I. SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES
direct support for families and individuals
We provide targeted support for families in crisis which is closely linked to long-term crisis intervention (“sanation”) provided for families by staff of “Návrat” (Return) Civic Association. Financial contributions to families are purposeful and they are aimed at preventing separation of the child from its parents (e.g. loss of housing when failing to pay the rent etc.). So far we have supported 18 families with the sum of 14 355 Euro through such targeted financial help.
Until 2010 we had been supporting families and individuals who were in social distress because of their health disadvantages. We tried to support their independence, ability to mobilize their inner capacity and connection to local communities. Over 10 years we provided support for 382 individuals and families with the sum of 340 000 €.
II. SUPPORT FOR ORGANISATIONS
supporting systemic changes and organizational development
We support nongovernmental organizations with modern projects that are based on the needs of clients, providing field and ambulatory social services in the natural environment of their users. We support schools that are aware of their responsibility for the quality of education of children with health disadvantages and want to create the best conditions possible for them.
A. BLOCK GRANT FOR Nongovernmenal organisations TO SUPPORT PARTNERSHIPS OF SWISS – SLOVAK COOPERATION (2012-2015)
The Block Grant of the Swiss Financial Mechanism is being realized in cooperation of three foundations. The leader is the Ekopolis Foundation which is responsible with regard to the Government Office of the Slovak Republic and the Swiss Confederation for the realization of the block grant. The Foundation controls the financial fulfilment (in terms of expenditures of partners as well as transferring of resources of beneficiaries of the Block Grant of the Swiss Financial Mechanism). SOCIA tutors 13 organisations that were supported in the area of social services with the total sum of 1 326 462 Euro.
B. BLOCK GRANT TO SUPPORT NGO´s – PROGRAM OF ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP AND INCLUSION
In collaboration with the Norwegian government we support the development of NGOs in the area of field social services for citizen groups at risk. We also support the transfer of clients living in institutions to the local communities. We provided the sum of 521 181 Euro for 8 NGOs.
C. LADYBIRD HELPING
The aim of the LADYBIRD HELPING program is to support field and outpatient social services for seniors – their expansion and improvement as well as introduction of new services. The program is funded from the revenues of the public collection Ladybird of Help organized annually by the foundation. So far we have got the means in the amount of about 100 000 Euro through which we have supported approximately 50 organisations.
III. SOCIAL NETWORK MODELING
creating and implementing the models of complex social network in practice
Through our pilot projects and in collaboration with international networks we try to create and verify models of complex social network for specific groups of citizens at risk.
A. COMMUNITY SERVICE AND DEINSTITUALIZATION IN SLOVAKIA
Slovakia is facing a great challenge – transformation of the system of social services from year-long residence services to the community services. Thanks to the support of Open Society Foundation – Mental Health Initiative in Budapest SOCIA can annotate this process, bring in solutions and inspire collaboration and dialogue with stakeholders of the transformation process. SOCIA is one of the cofounders of the FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES – A Home from Home Platform that was started to provide space for help and support to those who identify themselves with the purpose of community services and want to implement it (or support its implementation) in Slovakia.
B. EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION
In 2014 in collaboration with the Danish partner Villum Foundation we started a long-term project of early diagnostics and care for children with potential of perilous development. The goal of this project is to build three centres of early diagnostics and care for children in order to make the help for families more accessible and more complex in their own environment. Furthermore the goal of the project is to influence the legislative conditions as well as the way this service is financially supported from public sources. We will carry the project out in 2014-2017 and the total sum provided will be about 1 000 000 EUR.
C. “OLD AGE CONCERNS US” CAMPAIGN AND PUBLIC MONEY COLLECTION LADYBIRD HELPING
SOCIA is the only foundation in Slovakia that has been organizing money collection focused on supporting the seniors – LADYBIRD HELPING – in the long term. We also organize an annual campaign aimed at dismantling the prejudices about elderly age. In 2013 we organized the fourth year of the campaign. The money collection is working on creating its own brand, its profit rises every year and we can say it has
· a compact concept and long-term strategy of development (we collaborate with Simona Bubánová´s Creative Department Agency)
· won several ambassadors among popular personages (maestro Chudík, Dominika Cibulková, Adela Banášová, Sajfa, Lukáš Latinák, Helena Krajčiová, Ľuboš Kostelný, Zlatica Puškárová, Zuzana Mauréry)
· won awards for creation (Zlatá pecka in Praha, Strieborný klinec and Prekop in Slovakia)
· won the Orange Foundation Award for social inclusion in 2012
LADYBIRD HELPING money collection is part of a bigger campaign OLD AGE CONCERNS US whose main activities are focused on the month of October (press conference, street money collection, media campaign, expert conference, concert, theatrical performance, contest for schools etc.).
IV. EMPOWERING NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS
drawing attention to NGOs and strengthening their activities in the area of social services
By means of networking the NGOs, awarding significant quality carriers as well as through transnational collaboration we try to draw attention to the activities of NGOs and empower them in the area of social services. We try to influence legislative, institutional and financial conditions to enable the performance of these organizations´ services.
· For ten years, the SOCIA Foundation was the organizational and professional guarantor of activities of the independent non-formal platform of social NGO´s – SocioForum. In 2012 we decided to support the establishing of SocioForum as an independent legal subject
· We have initiated more than 50 regional seminars, workshops and meetings, especially about the questions of social laws.
· We have participated in the formation and transformation of legislation – law about social help, law about social services and law about social-legal protection and social guardianship.
· We have been permanently maintaining a dialogue with the representatives of central organs and we represented the social NGOs.
· We have been networking Slovak NGOs with international organizations (EASPD, V4, DAPHNE, WHO).
· We have awarded the best NGOs with SOCIA Foundation Award (2005, 2007, 2009).