Pressley Ridge - Instituição Particular de Solidariedade Social

National Network

Av. Fernando Lopes Graça 7B
2650-439 Amadora

21 493 4268
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Organisation Type
Public/Private Non-Profit Foundation
Year of Establishment
Fields of Activity
  1. Youth and education
General Information

• Structure of the organization, including number of staff employed and/or partners We have 28 employees: 13 full-time, 4 part-time, 6 volunteers and 5 internships. • Budgetary resources available in a year 327.000€ • Sources of funding 265.000€ • Modalities of action (concrete projects, exchanges, seminars, scholarships etc.) Pressley Ridge’s axes of intervention and activities included: a) Programs with children and young people in vulnerable communities in the development of prosocial skills, using experiential education (non-formal education), arts and sports as tool for changes. We have a surf therapy program, for vulnerable young people and for people with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism; b) Family Based Program; c) Training for professionals who work in the child protection system or with vulnerable communities. • Main partners involved in the organization's projects/activities Our main partners are governmental institutions as Social Security Institute (ISS), Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth (IPDJ), Municipalities of Amadora, Cascais e Almada; and private organizations as group of Banks BPI la Caixa; and companies as PwC.

Mission and Objectives

Create connections that drive change and promote happiness in the lives of each child, young person and family that we work with. Everything you need to create success with children, young people and families is our goal. Our mission statement states shows total and unequivocal commitment to do everything in our power to improve the lives of all children and families, especially those whose lives we touch in some way. There is no challenge too big or barrier too strong that stop us from doing everything for theirs benefits. We are only successful when our children and families succeed. Only and only at that moment. Our values are: - Idealism is imperative - Interpersonal relationships are fundamental - It's essential to have fun - Reeducation is our foundation - We strive for quality – nothing less than the best - We are all teachers and we are all learners Ours objectives are the acquisition of social and individual skills by ours children, young people and families to make them grow happy and successfully.

Main Projects / Activities

Pressley Ridge Academy - Professional trainning, workshops, small groups Be.Live - individual session with a psychologist to promote resilience among children and young people in vulnerable family situations CAFAP - Family Support and Parental Counseling Center CoolBRAVE - project that focuses on promoting individual growth and self-knowledge of children and young people aged 6 to 25, through life skills training using sport and art as the main tools, always based on experiential education. We intend to promote equal opportunities for growth, enabling them to make personal and social changes, promoting their active participation in the community. SurfArt - program that actively involves children and young people aged 8 to 14 through surfing and contact with nature using an ecological approach and adventure therapy, so that children learn to accept responsibility for their behavior and personal decisions, dealing with individual and family challenges, and investing in their own future.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

We can contribute throught our Academy: sharing our knowledge on working with children and young people; participanting on Anna Lindh Foundation events; creating partnerships with others members to develope new projects; bringing some of our children and youg people to Anna Lindh Foundation events; receiving people from others members of all Anna Lindh Foundation.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

To join ALF Network is to be open to learn and share knowledge, to have opportunity to grow together and to make the world a better place where people can understand each other, be more empathic and tolerance to the differences that make the world so interesting.

Additional Information
Contact (1) Full Name
Susana Bernardo
Job Title
Head of the organisation
Susana Bernardo