• 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.  



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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


3 September 2015

Eurodiaconia is pleased to invite members to the 2015 meeting of the Employment in Diaconia Network which will take place from 14.30 on the 16 November until 16.00 on the 17 November 2015. It will be hosted Diakonie Deutschland and will be held at its training academy in Berlin (Heinrich Mann Str. 29, 13156 Berlin–Pankow).

The purpose of the network is to provide a forum for Eurodiaconia members to share experiences and good practice in employment in diaconal services and to learn from the approaches of others. It also aims to identify challenges faced by members, and discuss potential solutions. This includes discussing what political solutions could be found at national and EU level, feeding into Eurodiaconia’s advocacy work.

The meeting aims to discuss issues of common interest on employment and good practice, with a focus on care professionals; inform members about recent initiatives at EU level related to qualifications, mobility and the promotion of quality among social services workforce; and discuss potential Eurodiaconia actions to take.

More information, including the invitation and draft agenda can be downloaded here.

The rules regarding financial support can be found here.

Please register here by 2, November 2015.

For further information please contact Alexander Elu,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

AGS 2015 briefing for members is out

20th January 2015

Eurodiaconia published today a briefing for members on the Annual Growth Survey 2015. This briefing aims to inform Eurodiaconia members about what the Annual Growth Survey (AGS) is in general, what is its role in the context of the European Semester, what is the specific content of the AGS 2015, and how can this be used by diaconal organisations advocating at national level.

The Annual Growth Survey is issued every year around November. It takes stock of the economic and social situation in Europe and sets out the policy priorities for the year to come. It provides Member States with policy guidance for the following year. It also kicks off the European Union's annual cycle of economic policy guidance and surveillance: the European Semester. 

The AGS 2015 has started to recognise the importance for civil society and national public authorities to work together for a better ownership of the European Semester process. However, it has failed to reflect the need to achieve both economic and social progress in the European Union and to give social wellbeing as much importance as economic development.

It is therefore essential that Eurodiaconia members take action at national level to influence the 2015 European Semester and in particular the 2015 National Reform Programmes, challenging those Member States who wish to follow structural reform without safeguarding social protection, while at the same time supporting those Member States who believe in a more balanced social and economic approach.

For more information:

European Commission website on the AGS and related document

Eurodiaconia’s tool for involvement in the European Semester:


Eurodiaconia launches 2014 Migration Report

We are delighted to present our 2014 Migration report titled, "Access to social and health services for migrants in Europe: overcoming the barriers". This publication was presented to various EU decision makers in a report-launching reception on Thursday November 13th, 2014 at Eurodiaconia's offices. 

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In order to understand some of the major challenges migrants face in accessing their social rights in Europe, Eurodiaconia recently conducted research among its members as diaconal and church-related service providers of social and health services. By conducting in-depth research, Eurodiaconia was able to create this comprehensive document, reporting not only examples our members programmes and services supporting the inclusion and integration of migrants, but also summarising the key challenges these organizations and migrants face daily in accessing social and health services and finally making policy recommendations to overcome these challenges. 

To see the full version of the report, please visit this link. 


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