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Save the Date! The Final Conference of Ad-PHS will be held remotely on the 10th of December
SAVE THE DATE! After two years of work, the Advancing Personal and Household Services (Ad-PHS) project reached its end, so it is time to discuss its results. The final conference will be held remotely on the 10th of December of 2020 from 14.00 to 17.15 Find here the registration linkhttps://us02web.zoom.us/.../tZcsdO2uqD4qHtDyI680hyZQYN1kF... During the event, it will be possible to dive into the importance and the challenges of Personal and Household Services through inte…
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Ad-PHS COVID Survey is available!
📣The European Ad-PHS project is currently circulating a COVID survey available in nine languages designed to better comprehend the situation experienced by stakeholders involved in Personal and Household services at national and local levels in the many Member States. Filling in this questionnaire is an opportunity to report on the situation, thereby improving our knowledge of the crisis's effects and informing the policy response at the EU and national levels.➡️The Ad-PHS project has, as its m…
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Save the Date! The 28th edition of the European Social Services Conference will take place in Hamburg on 30 June – 2 July 2021.
 Save the New Date! Presenting our Partners: Using social vouchers for inclusion programmes  With experience in the implementation of social support programmes in more than 20 countries, ESN partner, Edenred ,  tells us about the use of social vouchers for the implementation of welfare support programmes notably through the support of targeted spending. Targeted spending and social welfare in support of socially inclusive recovery Covid-19 responses have had a significant social and economic im…
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Call for tender: The short-term impact and policy response of COVID-19 for the PHS sectors
🗣📣 The European Ad-PHS project is actively looking for a Researcher/Research team to gather data and produce a report containing an overview, contextualization, and analysis of the various measures taken by multiple EU Member States to address the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the PHS sectors. This will require a combination of desk research and data collection via a survey to be sent out to the networks of the project partners. ➡️ The Ad-PHS project has, as its main objective, the cr…
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Don't miss the Online Summit “Social Services & COVID-19: what role for EU?”
Our project coordinator EASPD is organising the Online Summit “Social Services & COVID-19: what role for EU?” together with all the other European networks of social services (not-for-profit, public, private, employers and trade unions), on Thursday 25th June from 10 to 12 CEST. The event is one last push before the summer break starts & wants to be a show of strength of the importance of social service provision at the European level. For the very first time, a Vice President of the Eu…
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Ad-PHS project COVID19 Statement
The COVID-19 pandemic represents a major and unprecedented challenge with unexpected social and economic consequences. To adapt to these new and challenging times, the Ad-PHS project has reorganised some of its activities. To this end, the project will be extended until December and the final event will take place in Brussels in December. The workshops are rescheduled and are expected to take place in the coming months. Most of them will be organised online. The partners of the Ad-PHS …
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"Personal and Household Services (PHS) Policies and Instruments: State of Play in the 21 EU Member States" is online
The report "Personal and Household Services (PHS) Policies and Instruments: State of Play in the 21 EU Member States“ considers the state of the PHS sectors across 21 EU Member States. It summarises why PHS should play an important role in the European Union agenda and presents examples of successful policies and instruments currently in use in various Member States. By analysing how the PHS sectors function in different institutional contexts, it suggests approaches for supporting thei…
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Ad-PHS project’s workshop in Luxembourg
The Luxembourg workshop organized by the European federation for family employment and home care (EFFE), partner of the Ad-PHS project, took place on December 5th 2019 in the premises of the Permanent representation of the European Commission in Luxembourg. Several stakeholders from the PHS sector were able to give their feedback on the situation in Luxembourg and share good practices of their organizations. The meeting gathered representants from: The EC in Luxembourg DG Empl…
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COVID-19 - IDWF Statement on Protecting Domestic Workers Rights and Fighting the Coronavirus Pandemic
The new coronavirus disease outbreak has been impacting all lives for more than 3 months. Take a look on the Statement on Protecting Domestic Workers Rights and Fighting the Coronavirus Pandemic issued by the International Domestic Workers Federation. 📰Read the full article here: https://idwfed.org/en/updates/global-idwf-statement-on-protecting-domestic-workers-rights-and-fighting-the-coronavirus-pandemic
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EASPD Webinar: Ensuring Staff Continuity in Social Services during the COVID-19 pandemic
Across Europe (and the world), social service providers are struggling in dealing with the crisis, in particular regarding how to guarantee both the continuity of essential care & support services and ensure that social workers can continue to work as safely and healthily as possible.  Professionals in social services provide day-to-day care and support to millions of people in Europe, many of whom are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.   This webinar will bring together experts who will pres…
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The upcoming workshops planned for next week !!!
