The Association presently has seven flats situated in the Deusto neighbourhood of Bilbao. The flats can accommodate from 20 to 22 people. Residents are provided with food and lodging so that they are free to undertake tasks to aid in their social integration (training, job searches, etc.). People sign on to enter the Ugasko project as residents through different institutions or directly.
The Association offers:
- comprehensive personalised training to assist residents to enter the job market and lead independent lives. Residents also benefit from resources offered by other institutions or organised directly by Ugasko such as courses on Spanish, general culture, computers, vocational training, etc. The Association has computers and study rooms available for use. Residents may also use the University of Deusto Library.
- apprenticeships (masonry, painting, electricity, plumbing, carpentry, etc.) that help to maintain the project premises and train immigrants.
- registration on the municipal census making residents eligible for public health care.
- legal advice, to assist residents in regularising their legal status and defending their rights.
- help familiarising residents with cultural and job habits, bringing them into contact with the values system of our area. In order to achieve these aims, daily life consists of an ongoing learning process in all the basic spheres of shared living: manners, punctuality, responsibility, discipline, industriousness, solidarity, saving and vision of the future, etc. Talks and conferences on social, political and cultural events are also organised. Residents are encouraged to take part in trips to visit emblematic cultural and historical sites in the Basque Country.
- personal support for each of the residents so that they have the proper backing and advice they need to achieve their personal objectives.
The Association requires that residents assume certain responsibilities to ensure that the project is properly maintained and that its objectives are met. These include: mutual respect, learning to live together, maintaining and cleaning the common facilities, making daily meals, etc.