Irig, 26th September 2017

Municipality of Irig, together with its project partners Center for Social Work of Irig and Humanitarian organization “Decje srce”, held a closing conference of the project „Improving Social Inclusion of Children and Adults with Disabilities through Introduction of New Community-Based Social Service in Irig Municipality” funded by the European Union to the tune of 161.218,97 Euros.

The project introduced new community-based social services, personal assistance and personal attendance for adults and children with disabilities on the territory of Irig Municipality. These services were provided for 13 users, 8 adults and 5 children and were delivered by 11 new-employed professionals, who were trained by an accredited institution for delivery of this kind of service. The introduction of these services supported social inclusion of children and adults with disabilities, enhanced their capacities to cope with everyday life and improved quality of life of their families and custodians.

This activity is part of the project “European Union Support to Inclusive Society”, financed by the EU with EUR 5.4 million, and implemented by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs.

President of Irig Municipality, Mr Stevan Kazimirovic, emphasized that this was a very important project for Irig Municipality, which contributed to the development of society and community in general.

“I want to thank the Delegation of the European Union in Serbia and the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs for recognizing the importance of this project led by the Municipality of Irig, which was realized in cooperation with our partners, Centre for Social Work of Irig and Humanitarian organization “Decje srce”. During project implementation, we managed to provide a great support to vulnerable groups in Irig and help them integrate into society better and easier. We also realized that the demand for the daily community-based services in our municipality is on the high level and we will continue to finance them in the future”, said Mr Stevan Kazimirovic, President of Irig Municipality.

Тhe project also supported the employment of unemployed citizens in Irig Municipality.

 “We are pleased that the project employed eleven unemployed people who were trained to improve their knowledge and experience in providing personal assistant and personal attendant service, which increased their chances of employment in the future. This was also one of the project priorities and we hope that this will serve as an example of good practice to other municipalities in order to increase the percentage of employed working-age population”, said Silvana Lacarac, director of the Centre for Social Work of Irig.

The total eligible costs of the action are EUR 183.203,37, of which 88% are financed by the European Union, while the contribution of Irig Municipality is EUR 21.984,40. The duration of the action was 20 months.

For more information, please contact:
Silvana Lacarac – Coordinator for PA services
Bogdanka Filipovic Lekic – Project Coordinator

The “European Union Support to Inclusive Society”, a project funded by the European Union with EUR 5.4 million, aims to ensure greater social inclusion of vulnerable groups in Serbia such as elderly, children, minorities including Roma and others. Through the project the EU has granted EUR 4.3 million as 28 grants, which will be implemented in 36 cities and municipalities in Serbia by the end of 2017. The projects implemented by the national and provincial social welfare institutions, municipalities and cities, social welfare centers , citizens associations, foundations, educational institutions and public companies will increase the scope and quality of services at the local level in social and health care, housing, education and employment, and thereby strengthen the social inclusion of vulnerable groups.

The project is implemented by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs.

More about the project can be found on www.socijalnainkluzija.rs