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Prevention of Poverty and Exclusion – Promotion of Voluntary Engagement

Continuous poverty and social exclusion, often in more than one generation, cause resignation among many of the people affected by them. They retreat from the social and political life. The social gap between winners in the process of social development and people in precarious living conditions is becoming deeper and deeper. Such a development threatens the cohesion of the entire society. Due to the demographic changes and the accompanying aging of our society the responsibility for the elderly has to be shouldered by fewer and fewer people. The demand for social work activities is growing and the resources of the social security systems provided by the state and the social insurances are limited. This situation will lead to the necessity of voluntary social activities on a larger scale.

  • The GRC promotes appropriate economic living conditions and a good social and cultural infrastructure for children, young people, young adults and families. The costs of all the services and offers, especially those referring to child raising and education, have to be designed in such a way that they are accessible for all citizens.
  • The GRC Aid to Children, Youth and Families focuses its services strictly on the needs of people in disadvantageous living conditions, such as people with disabilities or a migration background endeavouring that these groups benefit from the services at least to the same extent as other population groups do.
  • The GRC Aid to Children, Youth and Families is now increasingly offering visiting social workers. The GRC enables contact by phone and the Internet, especially in the area of family education and counselling, but also in the area of youth welfare services. In such a way, even those people who are less active or due to bad transportation or some handicap are restricted in their mobility, will have better access.
  • The Aid to Children, Youth and Families provides possibilities to people from both the same and from different age groups, with or without a family, with different education, social, ethnic or cultural backgrounds, with or without disabilities, to meet and to work together. It also encourages people to participate in the community by investing their own competences and talents.
  • The GRC encourages various entities in the society to acknowledge voluntary engagement by presenting it, for instance, in school and work reports as well as when allocating social resources or when deploying public facilities.
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