• 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

     

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News from our partners


Interdiac launches new study programme in Social Services

In September 2015, a new international study programme will start in the Czech Republic, focusing on Diaconia and Christian Social practice. The programme is the result of a collaboration between Interdiac, the Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University (Prague) and the Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (Helsinki). Spanning 3,5 semesters and encompassing 210 ECTS, the programme aims to familiarise students with social service and diaconal practice in Central and Eastern Europe. The programme will be taught in English and involve a combination of regular teaching sessions and practical work in diaconal organisations across the CEE region. Graduates will receive a double degree from Charles University, Prague and the Diakonia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki. For further information on the programme, please click here. Should you have any questions, please contact Ms. Janka Adameová by email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or phone (+420 731 401 449).

 
FEANTSA releases position paper on EU funding tackling homelessness

By now, most of the Partnership Agreements (PA) between national authorities and the European Commission have been finalised, setting out updated priorities for the use of the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) for the period 2014-2020. With a series of Operational Programmes (OP) already underway to guide the process of practical implementation, national governments have placed a special emphasis on social inclusion objectives. At the same time, EU member states are also drafting Operational Programmes for the use of the newly adopted Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD).

Together, these two sets of funds (ESIF and FEAD) will provide new opportunities for direct funding of programmes to prevent and address homelessness. Whereas the FEAD is more geared towards covering basic needs and rights through material goods, subcomponents of the ESIF fund focus on active inclusion of homeless persons and investment in social and health services for vulnerable groups. The funds will have an important role to play in the framework of Europe 2020, which aims to lift at least 20 million people out of poverty by 2020.

FEANTSA, the European Federation of national organisations working with the homeless, has released an overview of key trends in the use of ESIF and FEAD, as well as recommendations on the effective use of both funds for the upcoming period. To access the document, please click here.

 
Eurodiaconia partner, CCME, releases statement on Lampedusa one year after the tragic accident

2 October 2014

One year ago tomorrow, over three hundred people lost their lives in an incredibly tragic accident off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy. Today, the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe has released a statement remembering the accident and calling European officials to action to combat the numerous human rights issues for people crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

In the letter, CCME calls on the EU institutions and EU member states to assist Italy in their “Mare Nostrum operation. This program, which was launched just one day after the accident in Lampedusa last year, seeks to save lives by rescuing distressed people at sea. CCME encourages the Italian government to continue in operating this program fully and urges other actors, both Member States and the EU, to help share this burden with Italy.

To read the entire letter CCME has released please visit this link  Furthermore, to find more information about CCME and the work they do please visit here

 
'Diaconia under Pressure': ReDi International Research Conference

25 September 2014

The fifth International Conference for Research & Study of Diaconia and Christian Social Practice took place in Stockholm, Sweden, from 17th – 20th September 2014 and was organised by the International Society for the Research and Study of Diaconia and Christian Social Practice (ReDi). The conference was entitled 'Diaconia under Pressure' and welcomed over 100 researchers from Europe and other parts of the world.

Please find a summary of the outcomes of the conference attached.

 

 

 

 

 
Joint letter advocating for the continuation of the European Parliament’s Social Economy Intergroup

18 September 2014

Last week, some of Eurodiaconia’s partners, including Social Economy Europe, Social Services Europe and the Social Platform, released a letter to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), encouraging them to renew the Social Economy EP Intergroup that has been quite successful in spurring social dialogue throughout the last two decades.

The Social Economy Intergroup in the European Parliament was established in 1990 and since its creation, it has served as a platform where both MEPs and NGOs working in social services can exchange ideas, debate important topics and create new partnerships. This intergroup works as an important bridge between NGOs in this sector and EU officials, spurring consistent dialogue and discussion.

The Social Economy Intergroup was created to recognize the importance of social enterprises and service organizations in the economy and to continue this “human based approach” to economics. This ideology puts humans and the environment before business profits. The groups launching this letter hope that the Social Economy Intergroup will be renewed in this coming European term so that more mainstream businesses and overall EU principles will further fall in line with a human-based approach to economics.

To read the joint letter click here

 
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