Social and Health Challenges: Answers of Community Care
6-7 June 2017, Valencia
The Generalitat Valenciana, together with the Polibienestar of Valencia and the three leading networks of European authorities working in social care, ENSA European Network for Social Authorities, ELISAN European Local Inclusion and Social Action Network, and the Youth Care Platform organized a two-day meeting to spread practices and EU projects that local communities are putting into place to strengthen social cohesion, welfare and inclusion and address specific local needs in social and health services.
The objective of the event was to tackle the risks of poverty and social exclusion that particularly affect the most vulnerable groups of the population, through a dialogue between the main social actors at the European level, which will exchange good practices and efficient models capable of bringing tangible results for citizens and society in general.
There was a plenary session followed different working groups, a brokerage event to meet new partners and draft project ideas, and thematic study visits. In addition, interested stakeholders had the opportunity to join the “European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing In the 2030 Agenda”.
ENSA Coordinators meeting + Projects activities
25 - 26 - 27 January 2016, Brussels
The general coordination of the network and the follow-up of different projects have been discussed during this meeting:
Second meeting on the Youth After Care Guarantee project
24-25 November 2015, Carinzia
The main goal of this meeting was to discuss the development of the Youth After Care Guarantee funded under Erasmus+. Youngsters in youth care need effective guidance during the transition from youth care to young adulthood.
This is often not or insufficiently the case. Young people from residential care facilities often lack a strong family or social network to fall back on. Studies show that a considerable number of homeless people have spent time in a youth care institution. They remain faced with 'structural homelessness' and unemployment.
More often, the roots to these lifelong challenges lie in ineffective guidance in the transition from youth care to young adulthood. An after-care guarantee model and policy recommendations has been discussed during the conference to involve and increase awareness at all levels.
The Flemish agency for integration organises the Flemish civic integration policy
The Agency also develops and exchanges expertise on how to deal with the consequences of migration, the challenges in integration and the growing ethno-cultural diversity of society. The European Common Basic Principles on Integration state that integration is a two-way process.
The Flemish integration policy is shaped according to this principle:
These two faces of integration policy complement each other to guarantee the same quality of service to all clients: newcomers and established residents:
The main operational objectives of the ENSA working group on social inclusion are to stimulate cross-border exchange of existing practices and to develop innovative training and methods. The strategic objective is to allow professionals to develop the skills needed to see their clients as individuals rather than as cultures. Tackling racism and discrimination is not our starting point, but rather an indirect effect.
These practices, trainings or methods can be directed at:
Integration is a transversal and very broad theme. The topics which field our interest cover all aspects of society, where learning to live together in diversity is essential: opportunities to practice a new language, openness of the labour market, recognition of skills and degrees, the impact of mobile European citizens on social cohesion, user-friendliness of health-services, integration of travelling populations and Roma, orienting asylum-seekers, stimulating participation of newcomers in leisurely activities and organisations.
Energy for all: What are the actions and the role of the European Union?
27 November 2012 9.30 – 17.30
Venue: European Economic and Social Committee
Interpretation from/to English, French, Italian
50 to 125 million European citizens suffer from energy poverty. This conference aims at engaging with relevant stakeholders in order to consider immediate and enduring proposals. Using successful experiences, this event will aim at finding solutions at different levels of governance. The energy poverty will be approached in all its dimensions (housing, health, social exclusion, etc...) in order to provide adapted responses. Further to the emergency situations faced by the most vulnerable and the problem of the rights of the users, this conference will aim at transforming the consumers into citizens and actors facing energy challenges.
European Conference on Reconciliation between private and professional life
10th February 2012, 9.00 – 16.30
Venue: Crowne Plaza , Padua , Italy
The Elisan Network, the Regional Ministry for social policies of the Veneto Region and the Regional Observatory on Social Policies have the pleasure to invite you to the European conference on the subject of reconciliation between private and professional life.
The event will take place in Padua on February 10th 2012.
The aim of the meeting is to promote an innovative organisation of human resources in work, in enterprises, in the public and private sector in order to answer family flexibility needs.
