Diakonie Bremen e. V. is recognized head welfare association in the German federal state of Bremen. It organizes and represents the interests of its more than 40 member organisations, which include the Protestant Church of Bremen.
"Diakonia" refers to the social work of the Protestant churches, thus fulfilling an important mission. The church as a whole is called to witness the Good News of Jesus Christ in the world and this is realized in their diaconal action as charity and service to others.
The fields of work of Diakonia with separate facilities, initiatives and associations cover the entire spectrum of social work in Bremen.
A total of 3,300 full-time employees and 800 volunteers are working in Bremen Diakonia, mainly on the fields of service for persons with disability, in hospital, rehabilitation units and institutional or home care for elderly people and families with education problems. Other professionals and volunteers work in community or human rights projects, including international solidarity and One World development. Their work is characterized by a high degree of professionalism on the one hand, as through human contact and warmth on the other. There are many different professions and varied ways in which people can participate and contribute.
Art of Inclusion – Erasmus+ Adult Learning Strategic Partnership 2016-2019
The main aim of the partnership is to represent a means of sharing of methods and techniques for the creation of learning opportunities for adult people with disabilities among the 4 partner organizations, who manage daily centers for people with disabilities in four different Countries (Italy, Romania, Germany, Portugal). The project foresee the creation of blended mobilities, so the partner organizations will experience innovative ways of cooperation and creation of educative opportunities, using and creating digital tools of learning that will be opened to everybody and without barriers of geographical boundaries. Another important aspect of this partnership is represented by the involvement in the activities of adult disabled learners and adult learners, creating an inclusive international environment with the aim to spread best practices of inclusive education. The use of Art will represent a vehicle for the educational path, that will facilitate the relation among the learners with mixed abilities and coming from different Countries, thanks to its ability to overcome eventual language and relational barriers.
Erasmus + Partnership Youth „Social Inclusion Health" (2015-2016)
"Sport and Inclusion for an Healthy Lifestyle - SI Health" is a transnational youth initiative whose main aim is to promote healthy behaviors for all in an inclusive perspective of sport. The results of the last survey by the Eurobarometer on Sport and Physical activity, reports that the 59% of the European citizens declared to never practice physical exercise or sport or practice it just a little; physical inactivity is even greater among people with disabilities. The project originates from the will of an Italian and a German group of young people and young people with disability to experience and promote an inclusive dimension of sport able to overcome the physical barriers and to stimulate cooperation between disabled and able-bodied people. The project will have a duration from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016; the activities will be implemented at the same time and in cooperation in Bremen and in Palermo by two groups of 12 young people, who will deepen topics as healthy lifestyle and healthy eating and will experience some possibilities of inclusive sports, they will compare the attitude toward sport and physical exercise in their home Countries and the possibilities to practice sport offered to disabled people; in this way they will became able to raise social awareness about the importance of an healthy lifestyle and to spread the practice of inclusive sports, while disseminating the European values of equality, non discrimination, tolerance and solidarity, acting as active citizens and promoting the international cooperation and exchange of good practices.
The project foresees two international meetings. SI Health will contribute to the enhancement of public health through physical activity and the use of the potential of sport for social inclusion, integration and equal opportunities as suggested by the White Paper on sport by the European Commission. Furthermore it will create the basis for the building of a real Inclusive Europe, fighting social exclusion of people with disabilities and spreading a new attitude towards disability based on cooperation.
