Meeting with the Secretary General of the South Aegean Regional Department of the Association of Social Workers of Greece

The Regional Observatory for Social Inclusion in the South Aegean region, represented by Ms. Kyritsi and Ms. Kourkoumari, held a meeting on Friday, June 24, 2022 at the Community Center of the Municipality of Syros-Ermoupoli with Mr. Ilias Markousis, coordinator of the Community Center and elected Secretary General of the South Aegean Regional Department of the Association of Social Workers of Greece.

 

The Association of Social Workers of Greece was founded in 1955 and is an officially recognized professional-scientific association, while with Law 4488/2017 (A’ 137) it was established as a Legal Entity of Public Law. After the elections held in 2022, it proceeded to set up 13 Regional Departments in the country’s Regions. Mr. Markousis was elected as Secretary General in the South Aegean Regional Department. The main objectives of the Association are, among others, the application of Social Work principles, the improvement of the training of Social Workers, the study and highlighting of social problems, the implementation of actions and interventions with the ultimate goal of raising public awareness, but also the achievement of social change in our country.

 

First, a quick briefing by Mr. Markousis took place on the purpose and operation of the Association of Social Workers of Greece, followed by a discussion about the necessity but also the benefits of the networking of the services in the social sector. Additionally, in the context of the meeting, burning social issues were mentioned, such as mass tourism and its connection with the social fabric, the problems created by the characteristics of the islands, the social integration of vulnerable population groups, the abuse of women and children, the improvement of the living standard of the residents of the Region as well as the socio-economic and field surveys of the Observatory. In this sense, it was agreed to strengthen the Association’s cooperation with the Social Inclusion Observatory with the aim of highlighting and addressing the social problems of the Region.

 

Finally, the Observatory, on the occasion of the Open Day that is to take place in the autumn of 2022 in Syros, invited the South Aegean Regional Department of the Association of Social Workers of Greece to actively participate in the event, through an informative and interactive workshop.