Approved Project Prometheus in the framework of the PROGRESS call Promoting Quality of Social Services of General Interest
In collaboration with the European Platform for Rehabilitation, the ENSA child network participated in the progress call Promoting Quality of Social Services of General Interest with a proposal regarding the quality of services in particular with the aim to develop, validate and pilot the cross-sectoral and trans-national application of the European Quality in Social Services (EQUASS) system. This system will be tested with this project through Services to people with disabilities, Long-term care to elderly and dependent people, Child care services.
EQUASS Short Brochure.pdf
Energy poverty in Europe:
how to get out?
The European local inclusion and social action network ELISAN, and the corporate Foundation GDF SUEZ commit themselves to fight against this problem and launch a call for European experiences. The call for experiences is aimed at collecting the most efficient and innovative initiatives launched at local level to fight against energy poverty : preventive measures, specific tools, trainings and so on.
The award ceremony will take place during the conference on Social Innovation of the 8th of November 2011.
Deadline : 30th September 2011
Meeting of the Jury : 28th October 2011
Award ceremony : 8th November 2011
On November 10th, 2011 in Paris: the winners will be invited to share their projects during the second symposium organized by the International Observatory for Energy and Water Scarcity GDF SUEZ
For further information - Kristine Stempien : kstempien@.org
Ensa members and their contacts are invited to the
UNCCAS Forum/Congress on “Innovating terrotories for a social sustainable development”
27, 28 September 2011, Paris, Palais des Congrès
Further information (only in French)
In the framework of the European Year on Volunteering, the Conseil Général de Val de Marne organized a two days meeting on volunteering:
European conference on Volunteering
21st and 22nd October 2011
Social innovation in Europe
Committee of the Region Brussels
In collaboration with ELISAN
8th November 2011, 9.30 – 16.30
Committee of the Regions – 99 – 101 rue Baillard
How territorial authorities deal on a daily basis with social innovation? What is social innovation? What are the tools for social innovation? How to create new partnership to develop social innovation?
Respect: increasing Roma peoples participation
and citizenship rights
Veneto Region Brussels Office, in the framework of the activities within the project +Respect: increasing Roma peoples participation and citizenship rights: campaign and tool co-funded by the Specific Programme “Fundamental Rights and Citizenship" 2007-2013, has the pleasure to invite you to the International Conference “Local authorities and policies to integrate Roma people: exchange of good practices, that will be held in Venice the 11th of March 2011.
Inclusive education in the light of the UN Convention
What are the consequences for Flanders and Europe?
27 January 2011
The Liaison agency Flanders-Europe (vleva), The Flemish League of Catholic Schools for special education and the Flemish Community Education are organising a seminar on inclusive education on Thursday, 27 January 2011 at the vleva Auditorium, Kortenberglaan 71, 1000 Brussels
In 2006 the United Nations opened the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities for signatures. The treaty requires that persons with disabilities shall not be excluded from ordinary education merely because of their disability and that they have a right to inclusive education.
The EU and Belgium both signed the UN Convention. Belgium has even ratified the Convention. But how will this affect the Flemish education policy? How will the EU live up to its obligations under the Convention?
This seminar intends to inform you about the UN Convention, in particular with regard to article 24 and about actions the EU will undertake to stay loyal to the Convention obligations. A panel of experts will discuss the impact of the ratification in Flanders while best practices from around the EU will show how inclusive education can be implemented in the Member States.
During lunch a poster session can be organized. Organisations working on inclusive education that are interested in such a poster session can contact email@example.com
Participation is free but before 25 January is required. Registration is possible via http://en.vleva.eu/inclusiveeducation
2010 SIRG Closing Event: It was our year.
Looking forward to local and regional authorities as leaders
in the fight against poverty
The Liaison agency Flanders-Europe in Brussels (vleva) together with the Junta de Extremadura and the other 2010 SIRG regions, are pleased to invite you to the closing event of the 2010 Social Inclusion Regional Group (SIRG) “2010 SIRG Closing Event: It was our year. Looking forward to local and regional authorities as leaders in the fight against poverty” which will take place on 26 January 2010, 13:00-17:40, Committee of the Regions (room TRE7701, Rue de Trèves 74, 1040 Brussels).
