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.