Yesterday, December 3, World Day of People with Disabilities was celebrated.
In Spain more than 4.3 million people have a disability, and also many abilities.
At the Familia Torres Foundation we work with social entities with the aim of empowering people with disabilities and promoting their inclusion in the workplace, making visible all the talent and abilities that we frequently overlook due to prejudice.

This 2023 we have collaborated, among other entities, with Cooking For a Mission in the opening of their purpose-driven restaurant in Barcelona, She Bistro.

She Bistro is a restaurant where you can contribute to improving society while enjoying the best food. Its employees are mainly women survivors of gender violence and young people with intellectual disabilities. They offer them training, employment and community so they can build an independent future.
If you have the opportunity, do not hesitate to visit them. You will find the restaurant on Santaló Street, 88.

Whether the future is inclusive will depend on the awareness and actions we take in relation to integrating diversity into everyday life.

This past Friday, November 24, the Autisme amb Futur association offered a solidarity pairing with the help of the Familia Torres Foundation and Xerigots in the emblematic and old winery Alfonso XIII on Vilafranca del Penedès, with all tickets sold out for days.

The event was led by Mireia Torres, president of the Familia Torres Foundation, and Gemma Urgell, co-owner of the Xerigots company, and consisted of a tasting of eight cheeses selected by Xerigots, four of Catalan origin and four of international origin, paired with four magnificent wines from the DO Penedès: Clos Ancestral and Clos Ancestral White, from the Familia Torres winery, and Jean Leon 3055 Rosé and Jean Leon 3055 Petit Verdot-Merlot, from the Jean Leon winery.

The association raised a total of €3,000 at the event, which will be added to the donations that can be made until December 12 on the Mi grain of sand portal and, thanks to Banco Mediolanum Autisme amb futur, will receive double the amount. total collected.

The money raised will be used to provide therapeutic and educational support to children and young people with autism, in order to improve their quality of life and that of their families.

Link for private donations:
https://www.migranodearena.org/reto/maridatge-solidari-autisme-amb-futur-fam-lia-torres-i-xerigots-24-11-2023-20h-iniciatives-solidaries-mediolanum-aproxima-2023-

The association has been selected by Banco Mediolanum, which will double the collection made at this gastronomic event.

Next Friday, November 24, the support association for families and people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Autisme amb Futur, is organizing a solidarity match with the help of Família Torres Foundation & Xerigots. It will be a pairing of four wines and eight cheeses conducted by the Xerigots and Familia Torres team.

The event will take place at 8pm in the emblematic Alfons XIII, the original winery of Familia Torres located at Carrer Comerç 21 in Vilafranca and will cost 30 euros per person. All proceeds will go entirely to Autisme amb Future. Thanks to the support of Banco Mediolanum, the entity will double the figure collected. Tickets can be purchased here: https://entradium.com/es/organizers/associacio-autisme-amb-futur

Currently the association, which works for the inclusion and improvement of the quality of life of people with autism, provides services to more than 100 children and offers support to 200 families in its two centers, one in Vilafranca del Penedès and another in Vilanova i la Geltrú.

Xerigots is a cheese refining and marketing center based in Vilafranca del Penedès and they supply cheese to more than 400 restaurants, shops and other establishments in Catalonia and the state. Also, through their online store, they offer selections of cheese that they serve at home to end customers and organize activities to spread the culture of cheese. During its career, Xerigots has supported social and cultural activities and entities such as the Rebost Solidari, the Most Festival or the Castellers de Vilafranca, among others.

The Familia Torres Foundation was created in 1986 by Miguel Torres Carbó and his wife Margarita Riera. Since then, it has collaborated in more than 400 cooperation projects in 12 countries, promoted by public and private organizations. Currently, it is articulated in five areas of action: aid to children, women’s empowerment, improving the health of groups with needs and at risk of exclusion, the promotion of culture and humanitarian aid in natural disasters.

Last Tuesday, September 26, the historic Alfonso XIII ship was the setting for the celebration of a literary event. On this occasion, it was a poetry recital in which three authors (Mireia Calafell, Antoni Clapés and Corina Oproae) participated, within the framework of the “La Vila en Vers” festival.

