16 partners organsations
Increase the use of ESF+ and ERDF
As a result of the growing need for care and support characterising present time, demand for quality social services is constantly increasing. Despite their crucial role, it is widely acknowledged that, nowadays, social services are facing important challenges, such as chronic underfunding, staff shortages and challenges in transitioning to community-based and person-centred forms of services. EU funds, particularly ESF+ (European Social Fund Plus) and ERDF (the European Regional Development Fund), can create key opportunities to overcome these obstacles. However, too often social services struggle to benefit from these funds for 3 main reasons:
In addition to this, managing authorities often face difficulties in using EU funds to finance high quality social inclusion projects. The HELPDESK project aims to address and solve these issues and to offer concrete solutions to both social service providers and authorities.
Promoting capacity building and awareness raising about ESF+, ERDF & React EU (and other relevant EU funds) about how such funds can better support effective social services interventions.