Erasmus + Pedagogy and Creativity (2014-2016)
Diakonisches Werk Bremen is developing a European strategy for its work in adult education for disfavored target groups. As part of this, we have identified a need to strengthen the level of creativity in pedagogical practice - especially theatre and dance projects - , and the level of intercultural competency within the organization. With a view to achieving these objectives, we will be involving selected staff in a European training project, led by the UK-based organization Border Crossings and a partner organisation in Sinop/Turkey, which work in intercultural theatre and adult education resp. dance projects with mental and multiple disabled persons. Border Crossings will offer an initial training in our home base, which will be followed by a 7 day structured course in the UK for 2-3 selected staff members and a seminar for project management staff. These events will be repeated in the second project year, where experiences from the fist "round" will be evaluated. The staff will be able to develop their practice alongside people from similar organizations across Europe, benefitting not only from the training provided by a leading organization in this area, but also from the exchange and networking of best practice with their European peers. The course will make use of creative theatre techniques to lead participants through the process of creating their own intercultural performance work, with the effect of developing a strong sense of cultural difference and the methodology of intercultural dialogue. The project management seminars will enhanbce the competences in project planning, realization and evaluation and will discuss issues of acknowledgement and certification of competenes gained during theatrical and creative projects by participants and staff. The Adult Education Staff attending the seminar at Sinop / Turkey will enhance competeneces regarding the realization of dance projects with disabled target groups. The results of these activities will be put together and evaluated by a project group within our organisation and disseminated through our organization using internal training, external networks and internet. We'll make use of the instruments within the ERASMUS + framework and use national and european structues for discussion and dissemination. We envisage a significant impact on the development of our organization, its community-based work with migrants and other minority groups and its creativity in new approaches to adult education. This results are brought together in new theatre and dance productions.
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Erasmus + European Impact for a Career Start in Care Professions (2015-2016)
Diakonisches Werk Bremen demonstrates to trainees and job starters in its care and nursing institutions the practical side of the European dimension and the carreer perspectives of their chosen professions by weeks of VET traineeship in respected institutions and servides of our Europen partners, offering elderly persons care and work with disabled persons. We include the vocational trainees in typical school-like training institutions for the care professions as well as trainees and job starters in the "dual" training for trade, administration and craft professions, which are trained in our care institutions as well. They should gain a sustainable professional perspective. In this project we realize in addition teaching and training assignments for the school teachers and the head and special staff members in our institutions with the same Europaen partners, where they could test and enhance their competences and play a part in the European process of care service and discussion of the European social demension. We promote a strong network for mandating and cooperation, that has impact far beyond the participating institutions. All participants gain personal and professional competences and last not least intercultural competence which is more and more important at their workplaces at Bremen and Germany as a whole. The participants learn about every day work in the visited place and reflect what strategies and tools are similar or different in special regard to work with disabled persons and care for (elder) persons with dementia syndrom. These clients wish mostly to stay in their familiar surroundings and social space or want - if institutional treatment is unavoidable - to keep a "space for their life". This challenges of inclusion are the same in all participating countries, cultures and institutions, but they are faced quite differently according to professional - financial standards and cultural traditions. The training and learning stays of both kinds enhance professional and organisational common understanding about European importance and added value of shared vocational training in Europe. Persons who started a professional life in the care and nursing service sector are often motivated by the face-to-face encounter with other people. We show them with a special impact how important it is even for Europe that they stay in these professions and understand their work as a "carreer" which has national and international dimensions as well and would lead them to trainers' and management positions. We use documentation and presentation tools which are developed on the European scale (European CV, mibility toos ...) and reflect during the whole project, in preparation and evaluation on ways and means to document and certificate abroad training stays and competences gained through them. We develop specific recommendation for the European discussion, for which we use the access to the European stage given by our European network association. In this field of work, Europe has to become a real and lively experience by encounters and face-to-face meetings. To start this in the area of VET will motivate people to realize and postulate this dimension in their later professional and life.long learning cycle.
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Grundtvig Learning Partnership (2013-2015)
Mosaics of Inclusion
We are partner in this Grundtvig Learning Partnership (2013-15) where participating organisation at Italy, Poland, Romania and Germany (Bremen) look for mosaics in their cities, start creative work und discuss "mosaics of life", including the situation of disabled persons where some "pieces" might still be missing.
Partnerhsip meetings were held at Sepiszentgyörgy (Romania) and at at Buialystok (Poland). The last meeting at Palermo (Italy) was held in April 2015. We participated at each meeting with inclusive delegations.
