CÁRITAS COIMBRA – WHO ARE WE?
Cáritas Diocesana de Coimbra is a social non-profit organization that supports people and communities in five districts of the Central Region of Portugal.
It has 87 centres (with 149 different services), 1000 workers and 150 volunteers and supports around 26500 people/year with social, health, education and pastoral care.
It’s main intervention areas are:
- Education; Health
- Social Support
- Family and Community
- Children and Youth at Risk
- Ageing/older support
- Community Intervention
- Migrants and refugees
- Summer camps
- Social Tourism
This work is annually organized by sector of activity or area of expertise, creating joint plans for each scope of the intervention and the different directors in each area meet regularly to coordinate their activities and guidelines. Employees working in the different areas of intervention are people with many years of professional experience and specific training.
Cáritas Coimbra is actively involved in many regional, national and international projects and partners with local universities and schools, receiving several internships every year. Currently, Cáritas Coimbra is a member of Ageing@Coimbra, a EIP-AHA reference site with 3 stars; is a founding member of the European Covenant on Demographic Change, an organisation that aims to gather local, regional and national authorities as well as other stakeholders in order to cooperate and implement evidence-based on age friendly-environments and is a partner/coordinator of the EIP-AHA and coordinator of 2018 EC Thematic Network Smart Healthy Age-friendly Environments.
Cáritas Coimbra supports senior citizens for several decades, with 12 day care centres, 18 home care services, 5 nursing homes, 1 chronic disability / impairment home, 2 long term care units, 1 medical and rehabilitation clinic and 1 summer camp for senior citizens – overall Cáritas supports about 3500 elderly in these services, plus around 4000 people in the medical and rehabilitation clinic (at least half of which are older persons).
Cáritas Coimbra develops work connected to the support of disadvantaged people for several decades, with 1 social support centre, 1 social income program, 2 social canteens; 1 therapeutic community, 1 day care centre, 2 street teams and a social rehabilitation apartment for people with drug abuse problems, 1 centre for people with HIV, 1 centre for homeless people, 2 community centres, 1 reintegration community for women and 1 team for refugee integration supporting overall 8500 people each year.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Cáritas Coimbra promotes education and support to children and youngsters since the 1970’s, with 5 day care centres, 3 kindergarten; 55 leisure activities centres; 1 youth residential home, 1 children at risk care home, 1 youth summer camp; 1 team for prevention and 25 cross-curricular enrichment activities, involving overall near 11.000 people each year.