We are a partnership of 7 networks of Mother Centers (MCs) in 6
countries. Mother Centers (or Family Centers) are community spaces where
parents meet and organise. They are started by the parents themselves and vary
in size and program, depending on local circumstances. One thing is always the
same: the heart of our Centers is a place where you can drop in at any time
with your children and have a coffee, a talk, find information. We call it the
"public living room".
In the partnership we want to explore the qualities of this space, how
it functions, by debating its most essential aspect: safety.
We find safety one of the most important values in life, and think it is
important to talk about how it appears in everyday situations, how we as
parents/families can create safety in our life. Starting from values is an
essential point in the Mother Center movement. The empowerment that rises from
exploring values and visions as a group, is at the heart of our being.
We have such value debates often and use this partnership to structure
that, make it visible, transferable. Because now, what happens in our Centers
is informal and rarely lands on paper.
Each partner has chosen a sub-theme related to safety which they
"host". They formulate questions to be debated by all other partners
and they gather the outcomes of these debates afterwards in a theme paper.
Eight month per year we will have debates, each led by a different
partner. We believe in peer learning and learning by teaching.
We will all take the lead once a year and make the questions for the
other partners to discuss. After that we host a mobility for further debate on
our topic and exchange on the outcomes of discussion in the countries. This way
we want to deepen our understanding of safety and of the public living room.
implemented by six centers from Germany, Poland, Austria, Slovakia and Turkey.
- Uluslararasý Çocuk Merkezi
Dernegi (= International Children's Center ICC) - Turkey
- Stichting Nest! – The
- Mütterforum Baden-Württemberg
e.V. Landesverband der Mütterzentren, Familienzentren und
Mehrgenerationenhäuser – Germany (Projecy Coordinator)
- Dachverband der unabhängigen
Elten-Kind Zentren Österreichs – Austria
- Stowarzyszenie "Mamy
Czas" – Poland
- Únia materských centier (UMC) –
- Landesverband Mütter- und
Familienzentren in Bayern e.V. – Germany
The project entitled “Public
Living Room–A Safe Learning Space” (Grant Agreement no: 2013-1-NL1-GRU06-12705 9) is supported by Center
for European Union Education and Youth Programmes of the Turkish Ministry of EU
Affairs Turkish National Agency, Erasmus+ Programme (Lifelong Learning
Programme). The activities began on August 2013 and lasted for two years (ended
by the end of July 2015). It is a partnership of Mother Centers in 5 countries. The partnership waned to
explore the qualities of mother centers, how it functions by debating its most
essential aspect: safety. In the partnership each partner has chosen a
sub-theme related to safety. Partners formulate questions to be debated by all
other partners and they gather the outcomes of these debates afterwards in a
For each of the
mobility/meeting held, ICC, with support of the Gaziantep Metropolitan
Municipality, organized discussions on the topics in the mother centers of
Gaziantep. A report for each of the debates was prepared both in English and in
Turkish, and outcomes of the discussions were presented in the mobility
• Making the Mother
Center into a safe public living room,
• How mothers
give each other shelter/support in early motherhood,
• When I leave
• Having a
• Dealing with
the health care system,
• Tools &
methods to set up safety in our group.
Safety in times of Crisis / life changing situations
• How to create
safety in local community
Please click on
above links to reach theme papers for core topics.