Anna Lindh Foundation Project (2013)
Longitudes of Inclusion and Democratic Values
The project invited to encounter the life situation of persons with disabilities in Europe and the Mediterranean region and the connection their inclusion in society has to the realisation of democratic values in a society. Disabled Persons in the cities of the three partners showed their life, work and leisure time in short films and other exhibits which are put together in workshops into the presentation of a virtual “voyage” along a “longitude” which is not geographically correct but shows the situation in the Northern Part of the Community Region (Bremen), the classical crossroad of the Mediterranean world (Palermo - Sicily) and a city in Egypt which combines old pharaonic, islamic and Coptic culture with modern achievements and challenges (Sohag). The project stressed and established the necessity to see the inclusion of disabled persons in society as a decisive step on the way to realize and develop democratic values and to give marginalized groups opportunities to participate in projects which show their life situation in a local and international context. Two conferences raised attention to the question and challenge for human rights – video on Cairo conference: www.youtube.com/watch.
Each partner produced a number of short films which show persons with disability and their life situation in the context of the city, the achievements, the challenges and the problems with their inclusion in society. All films were combined to a presentation of a virtual “voyage”, see www.youtube.com/watch . The results of the partnership (the films, workshop and conference contributions) were made public via internet presentation and leaflet.
Grundvig Partnership (2011-2013)
Qualifying Volunteers in Networks against Domestic Violence
Grundtvig Partnership “Qualifying Volunteers in Networks against Domestic Violence”: The Learning Partnership was finished in August 2013 with the publication of all results on the project homepage http://www.stopdomesticviolence.eu/
Partners of Diakonisches Werk Bremen were “Home of Hope” Reformed Church and Christian centre (Brasov, Romania) and Sinop ?mam Hatipliler Derne?i (Sinop, Turkey). Meetings of this partnership were held at all these cities.
Domestic violence is a danger to life quality and balance and a risk for chances to learning and civil engagement. The vicious circle of “shutting up” and giving the negative experiences to next generations impairs the building of a society of peace and learning chances. Topics and concepts like “family”, “violent behavior” or “group of risk” and “learning” and forms of network cooperation are deeply rooted in the tradition of each state and society, even in Europe. The exchange of our partnership helped to understand how these effects are felt and how they work and impress themselves on the mentality of offenders, victims and “helpers”, judges, reporters etc.
Reports given during the meetings refer to domestic violence and psychic disability, violence against elder persons, the fight against domestic violence with the instruments of “Help to Families” and the systemic and trans-generational approach to help for women in counseling and emergency shelters. Result papers describe structures of helpful networks for organizations fighting domestic violence, qualification strategies for volunteers and helpful links. All results are shared in the European Project Database EST.
Grundtvig 50+ Volunteers Exchange Project "Free Age Senior" (2010-12)
When the possibility for Senior Volunteers partnerships was introduced into the Grundtvig program, we applied together with Uniamoci Onlus at Palermo for funding of these exchange activities. Since autumn 2010, three group of volunteers from each organisation visited the other city. Please see details at here .
A final report about the project was printed as a Special Number fo Uniamoci’s quarterly magazine “Disabile in…forma”, see
An high point of these exchanges was the Sicilian-German disco at Tagesstätte Parkstraße. See the video and (German language) interviews here
The report in the newspaper (German) see here.
One of the Bremen volunteers made reports at the blog “Seniorenlotse-bremen”.
Grundtvig Partnership Inclusion of Adults with Learning Disability (2009-2011)
We are at the moment partner of the Grundtvig Learning partnership “Social Inclusion of Adults with Learning Disability”. The last mmeeting was held at Budapest in May with the highlight of an exhibition of disabled persons' pictures from four countries in the Gödör club in central Budapest. Please see more Information about the partnership and its results in the European shared Treasure database EST here
Grundtvig Partnership "Without Barriers" (2008-2010)
2008 to 2010 our member organisations St. Petri Kinder und Jugendhilfe and Stiftung Alten Eichen participated in a Grundtvig - Partnership dealing with questions of migrants integration. It was joined by organisations from Spain, France, Turkey and Norway. Work and results are documented in the blog http://withoutbarriers.blogspot.com/.
Grundtvig Partnership - The Grey Gold of Europe (2012-2014)
Our member organization Haus der Zukunft e.V. Bremen-Lüssum is now a member of the Grundtvig Learning partnership „The Grey Gold of Europe“ (2012-14).
