All programs and projects of SOCIA – Social Reform Foundation are based on clearly defined values as expressed in the following statement:
The goal of our long-term care program is to contribute significantly to making health care and social care for severely ill and disabled people, especially seniors, reach a high level of professionalism and respect for human rights, including dignified dying. Click here to Read More
Long-term care is a classic example of necessary cross-sectoral collaboration. It is provided especially to seniors (but not only to them) who need treatment care (under healthcare system authority) due to their state of health. Their negative state of health at the same time requires assistance of another person in providing self-service activities, and in keeping social relationships, i.e. nursing care (under authority of municipalities).
The aim of our early intervention program is to contribute to the creation of accessible, stable, and good quality network of early intervention services in collaboration with self-governing regions. Click here to Read More
In Slovakia 50-60,000 children are born every year. Out of these, some 5,000 are born prematurely and require a special approach and medical procedures in specialized neonatological centres. There are six of these in Slovakia. A group of prematurely born children needs long-term support at an early age because their development is delayed, and another group of prematurely born children needs long-term care with regard to their present disability; eg brain hemorrhage after birth is frequent in very young infants. According to the statistical data from the healthcare sector in Slovakia, every year up to 2,000 children are born with organ damage; a part of this number may overlap with prematurely born children.
However, the parents of such children need long-term accompaniment after the birth of the child as soon as possible but they do not get this in the healthcare sector. An early intervention service is a clear need of the families. It is a social service for families in which children with disabilities or delayed development were born. It is established by the law No. 448/2008 Coll. On Social Services as a public service. It may be provided for children from birth up to seven years of age when the child enters the school system and gets under the guardianship of special pedagogical centres. Early intervention is defined by complex stimulation of the child’s development which means that social workers, psychologists, special and therapeutic pedagogues, speech therapists and similar professionals work together forming a transdisciplinary team. No other social service provides citizens with such wide range of experts.
The aim of the program is to support fulfilling the human rights of people who are reliant on the help of others especially through the development of community social services. This is done by strengthening non-profit organizations and self-defenders, and also by advocacy before national, regional and European authorities. We develop partnerships between local governments and non-profit organizations. We support spreading best practice examples. Click here to Read More
Changing this structure in favour of field and out-patient services and small capacity facilities is a difficult and long-term task which requires cooperation of state administration, local government, non-governmental organizations and other parts of society.
By the means of financial support and by its own activities SOCIA Foundation influences changes of the social system for the benefit of the most endangered social groups of inhabitants. We provide our services with maximum effectiveness, without unnecessary bureaucracy in the process of helping others. We do not confuse philanthropy with self-promotion or inappropriate promotion of our partners.
Mgr. Vladislav Matej
Executive director of the foundation
SOCIA – Social Reform Foundation
SOCIA – Nadácia na podporu sociálnych zmien
831 04 Bratislava
IČO: 318 163 98
banka: Tatra banka
IBAN SK27 1100 0000 0026 2582 8042