The 2010 SIRG is a transnational coalition of local and regional actors that has been working during the past year to respond proactively to the opportunities of the 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. It has provided a platform for the dissemination and exchange of best practice with view of improving service delivery to tackle poverty and social exclusion at the local and regional level, and to better inform actors at European level on the realities experienced at the grassroots.
During the closing event each working group of the 2010 SIRG will showcase its initiatives and provide the opportunity for stakeholders and the European Commission to discuss the recommendations and conclusions established by them. The European Commission will also present the new platform against poverty.
Particpation is free but registration before 24 January is required via http://en.vleva.eu/sirgclosingevent (places are limited)
Here you will also find the draft programme.
Progress Funded PROMETHEUS PROJECT
INFORMATION EVENT PROMOTING QUALITY OF SOCIAL SERVICES OF GENERAL INTEREST (ENSA partnership) THE ADDED VALUE OF A EUROPEAN APPROACH
European Awareness Conference
17th - 18th November 2010
Sheraton Hotel Place Rogier, 3 B-1210 Brussels
SIRG “Access to Quality Social Service and Decent Housing”
Conference 16/17/18 thNovember 2010
TBC Klarälvdalen Coordination Unit, with the support of West Sweden
Objective: to raise awareness of the role of local and regional authorities in promoting the right of each individual to a livelihood and a social situation which is dignified and in contributing towards member states’ efforts to create a system where no one will be forgotten.
In collaboration with ENSA
ELISAN CONFERENCE IN COLLABORATION WITH ENSA NETWORK “Social issues : a real investment against the crisis”
15th - 16th November 2010
Brussels – Kortrijk
European Year of Volunteering
Attracting Volunteers, 5/10/10 (Brussels)
Start: 10/05/2010 - 14:00
End: 10/05/2010 - 16:00
European Year of Volunteering – Attracting Volunteers
Boosting social cohesion by volunteering
Open Days side event in the framework of 2011, European Year of Volunteering
Tuesday, October 5th 2010, 14h00 - 16h30
Venue: Liaison Agency Flanders-Europe, Kortenberglaan 71, 1000 Brussels
This event will inform you on the initiatives towards the European Year of Volunteering 2011 from European level (from the perspective of the European Commission, European Parliament and civil society organizations), exchange best practices on attracting new volunteers from regional and local level and point out gaps and problems in mobilizing volunteers. Moderator is Markus Held, director of the European Volunteer Centre.
SIRG Social Inclusion Regional Group
Balancing Acts: Tackling Financial Exclusion through
balanced policies and measures involving individuals, communities, & institutions
September 14th 2010, 9h30 to 17h00
Flanders Europe Liaison Agency
Kortenberglaan 71, Brussels
In collaboration with ENSA
European Regions Conference on reconciliation policies
between family and professional life
An intiative of the Veneto Region in collaboration with the ENSA and Elisan networks Sponsorship of the European Commission Abano Terme – 28- 29 30 January 2010
Elisan (European Social Inclusion and Social Action Network)
"La dimension sociale de la cohésion territoriale en Europe
enjeux et perspectives"
27th October 2009
Committee of the Regions 101,
rue Belliard- B - 1000 – Bruxelles
Program to download on the website www.elisan.eu
Open Days 2009
October 7, 9.30 – 13.00
Stockholm House, Avenue Marnix 28
To adopt a common strategy to fight against poverty with ambitious and shared objectives through a thorough observation of the ground with the support of Local and Regional Authorities. This strategy focuses on the inclusion and prevention of exclusion of the most at risk in society i.e: elderly, youth, child, women and immigrants.
