• Our work

    Eurodiaconia links diaconal actors to examine social needs, develop ideas and influence policies impacting Poverty and Social Exclusion, Social and Health Care Services and the Future of Social Europe.

    Eurodiaconia also provides a platform for transnational networking and best practice sharing.  

     

  • Our vision

    As the leading network for diaconal work in Europe, we look to develop dialogue and partnership between members and influence and engage with the wider society.  We do this to enable inclusion, care and empowerment of the most vulnerable and excluded and ensure dignity for all.

     

  • Our goals

    We aim to see a positive social change in Europe through:

    Praxis, enabling membership engagement and partnerships

    Advocacy, creating a network of competence to impact policies at European and national level

    Identity and values, supporting the development of approaches and thinking on Diaconia in Europe today

     

Calendar Wednesday, September 02, 2015
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2nd Annual Cross-Party Breakfast Meeting: "A joint commitment to poverty reduction"

1 September 2015

We believe the European Parliament has a decisive role to play in promoting a social Europe and in safeguarding the wellbeing of its citizens. It needs to take concrete steps to tackle the alarming rise of persons experiencing poverty and social exclusion across the EU’s member states, and work towards rebalancing social and economic objectives, to promote inclusive growth and dignity for all.

In this context, we invite you to come and discuss Eurodiaconia’s key policy recommendations for a more social Europe on 23 September from 8 to 9.30 am in the European Parliament (Brussels), drawing together the on-the-ground experience of our member organisations and the varied insights from last year’s cross-party breakfast meeting.
To set the stage and to highlight the added value of a coordinated and holistic approach to alleviating poverty, we will present our Annual Eurodiaconia Award to an organisation with a proven track record in empowering vulnerable individuals through integrated services.

 

Read our breakfast meeting key recommendations
Read the programme and register
Click here to download the poster of this external event

 

 
Invitation to join a study visit to Brazil

7 July 2015

As announced at the Annual General Meeting held in Barcelona in June, the visit to Brazil is confirmed and will be going ahead on 16-20 November 2015. This visit is being jointly organised by Eurodiaconia, the Lutheran Church of Brazil (Igreja Evangélica Luterana do Brasil) and the Escola Superior de Teologia (EST). 

Why a visit to Brazil?
The Eurodiaconia strategic plan for 2014 – 2016 stresses the need to develop ecumenical cooperation in Europe, but also globally. Although many political issues we are working on are to some degree specific to Europe, it was recognised by members that our eyes should not only be in Europe but that there is much that diaconia in Europe could learn from other parts of the world which may help us address the trends and challenges emerging in Europe.

What we expect from this experience
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brazil has a strong tradition of diaconia including developing community led models of engagement. Although not the majority church, they have a strong voice on social justice and ensuring that the voice of the often unheard and ignored is present and listened to. The purpose of this study visit is to step out of our European context, explore a new context for many of us and learn how social services, social justice, advocacy and diaconal identity are being addressed by our brothers and sisters in another part of the world.

We will combine field visits to projects with reflection about context in both Europe and Brazil, with the latter being hosted by the Protestant Theological Faculty.


To access the draft programme, please click
here.
To register, please click here.

 
Invitation and registration for Healthy Ageing and Long-Term Care Network, Prague, 14-15 October 2015

2 July 2015

Eurodiaconia is pleased to invite members to the 2015 meeting of the Healthy Ageing and Long-Term Care Network which will take place from 11.30 on the 14 October until 16.45 on the 15 October 2015. It will be hosted by the Diaconia of the Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren (DECCB) and Slezska Diakonie and will be held at the parish church of the ECCB, U Školské zahrady 1, 18200, Prague.

The purpose of the network is to provide a forum for Eurodiaconia members to share experiences and good practice in care for older people and to learn from the approaches of others. It also aims to identify challenges faced by members, and discuss potential solutions. This includes discussing what political solutions could be found at national and EU level, feeding into Eurodiaconia’s advocacy work.

