Hela Människan is a charitable organisation that combines thousands of volunteers and more than 400 employees in its prevention, treatment and rehabilitation work.
A society in which a person can live a worthwhile life – be truly human - is a key concept of the Christian faith. The ecumenical life demonstrates brotherly care and compassion, and a will to treat people with respect and solidarity.
We will listen to ”those who don’t fit in” and who end up being marginalised and therefore need support to be able to break away from their isolation.
Hela Människan is under the responsibility of the churches and is thereby an ecumenical organisation with considerable experience of social work in hundreds of places.
The local work is characterised by the open activities, often called Ria. It leads to very varied activities. Examples of this variation are to prevent, care for and rehabilitate when there is a question of abuse and psychological dysfunction, provide adult support for children, support in work training and support in living, support in being released from incarceration and special work for women, field work (schools, leisure environments, institutions), moulding of public opinion and project support through the EU Ecumenical Office.
A worthwhile and dignified life
The face of society is changing at a rapid rate. We change living conditions under the guise of technical and economic development, but not always for the better. It can be difficult to see the meaning of this development when for some people it actually leads to inadequate care and to our phasing out the worthwhile and dignified face of society.
A phasing out that leads to human life in poverty and social misery has no support in a Christian, humanitarian view of life and the social community.
A society where people can live a worthwhile and dignified life – be a true person – is a key concept of the Christian faith. A deep respect for true humanity is based on the fact that man and the whole creation are sacred. Life is sacrosanct.
A homeless woman expresses her feelings in an expert statement on homeliness: “Feel at home? Nowhere! I feel like a butterfly, just fluttering around.” Her answer ”Nowhere!” is shared by thousands of people in Sweden and bears witness to the direction that today’s society risks taking – towards a less worthy society.
At Hela Människan, we try to create a you-me relationship with the fellow human beings whom we meet, an eye-to-eye relationship, not a perspective looking down from above in which we make plans for and control people.
A keyword in our activities is diacony, which means service (from the Greek word diakonein, to serve). The ecumenical life demonstrates brotherly care and compassion, and a will to treat people with respect and solidarity.
Diacony is an expression of the way in which the Christian churches take responsibility for society and form a part of the growing social economy. It is important for Hela Människan to be organised independently from the public sector in order to also constitute a critical voice in society.
Hela Människan is a charitable organisation that combines a major input from volunteers with employees in prevention, treatment and rehabilitation work.
Who listens… to ”those who don’t fit in”?
People whom Hela Människan assist are often perceived as ”those who don’t fit in”. Many close their eyes to the fact that some people are physically and psychologically ill, end up marginalised and therefore need support to be able to break away from their isolation.
Hela Människan looks to meet each visitor at an eye-to-eye level and listen to her (sic) life story with genuine interest, all in order to seek rehabilitation and release into a worthwhile and dignified life, to gain a greater understanding of people in difficult situations and be able to prevent, deal with and rehabilitate, to use their experiences to gain the strength to have an influence on society.
We collect resources
We go from words to action
We influence debate
Hela Människan’s work for more worthwhile and dignified living conditions is based on well developed quality work. We can therefore use our resources effectively so that they benefit individuals. Our activity is made up of three areas: Diaconal mobilisation, Diaconal action and Diaconal moulding of public opinion.
We coordinate resources from our overseers to implement common diaconal efforts and to lead a socio-political dialogue. Hela Människan contributes specialist competence concerning drugs and other social areas. We formulate strategies to reach vulnerable people and people in vulnerable areas. The volunteers’ contributions are an indispensable part of that work.
We refine and continuously develop the organisation’s view of human vulnerability and the socio-political consequences. Our quality model develops guidelines and activities based on local experiences and needs. We hold further education and seminars based on a long-term strategy. Above all, our actions are performed at local level. We are there to provide support.
Diaconal Moulding of public opinion
We want to make the whole of humanity visible. Day-to-day experiences of thousands of meetings and changing living conditions form the basis for our moulding of public opinion. We contribute to the public debate by raising awareness of the vulnerability of fellow human beings and, with our collective experience, suggest reasonable ways out of difficult life situations. We also communicate information between those who are active in Hela Människan and overseers, authorities, politicians, researchers, the media and other charitable organisations.