Comprehensive Social Services for Children and Young people with Disabilities in Stara Lubovna

Project completed

The project „comprehensive social services for children and young people with disabilities in the region of Stara Lubovna” (18’000 inhabitants) enhances the health and integration of severely disabled children. The applicant is an NGO, the Presov Greek Catholic Charity, which will implement the main following activities, (i): recruitment and training of staff; (ii): efforts for rehabilitation; (iii): creation of a Day Centre; (iv): transport services; (v): set-up of sheltered workshops and (vi): employment service for disabled youth.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Improving social security
Social services for specific target groups
27.01.2012 - 30.04.2017
CHF 1'113'000

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.


Lack of appropriate social services (prevention, treatment, social integration) and very low acceptance of disabled people makes Slovakia a long way from European standards. The district in the region of Stara Lubovna has very limited capacities to offer adequate social services to the 310 children and 227 young people with disabilities, although it is a major target among vulnerable groups.


The project aims to improve the quality of life of children and young people with disabilities (and their families) in the region through the coordination and strengthening of the institutional network of social services.
Specific objectives are:(i): Increased access to social services; (ii): Increased quality and scope of social services and employment opportunities provided; (iii): Increased acceptance of disabled people in Stara Lubovna and in Eastern Slovakia region.

Target groups

Children and young people with disabilities (and their families)


Activities shall lead to the fulfilment of the project objectives. They are mainly: (i): Training, consultation and information provided to disabled young people, to their families and to the general public; (ii): Services/therapies for disabled children and young people developed in the Rehabilitation Centre; (iii): Establishment of social counselling services; (iv): Transport services to disabled children and young people; (v): Joint programme with employment agency and social services to provide subsidized employment and housing; (vi): networking, information and lobbying activities for the recognition and acceptance of disabled children and young people.


Achieved results:  

  • The construction of 177 m2 of new premises for clients started
  • 57 employees (target value: 52) upgraded their professional qualification in the social area, out of which additional 2 (total during the project: 9) obtained experiences from foreign professional internship.
  • The number of clients who used social services in the facility increased from 393 to 409 clients (target value: increase from 191 to 208 clients) in comparison to 2010.
  • 40 (target value: 38) joint activities with the healthy population were organised in the scope of the project.
  • Social services providers are able to deliver extended services to children and young people with disabilities.
  • Professional staff is operational.
  • Children and young people with disabilities have access to the Rehabilitation Centre as well as to the Daily Centre.
  • Transportation facilities are available.
  • 36 handicapped children served by the facility
  • 31 joint activities with the healthy population organized
  • Transportation service for 74 handicapped persons was provided with 2 vehicles procured within the project and 100% of these persons were satisfied with the provided service. 

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign state institution
  • National State Institute North

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   1'113'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   1'075'046
Project phases

Phase 1 27.01.2012 - 30.04.2017   (Completed)