The conference “Local community model of social care about citizens perceived through social inclusion of the most marginalized group of persons with mental and intellectual disabilities”

Dear all,


The conference “Local community model of social care about citizens perceived through social inclusion of the most marginalized group of persons with mental and intellectual disabilities” was held on May, the 27th 2015 in Aleksinac, at the hall of Center for Culture.


The conference was attended by representatives of residential institutions, medical services, utility services, Employment bureau, TV stations, as well as representatives of local communities in Serbia, foster parents, and all interested citizens. Attendees were particularly addressed by Nena Darmanović - inspector in social protection, then Dragan Veselinović in front of the Gerontology Center "Jelenac", Sadrjia Hot - social worker from Tutin, Rade Jeremić in front of the Gerontology Centre Knjaževac, as well as foster parents and volunteers. At the Conference the importance of deinstitutionalization process was emphasized and the importance of the return of persons in the community where they were born. Particularly the strategy and detailed project plan was praised, which reflected in the networking of actors with different territories throughout Serbia, which activities were varied but the goal was always the same. At the conference special attention attracted the performance of Zvonko from Sremčica who pointed to his satisfaction and enthusiasm but also impatience with the future transition to a foster family and leaving institutional accommodation.
The conference of the project "Our town is our home" was completed in emphasizing the importance of networking and strengthening the capacity of the local community and the establishment of new social services. Also, it was estimated that the project team implemented all activities at highest level, and laid the foundation in, for all of us, completely new process of deinstitutionalization.

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