Mireia Calafell (Barcelona, 1980) has published several award-winning books such as Poètiques del cos (Galerada, 2006), Costures (Viena Ediciones, 2010) and Tantes mudes (Periférico Ediciones, 2014). In 2019 she won the Mallorca Poetry Prize with the collection of poems Nosaltres, qui (La Breu, 2020). Antoni Clapés (Sabadell, 1948) is, in addition to being a poet, translator, editor of Café central for more than thirty years and promoter of several projects in the field of visual arts. In the field of poetry, Clapés has published more than twenty titles, the last of which is Clars, aquest matí, són els teus records (La Breu, 2020), a compilation of his most notable works in which he reflects about language, silence and poetry. Finally, Corina Oproae (Fagaras, Romania, 1973), also a poet and translator who has lived in Catalonia since 1998, has published A Thousand and One Deaths (La Grúa, 2016), Intermitencias (Editorial Sabina, 2018), Temprana Eternidad (Book Hunt , 2019) La mà que tremola (Balbec, 2020) and Desde donde amar (Pre-textos, 2021).

At the Familia Torres Foundation we support culture and art, being one of our priority areas of action, collaborating with cultural entities to bring culture and its benefits to the majority of the population.

After the recital, attendees were able to enjoy a glass of wine.

This year, the organization collaborates with Actua SCCL, Aldees Infantils SOS, Autisme amb Futur, Fundació Port Aventura, Fundació Privada Ared, Horizontes Abiertos and She Bistro

The Familia Torres Foundation, created in 1986 by the third generation of the Penedès family winery, collaborates this year in seven social projects of different state NGOs. The board of trustees has selected them from among 64 projects presented by 60 entities from all over the territory in the call for aid for this 2023. They are projects focused on the empowerment of women, the protection of children and help to vulnerable groups. In addition, each of them has the direct and personal involvement of one of the members of the Foundation’s board of trustees, which is made up of the women of the fourth and fifth generations of the Torres Family and the president of the winery, Miguel A. Torres .

Three of the chosen projects are aimed at children. The Espai Familiar project of Actua SCC, a non-profit social initiative cooperative, aims to provide psychological support to minors and their families in three Residential Educational Action Centers (CRAE) in the Penedès. The Dreams Village project, from the Port Aventura Foundation, focuses on welcoming boys and girls and family members who are going through a process of treatment or recovery from serious illnesses, offering them accommodation in the amusement park for a week to enjoy the facilities. The third project is from Aldees Infantils SOS, through which it provides financial support to a village located in Sant Feliu de Codines, which welcomes 50 children between the ages of 3 and 18 each year, temporarily, until they are found a host family or they can return with their families.

The Foundation is also collaborating this year with four projects to help women at risk of social exclusion. These are the program of accompaniment and orientation to the insertion of the Ared Private Foundation in Barcelona, which helps 25 women who have been victims of gender violence and are living in a situation of poverty and social exclusion; the Igualando talentos project of Horizontes Abiertos in Madrid, which provides help to vulnerable women to improve their employability through personalized training and professionalization itineraries, and finally, the program of the purpose-built restaurant She Bistro in Barcelona, which creates opportunities for women survivors of gender violence and young people with intellectual disabilities.

The Familia Torres Foundation is also collaborating this year with the association Autisme amb Futur del Penedès, which offers independent living resources to people with ASD who are beginning to make the transition to adult life. Beyond these seven projects where the entity collaborates throughout the year, specific resources are also allocated to other humanitarian aid organizations.

More than three million euros in the last ten years

Every year, the Familia Torres Foundation publishes a call for grants on its website to receive proposals aligned with its areas of action: helping children: contributing to improving the health of vulnerable groups; favor the empowerment of women; promote culture and collaborate financially in natural disasters. After the vote of the members of the board of trustees, the Foundation selects the projects to which it allocates an annual contribution in order to be carried out.

In the last 10 years, the organization has contributed more than three million euros to social projects, especially those focused on helping children, which are the ones that concentrate the most resources. As a novelty, this year each member of the board sponsors one of the projects, getting involved personally.

The Familia Torres Foundation was created in 1986 by Miguel Torres Carbó and his wife Margarita Riera. Since then it has collaborated in more than 400 cooperation projects in 12 countries, promoted by public and private organizations. The organization has been chaired by Mireia Torres, fifth generation of the Torres Family, for five years, after taking over from her mother Waltraud Maczassek, who maintains her involvement as honorary president.

The social entity ACTUA Coop is celebrating the II Solidarity March this Sunday, May 21. This second edition is presented as a circular route to facilitate the free circulation of the participants when the march ends.

The march will leave at 9 a.m. in Assumpció Domènech square in Vilafranca del Penedès and from 11 a.m. activities will begin in this same square.
Registration includes breakfast (sausage or cheese sandwich), gifts, participation in the raffle for various gifts and a series of fun activities for children and adults.

In the middle of the route, the vendors will make a small stop in the garden of the Visitor Center where we will prepare a small snack with fruit, water and cookies for the little ones.

