• 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.  



Eurodiaconia 2014 catalogue of events can be downloaded 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

Eurodiaconia Award 2014 - Innovative services promoting Youth Inclusion


The 2014 Eurodiaconia Award focuses on innovative projects and services that support young people in gaining access to education, employment and training and that enable their active participation in their community and in society.  To recognise the importance and quality of the social services that diaconal organisations provide throughout our network to and with young people experiencing social exclusion, the aim of the 2014 award is to showcase the work of our members in the field of youth inclusion. We know that many of our members have developed innovative approaches to tackle the problem of youth exclusion which are based on real needs and user involvement. We consider this essential when empowering young people to reach their full potential and to play an active role in society.

Parliament Exhibition
A number of entries, including the final recipient of the Award, will be asked to present their projects or services to decision makers in the European Parliament. This will be in the context of a photo exhibition planned to highlight the award entries of diaconal organisations. For this reason, all entries must be accompanied by a high quality photograph which reflects the project or service. All entries will be published in a booklet and promoted on the Eurodiaconia website.

Personal testimonies of users
All entries will feature in Eurodiaconia’s booklet which will illustrate how social services facilitate youth inclusion. Together with the project description and photos there will also be personal testimonies from the service users featured in the publication. Therefore you are encouraged to send in personal stories by/about a young person who has benefitted from this service or project (between 100-400 words) explaining their personal experience: how they were excluded, difficulties, joys, connection with organisation and how the service or project provided by your organisation (described on this entry form) has supported their inclusion into society. The story should be accompanied by at least one high-quality photo of the user, on the condition of their consent given.

About the Award
In 2007 Eurodiaconia began an annual award programme to recognise best practice in diaconal social work. The Award aims to raise awareness of diaconal work, facilitate mutual learning among members of Eurodiaconia and highlight an issue in Eurodiaconia's area of work.

Click here to access the award description and entry procedure. Click here for the award entry form. We are looking forward to receive your submissions by 31st of August 2014.

For any questions about the Award, the exhibition in the European Parliament or the publication, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



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