The aim of this project is to provide support to seniors in pre-retirement and early-retirement periods to remain active for a longer time in society, community and learning, thus living a healthy life. Partnership activities cover several active ageing "Learning Actions" which will be specific to each of the partner itself and will compose a European approach.” Experience Sharing Workshops" will be useful to help persons in this situation feel that they are still important for the community while "Short term ICT interactive courses" will support them to gain or develop their skills of social communication by easier and useful ICT social network working. Other partners are Kocaeli Provincial Directorate of National Education and A-12 Estudis i Recerca Universitaria Barcelona. The meeting at Bremen was held in September 2013.
Leonardo Partnership Training of Care Staff for People with Disabilities (2008-2010)
ISEC–Programm Project (2011-2013)
An informed person is a protected one
Promoting best practices in prevention activities against trafficking for forced labour thorugh an European network (2011-2013)
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“An informed person is a protected one” – Promoting best practices in prevention activities against trafficking for forced labor through a European network funded by the European Commission HOME Program
The project is implemented by the Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania - AIDRom, in partnership with Foundation "Lámpás" at Oradea, Verein für Internationale Jugendarbeit Stuttgart, Germany and Diakonisches Werk Bremen. It combats trafficking in human beings for labor exploitation, one of the most lucrative criminal activities of our days, through the establishment of an EU interdisciplinary network promoting best practice in prevention, identification and assisting victims of trafficking for labor exploitation.
The project makes existing best practice visible, explores transferability to other countries and feeds into EU debates on the issue, e.g. with a European conference around Anti-trafficking day. Results and examples of best practice will be summarised in a multilingual booklet. It establishes a mechanism of cooperation between different actors: churches, trade unions, NGOs, and public institutions.
The project was launched at Bremen with a meeting of all partners and local multiplicators on August 28th 2011. Research work was done at Bremen as at all four partner cities about the scope, focus points, risk groups and victims’ needs in the issue of human trafficking for labor exploitation. During February 2012 seminars for multiplicators among young people were held to spread the knowledge of dangers and possible help strategies for victims among teachers, social workers and volunteers in youth help and education work. An awareness raising campaign, using the Vocational Training Orientation Days (Berufsorientierungstage) and facilities of the “European Week” (Europawoche) at Bremen informed the young people themselves about the issue of human trafficking.
Since January 2012 there is a regular counseling offer at “Haus der Diakonie” (Tuesdays) and our counselor might be reached via mobile phone 0176 / 163 84 001 at any hour.
During “look-and-learn-workshops” in Romania and Germany the four counseling centers exchanged experience and best practice.
An European conference at Bucharest on the EU-anti-trafficking day (16_18th October 2012) will be organized with the National Agency Against Trafficking in Persons and hosted by the Romanian Parliament.
Zusammenfassung auf Deutsch:
„Eine informierte Person ist geschützt" - die Förderung der besten Praktiken in der Prävention Aktivitäten gegen den Menschenhandel zur Arbeitsausbeutung durch ein europäisches Netzwerk von der Europäischen Kommission finanzierte Programm.
Das Projekt wird von der Ökumenischen Vereinigung der Kirchen in Rumänien umgesetzt - AIDRom, in Zusammenarbeit mit Stiftung "Lampas" in Oradea, Verein für Internationale Jugendarbeit Stuttgart, Deutschland und Diakonisches Werk Bremen. Es bekämpft den Menschenhandel für die Ausbeutung von Arbeitskraft, eines der lukrativsten kriminellen Aktivitäten unserer Tage, durch die Einrichtung eines EU-weiten interdisziplinären Netzwerkes und die Förderung bewährter Praktiken in der Prävention, Erkennung und Unterstützung der Opfer von Menschenhandel zum Zweck der Ausbeutung der Arbeitskraft.
Das Projekt macht vorhandene Best-Practice sichtbar, untersucht die Übertragbarkeit auf andere Länder und fließt in EU-Debatten über diese Fragen ein, z. B. mit einer europäischen Konferenz rund um Anti-Trafficking Day. Ergebnisse und Best Practice Beispiele werden in einer mehrsprachigen Broschüre zusammengefasst werden. Es wird ein Mechanismus der Zusammenarbeit zwischen verschiedenen Akteuren: Kirchen, Gewerkschaften, NGOs und öffentliche Institutionen.