This march can be done by walking or by bicycle, alone or with the family, with or without a dog, … Everyone can participate as they feel most comfortable!

If you are interested, you can register at https://www.ticketic.org/ca/entrades/ii-marxa-solid-ria

From the Fundación Familia Torres we collaborate with ACTUA in its Espai Familiar project, providing extra psychological support to boys and girls who live temporarily in the CRAE Toni Inglés.

The residential educational action centers (CRAE) have as their social function to help and education to those minors who are in a family situation with serious problems, which cannot be resolved in this family environment.

On February 7, the second solidarity dinner organized by Mans Unides was held at the Semproniana restaurant run by chef Ada Parellada. All the dinner dishes were cooked with food discarded from the commercial circuit that, if not used for this dinner, would have been wasted.

A total of 75 people attended, including the Minister of Social Affairs of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Director of Cooperation of the Barcelona City Council, as well as members and friends of the entity.

Everyone was able to taste the wines that were donated from the Familia Torres Foundation, specifically Jean Leon Xarel·lo for the first course and Atrium Merlot for the second.

The collection obtained was 2,806 euros, which will be used to buy food for the Syrian population affected by the terrible earthquakes, which have left thousands of people homeless. This contribution is added to the €40,000 that have already been sent from the headquarters of Manos Unidas for emergency aid due to the earthquake.

“After the devastating earthquake, with its epicenter in southern Turkey, which took place in the early hours of Monday, February 6, and which has left thousands dead, injured and missing in the south of the country and in the north of neighboring Syria , Manos Unidas has been in direct and permanent contact with its local partners in Aleppo, one of the Syrian cities hardest hit by the earthquake.”

If you are interested in making private donations, you can do so through the website https://colabora.manosunidas.org

Last Friday, November 4, we visited the Actua social initiative cooperative, where the Families Project funded by the Familia Torres Foundation takes place.

This is a therapeutic project led by two psychologists from Actua and who attend to children and young people from the residential centers that the organization manages in Penedès. The entity oversees the development and management of socio-educational action projects for the social promotion of people, the prevention of situations of social vulnerability in children and young people and the improvement of coexistence.

The visit also served to get to know the people who work there and to get to know the facilities they have in Vilafranca del Penedès.

It is always a pleasure to visit the entities with which we collaborate, and thus strengthen the relationships that make possible the social projects we support.

At the beginning of 2022, our winery in Fompedraza (Valladolid) joined a cork recycling project promoted by the Parkinson Soria Association. A few days ago, the winery made its first delivery of cork stoppers, which the Sorian association takes to recycle so that they can be used and transformed into a new raw material indefinitely. Thanks to this work, the corks have a new life, and it helps Parkinson’s patients to continue enjoying the programs prepared for them in Soria.

In this way, with the collection and recycling of used corks in wineries, bars, restaurants, etc. environmental impact can be reduced. The project goes beyond wanting to obtain financial resources; it is framed in the circular economy, social responsibility, and health.

From the Foundation we thank the personnel involved for their participation in this social, solidarity and ecological project.

Maria Jordà, directora de Fundación Eurofirms, y Mireia Torres, presidenta de Fundación Familia Torres, han firmado recientemente un acuerdo que supone la formalización de la colaboración entre las dos entidades.

El objetivo de la colaboración es potenciar los dos ejes de trabajo de Fundación Eurofirms: la integración laboral de las personas con discapacidad y la creación de entornos laborales inclusivos en las organizaciones. Además, y persiguiendo estos mismos propósitos, el acuerdo contempla también la participación de Fundación Familia Torres en algunas acciones de sensibilización de las que realiza Fundación Eurofirms.

Maria Jordà, directora de Fundación Eurofirms, destaca que “este acuerdo supone un avance en la generación de oportunidades para las personas con discapacidad, y en la sensibilización de la sociedad respecto a ellas. Contar con entidades como Fundación Familia Torres para llevar a cabo nuestras acciones nos ayuda a superar barreras y a conseguir que cada vez más empresas se sumen para integrar plenamente a personas con discapacidad, valorando su potencial por encima de sus limitaciones”.

Por su parte, Mireia Torres, presidenta de Fundación Familia Torres, valora muy satisfactoriamente la relación que ha mantenido la entidad con Eurofirms desde hace 4 años y apunta que “con este acuerdo, queremos ratificar nuestro apoyo a Eurofirms y al excelente trabajo que están haciendo para ayudar a personas con discapacidad a integrase plenamente en la sociedad y convertirse, en muchas ocasiones, en ejemplos admirables de superación y perseverancia”.