Cáritas Diocesana de Coimbra

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Cáritas Diocesana de Coimbra is a social non-profit organization (NGO) that supports people and communities in five districts of the Central Region of Portugal. It has nearly 90 centres (with 129 different services), 1000 workers and 150 volunteers and supports around 25000 people/year with social, health, education and pastoral care.

Cáritas Coimbra is actively involved in many regional, national and international projects and partners with local universities and schools, receiving several internships every year. It is a member of the UE Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition , the Strategic Council and group 4 of RIS3 Centro - smart specialization strategy and coordinates the Portuguese ecosystem of ECHAlliance.

It is a founding member and current Vice-President of the European Covenant on Demographic Change and Main Coordinator of group D4 of the EIP-AHA – Age-friendly Buildings, Cities and Environments.

Cáritas Coimbra is also Coordinator of the Stakeholders Network SHAFE - Smart Healthy Age-friendly Environments, approved by the EC in 2018 and currently hosted in the HPP and Coordinator of the Portuguese Network on Smart, Inclusive and Age-Friendly Environments.

Cáritas Coimbra has been specifically active, at a European level, on the matching between digitalization and end-user needs (both primary as secondary end-users) and therefore has developed high skills on the assessment and compliance of Ethical issues and constraints; on usability and easiness of use for people in frail conditions (e.g. older adults); and on the development and evaluation of pilots of digital tools. The other main strategic area is the co-creation and broad implementation of smart healthy age-friendly environments across Europe, with a specific focus on citizen engagement and policy advocacy, towards the development of wide and consensual actions that address the societal challenges associated to demographic change.


A few examples of projects:

Its main intervention areas are; Education; leisure and curricular activities; Health; Social Support; Family and Community; Children and Youth at Risk; Ageing; HIV/AIDS; Addiction; Homelessness; Community Intervention; Migrants; Social risk; Training; Summer camps and Social Tourism.

It also has the statutory objective, among others, to develop research activities, with the certainty of its importance for the social transformation necessary for the development of its mission.

Smartwork | 2019-2021 (H2020 RIA - Digital transformation in Health and Care)

Phara-On | 2019-2023 (H2020 IA - Trusted digital solutions and Cybersecurity in Health&Care)

Valuecare | 2019-2022 (H2020 IA - Digital transformation in Health and Care)

Platform Uptake | 2020-2022 (H2020 CSA - Digital transformation in Health and Care)

Dapas | 2018-2020 (AAL Programme - AAL support packages distributed in a larger scale)

Toilet4me2 | 2020-2022 (AAL Programme - personalized toilet facilities for older adults)

Diana | 2020-2022 (AAL Programme)

Lifebots | 2019-2022 (Marie-Curie H2020)

EU_SHAFE | 2019-2023 (Interreg Europe)

Avik | 2018-2021 (Erasmus+)

Hands-on Shafe | 2019-2022 (Erasmus+)

IGCAL | 2019-2022 (Erasmus+)

TriploD | 2019-2022 (Programa Cidadãos Ativos – EEA Grants)

ReHab | 2018-2019 (BPI Séniores)

Jumpair | 2018-2019 (SME instrument H2020)

GrowMeUp | 2015-2018 (H2020)