The Ad-PHS workshops go ahead. The Workshops will bring together the various stakeholders at national level from both care and non-care services, e.g. public authorities, service providers, trade unions, employers, academics and researchers, user organisations, training institutions, etc., to improve the knowledge of PHS policies and to share promising practices. The upcoming workshops planned for next week are: Slovakia (EASPD) – 10/03/2020 Slovenia (Diesis Network) – 10/…
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Ad-PHS newsflash - February 2020
What’s coming next for the Ad-PHS project? In the coming weeks, several national workshops will take place in countries with less advanced or no PHS policies. The upcoming workshops are planned as follow: Czech Republic (EASPD) – 19/02/2020 Estonia (EFFE) – 21/02/2020 Slovakia (EASPD) – 10/03/2020 Bulgaria (Diesis Network) – 18/03/2020 Slovenia (Diesis Network) – 10/03/2020 Austria (EFFAT)- 12/03/2020 Poland (Uni Europa) – 25/03/2020 Hungary (Uni Europa) – 26/03/2…
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Workshop on Personal and Household Services (PHS) in Finland
In the context of the Project ‘Advancing Personal and Household Services (Ad-PHS)’ co-funded by the European Union (Grant Agreement VP/2018/013/0003), we kindly invite you to the national Workshop in Finland on 16 March 2020 from 9 am to 4 pm at Helsinki Congress Paasitorni, Paasivuorenkatu 5A, 00530 Helsinki, www.paasitorni.fi. The Workshop will bring together the various stakeholders at national level from both care and non-care services, e.g. public authorities, service providers, tr…
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Save the Date: upcoming workshops!
Ad-PHS proposes ten national events (workshops & seminars) in countries with less advanced or no PHS policies to present, discuss and promote PHS reports and targeted guidance on the identified practices. The upcoming workshops are planned for the comings weeks: Romania on 11th February 2020 organised by EASPD and DIZABNET The Czech Republic on 19th February 2020 organised by EASPD and UZS Slovakia on 10th March 2020EASPD & Tenenet for more info concerning th…
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Check out what technology can do for the homecare system!
Providing a new analysis about the struggling state of social care in the UK, the following article suggests three key opportunities for using technology: digitalisation, data, and the use of devices. "Digitalisation, Data, And Devices Are Transforming Social Care" 📰Read the full article here:https://disruptionhub.com/digitalisation-data-devices-transforming-social-care/ From robot seals to a bevy of new platforms, technology is reshaping the PHS sector is the main topic explored in the fol…
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Learn more from ...ETUI Health and Safety at Work magazine
The Autumn Winter 2019 ETUI Health and Safety at Work magazine focuses on Migrant Workers in a Fortress Europe. In this regard, two articles focus namely on the precarious and exploitative working conditions that female migrant domestic workers must endure. The article drafted by Aurélie Decker (Director of the European Federation for Services to Individuals) and Jean-François Lebrun (Personal services specialist) – The status of migrant female domestic workers in Europe: time for an o…
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Ad-PHS project: upcoming workshops!
The ‘Advancing Personal and Household Services’ (Ad-PHS) project has organised several national workshops, and many more to come! Six national workshops held in the past few months These national workshops took place in countries with advanced PHS policies: Belgium (May 6), Ireland (May 30), Germany (June 17), Spain (June 26), France (July 1), and Italy (September 13). On these occasions, partners and stakeholders explored the PHS sector in their respective countries. During the …
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What’s new with the Ad-PHS project? We’re now working on the guidelines!
The ‘Advancing Personal and Household Services’ (Ad-PHS) project goes ahead! The final results of the project will include, among others, several guidelines: One Guideline for developing social dialogue structures in PHS (English and 17 local languages); One Guideline for developing service voucher systems (English and 17 local languages); One Guideline for developing professional profiles (English and 17 local languages); One Guideline for evaluating rights and obligations of stak…
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Follow-up on the future of Personal and Household Services: workshop on Belgium in May
Upcoming workshops In the framework of the ‘Advancing Personal and Household Services (Ad-PHS)’, the European Federation for Services to Individuals (EFSI) organises the national workshop on Belgium on the 6th of May 2019 in Brussels. The workshop will focus on understanding the current state of the sector in Belgium and the gathering of best practice examples. In particular, participants will be invited to discuss stakeholders’ rights and obligations, as well as the development …
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New Project on the future of Personal and Household Services!
Various societal developments are leading to the growing demand for personal and household services (PHS). Currently PHS account for about 8 million jobs in the EU (4% of total employment). Care activities (e.g. childcare, assistance to older people and persons with disabilities, etc.) make up 63% of PHS. The remaining 37% are non-care activities (e.g. cleaning, cooking, laundry, etc.). As the importance of Personal and Household services is growing, there is also a growing need to de…
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