We are delighted to announce the shortlisted programmes and organisations for the European Social Services Awards 2020.

Entries to this year’s European Social Services Awards (ESSA) came from numerous impressive projects across Europe and beyond, and we look forward to opening the online vote on Thursday 5 November that will give an opportunity to the public to celebrate social services, express their views and help select the winners for each category.

After a thorough evaluation, the 2020 ESSA selection panel shortlisted 30 entries, six per each of the five categories that conform the Awards.

Discover the ESSA shortlist and get ready to support colleagues working in social services  through the online vote next week.


2020 European Social Services Awards Shortlisted programmes and organisations:  

​​​​​​​Social Services Innovation

  1. SESOSGI Gipuzkoa Social and Health Services, Spain: ‘OKencasa’
  2. Fostering First, Ireland: ‘Chatter Matters Young People's Forum’
  3. Szeretet Szocialis Otthon of Somogy County, Hungary: ‘Community innovation in Berzence’
  4. Madrid City Council, Spain: ‘La quinta Cocina’
  5. Do not forget meHouse, Slovakia: ‘Forget-me-not’
  6. Cultural Association la Kalle, Spain: ‘Fablabteka, Digital lab for young people’.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Outstanding team

  1. Youth Advocate Programme Ireland: ‘YAP Ireland’
  2. Vilnius Municipality, Lithuania: ‘ Valakampiai social services home for people with intellectual disabilities’
  3. URIHO, Croatia:- Vocational rehabilitation and employment of persons with disabilities,  in the context of Covid-19’
  4. Northern Ireland Social Care Council, United Kingdom: ‘Digital Resources to Support the Social Care Workforce during Covid-19’
  5. Simon Community Scotland, United Kingdom: ‘Ending rough sleeping during lockdown’
  6. Foundation for Social Welfare Services, Malta: ‘Teen Outside the Box’

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Collaborative Practice

  1. Municipality of Esbjerg, Denmark: ‘United in Psychiatry’
  2. Counselling Centre for Migrants in Vienna, Austria
  3. CRESCER, Portugal: ‘É um restaurante’
  4. Foundation Cepaim, Spain: ‘Housing Solidarity Network’
  5. Third Sector Platform of Catalonia, Spain: ‘Development of Digital Transformation Plans in Third Sector organisations’
  6. Regional Health & Social Care Board, United Kingdom: ‘Regional Children's Multi-Agency Secure Care Panel’

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Research Project

  1. Welfare Department, Riga City Council, Latvia: ‘Evaluation of social rehabilitation programmes for young people with behavioural problems’
  2. National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) Wales, United Kingdom: ‘Unity Project’
  3. Boeblingen County Youth Welfare Service, Germany: ‘The voice of care leavers - Improvement strategy for community services’
  4. Valencia Institute of Social Services IVAFIQ, Spain: ‘Rethinking Social Services: Social Services Laboratories’
  5. Network of European Foundations, Belgium: ‘Transnational Forum on Integrated Community Care (TransForm)’
  6. School of social workers of Peru, Lima, Peru: ‘Social educational project for  social work interventions with native and indigenous communities’

Technology Tool

  1. Department of Social Services, Faroe Islands: ‘The complete interface’
  2. Hoplr, Belgium: ‘Social network for community service and care’
  3. Regional Ministry of Social Rights and Welfare, Asturias, Spain: ‘SisVAT-COVID19: Surveillance and Early Detection System for care homes’
  4. SCVO, United Kingdom: ‘mPower’
  5. Research & Development Centre in Care and Social Work, Linköping, Sweden: ‘Evikomp’
  6. Agency for Sustainable Operational Social Protection (DOST Agency), Azerbaijan: ‘Life with Rights and Dignity’​​​​​​​


We would like to thank the 80+l entrants for submitting your proposal for the European Social Services Awards and congratulate the shortlisted projects and organisations.

Remember, online voting will open on Thursday 5 November but in the meantime have a look at our short presentation of the shortlisted projects on the ESSA website.

Information on the ceremony announcing the winners will follow in future editions of our newsletters so watch the space.

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