• 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

Members share experiences of 2012 European Year so far

1 October 2012

Eurodiaconia is talking to members about their experience of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (EY2012). Mixed feelings about the usefulness and impact of the EY2012 have been expressed.

In Austria the Ministry of Social Affairs set up a steering committee in the framework of the EY2012 composed of 60 to 70 representatives from public institutions and NGO representatives. The committee will have met four to five times during the year to speak about potential projects, communications and financing. Diakonie Austria was part of the committee but felt the committee did not have a lot of impact and was solely a platform for information. On a national level, there was no funding available throughout the year to carry out projects related to active ageing. Hence, Diakonie Austria didn’t receive financial support in order to organise events. However, Diakonie Austria worked in public relations on the issue and wrote press articles. Generally, the press and media coverage was perceived as rather low in Austria regarding the EY2012. Diakonie Austria mentioned that the previous European years have had a bigger impact.

A more positive impact of the Year was reported from Germany. According to the Diakonische Bundesverband, many organisations have been actively involved in shaping the European Year. A number of conferences were dedicated to the topic and it was also used as a catch phrase to advertise for events. In Germany the EY2012 has been mentioned regularly in the press.

On a federal level three conferences have been organised in Berlin, Dusseldorf and Nuremberg by the Diaconal organisations with the topic “Working with the elderly in local communities”. Politicians from different ministries and social workers had been invited to look at how our society needs to be organised, in order to actively involve the elderly and how funding for working with the elderly can be more sustainable. In December, a final conference will take place in Berlin titled “Demographic change – Myth or Reality”. It will focus on positive and negative aspects of an ageing society and what challenges arise for Diaconia.

The Church of Iceland participated in the opening conference of the EY2012 in Reykjavik which was seen as a useful occasion to bring stakeholders together who work with older people. Different musical projects brought together younger and older performers during the event. Iceland has a relatively high birthrate compared to other European countries but as elsewhere people are living increasingly longer so ageing is a key issue. There has been some media coverage of the year, particularly the opening event. There has been a particular focus on promoting intergenerational solidarity in Iceland during the Year and organisations representing older people have felt that the Year has brought a useful focus on important issues.

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.

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