• 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.

To learn more about healthy ageing and elderly care work in Eurodiaconia, please contact Laura Jones on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Major reforms needed to improve the quality of care for older people says OECD report

25 June 2013

The number of people over 80 will almost triple by 2060 and is estimated that up to half of them will need help to cope with their daily activities. Most countries have legislation to prevent abuse yet according to a new OECD report sponsored by the European Commission, very few countries systematically measure whether long-term care is safe, effective, and meets the needs of care recipients and families and public authorities are already struggling to deliver and pay for high-quality care to elderly people with reduced physical and mental abilities.

The report "A good life in old age?" was presented at the conference on "Preventing abuse and neglect of older persons in Europe" which marked the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June. The conference was organized by the European Commission and the United Nation's Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights.

The report calls on all governments to ensure that the necessary information on long-term care quality is available to the public, as is practice in England, Finland, Germany, Ireland and some other countries do this now, allowing users to compare the quality of different care providers.

 
Eurodiaconia members gather in Budapest to share experience on dementia

1 July 2013

22 participants gathered at the offices of host Reformed Church of Hungary on the 4th and 5th June for the third annual meeting of Eurodiaconia’s Healthy Ageing and Elderly Care Network. The focus topic was working with people with dementia and members shared their challenges as well as good practice in meeting those challenges.

small group 1Discussions included the Alzheimer Café concept and how to better support relatives of people with dementia as well as the need to raise awareness among the public of dementia and methods that could prevent it. Another exchange saw a sharing of experience on how to measure improving the quality of life through activities and therapies and the importance of training staff to take an empowering supportive approach to avoid “over-care” and creating unnecessary dependencies.

Presentations were also given by Hungarian experts on the situation of older people and care services in Hungary and the group visited the Albert Schweitzer care home of the Reformed Church in Hungary to discuss their work.plenary part

Laura Jones outlined the relevant EU level activities in the field of long-term care (for example the Commission Staff Working Document – see here for more information). Many people shared their positive experiences of the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2013, explaining how activities had increased public awareness of ageing issues and had brought experts together.

The report from the Network meeting can be found here and presentations will be online soon. For more information please contact Laura Jones on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

An article in Hungarian can be found here.

 
Invitation and draft agenda for Healthy Ageing and Elderly Care Network meeting - registration now open

7 March 2012

Eurodiaconia is pleased to invite members to the 2013 Healthy Ageing and Elderly Care Network, to take place in Budapest from the 4th-5th June, and registration is now open. Hosted by the Reformed Church in Hungary it will have as a focus on working with people with dementia, including a study visit of a residential home, sharing of experiences of Alzheimer’s Cafés as well as discussions on ensuring integrated care for older people and on the European Commission's new paper on long-term care. Participants will have the opportunity to exchange knowledge and practice and feed into policy discussions at EU level.

For further information please see the letter of invitation and draft agenda. To register for the meeting, members can complete the online form here. Those seeking reimbursement should read the reimbursement rules here prior to booking tickets. For more information please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Brochure highlighting projects with ICT solutions for healthy ageing published

In February the European Commission published a small brochure online entitled “Healthy and Active Ageing: For you and with you”. It starts with brief introduction of the challenges related to ageing, a list of relevant EU programmes and then summarises six EU-funded projects that propose different types of IT solutions to improving the health and quality of life of older people.

Click here for more information and to download the brochure.

 

 

 
Eurodiaconia Seminar, Award and Exhibition focus on active ageing

06 December 2012

img 7409On 5 December 2012 Eurodiaconia led a seminar in the European Parliament hosted by MEP Heinz K. Becker highlighting the problem of social exclusion and isolation of older people as barriers to active ageing, barriers to living a life in dignity. Whilst active ageing and intergenerational solidarity have been high on the European agenda this year, Eurodiaconia points out that social exclusion and isolation of older people has not been addressed sufficiently and needs to be tackled before we can expect older people to ‘age actively’.img 7558

This event was also an opportunity for Eurodiaconia’s members to present innovative and inter-generational projects that allow senior citizens to meet their full potential whilst engaging with people of all ages in a community environment. Presentations included the sharing of best practices, an inspirational poem and a thought-provoking video and speeches to remind all of us of the importance of a dignified life in older age. The most integrated project promoting active ageing was honored by Heather Roy, Secretary General of Eurodiaconia, and MEP Heinz K. Becker with the Eurodiaconia Award 2012.  This year’s winner was Diakonie Austria with the project “Miteinander leben - Lagergasse”. The Norwegian project “In Search of the Good Life” was also recognised for its innovative approach and Highly Commended.

img 7566As this seminar consisted of several highlights, it also announced the publication of Eurodiaconia’s document on ageing, highlighting the innovative elements of the ten award entries and accompanying Eurodiaconia’s political messages about ageing.

The seminar was followed by the opening of a photo exhibition in the European Parliament on ageing, showcasing the work of Eurodiaconia’s members in working with seniors.

 
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