Case study 'Fighting the impact of the economic crisis'
Last year Volkshilfe Hellas launched the municipal advisory and support structure in the municipality of Daphne-Imittos (central-southern Attica) as a pilot project. It is aimed at combating the impact of the Greek economic crisis through counselling by volunteers, on legal, psychological, work and financial issues.
Volkshilfe Hellas is a Social Enterprise, founded in May 2013. It works in the social economy field, within Greece’s institutional framework. It coordinates its actions together with strategic partners, in order to support cooperation with other social partners, the vulnerable groups in Greek society.
Since it began its activities, it has provided at least 10 tons of humanitarian aid (clothing, baby food, medical supplies and hospital equipment) for vulnerable groups, thanks to the cooperation of municipalities and civil society organisations. Collecting the aid has been made possible thanks to the excellent voluntary services of the organisation’s partner Volkshilfe in Austria, the civil society groups’ awareness and understanding of the crisis that Greece has been going through in the last few years, the generous offers of big European companies, as well as the free services provided by logistics companies.
Through genuine solidarity and support for these vulnerable groups, Volkshilfe Hellas helps Greek families, immigrants and unemployed youths and adults cope with the many difficulties they face.