Principal investigator:
Miren Iturburu
Miren Iturburu, Mertxe Heriz, Maider Otxoa

The SAREA project aims to improve child and elderly care services in Guipuzcoa and the Atlantic Pyrenees through the development of innovative models and practices that enhance the empowerment of users and families in the design of their life projects. To achieve this, SAREA proposes to consolidate a cross-border network of social action professionals in the territory to conceptualize existing strategies and interventions for their transfer and thus contribute to the social inclusion of the following groups: the elderly, Unaccompanied Foreign Minors, young adults (16-21 years old) and families with protection measures and the elderly.


  • Consolidation of the network of professionals related to child and elderly care services.
  • Modeling and experimentation of the most relevant practices for each group.
  • Training for professionals, trainers, students and host families.
  • Development of an evaluation system for users of different services.


The cooperation between professionals that has been developing since 2015 has allowed sharing the real needs of the groups on both sides of the border and identifying those that can be met from the transfer of existing practices and services to achieve an improved and integrated child and elderly care service in the whole of the territory covered by the project.

SAREA has recently received the Deusto Research Social Impact Seal 2018, an accreditation that recognizes those research projects that demonstrate a potential social impact.


SAREA is a cross-border project that is part of the POCTEFA 2018-2020 program, subsidized with FEDER funds. Coordinated by Etcharry Formation Développement, and with the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the University of Deusto and Nazareth Fundazioa as partners, Matia Institute is integrated into the project as one of the collaborating entities associated with it, participating in two working groups: 1) Accompanying the elderly in both residential and home environments and 2) integration of family members in the residential environment.


2018 to 2020

Project status

In progress


Miren Iturburu
Miren Iturburu Researcher

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