• 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

Diakonie Oesterreich press release on the occasion of World Alzheimer's Day - Tageszentren als Stütze in der Versorgung von Menschen mit Demenz ausbauen

Diakonie zu Welt-Alzheimer-Tag: Tageszentren als Stütze in der Versorgung von Menschen mit Demenz ausbauen

Utl: Chalupka zu Strukturreform Pflege: Ausbau von Dienstleistungen für Menschen mit Pflegebedarf ist unerlässlich

Anlässlich des morgigen Welt-Alzheimer-Tages weist Michael Chalupka, Direktor der Diakonie Österreich auf die prekäre Versorgungslage von Menschen mit Demenz hin. „Wir wissen, dass Tageszentren eine wertvolle Stütze in der Versorgung von Menschen mit Demenz sind. Trotzdem werden laut Statistik Austria heute erst 4.500 Personen in Tageszentren betreut“, betont Chalupka. „Und der Bedarf wird sogar noch steigen: sind es heute 100.000 Menschen, die von Demenz betroffen sind, werden bis zum Jahr 2050 zwischen 235.000 und 290.000 Menschen prognostiziert. Es besteht also akuter Handlungsbedarf.“

„Ein Ausbau von teilstationären Diensten ist gerade für Menschen mit Demenz und deren Angehörige unerlässlich. Wir fordern alle Beteiligten im Rahmen der so genannten „Strukturreform Pflege“ dazu auf, möglichst diverse Dienstleistungen zu forcieren um den unterschiedlichen Bedürfnissen der Menschen gerecht zu werden“, so Chalupka. „Wichtig ist, dass Menschen mit Pflegebedarf nicht nur zwischen Altenheimen auf der einen Seite und Betreuung durch Angehörige auf der anderen Seite wählen können. Es muss Angebote dazwischen geben!“

Tageszentren bzw. Angebote teilstationärer Betreuung helfen allen: Dort können Menschen mit Demenz tagsüber von hochqualifiziertem Personal betreut werden, ihr Lebensmittelpunkt bleibt trotzdem das gewohnte Zuhause. Das ermöglicht es Angehörigen von Menschen mit Demenz, einer Berufstätigkeit nachzugehen.

„Außerdem kann mit dem Ausbau von Tageszentren regionale Entwicklung und Beschäftigungswachstum gefördert werden. Arbeitsplätze im Pflege- und Betreuungsbereich sind krisensichere Jobs“, betont Chalupka.

Diese Vorteile zeigen sich auch in der erst vor kurzem eröffneten „Servicestelle Demenz“ der Diakonie in Wels. Hier bekommen Menschen mit Demenz und deren Angehörige kostenlose Beratung und werden dabei unterstützt, ein Leben mit Demenz positiv zu bewältigen.

Nähere Informationen dazu finden Sie hier: http://www.diakoniewerk.at/de/2587/

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


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 photo exhibition will be shown in the European Parliament on the same day as a conference on ways to combat social exclusion of older people where the Eurodiaconia Award 2012 will be presented 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 and how to take part in it here .

A maximum of 5 photos (+ background information about the person or project and a one line recommendation) per organisation should be sent in by the 25th of May. Photos can be sent by e-mail, DropBox or Flickr. More information can be obtained by contacting  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Photo source: Feininger Andreas

European Commission publishes action plan for health services

14 May 2012

After painting a bleak picture of current and future staff shortages in the health sector the European Commission proposes actions to attract more people to work in it. The “Action Plan for the EU Health Workforce” states that a “modern and innovative healthcare sector is a driver for economic growth as keeping people healthy benefits productivity and competitiveness”, then goes on to list the main challenges for the workforce.

Increasing numbers of medical staff are reaching retirement age while too few people are entering the profession. Reasons such as long working hours, low pay, stress and difficult work life balance are stated as reasons. It addresses many issues raised in the Social Services Europe paper on employment in the social sector. The crisis is further expected to negatively impact the numbers of healthcare staff in almost half of EU countries.

Three areas of action are proposed in relation to health professionals: Forecasting workforce needs and improving workforce planning methodologies; Anticipating future skills needs; Sharing. good practice on effective recruitment and retention strategies

Specific actions cover topics such as forecasting health workforce needs, making best use of training capacities, developing care delivery models from care in hospitals to the primary care closer to home, ensuring training and education equips staff for new technological skills, informing young people about the opportunities in the health sector and ensuring good work conditions through social dialogue.

The full text can be found here.

How to promote employment in personal services? European Commission initiates public consultation

8 May 2012

The European Commission launched a consultation to gather feedback on how to promote the quality and number of jobs in “personal and household services”.  It is part of a number of measures known as the “employment package”, designed to promote job creation in the EU.

The Commission document states that the “personal and household services” covers a broad range of activities such as childcare, long term care for older people or people with disabilities and cleaning.

It states that as such care is generally lower skilled than health services, they may be good for people to enter the labour market, then up-skilling should be promoted later. It highlights the importance of promoting and measuring quality in social services and reducing the level of undeclared work in the sector.

The main aim of the consultation is to gather feedback on

  • How to improve measurement and monitoring of employment levels in these services
  • Whether it is useful to develop sharing of experiences, especially concerning the tools used or planned to support those services
  • How to ensure quality services and jobs (skill needs, working conditions), including possibly through development of quality standards.
  • How to ensure greater professionalization of those jobs.

The consultation is open until July 15, 2012. Eurodiaconia will respond based on input from members at the last Healthy Ageing and Elderly Care Network meeting, its policy paper on demographic change and the Social Services Europe briefing on employment in the sector. Further input from members is also welcomed. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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