The European Social Services Conference 2022 (ESSC) in Hamburg aimed to inspire with examples, aspire for change, and dare to dream for better outcomes for children and families, young and older people, migrants, and people with mental health problems or disabilities. The event focuses on rethinking the planning, implementation, and evaluation of community-based social services with new tools and means. Increasingly, social policies aim to transform health and social services to reach people in their homes and communities. The focus has also shifted to early, effective interventions for children and their families, young people, and partnerships with people with long-term health conditions and their families. Therefore, the ESSC was an invitation to rethink recovery to ensure that no one is left behind. Public authorities, professionals, and care providers joined a discussion on re-shaping social services to help the people they support lead better lives within their communities.
On the 10th of June, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg invited ESSC participants to visit the EU_SHAFE good practice example strengthening social inclusion with a specific focus on healthcare in Hamburg. The ‘Health Kiosk’ (Gesundheitskiosk) is situated in the east of Hamburg, which is particularly affected by social inequality, demographic change and shortage in the provision of health care. The integrated approach of the “Health Kiosk'' aims to improve the healthcare of citizens by strengthening the network of social and medical actors and institutions.
In total, 10 people from different countries visited the Good Practice where they had the chance to get insights into the aim, structure, and organizational issues. Overall, the event led by the EU_SHAFE project member Kai Schnackenberg was a great success and created new networks.