CASTELLO Società Cooperativa Sociale ONLUS

Castello Società Cooperativa Sociale ONLUS is a cooperative organization born in 1979, which operates in the field of services for disabled people and their families and in the sector of social and working inclusion of disabled and disadvantaged people. With reference to the first aspect, the cooperative runs three daily centers and a residential home in the surroundings of Milan and Bergamo, taking care of more than 50 disabled people aged between 18 and 60, 10 of which live in the residential structure. Besides the employees, there is a consultant team of psychologists, social workers, educators and doctors. There is also a conspicuous group of volunteers. As far as the second aspect is concerned, the cooperative manages the maintenance of private and public green areas (gardens, parks, avenues, using innovative and peculiar skills, like the tree climbing), the local Ecological Platform for the collection and recyclment of waste and a tourist service of bike renting along the river Adda and its historical and architectonical sites. The Cooperative counts 42 members and about 40 volunteers.
Tourism Attractiveness 
The Cooperative runs the local bike renting service and organises trips along the river Adda, as well as daily visits to the historic, architectural and natural sites located in the area, among which there is a castle of the middle ages and a 19th century hydro-electric power plant. It works for schools, groups and single Italian and foreigner visitors, with the collaboration of another cooperative. During the year 2012 it counted 705 visitors, above all during spring and summer. Furthermore, it organises exhibitions of art productions made by the disabled people in these cultural sites, with the contribution of the local municipal administration, contributing to its promotion.
How we promote cooperatives’ values and culture 
Northern Italy is the place where the first Italian cooperatives were born. Particularly, Lombardia and the province of Milan were the most active in the field of associations, above all in the sector of the ethical and supportive purchasing. The cooperatives played quite an important role in the story of the Country, facing difficulties and winning battles. In this area their role was even more crucial because of the weight of the modernization and the mass trade distribution that had its tough core in the Milano area. The Castello Cooperative is 30 years old and has been a model in the district. Starting with working activities for disabled and disadvantaged people, it brought into play the value of the cooperation in a sort of challenge and ended up creating a very useful service for the community.
Mother tongue 
Italian
Languages spoken 
English
Availability for visits 
on a daily basis
Transports 
Bus
Train
Car (good road connection)
Airport in the proximity
Other facilities 
restaurant
coffee bar
shops
exhibition areas
Facilities for Disabled people 
reserved parking spaces
toilet facilities
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