ESSA, Transforming community care – rösta senast 26/11

EUROPEAN SOCIAL SERVICES AWARD: Många bidrag är nominerade till ESSA som ska delas ut i december av det europeiska socialchefsnätverket ESN. Nästa vecka är sista veckan du kan lägga din röst på något av bidragen.

Med fokus på temat Transforming community care kommer ESSA-utmärkelsen att delas ut till organisationer som hittat framgångsrika och innovativa omsorgsmodeller.

Utmärkelsen delas ut i sex olika kategorier. I fem av dem kan du rösta senast 26 november 10:00 (CET): Innovation, Outstanding team, Collaborative practice, Research projects och Technology tools. I kategorin Technology tools hittar vi ett svenskt bidrag, heja Linköping och Evikomp!

Den sjätte kategorin, ESN Excellence in Social Services, röstas fram under ESSA-eventet som hålls den 4 december 2020.

Nedan ser du en kort sammanställning av vilka bidrag som är nominerade i respektive kategori. Mer ingående beskrivning hittar du på

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Nominerade i kategorin Innovation Award

1. OKencasa, Spain. OKencasa, which means OK at home in Spanish, is a programme that supports family caregivers of older relatives.

2. Fostering First, Ireland. The project is a forum for young people in foster care with Fostering First, an independent fostering Agency.

3. Szeretet Szocialis Otthon of Somogy County, Berzence, Hungary. Szeretet Szocialis Otthon is a community-based social services programme for adults with mental health issues implemented in Berzence.

4. General Directorate of Families, Children, Education and Youth, Madrid City Council, Spain. The project “La quinta cocina” is a cooking school for children and young people managed by Madrid City Council.

5. Forget-me-not House, Slovakia. The Forget-me-not House provides complex day-care for children and young people with mental and physical disabilities.

6. Cultural Association la Kalle, Spain. The project ‘Fablabteka’, implemented by cultural organisation La Kalle, involves an experimental social laboratory that uses digital tools such as 3D printing or laser cutting to provide workshops for young people with high rates of school drop-out and unemployment, promoting their social and labour market integration.

Nominerade i kategorin Outstanding Team Award

1. Youth Advocate programmes Ireland (YAP Ireland), Ireland. YAP Ireland aims to change the lives of children, young people and families in need of support by providing community-based, strengths-focused, inclusive, flexible services empowering them to achieve their own goals.

2. Vilnius municipality, Lithuania. Valakampiai Social Support Facility provides long- and short-term social care and accommodation in independent living homes as well as social skills development, support and (or) rehabilitation services for people with mental health problems and intellectual disabilities.

3. URIHO Institution for vocational rehabilitation and employment of persons with disabilities, Croatia. URIHO developed a training project for trainers of persons with disabilities (PWD) employed in sheltered and integration workshops.

4. Northern Ireland Social Care Council, UK. The Workforce Development Team within the Social Care Council developed digital learning resources to support the social care workforce during Covid-19 lockdown and to enable them to respond safely, quickly, effectively by providing practical accessible information.

5. Simon Community Scotland, UK. The teams of the project ‘Ending rough sleeping during lockdown’ delivered first rapid responses to the Covid-19 pandemic and almost eliminated rough sleeping in Scotland’s two major cities.

6. Foundation for Social Welfare Services, Malta. Teen Outside the Box implements life-skills based sessions for all students aged between 12 and 13 to help them go through life situations by adopting positive coping strategies.

Nominerade i kategorin Collaborative Practice Award

1. Municipality of Esbjerg, Denmark. United in Psychiatry aims at improving the efforts to support vulnerable people and people with mental health problems from the age of 20 by bridging the gap between psychiatric hospitals and municipalities.

2. Counselling Centre for Migrants in Vienna, Austria. The Counselling Centre for Migrants in Vienna offers advice to migrants on different topics, such as migration law, recognition of foreign qualifications, training and employment.

3. CRESCER, Portugal. The project É um restaurante aims to improve the living conditions of people who have experienced homelessness by providing training and employment as a cook in Lisbon.

4. Foundation Cepaim, Spain. The project Housing Solidarity Network is a social housing rental project led by Spanish Foundation Cepaim in collaboration with the bank Foundation Cajamurcia, community social services and several third-sector organisations.

5. Third Sector Platform of Catalonia, Spain. Collaboration between the Third Sector Platform of Catalonia and Enginyers Voluntaris (a network of volunteer engineers) promotes innovation and digital transformation of third sector organisations.

6. Regional Health & Social Care Board, Northern Ireland. The Department of Health for Northern Ireland produced a report in 2018 which made 11 recommendations aimed at transforming the way the health and juvenile justice systems respond to children whose needs are of such complexity that their liberty may require them to be restricted in secure care.

Nominerade i kategorin Research Project Award

1. Welfare Department, Riga City Council, Latvia. The Welfare department of Riga City Council carried out a research that evaluates the effectiveness of their social rehabilitation programme for young people with behavioural problems implemented in Riga since 2016.

2. National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) Cymru, UK. A 5-year Cardiff University project has informed the development of NYAS’s Unity Project which provides the practice of holistic support, advice and information to care experienced young mothers and care experienced expectant mothers.

3. Boeblingen County Youth Welfare Service, Germany. The project ‘The voice of care leavers – Improvement strategy for community services’ aims to enhance youth welfare services through continuous feedback from former service users.

4. Vice-presidency and Department of Inclusive Policies and Equality, Valencian Institute of Social Services IVAFIQ, University of València, Spain. This project ‘Rethinking social rights’ focuses on the development of public social care policies through a participatory bottom-up approach to build subjective social rights with a community and an area-based perspective.

5. Network of European Foundations, Belgium. The Transnational Forum on Integrated Community Care (TransForm) is a coalition of Foundations in Europe and Canada. The overarching aim of the Forum is to foster integrated community care.

6. School of social workers of Peru region – Lima, Peru. The social educational project proposed by the Indigenous Committee of the Team of Social Workers of FITS – ALC, is directed to the indigenous population and native people in 18 countries.

Nominerade i kategorin Technology Tools Award

1. Department of Social Services, Faroe Islands. The project The complete interface involves the inclusion of all financial social benefits in one system.

2. Hoplr, Belgium. Hoplr is both an app and digital neighbourhood network and knowledge centre for inclusion and citizen participation, based in Belgium and the Netherlands.

3. Regional Ministry of Social Rights and Welfare, Asturias, Spain. The SisVAT- Covid-19 (Surveillance and Early Detection System for Asturias’ care homes) is an information system to obtain real-time data on the impact of the crisis in each of the care homes located in the region to control the spread and the impact of Covid-19.

4. mPower NHS NSS, UK. mPower NHS NSS is creating a cross-border service for older people living with long-term conditions in rural border areas across the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

5. Research & Development Centre in Care and Social Work, Linköping, Sweden. Evikomp is a project funded by the European Social Fund in the Region of Ostergotland in Sweden with the aim of improving dementia care by training staff in the social care sector.

6. Agency for Sustainable and Operative Social Provision (DOST Agency), Azerbaijan. The aim of the project is to ensure universal access to labour and social protection services.