Das Projekt wurde in Bremen mit einem Treffen aller Partner und Multiplikatoren vor Ort am 28. August 2011 öffentlich vorgestellt. Weiterhinwurden Forschungsarbeiten in Bremen und in allen vier Partnerstädten unternommen, um über Umfang, Schwerpunkte, Risikogruppen und die Bedürfnisse der Opfers gesicherte Erkenntnis zu gewinnen. Im Februar 2012 fanden Seminare für Multiplikatoren unter Jugendlichen statt, um das Wissen über Gefahren und mögliche Strategien für die Hilfe die Opfer unter den Lehrern, Sozialarbeitern und freiwilligen Helfern in der Jugend-Hilfe-und Bildungsarbeit zu verbreiten. Eine Sensibilisierungskampagne nutzte die Berufsorientierungstage und die Europawochen in Bremen, um Jugendliche selbst über die Problematik des Menschenhandels und konkrete Gefahren zu informieren..
Seit Januar 2012 gibt es ein regelmäßiges Beratungsangebot im "Haus der Diakonie" (dienstags) und unsere Beraterin kann zusätzlich über Handy (0176/163 84 001) werden.
Während einer-Workshopreihe in Rumänien und Deutschland haben sich die vier Beratungsstellen ausgetauscht über Erfahrungen und bewährte Praktiken.
Eine europäische Konferenz in Bukarest auf dem EU-Tag gegen den Menschenhandel (16-18. Oktober 2012) wird mit der Nationalen Agentur gegen den Menschenhandel organisiert und im rumänischen Parlament stattfinden.
Citizen of Europe Project (2010-2011)
New Direction in Voluntary Action and Community Engagement - Real Participation- Empowerment
The aim of this study project by Eurodiaconia and International Academy for Diaconia and Social Action, Central & Eastern Europe, o.p.s (interdiac): is to offer a space to share experience and sharpen the understanding of community engagement in Diaconia and Christian social action, in a broad European context and to create a network and platform for further developments in the field. Participants from at least 13 countries, with different starting points and experiences share and explore the role played by youth, social & diaconal workers in community development, approaches we can learn from, in order to promote community participation and the engagement of young people in community development and how the strengths and gifts of volunteers and activists can be recognised and enhanced.
Until now, a kick-off at Brussels and two study visits with participants form Diakonisches Werk Bremen were organized to Helsinki and ?esky Tešin. See here for a report about the last meeting by Ann-Kathrin Laschewski (in German).
Health and Culture (2013)
Projects in the fight against obesity in the Euromediterranean region
Health, health risks and healthy living are deeply related to the cultural background of every person. We understand “health” not only as absence of sickness but holistically in the sense of the WHO definition as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. Possibilities to express feelings and ideas, to exercise body and soul and to realize dreams and hopes which are given to a culture and inside of a culture are important factors in health, preventing sickness, and promoting rehabilitation and resilience.
Obesity is a typical contemporaneous health risk – and a good example for the connection between culture, health-risk as well as health –improvement strategies. It is, as our contributions show, strongly related to the way and the things we eat and drink, the concepts and possibilities for outdoor activities and physical exercise, the political situation of a community and cultural traditions. Women and girls are affected differently than men and boys, often having more limited options to take care of their health. Obesity also sheds light on the role that socio-economic status, education, employment and an enabling environment in the form of support systems play for an individual’s and a group’s health status.
We offer a publication for download, which includes contributions from Germany (Diakonisches Werk Bremen and the Health Training center fo the DIAKO hospital, Gesundheitsimpulse) about a training program for “strong kids”, Israel (The Galilee Society, doing work among the Arab population of Israel) about findings about the special health and obesity risk of this part fo the population and Mauretania (the Human Rights organisation AMAPROD) aqbout the situation of Mauretainian women in general. All organisations are members of the national networks of the Anna Lindh Foundation.