8th September 2009, Brussels
Local authorities, territorial cohesion in Europe and the social
and health issues"
Elisan (European Social Inclusion and Social Action Network)
21st April 2009
Représentation Ile de France
Bruxelles Rue Montoyer 10
Organised with the support of ENSA and Veneto Region
Common Quality Framework for Social Services
Management Centre, 17 Avenue Marnix, 1000 Brussels, Room Newton A, 4th floor,
9th Ferbuary 2009
After a series of activities related to quality of social services in Europe, the Platform of European Social NGOs (Social Platform) adopted a Common position paper on quality social and health services in June 2008. The European Platform for Rehabilitation (EPR) has been contributing to the discussion, and to the document. The position paper aims at safeguarding the provision of quality social and health services and intends to reach highest quality levels and create equal opportunities and independent participation in society. The position paper of the Social Platform defines quality principles that are compliant with the quality requirements of the High Level Group on Disability (October 2007) and the EQUASS (European Quality in Social Services) Principles for Quality (December 2002). The proposed workshop will be carried out in the framework of the Prometheus Project (EU programme PROGRESS: VP 008/04). The role of the workshop will be to achieve consensus in defining a European Quality Framework and core criteria for quality assurance for Social Services of General Interest based on the input from existing written contributions
Information on Prometheus project
EC-UN Joint Migration and Development Iniciative
in collaboration with ENSA inclusion
Regioni Centro Italia in Brussels. 14, Rond Point Schuman, 8th floor– B-1000,
13 th February 2009
'Routes: the way to integration'
Halles Saint Géry of Brussels
4th - 30th December 2008
The partners of the European project ROUTES will inaugurated the 4th December 2008 a visual exhibition on migrant integration at Halles Saint Géry in Brussels. The exhibition was sponsored by Brussels Capital Region. Uniqueness and diversity make the strength of our society.
Expressions like 'third-country nationals', 'integration' or 'intercultural dialogue' mean actual interaction between individuals in cities, schools, offices and public places. 'Ways to integration' showcases diverse and positive examples that embody such interactions as recorded by professional photographers, practitioners, migrants and keen observers. Representations of integration processes become alive through the words, situations and symbols displayed in this venue.
'Routes: the way to integration' is a past project part-financed by the European Commission through the INTI initiative, funded by the DG Justice, Freedom and Security and endorsed by the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. After two years of work, the project partners wish to share the main results of a joint effort that aims at improving the local governance of integration policies of citizens across Europe, regardless of their origin, in line with the fundamental human rights and the founding principles of the European Union.
Invitation Visual Exhibition
Daphne III Conference and Market place
Representation of Sweden to the EU- Square de Meuus 30 Brussels,
10 november 2008
- Colette de Troy , European Policy Action Center on Violence against Women
- Ingrid Bellander Todino, Daphne Programme Cordinator European Commission-DG JLS
- Asa Lofvenberg, Varmland County Council
- “How to design a good Daphne Project”
- Elena Curtopassi, Veneto Region- Ensa general presentation
- Stefanie Friedlmayer, City of Vienna
- Vincent O’Connell, Surrey County Council
- Eva Thorsen, City of Uppsala
- Daphne III Market Place Project Compedium
The Interreg IIIC “City to city” project final event
Brussels, Committee of the Regions, 29th and 30th of May 2008
ENSA Social inclusion network
Venice, 17th of May 2008
Workshop on Roma identity and culture towards active citizenship
(Invitation to ENSA members)
Brussels, 29th -31st of January 2008
Centro Polifunzionale don Calabria and European Roma Information Office
Deft Meeting: Developing Europe’s fostering training
Brussels, Belgium, 22nd November 2007
Involvement of some ENSA members and special invitation to the whole network
Launch seminar of a two year Leonardo da Vinci Pilot Project, a train the trainer programme for social care professionals and experiences foster carers.
Committee of the Regions
Rue Belliard 101
Room JDE 53
"Immigrants’ Integration Policies: Road Map of the Governance":
INTI project Routes
Venice, Italy, 16th November 2007
Experiences and good practices of the European Regions involved in “ROUTES” project.
15th Anniversary conference of Riga Social System: "Social System in Riga. Yesterday.Today.Tomorrow.”
Riga 7th - 8th June 2007
Invitation to ENSA members
The city of Riga organised an international conference to celebrate 15 years of Riga social system- Ensa members were invited.
ENSA INCLUSION Inaugural Thematic Meeting
S. Servolo - Venice, 19th July 2006
EPR_European Platform for Rehabilitation
Brussels, 23rd May 2006, afternoon
Invitation to ENSA members
DEFT_Developping European Fostering Training_ international meeting
Surrey, 6th -10th May 2006
Involvement of some ENSA members
Stockholm Region: Drug prevention project
Brussels, 27th April, 2 p.m.
Regioeuropa, Brussels, 26th April 2006
Dreaming service offer presentation
29th - 30th May 2006
Invitation to ENSA members