PSS, to bring back sense of safety, predictability and sense of dignity, to process their experiences related to the forced migration and to develop coping mechanisms to face everyday living. This kind of support includes psychological assessment and identification of needs; core psychosocial support, active listening, and provision of emotional support; training on the development of coping mechanisms for people with disabilities; empowerment of women via sessions of self - help; referrals to and links with actors providing specialized care, when needed.
- A social worker will provide any kind of social support, e.g., help with papers and documentation, accompaniment to hospitals and public services (when needed), conducting social assessment history, counselling, provision on information regarding social benefits, support with accommodation issues and referrals to relevant authorities. In addition, s/he will provide support for children’s enrolment to school.
Those who are interested in our services please send a message to our Facebook page: GCR Pyxida Helpdesk, where they will be able to get all the updates.
20 Solomou St.
Solomou 20, Athens, Greece
Address in local language
Σολωμού 20, Αθήνα