Close to the citizen

Brussels is an exciting city where people feel connected to each other, gain new experiences and expand their networks. Various initiatives brought Brussels residents together in surprising places in their neighbourhood. For example, they created warm meeting places where residents of the city could enjoy themselves and feel at home. The VGC lent its support to these projects.

Staycation BXL: on holiday in your own city
Drie kinderen spelen met een ton en tuinslangen waar water uitkomt.
© Kenzo Van Cotthem

Staycation BXL: on holiday in your own city

The summer of 2020 looked quite different for many people. More Brussels residents stayed home. The VGC therefore called upon organisations to provide a fantastic staycation, a holiday in their own city.
How Jeanine and other older residents experienced the lockdowns
© LDC Chambéry

How Jeanine and other older residents experienced the lockdowns

Jeanine Braham is 74 years old and a regular visitor to the Chambéry neighbourhood centre in Etterbeek. She tells us how she experienced the lockdown.
Three new babyteks in Brussels
© Sander de Wilde

Three new babyteks in Brussels

The proceeds of the annual BRUZZ campaign 'Brussel Helpt' in 2020 went to Babytheek Brussel, a lending service for baby supplies.
Accessible psychotherapy for young people
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Accessible psychotherapy for young people

TEJO BXL is the accessible psychotherapy service for young people between the ages of ten and twenty. Easily accessible because young people can come to the TEJO house at no cost, anonymously and almost immediately, after school, for example.
Multilingualism in school

Multilingualism in school

Helping to improve the Dutch skills of pupils who have a different mother tongue, training multilingual students and supporting teams of teachers. Language and multilingualism is one of the most important topics on which the Brussels Education Centre, or OCB, of the VGC is working.
Trades for everyone

Trades for everyone

The call for projects on “How do you make it? Trades in Brussels” (Hoe maakt u het? Ambachten in Brussel) gave twenty tradespeople a financial boost to share their knowledge with a (new) public.
Five years of entrepreneurial youth
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Five years of entrepreneurial youth

À Fonds helps young people between the ages of 12 and 26 to mount a cultural, sports, artistic, social or educational project. À Fonds was founded 5 years ago.
Focus on psychological vulnerability
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Focus on psychological vulnerability

40% of the Brussels residents have mental health issues and 25% have a serious risk of a psychological disorder.