• 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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Member Focus

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The National association of City Missions in Sweden is an umbrella organisation founded in 2007 and operating within three areas of work; advocacy, research and fundraising. The association is open to City Missions in Sweden that perform professional social work in the cities based on a Christian ethos and in accordance with the churches diaconal mission. Member organisations are independent nonprofit organizations working in Gothenburg, Kalmar, Linköping, (the region of) Skåne, Stockholm, Uppsala and Västerås. The aim of the national association is to promote a common dialogue and advocacy between the various local city missions.

Our members’ activities span the entire social working field, from acute aid to long-term structured change management for individuals and society as a whole.


One of our guests at one of our various social activities, 2014 © Martin Söderqvist

We work for all vulnerable people and focus on their needs and try to prevent distress and increase their individual power and control over their own life, empowerment.

Every year in early July all Swedish politicians, many non-profit organizations and companies gather on the island of Gotland for a week (Almedalsveckan). During that week there is a wide range of seminars and events (over 3 500 all together). This year the City Missions arranged six open seminars with themes related to Social Mobility, EU-migrants, Housing First, Homeless strategy, Social Enterprises and Rehabilitation. Arranging the seminars is our way to highlight issues, share our experiences and reach out to the public.


Lotta Säfström, director of Gothenburg City Mission, speaking at the seminar on EU-migrants during Almedalsveckan, July 2014, © Amanda Elsa Larsson


For more information please contact Sara Herring or consult our website here.  


About us




Eurodiaconia’s policy work covers Poverty and Social Exclusion, Social and Health Care Services and Ensuring a Social Europe.

Capacity building

One of Eurodiaconia’s aims is to build the capacity of its members to influence policy at EU and national level. 

Working in partnership

Eurodiaconia is an active member of various organisations and values highly its formal and informal partnerships.


Useful links to organisations and institutions in the social field

  • Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/Eurodiaconia#!/group.php?gid=134700359877711&ref=ts
  • Twitter: eurodiaconia

Supporting quality integrated care - Conference in Brussels, 18 November

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Eurodiaconia, AGE Platform Europe and EuroHealthNet are pleased to invite you to a half day conference hosted by the Committee of the Regions in Brussels on the 18th November 2014, 14.00-17.30: Supporting quality integrated care: Policy and practice at local, regional and national levels. To register please click here to access the online form. Pre-registration is necessary for access to the CoR

We would like to reflect on the benefits and challenges of developing integrated care services, promote mutual learning and examine what further work could be carried out at a pan-European level in this field.

People who have multiple care needs usually receive health and social care services from different providers and in different care settings. Health and social care providers have experienced that this often happens without appropriate co-ordination or a holistic approach, leading to problems for the service user, family and increased costs to care systems.

Although Integrated Care as a concept has been the subject of research and discussion for over ten years, we believe that it deserves more attention as there is still much scope for improvement for persons in need of care.

Testimonies from the service user perspective will be given and examples of good practice from across Europe will be shared. A panel of representatives from European level institutions will respond to the examples and discuss potential next steps at European level. Recommendations in terms of policy actions and promoting mutual learning will be drawn out in discussions with the audience.

As the EU population ages, more people will require care and more cost pressure will be put on social protection systems. Integrating and coordinated care is one method  to meet these challenges, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of care delivery. This was highlighted as an area where governments need to take action in the "Joint Report on adequate social protection for long-term care needs in an ageing society", endorsed by Employment and Social Affairs ministers in June this year.

For more information please see the draft agenda here and the background briefing note here. For any questions please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

To register please click here to access the online form. Pre-registration is necessary for access to the CoR

Photo credits: Kristian Badendyck Fjeldstad, Church City Mission of Oslo; Slezská diakonie


Eurodiaconia Funding Toolkit for members out now!

The Eurodiaconia Toolkit on Funding is an interactive instrument for members to easily access the funding information they are looking for. The toolkit is focused on European funding instruments and foundations, but also includes more general information on funding.

Funding Toolkit


To access the toolkit, please click here. For any questions about the Funding Toolkit, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



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