The project is implemented in a partnership of NGOs and public organizations from Slovenia and a Norwegian partner:
- Institute for Research, Education and Sustainable Development Celje, Slovenia (Zavod za raziskave, izobraževanje in trajnostni razvoj, Celje)
- University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Department of Neurology, Slovenia (Univerzitetni klinični center Ljubljana, Klinični oddelek za bolezni živčevja)
- Association for help with Dementia – Spominčica Šentjur, Slovenia (Združenje zahodnoštajerske pokrajine za pomoč pri demenci Spominčica Šentjur)
- Social Work Centre Celje, Slovenia (Center za socialno delo Celje)
- Elderly home Savinja Celje, Slovenia (Dom ob Savinji Celje)
- Stavanger University Hospital, Norway (Stavanger Universitetssjukehus)
The institute was established in 2008 in order to implement research and development on field of social sciences, society, humanities, implementation of non-formal education for people from vulnerable target groups, support activities for education, counselling on field of social sciences, entrepreneurship development and other forms of counselling and education according to market needs. The institute cooperated successfully in projects financed by European funds under various programmes. It cooperates in projects, in which it tries to influence on active inclusion of various vulnerable target groups in decision-making processes. Furthermore, it implements information and promotion activities and organization of events, educations, transnational workshops and other activities.
The institute is qualified for implementation of programmes focusing on integration of various target groups, intergenerational integration and trainings. It has tight cooperation with public and private organizations in Slovenia and organizations in EU member states on different programmes and projects.
Research is led by prof. Zvezdan Pirtošek, MD, PhD, who is the Head of the Department of Neurology. The research team consist of 14 employed doctors (12 neurologists, 1 psychiatrist and 1 physician), 2 young researches and 1 assistant. There are five research laboratories. In 2011 3.894 patients were included in research activities, of those 1.984 in extra hospital services an 1.910 in inpatient service. The main group of patients are suffering from cognitive disorders (dementia), movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and autonomic dysfunctions.
The Association of West-Styria province for help with Dementia, Spominčica Šentjur, is a volunteer, autonomous, humanitarian, non-profit and nongovernmental association of natural persons, who group because of actions which are directly or indirectly related to support patients and their relatives in mitigating the effects of dementia, which is the most common chronic progressive brain disease in old age.
Association’s actions are aimed at: improving the quality of life for people with dementia and their family members (through self-help groups),
improving knowledge of the disease among family members of patients with dementia (through organization of education programmes), improving public’s knowledge about early signs of the dementia (through organization of lectures for the public), awareness raising of the public and organizations responsible for problems among patients and their relatives and society in general caused by the disease (cooperation with the media, professional meetings etc.) and searching for possibilities of cooperation with similar domestic and foreign associations and organizations (through making contacts, organization of professional trips etc.).
Social Work Centre Celje is a public institute, which carries out social welfare activities in the area of administrative unit Celje for 4 municipalities: Celje, Štore, Vojnik and Dobrna. Following are its activities: exercise of public authorities, social prevention services, first social aid services, family help at home and, organization of community actions for socially endangered groups of citizens. The centre employs 52 professionals.
Social Work Centre is responsible for tasks relating exercising public authorities on following areas of work: child and family protection, adult protection, exemption from the payment for services, financial social assistance, family benefit and, insurance for parental protection.
The implementation of social welfare services: first social aid, personal aid and family help at home.
The centre also performs other tasks such as: coordination in a local network of plural programmes of social assistance, regional coordination for treatment of violence, regional coordination for implementation of alternative sentence and other measures in general benefit and regional coordination of treatment in the community.
Furthermore, it has internal organizational unit. This is the Crisis Centre for Young, which is a safe house for children and adolescents until 18 years of age who find themselves in trouble.
Elderly home Savinja is the central social welfare institution, established in 1973, which provides different programmes and services for elderly in a wider region of Celje. The home has two units located in two linking facilities with a total capacity of 250 beds. Services are classified in two pillars: institutional care and services in the users’ living environment.
With a diverse offer of services it tries to get closer to users’ wishes and thus raise the quality of life of citizens in a wider social environment. Its mission is to identify the needs and desires of residents and users of the Home Help Centre. The home cooperates with residents, their relatives, employees and volunteers in many different ways so that they can get a feeling of it as own home. They follow the wishes of the environment, monitor the health guidelines and educate employees. Each new situation is considered as a challenge, which is tackled with a sense and thought of all those participating.
Stavanger University Hospital was established more than 80 years ago. Today, it has more than 7.300 employees and offers health services to more than 330.000 inhabitants. The main hospital is located in Stavanger, but it has several clinics and health centres, including prehospital units, scattered across a larger geographical area. The hospital treats and cares about 46.000 people each year.
The hospital runs several centres of expertise and provides a number of specialized functions at both, national and regional level. It is working with local authorities to provide holistic and appropriate treatment to its patients. Their specialists provide guidance and advice to doctors, and admit patients with special conditions from all over Norway. They conduct extensive medical training and research. Research is one of the hospital’s four main duties alongside treating patients, training health workers and providing training and support for patients and their next-of-kin.
Bolnišnica vodi več strokovnih centrov in nudi številne specialistične dejavnosti tako na nacionalni kot regionalni ravni. Z namenom nudenja celostne in ustrezne obravnave pacientov sodeluje z lokalnimi organi. Njihovi strokovnjaki zdravnikom nudijo smernice in nasvete ter sprejemajo paciente iz vse Norveške. Poleg tega izvaja obširna usposabljanja na področju medicine in raziskave. Področje raziskav je tesno vpeto v poslovanje Stavanger University Hospital, saj je eno izmed štirih glavnih dejavnosti bolnišnice, poleg zdravljenja pacientov, usposabljanja zdravstvenega osebja in nudenja usposabljanja in podpore tako pacientom kot njihovim svojcem.