• 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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Healthy ageing and long-term care

Eurodiaconia runs a network on Healthy Ageing and Long-term Care for members to engage in policy discussions related to ageing and care for older people, feeding into Eurodiaconia's advocacy work, and to share experiences and best practice in care for older people.

In the context of demographic change Eurodiaconia has focussed on services for older people. With Members Eurodiaconia drew up a policy paper in 2009 outlining the challenges members see in the field and proposing recommendations. This was developed and revised in 2014.

Key Eurodiaconia documents:

In 2012 a publication entitled "Ageing Well: Together" was launched which features reflections from Eurodiaconia and Heinz K. Becker MEP, recommendations and projects and services from members focusing on ensuring social inclusion for older people.

The European Commission published a working paper on long-term care in 2013, a briefing can be found below:

Eurodiaconia has been involved in the Coalition for the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between generations 2012 (EY2012) working for a stronger recognition of the role of social and health services in ensuring active ageing, independent living. Eurodiaconia contributed to the coalition's brochure which makes recommendations for different types of stakeholders on how to promote active ageing and intergenerational solidarity. The Roadmap provides an overview of of activities that the Coalition commit to undertaking in 2012 to ensure that all  relevant stakeholders will be actively involved in the  implementation of the  EY2012 and the European Union will do its outmost to complement and support Member States’ actions aiming at creating an Age-Friendly European Union  by 2020.

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People with disabilities: let’s promote stronger links with society

30 April 2015

Yesterday, I attended a high-level conference on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the EU and the Member States. The event organised by the European Commission was supposed to represent one of the final steps in a very long process towards the full application of this important piece of global legislation. Because of discriminatory practices, persons with disabilities tend to live in the margins of society and as a result their rights are overlooked. A universal, legally binding standard is needed to ensure that the rights of persons with disabilities are guaranteed everywhere. Further to the CRPD, a progress report of the European Disability Strategy, to be published at the beginning of 2016, is expected to give further attention to the status of persons with disabilities in the EU.

Eurodiaconia and its members’ work closely touch upon the situation of this group. In this respect, our focus on ageing and long-term care issues is very linked to the well-being of persons with disabilities, as disability is often an age-related condition. In addition, many of our members are also committed to the development of innovative Work Integrating Social Enterprises (WISE), where persons with disabilities find an adequate environment to fully integrate into society. Eurodiaconia will in fact be hosting, in partnership with the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), and the European Network of Social Integration Enterprises (ENSIE) an event in Brussels on May 18-19 that aims to raise awareness on WISE, build the capacity of WISE in a few key areas and inform members of relevant EU initiatives in order to focus our future advocacy work on this issue.

Moreover, many of the issues raised in the conference resonated with the way in which Eurodiaconia members understand how care and inclusion of persons with disabilities should be. Deinstitutionalization of persons with disabilities, the transition to community-based care and the key role played by the local level were repeated ideas among speakers, as well as the need for a clearer stand on the right to independent living by persons with disabilities or to promote stronger links with mainstream labour markets and society. These are all ideas which are already guiding or have been implemented on the ground work carried out by Eurodiaconia members.

In the end, the element that underpins these initiatives is a simple one. It all comes to serve people from a human rights perspective. Realising yet again the importance of putting people at the core of social policies confirmed my idea that I am at the right place to fight for a more social Europe. As a newcomer to the Eurodiaconia team, I have already witnessed that Eurodiaconia’s humanitarian as well as spiritual aim lies at the very heart of its activities. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you my full commitment to this aim and facilitate your efforts towards better social policies that reinstate persons as their core priority.

Alexander Elu
Policy and Member Development Officer

Workshop examines effective recruitment and retention in health sector

18 March 2015

Eurodiaconia participated in the final workshop of a project that set out to study effective health workforce recruitment and retention strategies in Leuven on the 10-11 March. The project, funded by the Health Programme of the European Union, studied initiatives aiming to attract health workers to the health care system and maintain them there, and will provide practical and policy recommendations. Initial findings were discussed in the meeting, and many of the challenges experienced related to staffing in the health sector mirror those in the social sector, and many of the initiatives to tackle those challenges would also work for the social care workforce.

Examples of initiatives that support retention include ongoing training, management that engages with staff and values their input, expanding the scope of nursing practice and peer support for rural practitioners. Some examples of initiatives promoting recruitment include shortrer studies, work experience in specialist areas to de-mystify them and provoke interest, virtual professional networks and mentoring, more team work and flexible working arrangements. The research includes a number of case studies of initatives across Europe

The study drew out success factors for successful initiatives in this field, although the researchers pointed out a lack of proper evaluation of the effectiveness of the initiatives. They should be part of a holistic, integrated strategy or action plan, with clear objectives and engagement of key stakeholders to build a strong support base. Financial incentives to the workforce are important, but non-financial motivational drivers related to intrinsic motivation should also be addressed. For an intervention to succeed there must be sufficient time allowed to those participating in it, and it must be backed up by the right financial resources. It was noted that replication of an initiative from one country to another is often difficult because of legal and cultural diferences but there are still many elelmetns of initiatives that can be transferred.

Eurodiaconia called for joined up work with the social sector, in order to boost recruitment and retention there and transfer learning from one sector to another. Once the final project results are published Eurodiaconia will inform readers of the E-news.


Invitation and registration for Healthy Ageing and Long-Term CareNetwork, Prague, May 6-7

12 March 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 6 May until 16.45 on the 7 May 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 Diaconal Academy of the DECCB, Belgická 22, 12000, 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 and the rules regarding financial support can be found here. Please register here.

Eurodiaconia publishes recommendations on integrated care

13 March 2015

Eurodiaconia has just published the paper Recommendations on Integrated Care. This paper outlines the importance of integrated care, barriers to integrated care, elements of integrated care and what needs to be done to support and develop integrated care. The content was drawn from discussions among Eurodiaconia members at Eurodiaconia’s Healthy Ageing and Long-Term Care Network meetings, research by the secretariat and input from the 2014 conference co-organised with AGE Platform Europe and EuroHealthNet hosted by the Committee of the Regions entitled Supporting quality integrated care: Policy and practice at local, regional and national levels.

It can be downloaded here.

Report from conference on quality integrated care now online

6 January 2015

useful2 for docEurodiaconia, AGE Platform Europe and EuroHealthNet co-organised a half day conference on the 18th November 2014 hosted by the Committee of the Regions entitled Supporting quality integrated care: Policy and practice at local, regional and national levels. Experts from European institutions, service users and service providers spoke of the challenges in ensuring integrated and coordinated care services, the impact this has and how challenges can be overcome.

The report is now online and can be downloaded here.

Please find below the presentations of various speakers:

Judy Triantafillou, What does integrated care mean for individuals? 50+Hellas

NHS Scotland, NHS 24, integration for falls prevention, Marlene Harkis

The MAIA action-oriented method for the integration of long-term care services, La Caisse nationale de solidarité pour l'autonomie, France, Dr Olivier Dupont

Dr Viktoria Stein, Health Services Delivery Programme of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health, WHO Regional Office

Jorge Pinto Antunes, European Commission, DG Health and Consumers, Innovation for Health and Consumers

Further information:

Eurodiaconia's analysis of the Joint Report On Adequate Social Protection For Long-Term Care Needs

AGE Platform Europe's analysis

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