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Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, based in Lisbon, is a corporation governed by private law with recognized public utility, oversight by the Ministry of Social Affairs and funded by the revenue of the lottery games in Portugal. Since 1498, SCML pursues its original mission - improve the quality of life of the citizens, by managing all social policies related to children, youth, adults, families and older people, with particular emphasis on population groups who are in difficulties (disability, dependency needs, poverty). 

Areas of Intervention

  • Children and young people
  • Families
  • Older people 
  • People with disabilities
  • Homeless
  • Victims of domestic abuse
  • Community development
  • People in situation of poverty or social exclusion
  • Mental health
  • Digitalisation
  • Partnership, networking and integrated intervention
  • Collaboration, co-governance and co-design
  • Social innovation
  • Health care
  • Integration of Health and Social Action
  • Community care
  • Social Integration Income
  • Foster care

Responsibilities/ Services

  • Promoting human development, social integration, socioeconomic support and assistance to vulnerable individuals and families
  • Providing health care and social support to older people
  • Management of nursing homes and day centres for older people
  • Home care services for older and dependent people
  • Supporting families with children and young people
  • Providing community care for vulnerable people
  • Supporting the homeless
  • Promoting and protecting children and young people
  • Providing childcare and education
  • Welcoming immigrants and minority groups
  • Providing healthcare
  • Supporting people with disabilities and special needs
  • Providing vocational training and professional insertion for young people and adults
  • Promoting community development
  • Finding new social answers and strengthening trust between groups and institutions.
  • Training of social welfare workforce
  • Residential services for victims of domestic violence
  • Child protection
  • Telecare
  • Fostering cooperation with non-governmental organisations
  • Promotion of social volunteering.
Santa Casa da Misericordia de Lisboa