The meeting aims to discuss issues of common interest on elderly care and aging and good practice, with a focus on home care; inform members about recent initiatives at EU level related to healthy ageing and elderly care; and discuss potential Eurodiaconia actions to take.

More information, including the invitation and draft agenda can be downloaded here.

The rules regarding financial support can be found here.

Please register here by 8, September 2015.

For further information please contact Alexander Elu, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
AGM 2015: download the presentations!

25 June 2015

Devotions, workshops, study visits, conferences, panel discussions, business session... the AGM 2015 "Filling gaps, bringing hope: Diaconia in a changing Europe" proposed lots of presentations, some of which are available here (list to be completed):

Devotion:

Christ in the queue

Business session:

2014 Activity Review
Business Session AGM 2015

Keynote speakers:

Project Mediterranean Hope

Panel discussions:

Presentation from EAPN Spain

Workshops and study visits:

13-20 social service (Norway)
Local lobby through local diaconal aid funds - Kerk in Actie (Netherlands)
Making an impact - 2 finnish advocacy cases
Presentation from Caritas Barcelona (Spain)
Presentation from Varsta Diakoni (Sweden)
Working together for a better society - cooperation with government authorities (Diaconia Valdese, Italy) part 1
Working together for a better society - cooperation with government authorities (Diaconia Valdese, italy) part 2

 
European Christian Solidarity Organisations gather in Barcelona to address rising poverty

Press Release
Brussels, BELGIUM, 5 June 2015

 

European Christian Solidarity Organisations gather in Barcelona to address rising poverty

Eurodiaconia, a European network of 44 social and healthcare organisations promoting social justice in Europe, is holding its Annual General Meeting 2015 on 10-12 June in Barcelona*, hosted by its Spanish member Iglesia Evangélica Española.

Ninety delegates from all over Europe shall discuss how social organisations can further support the increasing number of people in need and advocate for a socially inclusive Europe.

The Secretary General of Eurodiaconia Heather Roy points out that “particularly since the start of the crisis in 2008, there has been a galloping escalation in inequalities among European countries, notably among Northern and Southern economies, and within each society.” To address this worrying trend which jeopardises the European unity and social inclusion, she insists that “both the way our member organisations work with people in need and the results we achieve are the signs of how Christian solidarity can contribute to ensuring the inclusion of everyone starting with the most vulnerable: people experiencing poverty, migrants, older people, isolated people, youth or Roma people.”

Joel Cortés, president of the Iglesia Evangélica Española (IEE), which offers support to marginalised people in Spain, explains that “the Evangelical Church of Spain basically tries to deliver hope to those that have lost their jobs, their family or fled from war and poverty”. He adds that “IEE, beyond assistance, tries to change the way mainstream society looks at them, to engage with it and work towards a society that includes everyone”.

This year’s Annual General Meeting “Filling gaps, bringing hope: Diaconia in a changing Europe” shall give a special emphasis to the Spanish social and economic situation, still highly affected by the crisis. On the first day, Joel Cortés shall draw an overview of the social situation in Spain as well as provide insights about what church-related social services can do to support people in need, followed by panel discussions including representatives of partner organisations such as the European Anti-Poverty Network Spain and Caritas Spain. On the next days, we shall widen the scope with contributions from various Christian organisations based all over Europe. Aside conferences, study visits, workshops and the General Assembly of Eurodiaconia shall bring the 44 member organisations together to reflect on and propose strategic steps to promote social justice in Europe.

* Hotel Front Maritim Barcelona, Passeig García i Faria, 69-71, 08019 Barcelona, Spain

 

Press release (in English)
Press release (in Spanish)

 

Contacts:

Nicolas Derobert, Communications Officer of Eurodiaconia, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,
Mobile : 00 32 483 62 18 88

Alfredo Abad, IEE Secretary General, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 00 34 665 657 278

 

 
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