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W13 is an OCMW association of the 13 OCMWs in South West Flanders and the CAW South West Flanders. W13 was founded in 2015 with the aim of conducting a joint social welfare and care policy for the region.

Main Areas of  Work

  • Children and young people
  • Children at risk of social exclusion
  • Homeless
  • Elderly
  • People with addiction
  • People with physical disabilities
  • People with mental disabilities
  • Mental health
  • Public Health
  • Social justice
  • People who are socially vulnerable
  • People in situations of difficulty or precarity
  • Migrants
  • Beneficiaries of minimum income
  • Poverty

Responsibilities/ Services

  • Providing social services
  • Transformation of care models
  • Promotion of systemic change
  • Role of the social worker
  • Issuing of guidelines and policies for the district’s councils
  • Training of social welfare workforce
  • Maintaining networks for managers and social workers
  • Management of public nursing homes and day centres for the elderly
  • Home care services for the elderly and dependent people
  • Residential services for victims of gender-based violence
  • Socio-educational services for children at risk of social exclusion
  • Specialised intervention services as meeting points for children, victims of violence, and their families
  • Consulting services and specialised studies for local governments regarding elderly facilities
  • Assistance in cases of energy poverty
  • Fostering cooperation with non-governmental organisations and the promotion of social volunteering
  • Research/ identifying and monitoring of social problems
  • Representing and defending interests of their members

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