• 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 elderly care

Eurodiaconia runs a network on Healthy Ageing and Elderly 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 outlining the challenges members see in the field and proposing recommendations.

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:

Other relevant Eurodiaconia documents:

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



Report :Creating an environment for healthy and active ageing - What are the elements for success?
Policy dialogue report :Creating an environment for healthy and active ageing - What are the elements for success?...Read more
 
Regional and local initiatives promoting healthy and active ageing
5 March 2012

A seminar organised in Brussels on the 28 February by a group of European regions presented four projects promoting healthy and active ageing for discussion.

The Q Ageing EU-funded project aimed to support active ageing by developing a toolbox for developing action to be implemented by regional and local authorities. It aims to combat social exclusion through initiatives in the areas of public transport and urban environment. Firstly older people in the participating authorities’ areas were interviewed to better understand their concerns.

This led to four priority areas being identified: preventing isolation, making public spaces more friendly for older people, promoting age management and the senior economy and access to lifelong learning. Pilot projects were then developed, evaluated with input from NGOs and fed into the toolkit of tested solutions. Projects include training older people to train older people in the context of volunteering. This led to a group of older people independently presenting their own project for funding and setting up a competence bank for older volunteers.

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it aims to improve the integration and social inclusion of older migrants in society in Sweden. It has been building a network of organisations working with older people, from religious organisations to local authorities, supporting them to develop work with older migrants. The self defined “movement” also aimed to put the issue of older migrants on the political agenda. Integration was first defined by the older people themselves through participative research, from the starting point of understanding their well being. Helping people to re-discover their identity is also seen as key in this approach.

The third project was of a volunteer centre which is part of a network of Norwegian centres based on the one office, one phone, one employee approach started by the Norwegian government (which funds that basic start up package) in the 1990s. It engages volunteers from different age groups, supporting other organisations and carrying out own projects and has grown through its own work over the years.

The final project was the Vlaamse Ouderenraad which is now seen as the voice of older people in Flanders, Belgium. One success was in calling for and getting a government minister for older people. A network of older peoples’ organsations, they give policy advice and organise actions, including an “elderly week” on a different theme each year promoting issues important to older people.

 

 
Diaconia breaking barriers: valuing the participation of older people in society

19 February 2012

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In light of the European Year on Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity, Eurodiaconia would like to celebrate the efforts of our members' work with and for older people. The exhibition will be based on photos portraying inclusion of older people in the community and their participation in society, depicting the value of older people. The exhibition will follow a conference on ways to combat social exclusion of older people and the presentation of the Eurodiaconia Award 2012 and will take place in the beginning of December in Brussels.

If, as a member of Eurodiaconia, you organise projects for and with older people, please see how you can get involved to showcase your organisation's work. Please read more about the exhibition here .

 
EY2012 coalition published roadmap of commitments and recommendations

2 February 2012

The European Year 2012 Coalition, of which Eurodiaconia is an active member, presented a Roadmap towards and beyond the European Year 2012 at the Opening Conference of the European Year 2012 in January.

roadmapThis Roadmap  provides an overview of of activities that the Coalition, the members of the Coalition and their members 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.  In addition the Roadmap outlines a recommendations for policy makers at EU, national and local level. It can be downloaded here.

 
Ten projects win ‘Living Well with Dementia’ Awards

31 January 2012

Improving perceptions of dementia and stimulating solidarity at local level were the motivation for a group of foundations, comprising The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Fondation Médéric Alzheimer, the King Baudouin Foundation and the Robert Bosch Stiftung, to join forces and launch the ‘Living well with Dementia’ Awards.

The awards, each worth up to 10,000 Euros, are designed to recognize and encourage the dissemination of good practices that help people with dementia and their families to live well and participate actively in their local community.  Ten projects led by community based organisations from eight European countries (Germany, France, UK, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Bulgaria and Portugal) were identified as the winners at a ceremony on 16 January in Brussels.

For a list of the winners and a description of the projects click here.

 
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